Andre Barbieri

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Back to Drawing Board

Hello folks,  Now that the season is officially over, it’s time to settle into my back at home and “base fitness” regime.  As beautiful as the photos & videos that coach did from all the training & racing, there’s a lot to dissect & improve watching those… I know what I’m doing wrong and also what I have to do to improve, on the technique side of things. There’s tweaks to be made on the snowboard leg - which by the way just...

Post Season Blues

Hello folks, It’s funny how sometimes you have so much of a good thing that it’s hard to come back to “normal.” Sounds like complaining, but it’s not… I’m so grateful and aware that I have a great family, an awesome job and live in a great place.  But the highs are so high sometimes that is hard to get back to schedule, commitments, routine.  Think about it… the sport itself, snowboarding, is SO MUCH FUN! That I get paid to travel & train...

Huge News: Europa Cup Overall Winner!

Buongiorno friends; in true Italian fashion I’m drinking a cappuccino while I write this post:) We arrived in the Italian alps feeling sharp, coming from an excellent training block + good race results in Germany. The area, Colere, is beautiful, the food is fantastic and the people are great -we felt “at home.” The forecast, we knew beforehand, called for a lot of snow followed by a lot of rain —rain would be typical of spring, not expected in February, but times...

Silver Medal in Germany!

Hey folks, I’m über excited with the result on my 1st race in Germany: a well fought 2nd place!  There was also luck involved, as it’s many times the case in Snowboard Cross —ANYTHING can happen on the race course. And so it did: the Chinese I was chasing took a turn too sharp and went down in front of me, so I was able to pass him with a few feet to the finish line! With that I was able to...

Euro Trip 2024

Gidday folks, I am so excited to announce my upcoming travels for training and racing.  After conversations w my Brazilian snow federation and coach, we set a plan and we are sticking to it —full force! This year I’ll be missing the Finland race, because of work. That’s a very important one because of excellent training camps before & after, on the race course. I will at least get to do the camp after the race, and hopefully see some auroras, fingers crossed! After...

New year, new injuries

Greetings and happy 2024, may it be an excellent one to all of us! There’s been great talk of an El Niño this season, which (sometimes) translates to a lot of rain, snow, and surf. Meaning, when there’s an El Niño I always get über excited!! The early season started with a bang on the surf side, there were so many good days of waves, I felt like I was on a surf trip but sleeping on my own bed! Those who know...

Two Races = TWO GOLDS!!

Hello guys, I’d like to share good news today; the races in the indoor “ice box” in Landgraaf, Holland, went extremely well and I collected two gold medals!! Super pumped, I surprised myself w the fact, but also would like to share the details on that. Because last season I ended up only doing one race (which I didn’t do well), I lost most of my points and downgraded to the “entry level” race —the European Cup of Banked Slalom (and not...

Proud moments

Hi friends, I’m here training in the Netherlands at this state of the art compound with an indoor ski facility where they built a beautiful banked slalom course. It’s pretty awesome, you’re wearing shorts one minute, next you suit up and get inside this “freezer box.”  Super grateful to be here, it’s my 3rd time, and I was thinking I’ve come a long way in snowboarding. I never needed to prove anything to anyone, but since I had my accident, I’ve been...

Making the Best

Howdy folks! Like I mentioned previously, I’m getting ready for my upcoming season.  Hopes are high, the body has been constantly sore, I’m getting in the zone where I’ll be feeling ready.  For sure, with social media these days, you’re always comparing yourself to other athletes. “Oh, these guys are on a training camp doing this & that.” “Oh, that guy already had 50 days of snow training on his belt,” and so forth… Myself? -this is what I have, I train and do...

Getting Amped Up

Hi friends, Less than a month separates me from my 1st race of the season, an indoor World Cup Banked Slalom in Landgraaf, Netherlands.  I’m so pumped! Excited and beyond grateful for these opportunities. I’ve been training harder, enjoying seeing the amount of hours I rack up weekly on my Garmin watch! This one in specific I am looking forward to train / race at the location. Much like Finland, I haven’t done very well there in the past.  But I have high hopes I’ll...