Its A Judges Life

A life of travel, cold fingers and counting in multiples of 180
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Welcome

Welcome to the life of a UK Snowboard Judge. Note - this blog has nothing to do with the wig-wearing, gavel-swinging type of judge. Strictly clipboards and goggles.

Who am I?

I'm Gaz Vogan, a mid-twenties snowboard professional, and I'm the one who's photo's, opinions and ramblings will primarily feature in the blog.

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Get judgemental on our Backside One Facebook group. Voice your opinions, share content and join the discussions on competitive snowboarding & skiing.

The Judging Life

It's a pretty exciting one. Planes, trains, mountains, hangovers, early starts, and endless cups of tea.
Highlights of BUCS Dryslope Champs 2017
I've just got back from Edinburgh having head-judged the BUCS Dryslope Champs and whilst it was a little bit manic, but what were the best...
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Episode 2 | The Brits Indoors
We filmed Episode 2 with the help from Jack Tompkins of Kingdom Visual - JT is the nicest man in snowsports, and he's also a...
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Top 8 stands at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show
We had a lot of fun judging at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show, but what were the best bits?
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Judging 101

Helpful and slightly satirical tips about snowboard judging - excellent reading for future judges, athletes and parents.
The Judging Process – #Judging101
No I can't tell you how many exacty points a trick is going to score - but here is a breakdown of how we get...
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Jerry-Judging…What is it? #Judging101
A new judging format requiring an endless supply of Ben & Jerry's Ice cream...
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Judging 101 – How To Score
Highest card wins?
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It’s A Judges Life

When I started the blog, it was a pure focus on snowboard judging, but I have since diversified to include all sorts of ramblings on snowsports, dogs and weird thoughts that pop into my head. Here’s the whole blog (and nothing but the blog).

Highlights of BUCS Dryslope Champs 2017

I’ve just got back from Edinburgh having head-judged the BUCS Dryslope Champs and whilst it was a little bit manic, but what were the best parts? BUCS Dryslope Champs 2017 Each year, thousands of students descend on Hillend for a action-packed 2 days of ski racing, snowboard racing and ski …

Episode 2 | The Brits Indoors

We filmed Episode 2 with the help from Jack Tompkins of Kingdom Visual – JT is the nicest man in snowsports, and he’s also a god with a camera. It’s always a pleasure working with JT, and you should hopefully see more of his work dropping in Episode 3 which we shot at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show!

Episode 2

 

So what do you think – is the vlog better filmed from a selfie perspective or with a more professional set up? What would you like to see more or less of in the vlog? Let us know in the comments or on the Facebook page.

 

Here’s a look back to Episode 1

Episode 2
Photo: Jack Tompkins

The Brits Indoor 2017 – Hammers

11pm on a Friday evening saw me pick Shell Quaile and Todd Grady up from the respective trains station and airport that they arrived into, and we made a super late drive up the M6 towards Chill Factore Manchester for the British Indoor Snowboard Championships. Plenty of tea and sh*t …

Episode 1 – 60 Judges, 23 Nations | It’s A Judges Life

Welcome to Episode 1 of the It’s A Judges Life vlog! I shot this out in Bulgaria when I was at the WSF & FIS snowboard judges clinic last month, using the APEMAN 4k Undewater Camera. It’s a super easy camera to use and a great alternative to the GoPro – it easily shoots in high enough quality for your average Joe, and the screen on the back means you can watch everything back straight away.
Stay tuned for the next Episode of It’s A Judges Life, where we’ll be at the Chill Factore, Manchester for the British Indoor Snowboarding Championships.
 

7 things Judges see the bottom of

As a British snowboard judge (or coach or social media chap like me), the amount of cups of tea you go through is unreal. Not because you’re forced into it, but because you spend a lot of time on the road or on trains and planes with early morning starts …

5 things I learnt in Bulgaria

I recently spent the weekend in Bulgaria, at a judging clinic. It was my second time ‘out east’ after my trip to Lithuania last season, But what were a few things I learnt whilst I was out there? It’s pretty interesting over in that side of Europe – everything is completely …