Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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  • Sam J.

    I started my snowboarding at age 10 at the smalls hills in Minnesota and Wisconsin and never looked back. Over the last 20 years, snowboarding has taken me to many places and helped me build a ton of life long friendships. So far I've lived in Lake Tahoe, the PNW, and Southern California and have snowboarded all across the western half of the country, a little bit of the East Coast, and some parts of Canada. I've worked as a Snowboard Instructor, Videographer, Sales and Tech specialist at a local shop, Sales Rep, Mountain Ambassador, and Brand Ambassador. I love all aspects of snowboarding from handrails in the streets to split-boarding in the backcountry and do my best to get 100+ days on snow every year.

    When it comes to sales, my goal is to understand my customer's needs and suggest gear specifically for them that will be longlasting, and won't break the bank! Let's connect and get you rolling for this winter!

    124 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategorySnowboard Expert
    Customers helped1,349
    Favorite snow gearAcademy Propaganda Snowboard 149
    Favorite terrainTerrain park
    Favorite spotMammoth Mountain
    Home townSt. Paul, Minnesnowta
    Favorite brandsAcademy Snowboards
    Favorite drinkMexican Coke in the glass bottle
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    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Cody
    Sam was Incredible!
    I came in not knowing where to start and Sam was extremely helpful. He asked me great questions to gauge where I was at and what I was wanting and with all the intel he gathered, he was able to recommend a selection of boards that were pertinent to my style of riding and also within my price range! Aside from his wide range of knowledge of the sport and equipment, one thing I really appreciated about Sam, was that he never tried to “sell” me a board. He genuinely came across as just wanting to help me find the best fit for my style of riding even if that meant going for the cheaper option. He definitely seems like he is all about customer satisfaction and not about the money and that made me trust his suggestions. I ended up going with a board that I feel very confident about after Sam’s help and mind you, this was over the course of a few days and whenever I had questions, Sam was always prompt with his responses even when I was not. Great salesman without an agenda and seems like a great dude all around! Any questions you have about the sport or gear that you need, Sam is the guy to go to!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 17, 2021
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    Reviewer: Raj
    Raj's experience with Sam
    I never knew about this site. It is as good as going to a store and asking for help to find on things. It was very smooth interacting with Sam. He provided me with list of options, suggested based on my experience level and made the transaction very easy.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 13, 2021
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    Reviewer: Matt
    Sam was crazy helpful and is clearly an expert
    Sam was a huge help finding the perfect setup for my needs. Provides better knowledge than my local shop and really took the time to understand my needs. Highly recommend speaking with him
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 3, 2022
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Sebastian
    Sebastian's experience with Sam
    Sam was great to speak with and super helpful! I do wish your inventory was larger
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 24, 2022
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Graham
    Gear Master
    Sam is awesome! He took less than 10 minutes and came up with several set ups and helped me compare features that suit my riding style. Definitely recommend for those looking for some help choosing new gear.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 14, 2021
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Taylor
    Sam changed the game!
    Thanks to Sam’s recommendations and advice, I finally feel comfortable, confident and relaxed in my riding. After an injury last year coupled with gear that, I learned, wasn’t the best fit for me, it was challenging to get back out there this year with confidence. Sam asked great questions as well as answered alllll of mine, and matched me with a board that literally changed the game for me. I felt like I was sailing on the snow and had so much more control then I ever felt before. I reached out to him a second time for bindings and he got back to me right away. I trust his reccs and look forward to his assistance and advice in the future! Thanks Sam!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 11, 2021
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Ben
    Knows his stuff!
    Sam helped me narrow down my list of boards and find one or two on my short list. He had a ton of good knowledge and recommendations. Even though I didn’t buy today, because Sam was so great I want to come back to for my purchase! He is how online retailers can set them selves apart from the rest!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 29, 2020
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: chanania
    Love my man Sam!
    Sam is always quick, easy to work with, and I can trust he is providing me with the best products. A must use for all snowboard equipment!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 3, 2022
    Snowboard Expert Sam J.
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    Reviewer: Chad
    Thoughtful & Knowledgeable
    The best thing I liked about Sam was that he was thoughtful and knowledgeable. He responded quickly to my questions, comments and concerns, and continued to help provide valuable input and grounded-insight into his recommendations. He didn't try and upsell me something I didn't need. He truly tried to help me find what was right for my need, my situation, my budget and my desires. While the final decision was hard, I'm greatly looking forward to trying it this season, thanks to the guidance of Sam. Highly recommend him!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Nov 30, 2020
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