BKPRO exists to develop and apply the most up-to-date and futuristic tools and techniques to the subject of progression in action sports. With the dual goals of increasing both safety and success for individuals looking to push themselves and their game to new heights, Olympic Gold-medal-winning snowboard park and pipe coach Bud Keene has created BKPRO as an umbrella for all efforts directed toward this progression. BKPRO includes Progression Camps, Competition Management, Coach Training and mentoring, Sport-Specific Software and Training Tool Development, and more. Anything that drives progression means BKPRO. Read More
BUD KEENE PROGRESSION CAMPS represent the highest quality training sessions in the world where all cutting-edge training tools, terrain, and techniques are brought together by Bud and his all-star staff to help an individual to achieve the level of performance of their dreams…and then to keep progressing.
BKPRO ACADEMY picks up where the Progression Camps leave off, offering coaches, athletes, and parents instruction and education, cutting-edge scientific tools for training, and guiding them to a comprehensive approach to their success that leaves no stone unturned and that seriously tips the scales in their favor. The way in which athletes learn is undergoing a revolution, and the BKPRO ACADEMY is driving it.
A snowboarding pioneer, Bud was introduced to snowboarding in February 1984, and had to hike all the way up the mountain for his runs down in Stowe, Vermont when snowboarding was not allowed on the lifts. He was constantly chased by police and resort security, and harassed by ski patrol. His first snowboard was a Burton Woody Performer with no edges, aluminum fins, a wooden base, and no high-backs. Moving to California in 1985 and meeting Tom Sims, he became one of the first snowboard instructors in the USA at Soda Springs and Boreal Ridge on Donner Summit, and raced in the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom that year. He moved back to Vermont to become one of the first instructors at Stowe when it opened to riding in 1987, and joined the Professional Ski Instructors of America that year. Bud became a PSIA snowboard examiner in 1989, and traveled to Copper Mountain, CO that winter to participate in the writing of the first-ever PSIA snowboard instruction manual. After competing professionally as a sponsored rider, first for Sims and then for Burton snowboards from 1985-1989, he became the full-time snowboard coach for the Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club in Stowe. Read More
From 1989-2002 Keene built the MMSC snowboard program from the ground up, producing many champions, including some of the most prominent racers and influential freestyle snowboarders in the world over the last 2 decades. Jake Blauvelt, Kyle Clancy, Travis Kennedy, Jesse Huffman, Zach Leach, Thomas Obrien, John Percy and Colin Langlois are just a few of the riders that Bud coached and mentored while based in Stowe. Many, many more that Bud worked with during that time have gone on to successful careers in snowboarding both as athletes and in the industry.
Based on Bud’s successes he was invited to join the coaching staff of the U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Team as an assistant at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City where the US Team swept Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the men and took Gold for the women. Following the Games he accepted a full-time position, serving as the US Snowboard Team assistant halfpipe coach for 9 months, before being promoted to head halfpipe coach in 2003. Coaching the team full-time from 2003-2006, Keene then led the 2006 Olympic Halfpipe Team to an even more dominating performance in Torino; his small 8-rider contingent all making it to the finals, and taking home 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 fourth places, a sixth and a twelfth.
Following the 2006 Games, Keene was named the 2006 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s International Snowboard Coach of the Year, as well as the USSA’s 2006 Overall Coach of the Year. That Spring, in a ceremony in Washington D.C. the United States Olympic Committee awarded Keene it’s highest coaching honor, naming him it’s 2006 National Coach of the Year.
From 2010-2012 Keene designed and led a performance program for the Vitamin Water Snow Team, coaching Kaitlyn Farrington, Gus Kenworthy, Kyle Mack, and JJ Thomas. At the 2014 Olympics, due in part to the progression that they realized during the Vitamin Water camps, Kaitlyn won the gold for women’s snowboard halfpipe, and Gus won the silver medal for Men’s ski slopestyle. During that same time period Bud coached Louie Vito, leading Vito to his first-ever medal at the X Games (bronze in Aspen) as well as his first-ever X Games win, with Vito taking gold at European X Games in Tignes France. Keene is widely regarded as the most successful, knowledgeable, and decorated snowboard coach in the history of the sport.
A pioneering outdoorsman as well, Bud rode his bicycle from California to Vermont in early 1986. Then, moving to Yosemite National Park to work and climb, he climbed a multi-day route on the sheer face of El Capitan before establishing dozens of new rock and mixed climbing routes on unclimbed rock faces in Yosemite National Park and elsewhere between 1986 and 1992. Bud also made many first snowboard descents in North and South America, and in 1988 became the first person to snowboard from the summit of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, at 19,701 feet the highest active volcano in the world. Then, in 1986 he and friends climbed and snowboarded down from over 22,000 feet on the highest peak in the Andes, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, setting a new world record for the highest altitude ever snowboarded down from. Keene also served as the assistant navigator for Ned Gillette’s 1986 Voyage to Antarctica, an expedition during which the crew of 4 attempted to be the first to row a boat 605 miles from Cape Horn to Antarctica across the worst seas in the world, the Drake Passage.
Bud and his wife Alexandra still reside in the Stowe, Vermont area, and Bud continues to snowboard, travel, climb, play golf, write, speak, garden and coach.
Kaitlyn Farrington, 2014 Women's Snowboard Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medalist