“The action sports world involves a freedom from rules and regulations which we love because it keeps creativity and progression limitless. But, that freedom allows for oversight of teaching and mastering BASICS, a risky combination. High Fives is dedicated to catching athletes before they crash and providing a platform for further, safer progression.”
- JT Holmes, Director of B.A.S.I.C.S. Program
The goal of THe BASICS program is to not only reach the kids that we teach sporting fundamentals, but to show by example the training and prerequisites that go into the rad feats of athleticism that we all watch in action sports movies and on the internet. People need to know that Shane McConkey did hundreds of skydives before his first base jump, that X-games champions train single backflips into water in the summer time and that Five Ten's elite team of climbers all started on some rope on some humble wall somewhere with a whole bunch of dedication, passion and patience. The action sports world has enough risk in it even when prepared. We have to use our heads at least just a little bit, and avoid the avoidable accidents.
Our first camp took us to the Utah Olympic Park where we were hosted by Axis Freeride. We had a ton of fun. Trampolines with pads everywhere, aerated swimming pools to land in. I did 25 backlfips into water and my next one will be off Squaw Valley's kangaroo kicker once Siberia opens. We stayed at Glenn McConkey's and got to hear some stories about Shane and see some funny boyhood photos of the legend himself. Special thanks to K2 skis, Axis Freeride, High Fives Foundation, Max Kuszaj, Rob Greener, Timy Dutton, Chris Haslock and Glenn McConkey for supporting the first BASICS camp.