Instructors

 

SMBA is founded on the principle that nothing is more important to a client’s experience than their relationship with the instructor. Every coach from our team is either PMBIA, Terra Method IDP or IMBA ICP certified, which means they’ve been trained to teach and are held to the highest educational standards. All of our coaches live here in Sedona and are capable of guiding you on much more than just the trails. Having this local knowledge is crucial to building successful lesson plans and for our client’s learning progression. Last but not least, our instructors are real people who love to ride just like you. Come join us for your next adventure!

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Amaryth Gass aka Amo

Credentials

  • PMBIA Level 1

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Raced Collegiate Level XC

  • Certified Yoga Instructor

Amaryth’s coaching builds a riders confidence in navigating challenging trail segments, by effectively breaking down techniques into focused progression. After a session with Amaryth, you’ll be going down or up a feature you never thought possible.

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Phil Yates aka P Danger

Credentials

  • Terra Method IDP Level 2

  • ICP aka BICP Level 2

  • First Aid and CPR

  • Snowshoe Bike Park Director

Coach Phil has spent most of the current decade as a mountain bike skills instructor. With a bike park background and a love for technical climbing, his riding and coaching are very well rounded. Phil holds Level 2 certifications from both Terra Method IDP and the International Mountain Bike Instructor Program (now BICP). 

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Joanna Yates

Credentials

  • Terra Method IDP Level 2

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Wilderness MTB Guide

Joanna is a Terra Method IDP Level 2 certified instructor. She is an experienced rider who specializes in downhill and enduro. Her coaching style is clear and to the point. She will build your confidence on the bike through practice and fun. 


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Evan Puglia aka Teddy Huxxtable

Credentials

  • PMBIA Level 1

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • NCAA Scholarship Athlete

  • Wilderness MTB Guide

Evan has a passion for coaching and a love for the outdoors. His background in cycling grew from racing XC in Vail, Colorado. Soon after, he entered the mountain bike industry where he went on to work for IMBA headquarters, coaching for VVASA Youth MTB camps, Over the Edge Sedona and a MTB guide for Hermosa Tours.