Freeride World Tour Calendar Announced! A celebration of 2 fallen athletes.

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OH IT’S ON! BIG TIME!

The calendar is out, it has been unveiled and now the athletes can big their rigorous training regime to ensure they can pip the others to the post and WIN the champions freeride comp.

This year, more so than ever, the FWT team should use every comp stop as a chance to celebrate the lives of the 2 incredible riders that we lost this year, Estelle Balet and Matilda Rapaport. The Freeride World Tour and the Freeride World Qualifiers- that I am a part of are, in their essence, an insanely awesome competition series to be a part of. There is, generally speaking, a lot of LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and GENUINE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS. That is another reason why the freeride world is separate to that of the freestyle. The vibes are great and seen as we a small but buzzing industry, we are about the celebration of this progressive and demanding sport which is FREEride. Estelle and Matilda would want everyone in the FWT and FWQ to continue, with a sense of mindfulness and a new understanding for the elements. These ladies were pioneers and continued to push females in the sport, even to their last days. That is why, this year, let us rejoice that we ever had the honor, the pleasure and the experience of having met or ridden with this incredible women.

So the set up is as followers:

HAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
28.01.2017

VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA
11.02.2017

FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA04.03.2017

HAINES, ALASKA, USA17.03.2017

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND01.04.2017

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the updates when they come in! Then when the dates come along, as I can assure you they will quickly, the summer is already escaping us which is crazzaaayyyyy! before we know it, we will be tuning in to watch the FWT athletes show the world why they are some of the most ore inspiring athletes in the world.

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FATMAP- Make The Switch

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FATMAP- Make The Switch. Have you made it yet?

This little edit shows you are easy and fast it is to use FATMAP. Available to download via smart phone and android, you can start exploring as soon as you are ready, the app will be there for your journey.

Let’s face it, you are going to look sooo much cooler showing your mates all the information available on the app instead of faffing around with a paper map. You don’t even have to tell them that you found the weather and avalanche info from FATMAP, or that you know the best shortcut to get to the apres spot, let them think you have a head full of info!

Check out this edit, It’s going to tell you everything you need to know and why you should “Make The Switch”.

Hey Everyone and happy Friday,

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally lay the rumours to rest and let the world know our plans.

I am so happy to tell everyone about our Movie making escapades. My beautiful and talented friend Tijn Vuijk and I will produce a freeride edit. The most important aspect is that it is ALL GIRLS and unlike the likes of the soon to drop Jamie Anderson full moon project, which I know will rock our worlds I’m sure; this edit is approachable, its about girls that you know, friends and ladies of the world who have desire, passion and strength to do exactly want they want to do. Tijn and I have ideas for how we want this to look; we want to be bright, colourful and girly- great outfits and europop. We want girls both in the snow sports world and out of it,to see the edit and and feel inspired about how fun and accessible freeride can be. This is a discipline that I survive on, I eat, sleep and dream of the best decent, this edit will show how to spot and plan the best lines, how to train and much more.  We have been over whelmed with the positive response so far with the Valle D’Aosta Tourist board and the Lift pass office, it seems this edit may just become the new official promo material for the valley, showcasing its culture, natural beauty and Freeride Potential as well as how clumsy and silly us girls are. Tijn and I have been super busy already trying to make the most of our time together, the snow is falling as we speak will beautiful, glorious flakes that will bless us with some amazing options for next week.

We will be posting regularly on Instagram, Facebook, twitter and on Youtube and Vimeo, so check out our progress and let us know what you think. We always want to hear peoples thoughts so don’t be afraid to share.

Visit http://www.tijnvuijk.com for more info on my lovely Dutch gals travels.Schermafbeelding 2015-11-19 om 17.33.14.png

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Blog: https://angelicasykesuk.wordpress.com/

FWT Bio: http://freerideworldqualifier.com/riders/angelica-sykes

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3R6I3UvLe4GL1sulNGKiw?

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user39690629

 

 

 

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All Hail Gilson Snowboards

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The search for sponsors has been a long one. For me to be affiliated with a company wasn’t about them sending me free merchandise and me parading around like a peacock. I didn’t want that, of course free stuff is lovely but I have worked with brands before that now, knowing what I know, I would happily give back anything they gave me and never utter their brand name again. At this tentative stage in my “career” I need support. For me that’s not “send me an your stock”- then that be that, for me it can be and should be a mutually beneficial relationship. Being each others cheerleaders. The most flattering thing about it is knowing you have a company behind you that believes in your potential and wants to see you do well, not for their maximum advertisement value (of course that’s massively important) but from one snowboarder/skier to another. To see someone with a talent, whether that’s me the sportsperson or the brand themselves reach what they are capable of.

Social media has become the biggest portal for advertisement and I have been dragged kicking and screaming into 2015. I am not a fan of the virtual world, ironically for a sport of which nature and natural basics are such fundamental elements, social media has become a very successful way to be a part of the online snow sports community. So I have got myself a Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vimeo and YouTube in a bid to further my  reach. This is what attracts potential sponsors, they see the volume of people you can interact with.

Now I’ve learnt what separates a good sponsor from a faceless organisation is that they don’t just see money signs but also see a working relationship for both myself and the company. To grow through a genuine belief that the product is totally awesome and that I could perform to the best of my ability. When you go into a department store and see sales assistants who are selling clothes that they hate, believe me I’ve certainly been there, you can tell they are thinking FML.  You want to feel the passion for the product to know and believe its something you want and need. This is how it should be with your sponsor, with Gilson its easy peasy lemon squeezy.

So, a little bit about Gilson- they are awesome yes of course but they have a wonderful USP, a message that is connected to their product, to encourage you to be the best rider you can be. Born and bred in Pennsylvania in the the lovely USA they are championing local products. Using the strong and durable raw material from the forests that surround them, they are making Snowboards with craftsmanship, high quality construction and attention to every detail, from graphics, to flex to camber and everything in-between.

Hang in there for some more info- I will be adding all the details of this great company to an additional page on the Blog. In the mean time visit http://www.gilsonboards.com/

PS- if you were wondering, yes I am as short as I seem, 5ft 2in, its a sad life.

Keep myself centred and Learning the art of Meditation-Summer Training

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Hello Beautiful People,

I hope everyone is fairing well, here in Italy it’s proving to be a long hot summer but you’re surely not to hear any complaints from me. I just wanted to check in with you guys and ensure everyone is making the most of the summer, we can’t all count the minutes to winter; however it’s all gone a bit quiet in the twitter-sphere regarding pow shots and debates about whether the quad cork ruined snowboarding, (it didn’t but whatever).

In the mean time I’m trying to explore in more detail-

La Rocca

La Rocca

image image  a part of myself I thought was a myth, an unachievable reality if you will. I will begin by saying, a lot of my friends or colleagues along the years would argue they know me well, I just have one issue with this-they say I am hot headed and classically Italian in that way. However, whether that be the reality or not, due to my sufferings with anxiety, I never provoke people, I never enter in confrontation and tend to steer away from negativity as I can get so easily poisoned by it.

What as been helping, is what I spoke about in my last entry, YOGA! It rocks man, not only that I am trying to meditate. Everyone gets that feeling where you think your head could simply explored with all the thoughts in your head, both positive and not so. I have found meditation has helped me rationalise the thoughts, decide which need to be deblt with immediately or which I can discard as being of no benefit to me. I tend to simply sit on my matt in the cross legged position with some candles and now distraction and allow my thoughts to drift into a nothing. I give thanks to everything I have around me and remind my self to be grateful. It seems to be working, I feel relaxed.

I have been doing some cardio intense work-outs as well as it must be a balancing act to ensure I’m in the correct physical condition for the winter as well as mental. I cycle daily and last week completed a casual 60km without too much hassle. Today I did my own little triathlon, I cycle to Garda, a hike to La Rocca then a magical yoga session. I have attached some unimpressive snapshots. Don’t Judge to harshly.

On that note. . . . .

Sleep well all, remember to follow me on twitter and like my Facebook page AND THEN if you are not too exhausted from all the clicking, head to my YouTube page.

Peace and love.

A Sence of Peace

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Hey There beautiful people of the internet and beyond,

I do apologise for the delay in adding another post, things have been pretty hectic lately. However you now have my undivided attention.

The last week has been rather great, things are coming together at a rate I couldn’t even imagine possible and it has put me into a mind set I haven’t been in for a long time. For me as someone who lives their life as an emotional roller coaster and as a friend of mine recently reminded me I am unarguably a little crazy; calm, peace, serenity and tranquility, are words you do not associate.  The reasons for feeling this way are 3 fold: Part 1, I’m feel so at home when back in Italy, it’s such a massive part of my culture, my upbringing and my ancestry I feel at ease. I am back to nature, I’ve I have been one to like the indoors, I thrive on being outside, and here I have windsurfing, paddleboarding, MTB and climbing in my doorstep. Part 2, Career developments I guess you could call it. I have had some very exciting conversations indeed with some wonderful companies who want to support my progress and see what will happen this winter- I won’t say to much until of course they are comfortable with me doing so but you guys will be the first to know! Finally, Part 3, yoga- I can’t believe I’m just jumping on this band wagon now,  I thought everyone was being weird when they spoke about yoga as a concept, but I am so glad I am now learning to take the time for it. I feel so great, it’s not like any exercise or training I do normally but you feel an inner strength building. Before long you then feel your muscles grow and expand as your poses get stronger and your sequences get longer. I’m learning to centre myself and learn to live in the moment and enjoy all that is around me.

I encourage you to try it and you will see the inner and outer confidence grow.

One love to you all.

A little Edit- a 4 minute Long Selfie

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Hey wonderful people, check out my latest video edit of GOPROHERO4 footage. It was a lot of fun this winter with plenty of amazing people, so I hope it is as fun to watch as it was to make, probs not but whatever, its a figure or speech man, get off my back! Seriously though, everyone who was in this edit made the season just incredible and I’m so stoked for next winter!

Featuring: Markus Lindmark, Jessica Lind, Jackie Green, Hayley Thompson, Fiona Reid, Simon Watker, Erik Brundin and many others.

Music: Goldroom- Embrace

The Next Stop On The Adventure

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Having an odd day, when you live your life like an emotional roller-coaster then most days turn out to have a modicum of highs and lows and today was no different. It is my 23rd birthday today and I know full well I have so much to be grateful for; for a big start I am young, fit and I have my health in totality but yet in a classic 1st world way I will of course find something to complain about.

I am coming to a sad conclusion about one aspect of my life, this one aspect you cant always talk about out loud; everyone will have an opinion on what should be done and how you should be, I feel that maybe this blog could be my only free pass to empty my heart of whatever I am feeling. My feelings control everything I do, especially when it comes to my snowboarding.

My friends who have stuck around for a few years will know exactly what I am talking about. This may sound ridiculous but in this particular part of my life I am realising I am just “too Italian”.  I want to be discrete so I will say just this; I know when you live a transient life style sometimes it can be very hard to form relationships, or indeed ones that last. I have always lived my life to extremes, in love, in sport, with friends, with food, I am 100% Italian passion. I wear my heart on my sleeve and have it broken more times than I have had Spaghetti Bolognese. For the rest of my life and for every adventure I come across I will treat every new individual or experience as if I have never been hurt or ever been sad. That’s right? Right?

Any how, back to the title of this blog post, it is relevent I promise I just needed a quick rant, however it has pushed me to feel my current circumstances are exactly right for me. I quit my job here in Leeds, for all you Leedionians out there, I salute you, this city is amazing but I am not cut out for the trend following, make-up wearing, “I want it now” city dwelling antics you guys are used to, I am ready for the next chapter. I have been back in touch with a dear friend of mine, who has offered me a place to return to lake Garda as a guide. Checking on guests, running excursions around the area and mostly hanging by the lake with my friends.

I do have other motivation for spending the last 3 months of the summer there, its another 1st world problem. . . I am a sad sad poor little unfunded athlete. I am unashamedly “touting” as my father would say, for more sponsors going forward to next winter. I checked once more on the Freeride World Tour rankings and I am Number 1 UK entrant in the Qualifier series, and I am so over the moon that I have achieved that ranking but my gosh did it cost a pretty penny. I travelled all over to different comps but next winter my plan is to visit even more counties, I plan to hit: Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, France, Slovenia, Italy and maybe North America; some places I’ve been, some I haven’t but my dream for the winter is to try, maybe fail but also maybe succeed in these wonderful destinations.

I had promised a summer of training, getting mentally and physically ready for the winter and I feel Lake Garda is the perfect place to start. I worked there a few years ago in the North and that is why I am so stoked at the prospect of getting back on my mountain bike, back to windsurfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and some yoga. What better scenic back drop to get back on the fitness track this summer. I plan to absorb every single thing that happens and let it educate me in some way, treat every new person with respect and love and enjoy every day. Then maybe if I blog and Tweet, Facebook, and Instagram enough, a protencial sponsor will think ” that gal is hella cool, she totally deserves a new sponsor for the winter”.  I imagine they will say that in a slight Americanised accent and be wearing a tall t and high tops at the same time.

Oh well, thats the dream, for Monday and Tuesday before my departure on Wednesday I’m not going to let the Leeds girl inside me go just yet, I’m going to have to give my self a mani-pedi as I need those nails look cute while on my SUP and I will also need to work on my base tan with some tanning oil in the back garden. . . . Don’t look at me like that man, I lived in this city where the girls are scarily like the ones of Newcastle for 17 yrs before I discovered I was a total hippie!

have a lovely week all.

Feeling Pensive- Thinking Out Loud

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I think it is a good thing for people to review their situation every now and again; to re-evaluate what is important and to put things into prospective.

I have been at home for 2 months now and I have enjoyed it for a few reasons: My family, it has been lovely to spend some quality time with them. I am very close with my family and they have helped shape the person I am today. I have enjoyed being back in Yorkshire; Leeds is a very cool city and when you are away for a while and come back to see how it has grown and developed. Also this county can be incredible, we have a wonderful landscape and plenty of rich and interesting history.

However, as my father keeps reminding me, all “athletes” have funding issues in the beginning of their careers. I thought the most responsible decision for me was to return home, and concentrate on earning money and training for my departure in November. The only thing is now, I am in a situation where this doesn’t seem to be possible, I will not bore you with the details but I wont be able to afford the winter at this rate. I cant but my eggs in one basket and hope to gain some new sponsors who will provide me with new ski mountaineering equipment and hardware (gal needs a new board!).

So, this brings me to now, this rather normal saturday in not so sunny leeds, wondering that if I cant earn enough money here, I may as well not earn enough money somewhere else! Since I returned I have turned down 5 awesome jobs that any other person would be over the moon to accept, but again I didn’t believe I could earn enough.  These jobs would be good for me, when I say that I mean for my well being, for the soul. Working every hour god sends and looking to the future for motivation is wonderful for some people, those people have drive and determination by the bucket load, I have much admiration for them. I, on the other hand need to work on being happy in my surroundings, feeling free, to be around nature. I wont give up on having a full time competition schedule for next winter, but for now, there is no point worrying about something I seem to have no control over. I know I will make it happen and ensure I represent for my country and for my sport but for now, I think its time to move to the next adventure. I have heard some rumours there are some jobs available on Lago Di Garda, my summer home of a few years ago. There I can get back to nature in the most raw sense, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking and paddle-boarding- not only that but two of my best girl friends are there; if there wasn’t enough reasons.

Maybe I go there, maybe I don’t, but now it is about enjoying the summer, not just passing the time until next winter. Okay okay, I will still dream of the snow covered mountains everyday but maybe I can quench that thirst my some green mountains instead.

INVENTWETRUST- The Company Striving To Nurture The Positive Energy In All Of Us.

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I can recall very well, when I first met Fay And Neve. It was my first winter season ever, I was 18 and now I can say I knew very little about anything, still dont now- but that’s another story. I guess its far cry from Romeo and Juliet but the girls worked for a company which will not be named and myself for another rival tour operator. All bright eyed as most 18yr olds are, and after all I met many great people that fateful winter in Pila, I can safely say Fay and Neve stood out. They were surrounded by an ora of positivity and something I have mentioned before, “mountain spirit”. They are part of that elusive group of people, some meet many, some may only meet a few, the people who are quietly relaxed, happy in their own skin, care immensely for the people and the world around them and want to give the best they can give. I have had the pleasure of knowing them for years, as well as living in the same town as them again 3 years ago in Courmayeur. This is why I was over the moon when they asked me to become just a small part of their ambitions. This is not a “sponsorship” where I am whisked off to every snow covered corner of the world but instead it is an alliance, my support in return for theirs. I am showing my support by telling all you readers why you should choose their products over anyone else’s. Don’t buy something just because, buy something for the shared philosophy, for the shared passion and for the love.

There girls are based now out of the beautiful French town on Chamonix, if anyone knows mountains, its these 2, so whatever your chosen sport they have something to suit your vibe. Anyway, I cant explain it as well as they can, this is what Neve and Fay have to say about their project:

WHO WE ARE

In/Vent/We/Trust is a mantra, a way of life, a collection of consciousness that manifests itself through creative endeavours. In a desperate attempt to only project, reflect and in return obtain positive energy, the concept of ditching or ‘venting’ all negative thoughts and feelings must be pursued. Its not easy in a social consciousness determined by a few and implemented by the powerful but each person can achieve a level of power and each person can use positive mental thought and action as a way to filter or ‘vent’ out the collective social toxins that seem to sometimes dwell within or hearts and minds.

The IVWT symbol has been created through the use of 3 lines that create the triangle, the mathematical symbol for change. The Rule of 3 dictates that what ever energy you put out comes back to you 3 times over. We are striving to put out positive energy and encourage positive change.

IVWT wants to promote this message with every purchase. We hope that reading this, and wearing our products reminds the owner about their conscious universe and well-being. There are no subliminal messages, no cult like behaviour or fire poi just plain and simple positivity, in as much of our lives as we can achieve. We all play intrinsic parts in each others realities,  to be observed is a life changing event, to observe is a powerful tool. We observe clothing all day long, it can tell a story. We are putting out thoughts with what we wear, so why not make them meaningful enriching and positive.

Ponder deeply.

IVWT///

Head online and check out their collection or just get to know them a little better:

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