#IF3London- International Freeski Film Festival Countdown

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I am so excited for this event. It’s literally going to be amazing. It’s pretty much the only thing that is going to help us get our pre-season stoke on. No matter where you are in the UK, get your cheeky off-peak train booked and let’s make this an unforgettable night.

So what am I banging on about I hear you say? Well, it’s only the best freeski film event ever! Imagine it: beer, popcorn, snowsports athletes, the big screen and ridiculously cool vibes all in one room- well then there you have the Internation Freeski Film Festival!

Offically- Fatmap Presents The International Freeski Film Festival; Fatmap will for sure be putting on a show! They invited me along to run their Instagram so I will be going utterly snap mad; interviewing the athletes, catching a glimpse at some of the best freeski releases and getting up close and personal we the good people of Landan town!Be the first to see the movies on the big screen, meet the athletes, check out our sponsors stalls, win prizes in the raffle & even get snowed on!

MOVIES & ATHLETES

 

  • “Backyards” by PVS Company
    Presented on stage by athletes Sam Favret, Fabian Bodet, Julien Herry and film makers Alex Blaise, Maxime Moulin, Niels St Viteux, Theo Delarche, Fred Rousseau, Mat Bourgeois, Jr Ceron, David Lacote & Pauline Beauchamps
  • “Enjoy the Ride” by Perspective studios
    Presented on stage by Director Ross Welch and athletes Callum Welch & Elia Mitalas

  • Exclusive edit from “Characters on skis’ by Midiafilm
    Presented on stage by Neil David Williman, Felix Wiemers & Julia Neumann

  • “Domestic Playground” by Next Generation Media
    Presented on stage by Ola Kjos Sollie Emil Skjeslien Larsen Jens Erik Stokke Herman Ørstenvik Fjøss & Steffen Rosén Olsen

 

After all of that, we have the apres ski! Courtesy of Snowboxx, you just know the after party is going to go off!
Tickets include access to our onsite after party hosted by Snowboxx festival with a host of alpine drinks, Dogtown hot dogs, magician, apres ski DJs, live sax player, shot skis & beer pong

Tickets from £12 available from www.subzeroevents.com

FATMAP l Telegraph Ski & Board l Ellis Brigham l K2 l Mute Collective l Snowboxx Festival l Snow-camp

Follow Fatmap on Instagram Fatmap on Instagram to follow the evening if you can’t make it.

Otherwise, see ya there. . . .

 

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Ready For The Winter

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Right, that’s it, I’m done, I’m out. I want to send an automated response email out to life that reads simply, “Gone Snowboarding- Expect delayed response, but don’t get your hopes up, see ya PEACE.”

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I am so tired. I thought I would be totally fine working without a day off for 7/8 Months but it’s officially hit me. It will all slow down in October as I finish helping my parents out at their business and I will just be working with the charity and a few other social media jobs which I will say I LOVE. I am not for one second suggesting I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing, I am so lucky so work with some amazing brands helping with them get their message out to the world and I am so stoked to keep working with them until the cows come home.

BUT

I am hearing that call of the mountains. It’s literally all I hear day in day out. The other day- This is the most bitch ass story every- I saw a really cool photo of the Matterhorn and I CRIED LIKE A LITTLE BABY! Not one sorry trickle down my check while listening to cold play “Fix You”, nah, it was full blown tears.

 

Being home has taught me so much about myself, I have not spent this much time in the UK since I was 17 and that was 7 years ago. I am driving my parents mad but I have loved being with them, they are legit awesome people. I am also so grateful for finding the jobs I did, I didn’t have to work in a dead end job I hate for the summer, I have done something I love but I am ready for my next adventure.

 

That’s all really, all I wanted to say. The countdown is on, this weekend in Germany with my gal Kate Brady, then to Malawi with @LoveSupportUnite and then chilling at the ski and snowboard show with my pals at @snookswear and @fatmap.

 

Will be snap chatting the heck out of the beautiful cities on Bonn and Cologne this weekend and getting massively snap happy in Malawi so follow me on Instagram and Snapchat!

 

A walk into the UnKnown

IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT

Fatmap Introduce Their Summer Map Program.

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Hey All,

Good news for all you mountain lovers out there. You don’t need to wait until winter to get your adrenaline filled mountain adventures.

Fatmap has now introduced it’s “Summer Maps”! It’s really exciting for hikers and MTBers alike. Providing you with the same bespoke, detailed and easy to use interactive maps but with a much more green back drop!

This is what Fatmap had to say about it:

FATMAP SUMMER: WHAT’S NEW?

Download BETA versions of our new summer maps before our major release in 2017, here’s what you can experience on the hill…

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STUNNING 3D MAPS WITH SUMMER IMAGERY

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HIKING, BIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING ROUTES CONTRIBUTED BY OUR COMMUNITY OF MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS

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ACCESS DETAILED TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE FOR EVERY INCH OF THE MOUNTAIN

ON FOOT

GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK  WITH 3D HIKING MAPS

  • Access detailed information on hiking routes in each area
  • Check altitude and gradient to plan new and challenging routes
  • BETA: Track and share your progress to get feedback on your adventures

ON BIKE

FIND THE PERFECT DOWNHILL OR CROSS-COUNTRY TRAIL WITH 3D MOUNTAIN BIKE MAPS

  • Discover the major downhill and cross-country tracks with detailed route descriptions
  • Identify risks along the trail with terrain intelligence
  • BETA: Record your sessions to check top speed, max gradient and total vertical

 

Check out this edit as a little preview of how it works!

Sex Sells- Apparently. . . .

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I would like to start off by saying a massive big old thank you to Still Stoked and the article they recently posted on their webpage. It was so great to hear that other athletes and riders feel the same.This blog entry are my ideas on the matter. Original article Link at the bottom.

Also a shout out to Jessica Oundjian who alerted me to the article in the first place, also an athlete in every way, a girl I admire too! I met Jess on the Freeride World Qualifier circuit in winter 2014/15- My first season competing. We are both British girls in the freeride scene so we naturally started following each other online; Since though, I have avidly stalked Jess on all her adventures as she is a total babe and certainly an excellent role model for what “Wild” still means, what is stands for and what an actual FREERIDER is, they ride FREE. Also, I have not yet seen her tits and or ass, knowing Jess even as little as I do, I still feel qualified to make the assessment in saying, I doubt we ever will. . . . . But that is how it should be.

Do you all remember in Zoolander, when they are at the awards ceremony and Fabio is getting his award for the “slashy”; He is a ACTOR/MODEL “And not the other way around”. That is what springs to mind when I think about the idea of SEX SELLS in the context of females in sport. From what I know of all the female pros I ride with, we are not Skiers or Snowboarders/ models, therefore when heading to their Instagram, I expect to see pictures that embody them as people, as athletes and as a marketable product. Don’t get be wrong, in this day and age of social media and having the best and most grabbing images at your finger tips, when a company offers a sponsorship, or wishes to use my material, they want it to grab, they want it to fit their profile and it has to have the potential of increasing sales/notoriety. But does this mean posting pictures of my cleavage and my back side online to increase likes and followers, as that’s what it’s all about afterall?

Okay, this is all totally hypothetical, but I hope after the last few years and having a few “Sponsors” come and go, I think I understand what they want. The article touched on the very important point of marketing. That is what you are essentially, you are a product and the aim of the game is that by sending you their products, you will in turn, post online and show your dedicated following why it works and how it works; a technical backpack, an app or an accessory. In an ideal world, you would have a following of just other skiers and snowboarders who think you are totes amaze balls and want to be just like you, or admire your opinion and will be influenced by your choices; after all you are not just sponsored because you like the free stuff!- right but because you believe in the company and hold a level of integrity? Your sponsor wants someone who has the same mountain philosophy and beliefs; if a company is all about the bright colors, loud prints, big smiles and even bigger sends, you should mirror that is how you post because that is why they carefully scouted you. Sponsors have thousands of people to choose from so when they do say, “Hey, we would love to send you something”- you know your earned it.

If I thought my sponsors had selected me on the premise I have big boobs and a marketable face; first off I would say, are you joking and I think you are mistaken but also I think I would be sad. I realise I am blessed, so you won’t find a pitty party here about how self conscious I am but I also realise I am nothing like Alana Blanchard or indeed (Sorry to say) Silje Norendal- as much as I think this gal is rad, she is an ideal example. Silje has more selfies and pictures of her faultless bod that she does of her riding. She poses for magazines all over the world and has big names sponsors that transcend the snowsports industry. Does she reflect what the snow sports industry is about? I am not sure she does any more. I wish her the most success in the world but I don’t think I would be comfortable if it were me. I have been wracking my brain the last few weeks about what the hell am I to post about this summer. I am winter, winter is my life so I want to keep that as the underlying feature of my social media. I looked at Silje online and I checked out my absolute idols Aimee Fuller and Kjersti Buaas, their pages were all very different. Aimee and Kjersti are how I imagine a true athlete, posting about working out to stay season fit. Other girls go with bikini shots cuddled up to other girls in a suggestive manner and shots of their beautiful faces or worse, a double chocolate ice cream covered in sprinkles. However, I have tried that in the past, but my most popular pictures are of me riding and I won’t lie, I don’t eat those big ol ice cream cones as I just can’t if I want be able to ACTUALLY compete in ACTUAL competitions. I have nearly 3000 followers on insta for example but the majority of likes and comments come from within the snow sports industry. I often check the profiles of my likers and I am so overwhelmed with happiness to find so many girls. Typically I see girls with a few hundred followers and images of them and their mates but in the descriptions it will read something like ” Name 17yrs old, love snowboarding, pizza and my friends, from Hertfordshire UK”. When I see that I feel I have done my job as an athlete. I obviously have a few aging men who have no connection to me what so ever but that is so be expected sadly as I have a vagina and that is the reality of social media.

So NOPE. I am not interested. I will not be posting pictures of me in just a bikini, chilling. If you do, for whatever reason, see me in that amount of clothing it will be to show-me working out or being active. You will not see me in tropical locations holding a fruity alcoholic drink (as what is becoming more and more apparent is I cant drink alcohol when I am working out, workout wins 5 times a week, sorry vodka). You wont see me fooling you either that I am on a non stop holiday. I am at home at the moment-working 3 jobs, I have to, I don’t have massive endorsement deals that fund my lifestyle. You will see pictures from the winter reflecting what I am about, you will see me train and sweat my butt off. Thanks to the original article and MTB rider Anneke Beerten, I will not shy away from showing you how; red, hot and sweaty I get because I am trying, and try f**** hard I do, so that I am not ashamed or feel like a total impostor when I stand next to these amazing riders at the start gate. I want my sponsors to think: she has a massive smile and is always happy, she has enthusiasm by the bucket load and is genuinely grateful for the sponsorship. So to Vaude, Gilson, Fatmap, Caxton FX, Snooks, Mojo Clothing, SunGod and Panda Optics, thank you guys for seeing me for me and not as a mannequin. I hope that my followers see your incredible products and realise I love you guys because of the love and care that goes into your company.

Check out the original article here:

http://www.stillstoked.com/feature/sex-sells-you-short-social-media-pressure-female-athletes/

 

Vaude- The Spirit of Mountain Sports

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I have made a massive error. There is no going back from it.. . .

That mistake was heading to YouTube and thinking to myself, I will just head to my sponsors page- VAUDE. Then I came across “Freeride Haute Route: Freeskiing Extreme Vaude.” It was a mistake because NOW ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IT WINTER.

My focus now, more so than ever is on the “All Girls Freeride edit” and how I can keep the fun, practical and extreme aspects of this particular edit from VAUDE, then carry it through to my project. This edit is incredibly beautiful, it’s magical in fact; showing the bond of a freeride team/group of friends and the struggle/euphoria for the best descent!

From peak to peak, crossing my favourite mountain zone, from Zermatt to Chamonix, this edit is well worth a watch to see, not only how amazing this area of the alps is but also how Vaude products are you back county best friend.

” The goal is finding yourself. . . . . ”

 

Vegan Propaganda? How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

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Okay, I guess I shall begin by saying, I have always been a little “mouthy”, opinionated and never shied away from a good old debate. However when I decided to go vegan, I didn’t want to be someone who preached, bullied and rallied to get my point across. I had, and still have blind faith that one day, people will open their eyes to the sad reality facing our planet and our health and wise up in their own time. If I am engaged in conversation I will gladly say my feelings and spread by knowledge, which is still VERY LIMITED. Let’s not forget, I am not a nutritionist or a Doctor but what I am is inquisitive; I did my research, I have watched countless educational videos and read countless articles, gathering my information to understand what is truly best for not only my body, but for humanity and planet earth.

If you don’t want me to talk about being a vegan, my health and fitness plan and future as a professional snowboarder ( They are all intrinsically linked), then don’t come to my blog. MY blog is my outlet and my chance to say my opinions, I make no money from it, and none is forced here at gun point.

 

So let us begin. . . . .

I have struggled with weight gain, issues of insecurity, mild depression and anxiety my entire adult life, since I was bullied for about 8 years. Into adult life I found I could never satisfy myself, satisfy my soul. Since going vegan, as brief has that time has been, I have had my world turned upside down. ACHE, GONE. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, GONE. EXCESS WEIGHT, DROPPING OFF. MUSCLE POWER, HEIGHTENED. SKINCARE, HAIR AND NAILS, STRONG AND VIBRANT. CONSCIOUS, CLEAR. All thanks to a plant based, clean eating vegan lifestyle.

So this blog entry is going to be a long one, so strap in, get comfy and let’s review together as the naive, stupid and uneducated people, The Daily Mirror thinks we are, If you haven’t seen the article in question, it’s entitled “Why you really can eat fat to lose weight”, page 26, written by Caroline Jones with “factual” contributions from Zana Morris.

This idea of eating fats to lose weight is picking up pace in the popular media, and why wouldn’t it; it facilitates us eating high fat, nutritionally weak foods while soothing our conscious about eating animal products. To someone who is blissfully unawares,  this article glamorizes- eating full fat milk, cheese and butter to aid a weight loss diet, and more alarmingly, recommended to type 2 diabetes sufferers is just awful. I am gob smacked that this bullshit got published AS THIS WHOLE ARTICLE REVOLVES DIRECTLY AROUND THE IDEA THAT PARTICULARLY, HIGH FAT DAIRY AND MEAT IS GOOD FOR US? Wonder who funded the research? The totally independent and non bias health food industry not at all subsidized by the agricultural industry or the supermarkets?

“The National Obesity Forum” and “Public Health Collaboration”are suggesting all of what we have been told before about healthy eating is incorrect, and the food industry has held the truth from us. That is correct, they fail to mention all the additional hormones, steroids and effective poisons that are added to high fat foods, namely animal products.

The article continues and goes to say the message could not be more clear, “A diet rich in full fat dairy, such as cheese, milk and yogurt can actually lower your chance of obesity”. Funny that when one of our primary sources of saturated fats in the UK diet is from dairy? Obesity is a epidemic facing the UK and many other European countries. Bare in mind every EU member state produces dairy, Milk for example attributes to 15% of the value output and we are arguably one of the globes most notable power players in dairy market, being renowned around the world for cheese production, French, the Italians, the Swiss. Could it not be possible that they want you to continue to buy milk- therefore find niche arguments to suggest it’s amazingly good for you like some kind of miracle food like this article suggests. Not only that they have very few regulations on the use of additives and hormones; if your average farmer knew this, may they not as human beings want to make money and therefore try to increase productivity by adding hormones and antibiotics into the milk for example? (Just to clarify, I am a massive EU supporter, it’s not only in the EU, the whole agricultural industry is terrible in my opinion and we truly don’t know how farmers get their cows to produce lactation for 4 whole years, is it by chemicals or by rubbing their chin and telling them how cute they are.)

The article demonizes carbs, it keeps saying LOWCARB; they do clarify that carbs and not all bad yet do not make the distinction in what is good and what is bad. Let us not make the mistake of grouping fast food chain chips and homemade roasted sweet potatoes or white cardboard bread and gluten free bread filled with whole grains and seeds into one group. Why is a low carb diet suggested to be the glitter floored path to redemption?Natural carbs like rice or potatoes allow our body’s to take the glucose from the food and convert it into useful energy, to fuel you throughout the day. However advocating animal products, like cheese and butter, saying that these foods are recommended for diabetes sufferers, dare I say this is-fucking lies! Is it not known that diary disrupts the productivity of the liver and panaceas by slowing absorption and secretion, therefore making imbalances in hormones?

NB. I cut out diary and my so called hormone imbalance that caused my acne, strangely disappeared, I wonder- *does jazz hands* HOW ON EARTH THAT HAPPENED!

Apparently, insulin is the “FAT” hormone. Is it not damning and dangerous to use this connotation. When actually insulin has nothing at all to do with fat and everything to do with sugar.  Insulin- if you didn’t already know from GCSE Biology; is the hormone which helps your body take sugars from carbohydrates occurring in everything you injest. Insulin helps keep the blood sugar at a equilibrium and help prevent HYPERGLYCEMIA OR HYPOGLYCEMIA. So it’s about fat? Did I mention FAT in that explanation?

The last direct quote I had a an issue with is: ” Dietary fats, however, requires several complicated steps to convert to glucose, therefore doesn’t trigger a direct rise in insulin at all”- NO SHIT you dingbat, not a direct rise as you so eloquently put it,  but it just fucks with your hormone balance in a slow and gruesome way. Spikes and troughs in insulin is caused by processed sugars, we all have sustainable rises and dips in insulin levels when we eat and or are hungry or have just eaten, that is not abnormal you pleb! Who is this women. When you consume animals products with a comparatively low value nutrition, your body stores the fat for the long term. Our body likes to store complex fats like diary for the long haul in case we suffer from famine or a period of starvation, leaving it with a fat dense reserve to use as survival energy. AWESOME RIGHT, YAYYYYYYYYYY KIMK ARSE COMPLETE WITH CELLULITE AND WOBBLE.

I literally have so much to say about this article, just writing this blog entry is making my head want to explode, there is so much wrong with it that any positive info is overlooked due to the sheer magnitude of it’s lies and propaganda. Just check out their idea of a ideal days eating; (All the while- AVOIDING AT ALL COSTS, FRUIT AND MOST VEGETABLES, SEEDS, GRAINS, BEANS- AS SWEET BABY JESUS THEY CONTAIN THE DEVIL FOODS, NATURAL SUGARS AND CARBS-insert sarcastic British accent and patronizing head tilt and eye twitch.)

Example Day:

Breaki- scrambled eggs with butter and cheese.

Lunch- A whole tub of full fat cottage cheese, walnuts, pine nuts and celery

Dinner- Pan fried steak with melted Boursin cheese, spinach and butter.

Oh, they are not total monsters, you are allowed certain greens and cauliflower! Oh thank god right!

 

SOOOOOOOOO, that’s where I am.

I feel this goes against so much rational and forward thinking regarding what is best for the human body. Truth is, what works for me, may not for everyone, I know the vegan diet isn’t plausible for everyone and it will take time for the British supermarkets to catch up with us, not to use animal by products in every other product on the shelf. But one thing I do know, is that consuming fats, the likes of which we just don’t know enough about them to recommend so passionately, can only lead to another cog in the great problem. People don’t know enough about good food and what’s sad is a I see a niche group in America and Australia certainly, trying to promote veganisum, but never have I seen a notable vegan doctor, nutritionist or expert, ever feature on “Good Morning Britain”, “BBC” or in ANY newspaper. Doesn’t mean it isn’t a life style worth exploring or a topic for interesting debate, but doing something as simple as going vegan, serves to make no one any profit but does so much for the planet which seems to be the least sexy dietary option.

 

 

 

 

Going Vegan, Yoga and My Summer Training-Part 1

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Hey wonderful people.

 

It had been just too long. I am so sorry I have been totally MIA recently, I have completely neglected my social media but it’s okay because it think it was totally needed. I was having a tough time at the end of last winter, many issue with my own well-being and mental strength and the future for my competitive career.  I was so eager to come home, get back to my sanctuary, with the family and in control of my own destiny again. So after a few weeks at home and I can come back to you guys fresh faced and ready to go.

Okay so I make a little check list in my mind, what I needed to address in my life in order to move forward and be the best version of myself I can be.  On the list was:

1, My out look and general well-being

2, My diet for building strength and training regime

3, Yoga and exploring the possibilities

4, Social Media

Not a very long list, but a list where all topics could lead to a happier and healthier me.

I will be talking over all these topics in the coming weeks but I wanted to take this particular blog post to talk about my decision to go Vegan.

Not one I took lightly, this is whole heartedly been the second best decision of my life, after deciding to take part in competitive big mountain snow boarding of course. I know I am only 2 weeks in but I could not be happier. I had a few courses of inspiration, the first were my good friends Ninni and Marta. These girls embody everything that is beautiful about vegan-ism and a general overall yogic lifestyle. These girls are beautiful, lovely skin, killer bodies but also kind natured, selfless and a pleasure to be around, I think being a vegan promotes a sense of greater understanding; for not only the environment but the value of life. The second inspiration was Full Moon Yoga retreat. Although, over at Chalet Rosiere you don’t eat exclusively Vegan, (we do have some light diary products)- the vibe, promoted by the gorgeous ex model and yogi Alex Volkers and her hero of a hubby Philip Volkers- they made their own probiotics, almond milk and explored the French Alps for the best health food shops, to ensure a balanced diet was served at their blissful retreat without needing meat or fish. Thirdly I discovered Yann Arthus-Bertrand- a documentarian, a humanitarian and my life’s inspiration. After watching all volumes of his documentary “Human” and then “Home”, a learned of the value of Human life, the preservation of our world and species, along with the enlightenment of our impact on the planet. With some self discovery, the realisation of my environmental impact came hurling toward me. Now I don’t have a car, I live in the Alps in the Winter, I recycle and I wouldn’t have said I was a massive contributor to the issue, but I realise it’s that mentality which has caused to much harm. Now adopting a Vegan diet to aid my summer training regime, I now know how to do my little bit to help save the planet; I save 1100 gallons of water 10lbs of CO2 emissions and one animals life PER DAY. To me that is more than good enough.

So what am I eating, well luckily my mum instilled within me a passion for food and cooking, safe to say I have not suffered. I have greatly enjoyed trying new ingredients and replacing protein etc with new experimental ingredients. Chia seeds man, who knew! I have attached some pictures so you can see:

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Home-made Granola Breaki

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Vegan/Glutan Free Beetroot and Cocoa Brownie

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Wild Berry Protein Shake

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Coconut Chia Pudding with Strawberry’s

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Avocado and Rocket

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Fried Broccoli, Pak Choi and Walnut Salad.

I will be sharing with you some experimental recipes and maybe popping some videos up on YouTube, but for now. . . . .

 

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you guys think.

 

Peace and Love, oh and FOLLOW ME ON INSTA- promise it will be worth it! Angelicasykesuk

 

 

 

 

The Full Moon Yoga Retreat with Kelly Brooks Yoga

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Yoga for snowboarding, a combination that has changed the way I ride.

 

I am so glad yoga came into my life, a force of peace and tranquillity. I started practising yoga about a year ago, in a time where I felt I needed something to help rationalise, well, everything in my life. After last season, I know my competitive career was a success, I still doubted myself, I still looked for gaps in everything I did, when I should have been commending myself for working hard and reaping the rewards. Yoga helped me look inwards, find the appreciation, the serenity and peace I needed. Separately this winter season where the success and failures in my snowboarding career have been totally different, I again turn to yoga for the support.

 

Yoga is a way of life, its not Jennifer Aniston drinking vegan smoothies, its not going to a class once a week and saying you got all zen from that 1 hour. Although, I’m sure Kelly would agree, everyone must be encouraged to take part and do whatever they need to do to fit yoga into their lives; but for me as a professional athlete, I don’t want to be a cafeteria yogi, I want to try and embody every aspect to ensure I have all the resources I need to be a better athlete. That is why the yoga retreat really changed so much for me. Being around similarly yogic people and embodying the lifestyle even down to the cuisine and the general “Vibe”, I wanted to carry it on to my everyday life.  What I mean is, exploring the options of a vegan diet, (as vegan as I can be living in Italy and being from an Italian family) certainly cutting out alcohol, allowing myself the sleep I need, being kind and honourable and doing all I can to really dedicate to my practice and clear my mind to let the yoga guide me.

But how does yoga benefit me as a snowboarder? I cant even begin to tell you how much. If I had to summarise my personal discipline (Freeride/backcountry snowboarding) in simplistic terms, you need strength, endurance and a sense of calm and pensive nature. Now, I had really only practiced Vinyasa yoga, but during the retreat, Kelly blew my mind to the wonders of Iyenger and Ashtanga yoga. These practices helped me explore new muscle groups, building on my strength, in the core and in the weaker areas of my arms. The yoga retreat helped me focus on my breathing; at the top of a couloir, about to drop in or while on a competition, I need calm. The focus on breathing and meditation has taught me skills I can use to really centre myself, I can think pragmatically and rationally but not only that, I have learnt to hold my poses for longer and really feel the power of yoga through ever corner of my body.

The retreat certainly inspired and motivated me. I am now equipped with more techniques to go forward into my summer season of training. Not only that but the retreat was sheer bliss, Chalet Rosiere have really got a good thing going, such a prime location, it’s quiet and set back away from the main hustle and bustle of La Rosiere, Ian the chef was on point, every meal exceeding the last and Kelly- well, Kelly is my guide, her calm and serene nature was just what I needed to discover my inner yogi. The combination of deep house too was incredible. Kelly has really given a lot of thought into exactly what house she chooses, eg. Odesza, a group that have very deep and contemplative music and beat was very helpful for when you are practising longer poses.

If you are lucky enough to live in London get yourself to her classes as you well see a new side to yourself and your yoga ability and if you have ever wanted to combine the incredible sports of skiing and snowboarding with yoga then you simply must join on the next retreat, it was a life changer.

In the mean time follow her on Instagram @kellybrooksyoga and the Chalet @chaletrosiere

Getting Itchy Feet to compete or not to compete

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Looking back on last year, I was one busy little bee, although I am this year also, its in a totally different way. I’m loving the direction in which my career is going and I couldn’t be happier with all the love, support and opportunities coming my way but I forgot for a moment how it all started. It was the Freeride World Tour and the Qualifier Series. I stopped to wonder why I was competing and last year why I invested so much time and money travelling Europe to show what I could do. I thought was it worth it, all the days training, the days travelling and all the hate and sadness I felt at myself when I didn’t perform to the standard I deemed good enough. I was never quite good enough in my own eyes. I spent days literally sitting in bed crying and thinking-What am I doing, I am not a good enough snowboarder; I’m not as good as that other girl, everyone compares me to her, she should be competing not me-. I put myself though it all because I wanted sponsors, I wanted to work with the companies I had idolised as being such incredible brands, I wanted to be a part of that world. This summer, after a winter of feeling down about my ability as a snowboard and a massive amount of money out of pocket I got my wish.

I can now proudly say I work with and collaborate with so many amazing brands and companies who have been so wonderful and supportive. However although I’m sure it doesn’t hurt, not one of the sponsors has explicitly said they wish for me to compete. For a brand to move forward in 2016 its all about online presence, social media and potential reach. So for the season thus far, that has been my focus.  I’m investing time and energy into my other projects, Filming particularly and planning for the All Girls Freeride Edit and ensuring I stay up to date with my online profile by posting pictures of my adventures.

But now, I have itchy feet. I am longing for that feeling of pure adrenaline and sense of community I used to get from competing. There is literally nothing like that notion of fear and excitement when the organisers yell- 3, 2, 1 DROPIN- and I want that again.I said after Verbier Freeride Week that at the next comp, I would #gobigorgohome, well, after 2 months of pondering I’m ready to put that into practice. I need to dedicate myself to training for the next 2 or 3 weeks and head to the St Foy and Cortina stops on the Freeride Qualifer series with fresh eyes and new energy.

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Supporting Women in Sport

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Hey there everyone,

 

I wanted to check in with you today to talk to you all about something that I have been thinking about a lot. I am talking about supporting women in sport. Now this of course is something very close to my heart, I have so found so much peace and happiness, frustration and craziness in sport and sport has helped me out of many dark places where I thought there was nothing for me in life or a future. Snowboarding has given me the feeling of freedom and purpose I have been looking for my whole life. All of this makes me want to help other women feel the same and find within themselves what sport has helped me find.

I know many women who are either fantastic riders or very impressive athletes but I look at the in all their glory and achievements and wonder if they would want to help others strive to get where they are. I see some women who are so protective over their skill, their craft and the work they have put in the activity, which in a way I understand. Women have to be so ruthless in sport and in the professional world as positions of influence are so hard to come by. However if it means I am not as good or as determined to make it to the top no matter of the cost then so be it. For me if I have the opportunity to help, to pass on knowledge or advice then I want to take it. I want all people, not only women to feel welcomed with open arms when they meet me, to feel they can ask me anything and know I will provide support no matter what.

At the competitions, I am so fortunate that the women are supportive and loving. They embrace new athletes and support existing ones. Especially in the snowboard women category, we are the envy of the other disciplines as we are dolling out high fives and hugging every competitor when they arrive at at the finish. This is so important as its about helping people see their potential and grow from it. I want to employ this mentality in everyday life. When I meet women wanting to learn, wanting to improve, I want to be there offering a supportive word or some gentle advice.  Unlike these women I speak of who try to suitably talk others down, make them feel inadequate, try to outdo them in every way, I say to you that you will not find a friend in me. But to all women out there who want to try snow sports particularly, then go for it. There are groups and organisations out there that want to bring out the best in you and ensure you have all the motivation you need to get where you want to go.

After all an athlete is not just skin and muscle; an athlete is not just awards and accolades, and athlete is a motivator, someone who influences people positively, someone who has a healthy body image and a healthy view on eating and exercise. Most importantly an athlete inspires and I hope deeply that I can be that person to some women out there.

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