Charlie Stealson, Snowboard/MTB (UK)

May 26, 2017

Charlie Stealson, Snowboard/MTB (UK)

Charlie Stealson - Snowboard/MTB - United Kingdom, EU




 Your Age: 21

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Morzine.

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard.

What’s an average day for you like? My average day starts bright and early at 7am when I start work. I cook breakfast for all my guests in the chalet, do some cleaning, drop my guest off at the lifts, then around 10am I'm free!! I spend my day up the mountain with, stash laps, tree runs and jibbing around until 4pm when I have to re-enter normal life and head back to work. I cook a 4 course dinner for my guests and hear about there great day too! Generally have a lovely time. I usually finish at around 9pm. I then head home, have a catch up with my friends and shortly after face plow into my bed. This is pretty much what my whole season looks like.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? I think the hardest part is working up the courage to learn something new at all. The easiest part is enjoying it!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport?think the worst part about being a girl in my sport is that it feels like there are so little of us at a certain level. I think the best part is when you do find another girl at your level.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would love to see more girls in the park. Sometimes when you're a girl and you are first getting into riding park, it feels really intimidating to see the park full of guys throwing down. I do, however, think the community of girls riding park is growing and, especially here in Morzine, there seems to be a big push to get girls mixing with each other and riding together.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Pretty laid back. I live in a plaid shirt and skinny jeans most of the time.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I'm really into CLWR at the moment for jackets, but my long time favorite has to be Airblaster.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think a big part of what gets people hooked on snowboarding is the the freedom to do whatever you choose with it throughout every level. It's all about how you want to ride and your creativity. Also the feeling of progression, even if it's just nailing your first linked turn. The sport gives back exactly what you put in.

What is your favorite trick? A real clean backside 360.

Do you own any other toys? My super old, but super loved Norco mountain bike.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Having a great group of friends to ride with...and a killer playlist.

What are three things you could not live without? My snowboard. my iPod, my family.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I guess I would love to make snowboarding more than just a hobby for me. It's something I'm really passionate about and I couldn't imagine my life without it. And I guess I would just love to share that passion with other people, so they can feel as happy as I do after a day out on the mountain.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? Most defiantly Barry and Dave from Real snowboarding. I couldn't have asked for better teachers. And a friend Ella who helped my land my first job in the alps.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Would have to be Jamie Anderson. Great rider, ever better person.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? With having to juggle my job and riding, spare time is a bit of a rarity. So when I do get the chance, I like to go hiking and hang out with friends. Just enjoy the down time.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Either a good amount of mountain biking or some mission hikes with the dog!

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? To get out into the back country more often, and to get inverted!!

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. Last winter I won treeline chalets Hip jam comp in the category of best team rider.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Every way!! but I do love slushy spring jib laps around resort.

Favorite conditions? Slushy spring.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Dolomites! I spent my first season there and would love the chance to return now that I have the ability to do more with the amazing terrain.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Afterglow-Wilkinson.

What turned you on to your sport? I really like things that are fast, and scare me a bit.

Any new tricks you’re working on? I landed my first front flip last winter...I think it's about time for the back.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Hit the big flat down rail in the stash on the pro line.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Mountain biking and diving...if you can class floating around as extreme.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Cultivating my army of cats. I mean, I would have a LOT of spare time on my hands.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I took a Never summer onyx out for a day last winter, and fell in love. I'm a GNU lady at the moment, but I may have to jump ship soon.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? I think fully committing to what you intend to do is key!

How would you describe your riding style? Quite loose I guess. I like to charge, but I like to look chill about it.

What would you say is your signature trick? Tail grab EVERYTHING!

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Gin & tonic.

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