Your Age: 19
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Snowdome Tamworth
Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard (Burton Genie & Citizen Bindings), Go Pro Hero on the mountains, Nikita beanie, ThirtyTwo boots, that's pretty much my set up so far.
What’s an average day for you like? I work at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports most days but because it's based in the Snowdome I normally go for an evening shred after work with the guys. Then to end the day a cold pint and some pizza.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The difficult part is committing to it. You'll fall countless times but it's so important to get back up and keep going. One day the motion of snowboarding will just sort of "click".
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best part is being recognised for taking part in a sport that is mostly male dominated and people get so stoked when you tell them that you snowboard but the worst part is feeling under pressure by mainly brands to be a flawless rider. Everyone falls and everyone has to start somewhere right?
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More promotion of the sport to appeal to kids at a younger age. It only appealed to me at ages 18 because I didn't really know I could strap on a board and ride so easily when I realised how many indoor slopes there were in the UK. I also think promoting the other benefits of snowsports would beneficial too: stress relief, good exercise, the ability to push yourself, great social aspects to the sport etc.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Most days I look like a lumberjack mixed with a hobo. I mostly wear checked shirts, skinny jeans, big coats, a beanie and my Nike SB Satires but on the odd occasion you might find me in a dress if I've been forced to. I'm a pretty chilled person so I think that reflects that in my personal style.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Nikita, Volcom, Bro!, Burton, Smith goggles for actually making a decent pair that fit over glasses,, God bless you. ThirtyTwo, Billabong, Element, Nike SB, Vans, Mons Royale, 686 jackets although they're men's, they're super comfy.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? As long as you're feeling good, that's all that matters and looking good is just an extra bonus. If you look like pure crap but you're feeling stoked to be riding and you're achieving those goals you've set yourself, that's all that matters. Forget the makeup, forget the selfies, just strap yourself into your board and get riding! Sometimes even when you're not feeling good, riding can really lift your mood and I'd highly recommend it.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Everything has a risk involved but it's how you perceive that risk which determines how you are a person. If you're too worried about falling or injuring yourself than you seriously need to work on your confidence before hitting the slopes because being worried constantly about what "could" happen will impact your overall riding.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I haven't seen many but I've definitely experienced some myself. I was riding down towards the Apres bar in Bansko, Bulgaria hoping to look smooth as f*ck as I passed the photographers who were taking photos of shredders and as I was approaching pretty fast I caught an edge and face planted the snow. My helmet, goggles, glasses and belongings in my coat all fell out right in front of the photographers station and I couldn't see a thing as I was faced down in snow. I really just hope no one ever sees those photos...
What is your favorite trick? I love flatland tricks. Tail presses, ollies, attempting to 180 and then sometimes riding over a few features in the dome. I'm not exactly the biggest park rat.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The buzz you get from after a decent ride. Setting yourself little goals each time you shred and achieving them is the most satisfying and addictive thing. I think there's so many role models in my sport and endless tricks and ways to improve, there's always something for you to be working on.
Do you own any other toys? I own a basic Osprey skateboard setup that's currently hibernating in my cupboard until I can find the courage to ride it. I have two air rifles I regularly go and shoot stuff with and of course, my other toy is my 2004 Vauxhall Corsa that I use as a dumping ground for McDonalds coffee cups and as a hub to play my array of terrible music.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Knowing I'm doing something fun on that day or evening. I'm quite a difficult person to motivate some I'm constantly having to plan stuff to keep me buzzing. Although days where I have no plans, a cuppa and loud music normally does the trick.
What are three things you could not live without? Spotify, Danish pastries and my dog, Pops. The three most important things in my life.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I'm hoping to continue to improve my riding and allow it to enable me to travel to new places. There's so many places I haven't been to as I've been a dome rat for the past year. And of course, meeting loads of new people on the way!
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My dad has always been there from videoing me falling on my arse during my first lesson to dropping me off at the airport when I plan random, spontaneous holidays. I'm normally known for giving up on hobbies I start randomly but he's had faith in me to continue something he could tell I enjoyed.