Sophie Bramall - Ski/Skateboarder - Staffordshire, UK

 

 

 

 Your Age: 15

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Tamworth Snowdome.

Weapon(s) of choice: A good pair of K2 MissConduct Skis, and a pair of Full Tilt Rumours. Always need a snazzy helmet!

What’s an average day for you like? Get up around 7:30am, Pain Au Chocolate with some Hot Chocolate (or orange juice if I'm feeling healthy!). Off on first lift around when they open. Pick out the park (an airbag makes it for me!). Give a few features a try, give the kickers a run! Then a big mountain lunch (pizza is always best) then a few carving runs in the afternoon, then finish in the park!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Confidence is everything, when you land your first trick, you get the kick of adrenaline, and keep trying. But when you fall or don't land how you like, it knocks you back.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best is that we are the minority , there are less of us, so that gives us a better chance of just doing everything how we like! Worst thing is how we are looked at by the men, they just think oh she's not as good as me, but then you pull out your best trick and they are like woah OK she's cool!

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More female only competitions would definitely boost the sport.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I like to keep most things to myself, like whether I hurt myself, or how I think something went. I'm definitely not a perfectionist so when I land a trick, I'll practice it a couple more times, but I won't spend hours on it.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? SheShreds (obviously!) K2 skis, Full Tilt Boots, and Planks Clothing (as my friends uncle owns it!).

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I always think if you look good doing something, that will make it the best it can be!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? When you really think about how bad you can get hit, it is very dangerous - people have died doing what we do. But if you know your limits then you should be fine.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. To be honest I haven't seen anything really bad, but I have seen some on YouTube, this guy dropping off a half pipe, and went up the first side, and landed right on his hips, it looked like he'd been snapped in half.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think that when you get something right it feels great! Also it's not like football, if you're good, then you're probably the only one out of your friends which I think is a pretty awesome feeling.

What is your favorite trick? I've only really started doing freestyle recently, so I'm not very good (yet!). But probably a 180 safety , or straight air tail grab, or straight air Japan grab.

Do you own any other toys? I've got a skateboard, but I'm also quite into cycling. I also have a road and a MTB.

What gets you pumped up for the day? knowing that I'll be skiing all day!

What are three things you could not live without? My skis (obviously!), my cat, and FRIENDS!

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? It has only really just taken off so I don't think anyone can predict what is going to happen.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents definitely, none of what I do would be possible without them, also my instructors.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Katie Summerhayes, Or James 'Woodsy' Woods.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Music - I'm quite into my music as well.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Swimming, I used to compete, but I've always got the indoors snowdome!

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Just to spend more time on improving. I want to learn lots of new stuff.

What do you do to prep for a competition? Practice and listen to music, always.

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I haven't done any skiing competitions (yet!). I won the RSPCA YPA 2011 , and also Grade 8 clarinet, Grade 8 saxaohone, grade 7 piano.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Park and powder.

Favorite conditions? All night snowing, then a bluebird.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Aspen, because that is where the xgames are at the moment!

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Mumford and sons - little lion man. Or Living like we're renegades.

What turned you on to your sport? Well I've been skiing since I was two, so probably my parents. But recently, just how much the sport has grown.

Any new tricks you’re working on? I'm working on technical rail and box stuff.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Skied with my inspiration James 'Woodsy' Woods.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Skateboarding, and I'd love to try skydiving!

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Probably producing music, or videos.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? K2 misconduct, great all round terrain skis!

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Speed is the key , if you get it wrong , it could all go wrong.

How would you describe your riding style? Experimental.

What would you say is your signature trick? Japan grab straight air or 180.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Just an easy 180 of a large kicker.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Helicopter Pilot in the R.A.F.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram. - @sophbramski
Twitter - @sophbram_ski
Vimeo - Sophie Bramall
Facebook - Sophie Bramall