You have been riding on a professional level for about a decade, how have you seen the progression of the sport develop? Do you agree with the current path it's on?
I'm stoked I got to be a part of snowboarding during the time I did and of course, change is inevitable, right? Whether I agree with the current path or not, I'm pretty content with my shift to simply focus on what I enjoy about snowboarding and do that. I know the work ethic and sacrifice that is required to be at the top, pushing the envelope mentally and physically -always, and I take my hat off to those on that path also.
How do you stay fit and motivated to continue to pursue snowboarding at a top-level?
On a wellness level, outside of my yoga and meditation practice, I have found that embracing all four seasons has been key for me over the last few years.
From nearly a decade and a half of back to back winters, I needed some warmth and saltwater in my life to keep my stoke for snowboarding strong.
I enjoy snowboarding in the winter, slush fun in spring, the warmth of summer, the excitement of autumn arriving, and then we are back in winter all over again.
I have truly grown such an appreciation for all four seasons and it was something I often missed out on being a professional snowboarder from New Zealand with the Northern Hemi winter being the big one for all international riders.
What advice would you have for anyone out there who is looking to balance or prepare their training for snowboarding?
Balance being the keyword there. Training your physical body is one thing but learning how to train the mind is what will set you apart.
To train the body and the mind requires energy, adequate rest, and good fuel.
What effects does the environment have on us? What can we control and what do we have to learn how to sit with to avoid energy being spent where it is of no use to us? etc etc. It's all connected.
The more balanced your lifestyle = the better you feel.
The better you feel = the more energy/output you have available to put towards snowboarding/living your best life.
Thanks for the quick talk Christy. Do you have any last tips for people out there looking to pursue their dreams?
Do they work and trust yourself.