At the age of 16 I went to High Cascade Snowboard Camp at Mt Hood, after a year of begging my Mum. I jetted off there for my 16th Birthday, Erin Comstock, ex pro Roxy rider at the time was my coach for the week, I was so excited and did everything I could to impress her 🙂
A month later I’d just moved to Northern Ireland, when I received a phone call from Stine Brun Kjeldaas, who was the Roxy European Marketing manager, and she invited me out to Switzerland that next week to ride with the Roxy Junior Team, I can honestly say it was a dream come true, my favourite snowboard brand and then being invited on a trip, I couldn’t believe it when I got my first jacket!
It went from there and I just continued to ride as much as possible and my relationship grew with Roxy and I became a part of the main team 2 years later!
My advice for a grommie wanting to get involved today is get to your local Snow Dome, it’s amazing how many great facilities there are now in the UK, the Snow Centre just 30 minutes from London.
Ride as much as you can and have fun with it. Make sure you try something new every time you’re on your board, no matter how small it is, for example a switch ollie, those little challenges will keep you pumped and the stoke alive to keep going back for more and more. If someone spots you in the dome having fun and progressing, word will get back. It’s a small scene and everyone’s always watching out for new talent!