Category - Features

When ambition gets the best of a surfer

Becoming too ambitious can rob the joy from surfing Surfing is so freaking hard!   Ask any of your high achieving friends why they love surfing and at least part of their answer will include, “Because it is hard.” Surfing...

Deep Breathing: Why every athlete should be doing it

Deep breathing has hundreds of proven benefits. That’s why some of the world’s top athletes practice it regularly.    We all know we should take more deep breaths. But doing it is another story. Here are...

Finding Flow in Sports: What the Yoga Sutras teach us

What the Yoga Sutras have to teach us about finding flow in any sport   The whole idea behind the practice of yoga is to remove excess thinking and start becoming. The Yoga Sutras, an ancient Hindu text, mentions only...

The complete guide to buying skis for women

How to buy skis for women What to look for when buying skis for women   With an increase in women hitting the slopes, it’s hard not to notice that ski companies are developing and manufacturing some great, female...

Shadow Boxing in the Lineup

Shadow Boxing in the Lineup – Guest post by Karren Knowlton, originally posted on Medium   I feel their eyes glide over the curves of my body. Their gaze evaluative, hungry. I am being watched. My skin prickles with...

Why women need the support of men in the outdoors

Aspiring to be a strong female ski guide – This article took a long time to write. First started in 2016 and finished in 2017. I was scared to publish it.   ‘Girl. You’ve got to be better, faster, stronger’ – that was...

Simple living is the hardest thing to do – Or is it?

Simple living in the mountains   Alone in a hand-built log cabin deep in the Canadian mountains, I’m sitting here pondering life.   It took a lot of effort to physically get here, and right now life is pretty sweet...

10 lessons to be learnt from Japanese culture

Opening my eyes to Japanese culture It’s been a great pleasure living in Japan the last three months. I have worked as a backcountry snowboard guide on the north island of Hokkaido (population 5.4 million). The Japanese...

Olympic Snowboarding Big Air – So hot right now

Snowboarding has always been a world of two halves: the competitive side fuelled by increasing rules and regulations, and the soul-searching freeride side, seen as art more than sport.   Never are these two sides more...

Don’t call me lucky. You make your own luck

You make your own luck One 12 hour flight. Two grueling 7 hour bus journeys. 3 countries and 2 continents later, here we are in the Andes! My face beams with excitement.   I write this with a bus window view that spans the...

Why you shouldn’t quit your job to travel the world

Don’t quit your job to travel the world – Guest post by Nina Ziezman from Shewhoadventures.com   It’s become a cliche of the 21st century, hasn’t it? Quitting your job to travel the world. From your local...

Don’t make these 6 mistakes when learning to surf

6 mistakes you will make learning to surf Learning to surf is tough. I read an article by the amazing Girl Surf Network recently that spoke about surfing being a 10 year sport. Yup. 10 years. That’s how long it could take...

Why every athlete should practice yoga

Practice yoga and bend so you don’t break! If the best in the world are stretching their arses off in order to get strong, why aren’t you?   Like most snowboarders, my body has taken a serious beating over the...

How does Bethany Hamilton surf with one arm?

  Bethany Hamilton just inspired the entire world. Her performance surfing at the Fiji Pro left everyone with mouths on the floor and nothing but wide eyes and praise for professional athlete, mother, wife and inspirational...

Tailgate Alaska – 10 must have survival items

Tailgate Alaska Survival It’s my first year at Tailgate Alaska, a 10-day winter festival in the parking lot at the top of Thompson Pass. Thompson Pass is the snowiest place in Alaska and the connecting roadway between...

When someone shows you who they are, believe them

When someone shows you who they are, believe them – Famous quote by Maya Angelo   This is an unusual post. Not at all action sports related, but life lesson focused. It’s about wanting to let something go...

3 Mental Tricks to Overcome Fear

  99% of action sport athletes don’t know when to listen to their fear or work through it. In this article you’ll learn the how to take advantage of the 3 dimensions of the Performance Triad. We will identify the 7...

How to overcome fear after an injury

  In a second article by pro snowboarder Jussi Tarvainen on the topic of injury and recovery, we look at how fear can impact you . If you missed the first article 5 Reasons injury can be the best thing to happen, make sure...

5 Reasons injury can be the best thing to happen

  Did you just come out of an injury and now you’re second guessing yourself, overthinking and freezing up when trying to do old tricks?   Are you seriously underperforming and afraid to fall, make mistakes and get re...

Surf fitness and exercises with pro surfer Paige Hareb

  Paige Hareb is a professional surfer from New Zealand with an wicked sense of humour and envious, globe trotting lifestyle on all the best waves. We met through the Girl Surf Network and ran a small riot in Manly, during...

You have to fall to rise

  You don’t need a reason for everything you do in your life. Do it because you want to, do it because it’s fun…..do it because it makes you happy. – Guest post by Echo Giesel Widmer   I do not...

Surfing and Happiness – One wave is really all it takes

  At my home break on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, there’s a bright and beautiful surf group that meet every Friday at dawn. Fluro Friday: they wear bright, skin tight, patterned lycra and surf with ginormous smiles, wigs and...

What to pack in your backcountry snowmobile backpack?

What to pack for snowmobiling Professional snowmobiler Julie-Anne Chapman knows a thing or two about packing a backcountry bag. She takes us through what items she wouldn’t leave home without and makes some recommendations...

Your protein diet needs when training

Getting ready for winter involves a lot of training and strength work. You need to be ready for long days riding and more importantly, ensure your body is injury proof. I am even more focused and motivated to get strong for...

How to snowboard: 12 tips for beginners

So you want to learn how to snowboard?   Yes! I’m stoked for you! Learning how to snowboard should be really fun. It is just awesome and I’m personally ALL for introducing more people to my favourite thing...

5 Awesome things to spend all your tax return money on

  Yey. It’s tax return time!   I’m not having the best time at the moment. Life’s dishing out lemons and I’m just chucking them on the ground, staring blankly at the mess. Just this week I got an advertising...

Learning to Splitboard: 8 things I wish I had in my pack

  Learning to splitboard has been high on my to do list for quite sometime now. I have become increasingly adverse to crowds and lift lines in my old age! More and more I want to be alone in the mountains, to just get away...