We heart Instagram – 10 of our favourites to follow

This weekend we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Instagram surf and snow accounts for you. Instagram is such a great place to take inspiration from. Get ready to become a snow and surf Instagram junkie – that’s if you’re not already!

And don’t forget to follow @nowripthis 

Who are your favourite Instagrams to follow at the moment?

Chicks with Stix at Thredbo and Mt Buller

Chicks with Stix 2014

MT BULLER: July 26th-27th

THREDBO: September 6th-7th

Chicks with Stix will continue running their FREE weekend-long sessions at resorts around Australia. The sessions will consist of a three hour-long workshop on both the Saturday and Sunday (unless specified otherwise). Our general age bracket is 12-25 years old but we have chicks of all ages joining in! Chicks under 10 years old will need to contact us if they are interested in taking part in the session.

The free ride sessions are designed to get more girls involved in freeskiing and snowboarding, that is park, pipe, moguls and big mountain. During the sessions, after warming up, we split into small groups and work on skills based on the demand.

In the terrain park it may be showing a group how to pop off a jump or slide a rail. Other times we may be teaching girls tricks such as spread eagles, grabs, 180s and 360s. Out of the park, we may work on mogul technique, short turns, long turns, how to read a slope, how to pop off natural features, skiing switch and sometimes basic things like how to tackle challenging terrain and conditions.

It is all based on what the group wants to do and we usually have 3-5 coaches for both skiing and boarding so we can get quite specific.

The full details are on the Chix With Stix website.

Please send all enquiries to chickswithstix.skiing@gmail.com.

Shred your heart out at Hakuba’s Snow Goddess Retreats

snowboarderSnow Goddess retreats offer the chance to spark your spirit of adventure, get inspired, master or develop your snow skills and enjoy a fantastic winter vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful alpine locations – Hakuba, Japan.

Hakuba is situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japanese Alps and stands out as one of Japan’s top winter resort areas, offering some of the best winter sports action in Japan.

HakubaYou will have fun meeting new friends, experiencing the unique Japanese culture, being pampered and honing your snow skills. At the same time we will nourish your body with delicious healthy but hearty meals made fresh daily by our resident chef.

Tour Dates: Sun 01 Feb – Sun 08 Feb | Sun 08 Feb – Sun 15 Feb | Sun 15 Feb – Sun 22 Feb | Sun 22 Feb – Sun 01 Mar | Sun 01 Mar – Sun 08 Mar | Sun 08 Mar – Sun 15 Mar |


Luna HotelTHE TRINITY PACKAGE from $3075 pp triple share

THE HARMONY PACKAGE from $3185 pp twin share with shared bathroom

THE BLISS PACKAGE from $3295 pp twin share with ensuite

THE SERENITY PACKAGE $3850 pp king private room

Prices do not include airfare. Solo goddesses are welcome to chose a shared room and will be partnered with a room mate.


• 1 Night accommodation at Narita Airport hotel on arrival with breakfast

• Return “Goddess Only” transfers from Narita Airport to The Lodge

• 7 Divine Days of accommodation at the Charming Goddess Lodge in Hakuba, Japan

10424432_527013724069195_1425261393_a• Private rooms with king size beds or shared rooms with twin beds and custom retreat amenities

• Delicious a la carte meals including breakfasts, lunches and decadent dinner parties made with love by our resident chef (2 dinner not included).

• 5 day all mountain (9 mountain resort ) ski pass

• Small instruction groups for personal attention at your ski or snowboard level

• Mandatory snow helmet provided

BALANCE• Top quality and new design, board/ski hire available at an additional cost

• Restorative yoga sessions at the lodge with our resident yoga Instructor

• 2 visits to nearby Onsen (Japanese hot bath)

• Customized ‘Follow Your Bliss Day’ – Spark your spirit as you spend the day exploring the best of Japan with a variety of activities.

Superior twin 620x462• Endless purified spring water, coffee/teas/hot chocolate

• Complimentary broadband Wi-Fi internet access

• Luscious room amenities including Guest Robes & Hairdryers

• Custom blended spa toiletries

• Daily inspirational cards with Turn Down Service

• Goody Bag

Snow Monkeys• 5% of profits donated toward our ‘Giving Goddess’ Charity program

• Personalised itinerary consultation & booking services with your Snow Goddess Retreat Hostess

• Travel with a company that is annually awarded Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence for consistently exceeding our guests’ expectations

• Relax in our expert care with over 12 years experience hosting world class women’s retreats.



Board ABC Day Thredbo, Sat August 30th 2014.

Board ABC DayWhen: Saturday 30th August 2014
Where: Thredbo Resort
How Much: $45.00

Get a group of your mates together for a fun day boarding while raising money for brain cancer.

The 3rd Annual ʻBoard ABC Dayʼ will take place at Thredbo this year where participants will ʻBoard Against Brain Cancerʼ (Board ABC).

Many people are still unaware that brain cancer is one of the most lethal yet understudied of all cancers. It is the leading cancer killer for young people under age 39 and children under 10, yet receives very little research funding. This event is in association with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

This year the format will include an ‘all female’ snowboarding session that offers female riders a chance to unite and ride in a non-intimidating environment, with a bunch of girls. Participants will be coached by some of Australiaʼs top female snowboarders, as well as professional snowboard instructors.

There will also be an ʻall maleʼ Jumping Workshop. This will cater to riders who can already ride the terrain parks and want to improve their jumping and spinning. Participants will be coached by some of Australiaʼs best male snowboarders. They will have the opportunity to obtain personal feedback in a casual environment.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is driving the national research agenda for brain cancer. As the largest dedicated fundraiser for brain cancer research in Australia, they mobilise communities, advocate to government and raise awareness. Their mission is to increase five-year survival to 50% within 10 years.

Come and be involved in a FUN day for a GREAT CAUSE.



  • All female and all male coaching sessions lead by professional snowboard instructors and sponsored/competitive snowboarders
  • Presentation with plenty of prizes to be awarded to participants
  • UNITED WE RIDE for Awareness of Brain Cancer. All participants wearing their Board ABC singlets will ride as a group from the top to the bottom of the mountain.
  • BOARD ABC singlet

For more details: facebook.com/boardabc.day
To purchase tickets: boardabc@hotmail.com

Please note, this event is not for beginner snowboarders. It is a chance for riders to improve their riding, with a focus on freestyle.

Katie Ormerod’s world first double cork 1080

British snowboarder Katie Ormerod has become the first woman ever to land a backside double cork 1080

Night Fury, Niseko

If you haven’t already, watch Night Fury. It will get you amped to ride in Niseko.

Winter’s never been so hot! Mons Royale new merino range.

Promise that you’ll try to stay calm while you look.

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Vie Active, created in the beautiful Bondi Beach.

Can you imagine creating a life of happiness and energy? Living and breathing the ocean and the outdoors? Working with and meeting inspiring people who motivate and educate you every day? Sounds like dream living, hey?  This is the reality for mother of two girls and Vie Active Founder Noa Ries. We are very excited to introduce you to her today.

Noah Ries

What does living an active life mean to you Noa?

“Living a life of happiness and energy. It sounds so simple, but being fit and eating healthy makes me much happier and a more energetic person. These days with two kids and a thriving business in start-up mode, I need all the energy I can get!”

One afternoon Noa had an epiphany: Sheridyn-ABOUT_large

“To create an active fashion range after realising I was spending my life in activewear and I would often get to the end of the day feeling cold or clammy and really quite daggy!” We’ve been there before right girls!

“I set out on a mission to create a truly technical activewear that would enable me to do an intense workout, but would also be chic and stylish enough to wear all day long.”

Noa could go on and on, about her love for Merino wool:

“Vie Active started with the finest quality Merino wool – an incredibly unique fabric and the ultimate performance fibre: it is naturally temperature regulating, anti-microbial, shape retaining, moisture wicking, odor resistant. It’s not only super soft and breathable on your skin but it also allows you to be dry, stink-free and just as comfortable after the most demanding run, yoga, or boot-camp session.”

The Noa Foundation Jacket is Noa’s favourite item and it’s where Vie Active began..

jacket“I designed it with all the product features I wanted but couldn’t find. Awesome leopard print, thumbholes, concealed racerback for ventilation, windblocking collar, chunky zippered pockets!”

You’ve come along way, do you have a motto or mantra:

“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much room. This is something my late father always used to say and it really resonates with me. I truly believe that it is important to constantly push yourself outside your comfort zone – boundaries are only set for safety or from fear. Break down your restrictive boundaries and make a point of testing them. Push against them. Break through them! Find your edge and be FEARLESS, for every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. Be bold. Be audacious. Be fearless.”

Noa’s not the only achiever behind Vie Active…  Bryan has put in the hard yards too. Bryan was raised in both France and the USA. He’s also a former competitive extreme skier and backcountry ski guide. Not to mention he’s a cyclist and a triathlete. (Calm down ladies!)

We didn’t interview Noa for her surfing or snowboarding, but being from the famous Bondi beach we could help ask about her surfing skills. 894471_438195642956791_730314548_o

I’m very lucky to have grown up next to the ocean and love being active and outside…I prefer to have my two feet on the ground or be swimming. I would however like to go back to Costa Rica to practice my surfing again – that’s one of my favorite places.”

Vie Active seems perfect for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Would we ever catch you on a snowboard?

“I’m still working on my skiing skills. My last trip to Whistler was amazing and I got to ski some pretty amazing powder. When I get some more time back in my life I definitely want to learn to surf and snowboard properly.”


How do you stay healthy mentally and physically?

“I try to do something active every day. More for my mental sanity than anything else. I do a combination of barre workouts, HIIT classes, soft sand running, swimming and walking my two daughters in the pram. I try to nourish my body with food that is as clean as possible simply to provide me with the energy I need to get through the day as with a 10 week old, a 2.5 year old and a new business”


We ask everyone we interview to complete this sentence… I’m happiest when…

“I am being active in nature. Whether its a hike, ocean swim or soft sand run. Nothing makes me feel more invigorated. I also can’t forget to say I love being with my family and am incredibly happy if I can be active with them.”

1374305_425962010846821_129255289_nImages supplied by Vie Active.

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Bennys Cafe, Cardrona Valley

If you’ve ever driven through the Cardrona Valley you’ve most likely seen Benny Bright’s house. You can’t miss it because there’s a randomly placed halfpipe in the front yard. Well this season Benny’s opened his house up for business – #mi casa, su casa. Now it’s also a cafe and a ski or snowboard tuning shop.


I don’t usually write about eateries, but everything about Bennys was purely rad. We were heading to Treble Cone from Queenstown and I was acting as tour guide for a half gnarly, half bogan family from Aus. I demanded we swing past Bennys on the way through to try it out for Breaky – I was hardly expecting it to be as exceptional as is it was.


Here’s a little low down of what happened: Firstly we were stopped in our tracks by Torah Bright #megababe and #supershredder. Sorry I didn’t get a photo, I needed nuts as big as bowling balls to ask for one. Shameful, I know. For those who don’t know who she is, take a look below.


Image from Torah Bright’s Facebook Page

But it wasn’t even Torah that took all the attention – it was Otis, the super-chef. As the name suggests. Otis was super friendly, welcoming, and a paperless multi-tasker. What do I mean by this? He managed to take 15 plus orders without writing anything down then prepare the meals in home-cooked perfection. All whilst having a chat about what’s good on the menu (nom nom). You know the type of guy that blokes want to have a beer with, women want to sleep with and even Nan wants to invite him over for a cup of tea? That’s Otis. Cheers bro!


Otis was wicked, but I had a Staffy crush on Cruise (Awkward that I did just admit that.) He was clearly the coolest dog in NZ. Too swanky for balls, Cruise had his own motives around Bennys  – unlike most dogs he wasn’t interested in the food. He had more fun playing outside on the halfpipe. He was to die for! ♥♥♥♥


Did you think I was actually going to get a photo of Cruise on the halfpipe? Pfft, go see him for yourself!

What else? Otis wouldn’t let us leave without trying his brownies. Otis, what did you put in those brownies? When you eat those brownies it permanently eliminates your ability to be sad about anything!

Thanks Bennys for making me look like I know my shiz around Southern Lakes. Respect to you guys opening up shop and all the best for business.

When driving through the Cardrona Valley, make sure you pop in to Bennys for a lovely visit, a coffee, a toastie, or perhaps a game of connect 4. Why? Because you can! You’ll be filled with joy when you do. Pretty soon they’ll have a liquor licence too!


Images courtesy of Bennys FB page and Tamie Wexler.

K2 Bright Lite Snowboard Review

Not sure what kind of snowboard to get? Who is? Watch this Review by the boys at Snow Central and learn more about the sexy K2 Bright Lite. 

Leave your comments below and let us know what you think of the board!

The one year anniversary of Lara’s horrific snowboarding accident

22 year old snowboard instructor Lara Suleyman today celebrates the one year anniversary of her horrific snowboard injury. It was during training at Coronet Peak, New Zealand where the accident happened. One year on, she is well into recovery and heading out for the day to snowboard. Now Rip This caught up with her before she hit the mountain to chat life before and after the accident.

Where did you grow up and what was it like living there?

I grew up in a small seaside town on England’s South East coast called Whitstable. I loved living there. It’s a very active town. Everyone is into either windsurfing, mountain-biking or sailing – so it was a pretty cool place to grow up. I had a tight group of friends and we would windsurf and cause trouble.

Three words to describe yourself?

Free-spirited. Passionate. Unique.


If you were a super hero who would you be?

Cat Woman! The 9 lives would definitely come in handy.

As an instructor what is your favourite kind of customer?

The kind who falls over, laughs and gets back up for more – attitude makes such a huge difference!

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What influenced you to be an instructor?

I love working with and being around people and kids and the idea of teaching always appealed to me, but I knew I would get itchy feet stuck in a classroom all year. I saw instructing as a way to travel, meet heaps of people and snowboard, so it was a no-brainer!

How did you get injured?

I had been training for my Level 3 instructing qualification for the past few months and on that particular day I was riding an off-piste run called Fence Line at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. I was riding like a bit of a mongoose and with hindsight should have called it a day, but my ‘just one-more run’ mentality kicked in. Especially because the exam was just a few days later, I went for it anyway. I missed a turn onto my toes, lost control and flew through the air into a wooden post, then flipped around it and tumbled through the Back Bowls at Coronet.


Were you awake for the rescue, what do you remember happening?

Yep, I was fully awake for the whole thing. I remember knowing I’d lost control, leaving the snow and hitting the post. I don’t really remember what came directly after that. I just remember when I stopped not being able to move my legs and seeing this huge swelling and then the worst pain imaginable. I remember screaming and seeing my boyfriend Andy running up the snow towards me with his arms out, which I later found out was to stop me from tumbling over the cliff.


How long were you in hospital for?

Just about two weeks, but the first week is a bit of a blur thanks to all the drugs they had me on!

What is was like being in a wheel chair?

Eye opening.


What would you say have been the highs of recovery?

A high would have to be realising what incredibly supportive friends and family I have around me. I never could have imagined the support I received. I also really enjoyed learning about the human body during my recovery. I had the most incredible Physio who would explain everything to me and I tried to lap up as much as I could. The many milestones I had like ditching the wheel chair for the first time, walking for the first time and of course my first day back on snow since my accident (at Snow Planet) and first day back at Coronet Peak – that would have to be one of the happiest moments I’ve ever had! I also found a new passion for making jewellery out of cutlery. A bit random, but so much fun!

And the lows?

The obvious lows would be the massive step back in my snowboarding, my boyfriend becoming my carer and of course the pain! The hardest thing for me to overcome was thinking about the accident. I played it over in my head hundreds of times thinking about what I should/ could have done differently, but I realised what it came down to. It was a freak accident that happened because it happened. Looking at the above list, I in fact have more highs than lows, so perhaps everything does happen for a reason!

What has it taught you?

It’s taught me that we’re not invincible and need to look after ourselves! Also, that getting too obsessed with any one thing can be dangerous – everything in moderation. It’s also taught me to appreciate how incredibly lucky I am to be able to be able to walk, talk and live the life I do. It’s so easy to take things for granted and get sucked in to getting stressed about little things, but in reality I have it so good.

Have you been to the location of the accident since?

As soon as I felt I’d be able to handle the run down from the peak, I went back to the top of Fence Line. That’s the closest I’ve been to it since and I have no desire to get any closer!

Who supported you most?

My boyfriend, Andy. He became pretty much my full time carer for the months that followed, especially during the early stages when I was totally bed ridden. He would come back from work, every hour, to see if I needed a glass of water or a shower or anything at all and then he’d help me into my wheelchair or carry me to wherever I needed to be. He put up with my moaning, drove me to every physio session and sat by me for every hospital appointment. He was an absolute star.

Did you get the support you expected to have?

I got way more support than I ever could have dreamt of! I suppose you never really wonder about what would happen in the event of a major accident, but I was totally overwhelmed by the support I received from my family and friends, both here in NZ and back home in the UK.

How has the accident changed the way you look at life?

I think it’s chilled me out a lot and made me realise you can’t take things too seriously… especially snowboarding, it’s only heel and toes, after all!


Has you injury stopped your adventures?

Not at all. It’s put them on hold for a while but it’s just a speed bump. I’m getting stronger every day and I still love the snow, so I’d say fingers crossed I’ll be back in full swing by this time next year.

What’s been the most positive thing about it all?

I love a good challenge and it’s certainly been that!


Back to life as an instructor – how do you influence clients to come back to have another lesson?

I’m not one for the hard sale (And in fact have been told off in the past for making people feel ‘too good’ about their ability so that they don’t come back!) I’d explain what would be involved if they were to come for another lesson and get them stoked on how far they’ve come and how much further they could go!

How do you stay healthy mentally and physically living an instructor lifestyle?

I think it’s pretty important to take some time for yourself, and to take a day off snow every now and then. Queenstown’s not the easiest place to practice a healthy physical lifestyle with it’s many night-time temptations! I try to be good and do yoga every week as well as hitting the gym when I’m feeling particularly energetic. Sometimes I walk to the dairy (it’s rare).

Do you have a motto or mantra? If so what is it?

Errrr, I have a few; I’d say the one I try to live by is, ‘Everything happens for a reason’. I used to say it to myself because it sounded wise, but more recently I’ve started to see it for myself.

What’s your favourite mountain of all time?

That’s a tough one! As far as snow goes, it would have to be Niseko, Japan, but for the actual terrain nothing can beat Wengen in Switzerland. There’s just so much space and you can ski/ ride between all the surrounding areas.


Who inspires you?

As cliche as it sounds, anyone who does what they love and is happy, regardless of what other think. There aren’t enough people like that in the world.

Who is your favourite female boarder?

I don’t really follow the pro circuit much, but NZ rider Christy Prior has awesome style. It’s great to see a chick that can give the guys a run for their money! (No pun intended… ha!)

Powder or Park?

With the right crew and some good tunes, the park can be a lot of fun, but for me nothing beats getting fresh lines in waste-deep pow. You’d be silly to hit the park if there’s just been a fresh dump! Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 20.06.41

Finish this sentence… I can’t leave the house without…

Forgetting something.

Complete this sentence… I’m happiest when…..

I’m getting fresh tracks on a bluebird day with my awesome friends, catching up with my wonderful family or kicking back with my amazing man.

Final Thoughts?

 We’re here for a good time, not a long time- do what makes you happy!

20130627_132345Images supplied by Lara Suleyman.

Getting to know Amanda Burnham.

Name:  Amanda Burnham. Age: 29. Occupation: Ski Instructor.

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Where are you from? I’m from Sharon in Vermont, USA.

Where are you working/living now? Coronet Peak, New Zealand. I live in Queenstown. It’s such a hoot. It’s really fun.

What’s it like being a ski instructor? It’s a lot of work, but really rewarding. It can be very frustrating, but it’s great to share something with others that I remember loving learning. That’s the reason why I love teaching kids, because they love learning. It’s rare to see in adults because they care so much about what they look like. Adults don’t like it when they look like they don’t know what they’re doing, but kids, well they don’t know they look ridiculous and I love it.

Amanda and kids lesson

Why should people have a ski lesson? I want to say safety – skiing can be a dangerous sport. You can also learn a lot about the mountains while you’re in the ski lessons – it’s a window into the culture that you’re experiencing. And of course people should have lessons because they want to know what they’re doing. It looks cool if you know what you’re doing.

Are you doing remotely what you thought your 16-year old self would be doing? No. I wanted to be an author and I’m going to be an amazing author one day.

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If you were a super hero what would you be? Who would I be if I was a super hero? Oh man, that’s tough. Spider man – he is really realistic. He uses what he has for the right reasons.

Who inspires you? Picabo Street. She’s a former World Cup gold medalist ski racer from the mid 90s in America. She’s a super-hippy chick, the nicest girl ever.

How do you stay healthy living an instructor lifestyle? Oh you have to be healthy. I learnt that you have to be, maybe that comes with age. Otherwise you won’t have a good time. It’s a mix of eating right, exercise, basic sleep stuff and hydration. Skiing gets you outside and is super healthy in the winter months, but you also have to do actual sweating exercise. I find from a mental standpoint doing athletics that are different to your own helps too.

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Your favourite type of customer? Anyone who’s willing to take a risk. Whatever that risk is. It generally comes in a package with a 12-year old boy. It’s sounds so weird and gross but it’s so true. I like it when they are honest with me and when they give it everything they have.

The original Mint Chicks Camp

Last year we ran an original Mint Chicks Camp, it was amazing, so amazing in fact that other companies have decided to copy it, but this is the original and it’s on again in 2013. Here’s the full itinerary and there’s still spots available. Here’s to making the Mint Chicks camp bigger and better in 2013!


Burton Girls Ride Day in Australia


The latest in fashion on the snow by OOTZ

Earlier this year Quicksilver dropped their women’s lines including DC Womens, Quicksilver Womens and Quicksilver Girls. But while these larger companies are downsizing new brands are thriving. OOTZ, isn’t just any brand. It’s a Melbourne-based up-and-coming clothing brand. You’ll start to see logos and stickers on the mountains, plus riders repping their gear. We caught up with out fav fashion designer Ting, from OOTZ, to talk about the 2013 line.


You’ve taken on a few young riders this year. Tell us about the up-and-coming riders that you’re taken on.
We’ve recently taken on Martin Longhitano who won the Open Ski event at Snow Travel Expo in Sydney. We just want to take on riders who are entering comps and doing well, but not sponsored yet. Creating a support for young riders.

What do you have to do and what kind of person do you have to be to get sponsored by OOTZ?
Riders who love to shred and their life revolves around snow. I had a guy tell me he saves his money all through summer for a season in Canada. It’s a lot of commitment financially for young guy so we try our best to help them out with gear. As we grow as a business we’ll be able to give more. We also try to do as much sponsorship on resorts as well to just give back to the community. Without the snow community and resorts there will be no OOTZ.

What’s your favourite item in the new collection?
Royal Flannel Sherpa lined Tall Hoodie. I like wearing guys designs and I get really cold so this is a perfect item for me.


These tall hoodies are actually designed for snowboarding, they use hydro fleece so they are just about water proof. Talk me through what hydro fleece actually?
Hydro fleece is a knitted in a way that beads of water will sit on the surface rather than soaking through the material straight away. It’s not waterproof as knits can’t be waterproof and still have the soft hand feel. Only wovens like nylon can be fully waterproof, but people like the comfort of fleece.

Why is it so much better than fleece?
It’s just a better option for rider who don’t really wear jackets. Instead of getting soak straight away they will have a longer time being dry.


What fiber is it made from?
80% Polyester and 20% Cotton. Hydro fleece is higher in polyester content than cotton is because higher polyester content enables the garment to be longer lasting due to it’s man-made nature, endure frequent washes and is quicker to dry than cotton fibers. The polyester yarn used is quite sheer giving it a shiny effect as well as letting us have vibrancy of colour. The colours that can be achieved with polyester and cotton is very different.


What’s it like running an expanding small business as well as working a full time job?
One word – TOUGH! Hahaa! I’m laughing so it’s all good. Actually I don’t think I could have done it if I did not start Bikram Yoga a few years ago. Through Bikram I learnt discipline and not letting your head rule over what you think is possible and impossible. At the same time taking care of your own well-being and balancing life in general. Most importantly just loving what you do so it’s not work anymore. It’s a lifestyle. ‘Ideally’ one day I would like to be only designing for OOTZ and spending all year round shredding.

What are you most stoked about the 2013 line?
I’m pretty stoked with the Hydro Fleece actually. The sheer finish and the new slimmer blocks took a lot of work with the factories. The proportion, details and colours all turned out well.


Shout out: I need to do a shout out to my business partners Tony & Julian – we are a team so 2013 line would not be possible without them. And one other very important person who I’m very grateful for is Jenny – my production lady at work. She makes my life easier by being good at what she does. We churn out hundreds of product and thousands of units each year together and without her I could not have kept my job and work on OOTZ simultaneously.

Check out the full range on the OOTZ website.

Who will win the bid to buy Cardrona?

With the news of Snow Park NZ not opening this year, it’s pretty safe to say the ski and snowboard community has been wondering who’s going to buy Cardrona.

This Press Release came out today:

Key New Zealand tourism player Real Journeys has been named today as the preferred bidder in the sale of Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.

The sale remains subject to due diligence and shareholder approval prior to the start of Cardrona’s snow season on June 21.

Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder says Real Journeys is delighted to reach this stage of the process and be the preferred bidder. 

“It’s very exciting for Real Journeys but it’s also important to note that the sale is still subject to satisfactory due diligence and final Real Journeys shareholder approval,” says Lauder.

Lauder says Real Journeys will be working actively with current owners Vealls (Singapore) Pte. Ltd to satisfy the due diligence processes.

“We are hopeful of a positive outcome to the sale process and some heavy snow falls over the coming weeks!”

Please note:
Due to this being an active sale process Real Journeys will not be entering into further comment at this time.  Further updates will follow as information is available.

For further information contact:

Lenksa Papich – Real Journeys Marketing Communications Manager
Mob: +64 21 523 899
Email: lpapich@realjourneys.co.nz

K2 Women’s Weekend 03 Aug – 04 Aug @ Mt Buller

Mount Buller says: The K2 Women’s Weekend bring together snow loving gals of all ability levels to sample the latest gear and share a memorable day at Mt Buller.

With a women-only coaching team and a supportive, fun environment it’s a great way to pick up some tips while sliding on the best new gear from the team at K2.

Why not make it a girl’s weekend and mix some bubbles and giggles with your turns!



Chicks with Stix – Perisher Sunday 19th August


Chicks with Stix is on Sunday 19 August at Blue Cow 9:00am.

What is it? An all-day grass-roots workshop, designed specifically for girls to receive tuition from some of Australia’s top women’s coaches.

Does it cost? No, it’s 100 per cent free. That’s right Chicks with Stix won’t charge you, they’re not here to take advantage of you, but you should take advantage of this once-in-a-life-time-opportunity. All you need is a valid lift ticket and the will to learn.

Chicks with Stix aim is to provide much needed encouragement and opportunities for girls, to progress their skills, get comfortable in a competitive environment and add some new tricks to their repertoires in skiing – bumps, freeride, slopestyle and big mountain, plus – snowboarding!

To find out more go to: www.chickswithstix.com.au/

Burton Snowbroads all day coaching returns for 2013

events-snowbroadsGirls who will be in Queenstown this season, if you can only spare a day of coaching, rather than a whole week on the Mint trip then this camp may just be perfect for you.

Last year the girls only Burton Snowbroads Camp was so popular they brought it back for August plus added one more camp in September. Feedback from last year was that guys were keen to get involved too so they have also introduced a Burton Snowbros guys only camp on August 20.

The Snowbroads and SnowBros camps are freestyle camps designed for intermediate and above skiers and riders who want to learn how to progress in the parks. A lot of people are keen to give the parks a try but don’t know where to start or are intimidated. These camps are a perfect opportunity to get give them a go in a relaxed and fun environment.

The camps are one day only. The day starts with breakfast and then everyone is divided into groups of similar ability. As well as all day coaching there is a BBQ lunch and you’ll get to have a tubing session too. Then it’s down into town for the after party at Lonestar where we’ll show you photos and videos from the day.

There are goodie bags and big prizes up for grabs from our sponsors Burton, Select Action Sports, Red Bull, Lonestar and Amisfield wine.

If that is not enough Burton is giving away a Burton Snowboard at each camp.

At only $120 for the whole day (excluding lift pass) these represent excellent value for money. There are 60 spots available per camp and they are filling fast so download a registration form now and if you need to know anything more email admin@theremarkables.co.nz

SnowBroads Dates: 21 August and 17 September
SnowBros: 20 August