GOING FOR GOLD
From suburban London to Olympian snowboarder – meet funloving Aimee Fuller.
Roxy team rider and British, Olympian snowboarder, Aimee Fuller is our big hope in the next Winter Olympics. Despite growing up in mountain-less South East London, she’s racked up the awards on the slopes. Now twice the British Big Air Champion and in the top five of the World Tour Slopestyle rankings, she’s come a long way from Bromley to represent Team GB in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
As well as being a top snowboarder, Aimee surfs too. So we caught up with her to find out more about the Winter Olympics and how surfing and snowboarding translate.
Aimee, how did you get from the dry slopes of Bromley to representing the UK at the last Winter Olympics?
Lots of backflips on trampolines, and dragging anyone and everyone to the slope with me whenever I had the opportunity. I used to strap my snowboard to my feet and bounce on my spring-free trampoline with friends from school. I think the combo of gymnastics when I was younger, then competing in Motocross at a national level, was a good combination for snowboarding – speed, air time, and reading lines! It definitely got rid of my fear factor when I started riding.
How did the Winter Olympics change your life?
It opened up some amazing opportunities and created unique bonds between myself and my team mates. On the back of it I
have also been filming a TV show, Mission Mudder – which was released on Sky Sports through the summer – where I trained with five other Summer Olympians to compete in three Tough Mudders. The Winter Olympics also created a platform for me to be a role model and showcase our sport on a global stage. Getting anyone and everyone involved in our sport and making it more accessible through Snow Sport England and This Girl Can has been ace!
What’s a typical day in the life of Aimee Fuller like?
In the summer, wake up, smash a good breakfast – Nutrii quark, almond butter and fresh fruit – then straight into a training session. After lunch I finish with a recovery session such as yoga or a light swim. Yoga is something I’ve taken up in the last year and it’s now a huge part of my warm up and cool down before and after riding.
In the winter it’s all about riding, so again, a big breakfast – oats or pancakes – then straight up the hill to ride for four hours before a late lunch and finishing with a recovery or acro session.
Where have you been surfing this year?
At the end of the last winter season I couldn’t wait to get to the sunshine, so I booked a flight to Bali to do some yoga, restore my body and smash some surfing. I checked out the Lapoint Surf Camp in Canggu, where I even got a few tips from the instructors (something I’ve never done before) so my surfing improved quite a bit.
Are you able to adapt snowboarding moves into surfing?
General standing and cruising on a surfboard translates across very well. However, reading the waves and understanding when to pop up and when to cutback is the tricky bit. The manoeuvres are similar to snowboarding, but the understanding of when to do the manoeuvres is a different case!
What kind of things are you trying out when you surf?
Cutbacks and just bombing along the waves! I love the rush you get off it. It’s also good to be thrown out of your element and have to work hard to achieve the basic components of a sport. I think the cross training you get from surfing re-energises and refreshes your snowboard legs. Cardiovascular-wise, surfing is so demanding and requires a lot of core strength.
What fitness program do you do and how similar is this to surfing?
I do a couple of strength sessions a week, which are a mixture of core strength, explosive movement and core stability.
I also do 2-3 yoga sessions a week and 3 cardio/ interval sessions – whether it’s a
5km run or a high intensity spin class. Acro/ gymnastics is mega too, and when I’m near a gymnastics centre I’ll also get my flip on there to improve air awareness.
What are you looking forward to at this winter’s Olympics in South Korea?
I can’t wait to represent Team GB, not only in Slopestyle, but also Big Air. Last time I competed in one event, but to showcase our sport in two events and have the opportunity to qualify for two finals in Korea really excites me.
I’ve had a really solid season, so I’m feeling strong and focusing on progression. I will do a few more qualifying events, but for now my intentions lie with training for the games and spending my time based out of Absolut Park in Austria.
Follow Aimee’s road to the Winter Olympics on instagram aimee_fuller