GO­ING FOR GOLD

From sub­ur­ban Lon­don to Olympian snow­boarder – meet funlov­ing Aimee Fuller.

Surf Girl - - Snowtime -

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.

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