Notes of a Northerner
New Zealand explorer and snowboarder
“I love the freedom, the chance to explore new terrain otherwise inaccessible without a board. I love the rush of completing a run, hitting some fresh off piste pow and I LOVE the snowboard community and stoke here in NZ.”
Admitting to buying all the gear and having no idea, Sophie completed her first snow season in Queenstown 5 years ago when she had absolutely zero snow experience. However, from the moment that she first strapped in she was hooked and is now about to complete her 7th snow season.
A self-described fun, free and chill rider, Sophie explains; “I'm not into the park or tricks as such, I just love snowboarding the runs and off piste and exploring the club fields here in NZ. The three mountains we ride here in New Zealand have incredible terrain and an awesome touring map so jet getting on the lift and exploring wherever we fancy is my main game when out on the hill.”
Sophie's greatest achievement in life (so far) is completing the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal.
When she isn’t riding you will catch her hiking, chilling, reading, shooting (Soph is a photographer by trade) and running her online social media business. Oh, and she will be doing all of that with a Soy Flat White in hand or a cuppa tea (she is British after all).
When asked what social causes she supports, Sophie replied; “Mental Health foundation New Zealand. I am a huge advocate for mental health, and I will continue to use my platform and voice to be a safe place for those who need it. I also share my own journey with mental health and how I have used positive change in my life to overcome what I thought was the worst of it.”
Sophie's favourite styles:
“Perfect for on mountain, off mountain, snowboarding and hiking. I am all about being comfortable, warm, and cosy during all my outdoor activities!”