HOLLY BECK AARON HADLOW
Issue 1Summer 2010
THE LONDON SOULS BONNIE&CLYDE
EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING
18 - 21
WHAT TO WEAR does Ripcurl
26 - 28
30 - 31
FLY THE OCEAN WAVES
32 - 35
ABOVE AND BEYOND
38 - 41
42 - 49
NYC TAKES ON THE PLANET
52 - 53
We bring you a round up our recent adventures and discoveries
Shopping feature with the latest offerings from Surf wear brand Ripcurl
A low-down on a Sydney Fashion Boutique
Interview with the best new talent in Kite surfing
Giving back is something surfer Holly Beck knows how to do in a big way.
Swimwear takes over the skyline
Earth Day is celebrated in style
56 - 57
VANCOUVER, ITS ALL OVER FOLKS
58 - 61
62 - 65
66 - 69
YOU CAN TAKE MY PICTURE
70 - 71
MUSIC AND CULTURE
72 - 73
74 - 74
Behind the brand, Ripcurl get questioned
A round up of the world class talent seen at the Winter Olympics
The low-down on the state of Snow sport GB and how it is affecting the next generation.
What itâ€™s really like to be the one working at a ski resort
We check out the shots of new photographer Allie Kovall
The latest offerings in music and events for your enjoyment
The helpers get their shout-out
RIPCURL LIVING THE SEARCH
Passion takes shape in many different forms and throughout this magazine we have explored the individuals path towards adrenaline, and a desire to push yourself to your Upper Limit. Exploring the diverse elements that create the backdrop for some of the most thrilling sports, water becomes our focus for the surf side of this publication whilst snow provides the secondary element. Challenging what is considered to be a sporting lifestyle magazine is what encouraged me to produce something that combined both disciplines of snow and surf combined with a exploration of fashion and culture. We all know that looking good is half the struggle of us novices as we take to our boards in an attempt to distract onlookers from our possible strikeouts, so enjoy the fashion pages with inspiration on how to personalise your look. Coming up on my calendar is a possible trip to Costa Rica after talking to Holly Beck on her newly opened yoga and surf retreat. Aaron Walters answers my questions on his success as the five-time world Kite-Surfing champion and we also speak to a group of aspiring surfers that ride the coastal waves in Kent. The Winter Olympics’ receive an industry report and the collapse of Snowsports GB is uncovered. In essence a snapshot of the current industry across Europe and the best of what is happening down under. Enjoy your magazine from the comfort of your home, an idyllic beach location, sun-filled mountaintop or a cosy café and be sure to let us know your thoughts…happy reading.
We bring you a round up our recent adventures and discoveries
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
It is the most famous beach in Australia and is usually filled with hundreds of bikini-clad beauties, however this was not the case in March. With the first international surf event at Bondi Beach in over two decades, Boost SurfSho saw stellar athletes take part in showcasing the progression of aerial surfing. Headlining were Jordy Smith and Kelly Slater. The three-day event saw surfers showcase their talent. There were also huge giveaways and a concert to coincide with the event.
Images taken by Mayla Lambert
Everything and Anything
No Water Sucks
Quiksilver has recently launched a huge campaign to show their support for climate change. Following their partnership with “Save Your Logo” which aims to develop water protection projects, No Water Sucks offers a strong message in a bid to bring awareness to water conservation in Europe. The awareness campaign ran throughout March 2010 and has been a huge success. With funny slogans such as “from the mountain to the wave, don’t destroy what you came to enjoy” and striking images the campaign will continue to carry out projects to save the elements.
“Save Your Logo is an endowment fund for Biodiversity. It invites the brands with a logo symbolizing a natural element commit themselves to the conservation of this same element, which contributed so much to their success.” www.savethelogo.com
Volcom Artist Collaborations
Dillon Froelich, Mitch Froelich, Zach Egge and Ozzie Wright are just a few of the commissioned artists for Volcom that have put their designs on T-Shirts. All of the designs can be found on the website. www.volcolm.com
It has long been my aim to have a car large enough to support a kayak or canoe so that I might stop off along the coast and paddle wherever I wish. However, I still remain the owner or a bicycle currently. You can see the problem here. Well it may appear that my dreams have been answered with a new and rather brilliant design for a portable kayak. An American company that has recently launched in the UK Folbot has been designing folding kayaks since 1933. (You can imagine my surprise when I fold that fact out.) The handcrafted boats are produced in Charleston, South Carolina by a team of dedicated employees that have the skills and materials to produce these lifewarranted products. They have a brochure filled with exceptional designs to cater for every individual adventure. Check out this company to get in on the action and take your kayak wherever you wish. www.folbot.com
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
What to wear does Ripcurl
Jump to it
this season anything goes with bright colours bold prints and clashing shades
Ripcurl have a huge selection of T-shirts, boardies and hoodies to take through the coming summer months. Make an outfit or buy pieces that will stand alone. Be bold on the beach this summer and be sure to get noticed. Prices are ÂŁ20 upwards.
What to wear does Ripcurl
Bikiniâ€™s much like women come in all shapes and sizes and Ripcurl have a delightful selection. Wear with a hoody for warmth or team with this seasons short shorts.
The triangle bikini is always a safe option, wear with a dress to take the look from beach to bar, and add faded jeans on a cool night.
All items are from Ripcurl and priced 35 upwards
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consumer profile, you can pick up a Tee for ÂŁ20 or a designer piece for ÂŁ150 upwards. Facing alternate seasons to Europe, Australia has just finished their busiest trading period with their hot summer falling over Christmas. Easter sees the changes of seasons with Winter Apparel entering stores then the launch of Spring/Summer in August. Once you make a purchase at Bonnie & Clyde you could find yourself joining the long list of returning customers, keen to have the first pick of new deliveries.
Checkout the stores facebook page for University students are the typical further information and head down to pick customer in this relaxed store with anyone up something precious. aged sixteen upwards buying. The store, named Bonnie & Clyde has found a universal market by appealing to the Leading brands Zan} younger generation and their disposable erobe, Henleys, income, girls and guys stroll in from Freshjive, Mink Pink, university or visit after work adding pieces Staple, One Tea} to their creative wardrobe. The town is often filled with visitors on the weekend spoon, Something Else, Pipe Lane and that help build the varied customer base. A stockist of the current bestselling labels you can pick up something for the beach, an important meeting or cocktails with friends. Leading brands Zanerobe, Henleys, Freshjive, Mink Pink, Staple, One Teaspoon, Something Else, Pipe Lane and The Casette Society are all stocked and there is also a strong selection of shoes, accessories and eyewear. The price points are varied which opens up the
The Casette Society are all stocked and there is also a vast selection of shoes, accessories and eye} wear.
Images from Bonnie and Clyde
We talk exclusively with the owner of a Sydney fashion boutique with its first full season safely under wraps, Lou Rouse has worked in retail for the past 11 years and has always held a hope that one day she would be the owner of her own shop. Previously the manager of several different stores such as General Pants, Wild Surf Co and Bobbie McGees, she used this knowledge to become her own boss and create a store that would be appealing to as many people as possible. Surrounded by the surf lifestyle this had affected her character and is reflected in her choice of store.
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins INTERVIEW BY: Alice Vernon
This month we head to Sydney for a fashionable boutique that caters for eveyone
We spoke to the latest rising talent in one of the most exciting sports to be gaining headlines. Aaron Hadlow, George Chandler and Simon Jones speak with UPPER LIMITS WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Fly the Ocean Waves
Aaron Hadlow holds the title for the fivetime World Kite-Surfing Champion, an impressive feat considering he is only twenty-one years old. Raised in Cornwall his proximity to the ocean was undoubtedly what initiated his love of the water. His father a keen windsurfer encouraged him to start surfing at a young age, which led to kite boarding at the age of eleven, “It was a new sport and I was learning quick, I was addicted to the progression” muses Aaron. A family vacation in the Caribbean saw Aaron first step onto a board. Within two weeks he had learnt all of the basics and after that the skills came quickly, “as it was new sport I developed with it,” explained Aaron, “and I soon realised I had a chance to do well. At first it was the pure fun of
this crazy sport and going out on the water having fun with my Dad, then as I saw there was a chance to do well, that motivated me more.” Aaron has been fortunate to experience the sport from the beginning and witnessed the rapid acceleration in development. He talks about the progression has begun to slow down with the styles reaching a plateau and new tricks are more of a rarity. The technicality of the kites has had a huge change, especially in producing safer equipment, which is a massive positive. Aaron says “I think there is still a lot of development left for the sport but it will definitely take much more time. I do see the kites getting much more performance orientated and the sport becoming much
more legitimate and extreme.” The awareness of the sport is becoming wider and with time there is the possibility that it could achieve the same level of interest as surfing. Interest in the sport across the South Coast of England is really building, and this is where Aaron spends most of his time (also where our other kite surfers live). In windy conditions there are at least 50 kites and that is just in one beach, the same story is true along the entire coastline. “I think it will get bigger here too,” explains Aaron, “there are a lot of projects in the pipeline that will interest the mainstream media and once these arise it will only get bigger.” I spoke to Aaron about whether he was interested in other sports, “I would say
Cable Wakeboarding, this is something I enjoy and also do a lot, it is fairly similar to kite boarding in some ways, because I can transfer skill into it I think I could do well if I put all my time into it, but for now I just do it on the side line for fun.” Snow kiting is another hobby he hopes to spend more time on in Norway. After seven years of competing nationwide in the sport and gaining the World Champion title five times, Aaron has taken a well-deserved year break in order to have some new experiences. His key sponsors Flexifoil and Red Bull will be part of his world promotion tour, as well as filming a small series with one of his best mates within the sport, (shown on his website) will mean he still has an action packed year ahead.
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Fly the Ocean Waves
It is apparent from first meeting George, that he is extremely passionate about the sea. Growing up right next to the beach has meant he is always involved in water sports and beach life. He says; “The sea’s amazing because it’s never the same, whenever you go out it always looks different and there’s always a new condition for you to get out there on,” George explains, “whether it’s mirror flat and a turquoise blue, or whether the double overhead waves are battering the shore, it’s all very impressive and humbling.”
Although he enjoyed the challenge, the sea conditions often didn’t allow him to go out, as it is better enjoyed on a butter flat sea. He found himself stood on the beach watching a few of his father’s friends kite surf, when it was windy enough. “After seeing them out there having the time of their lives whilst I was standing on the beach, I just had to be doing it,” George exclaims.
After pestering his dad for an introduction to Tom, whom is now one of his closest friends, he offered to teach him providing he bought all of his own equipment. “So that’s “With 71% of the earth’s surface covered in water, it what I did, I scrambled all of the cheapest gear possible seems wrong to not be out there in it. You speak to some not spending any more than like £100, and I was ready to of the surfers and kite surfers and most of the time they’ll hit the water,” explained George. say they feel more at home in the water.” remarks George. “After the first day and because of my wakeboard As a recently new sport kite surfing has developed experience, I was up on the board and riding along and from a combination of wake boarding and windsurfing. learnt to stay upwind. After that I was hooked...” George George had grown up both in boats and the water, initially muses. water skiing; which led to him purchasing a wakeboard.
The sport is developing in big way, every year the manufactures are bringing out amazing new technology, with the kites themselves developing immensely. By way of the sport progressing, once it actually gains status as an event, it could eventually be included in the Olympics. I talk to George about how it has affected him, “I work in an extreme sports shop called S2AS that does kite surfing lessons, and every year we have hundreds of new people joining the sport.” He explains that the demand is high and that they are often unable to cater for everyone. This is just one business in a relatively small town; there are so many other kite surfing schools that are also using the same beaches, with many students. “Just from when I’m at the beach on the weekends I’d say that just in my area, there are around 100 kite surfers learning every weekend,” discusses George. “Kite surfing is going to take over the world.”
“I love the sea because it’s unforgiving and gives you a sense of freedom; it’s forever changing and does not judge you. I’ve always loved being around water and kite surfing seemed apt as it has a lot of variety and the tricks you can pull looked insane. Kite surfing is one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world, I see more kite surfers every time I take a session. It’s generally a more male-based sport but seems to be increasingly popular amongst women too. The five times World Champion Aaron Hadlow is from the UK, giving Brits a sense of encouragement and development with kites and boards constantly changing. The. South East Coast offers a wide variety of kite surfing venues, making it one of the most popular areas within the UK.”
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Above and Beyond
There have been so many interesting moments Its been a wild ride and Ive met so many interesting people Its really all about the people More than a thing thats what I remember Surfers are often categorized by their chilled lifestyle and an affliction to use the word ‘dude’, but this certainly isn’t the case with Holly Beck. Sun-kissed blonde hair, tanned toned limbs and the face of a model you can easily see why Holly has made her name in the surfing world. The poster girl for surfing, Holly Beck claims she wasn’t always so confident with her looks. Self confessed tomboy and thrill seeker Holly was immediately attracted to the drama of surfing and her mother’s views against it only encouraged her to pursue her passion. All American girl Holly Beck was into sports from a young age and this alongside a love of the water led to her interest in surfing. At the time the sport was considered to be masculine and despite being advised to sit pretty on the beach along with the other girls, she took matters into her own hands and saved pocket money to buy her first wetsuit and board. “Without any guidance or coaching, I was forced to learn by trial and error. I focused all my energy on learning to surf and was able to pick it up quickly. Soon I had fallen hopelessly in love with the ocean” Holly cooed. High school was spent out in the ocean with every possible moment spent training for surf contests, and the hard work eventually paid off when she received sponsorship from Rusty surfboards a month before her seventeenth birthday, Holly describes “it was partly as a model, and I made my first of what would become an annual winter pilgrimage to the North Shore of Oahu.”
marketable and provide invaluable funding to support her dream. “Surfing is everything to me. I can’t imagine my life without it. If I haven’t surfed in a few days I get cranky and short tempered. I need to be in the water. It is more fun than anything else I’ve ever done. “ At 29, Holly first began her career before the sport became so globally accessible. “Surfing has become a lot easier. There is so much more information out there” remarks Holly. Undoubtedly the resources that are now taken for granted were unheard of a decade ago, with countless surf websites providing videos, product reviews, and surf forecasts. Holly is also astounded by the fact there are now books published on female surfing, something unimaginable when she started out. “It used to be that if you were on it, and checked the surf everyday, you’d score good waves before everyone else knew it was good”, Holly pauses “there’s not as much adventure out there, or at least you have to go even further to find it.” It was Lisa Anderson that paved the way for female surfers, and was receiving her first push from the industry when Holly entered the scene, opening up some opportunities. The real change however, came when the hit movie Blue Crush starring Kate Bosworth was released in 2002. This paved the way for MTV Surf Girls and Boarding House North Shore, the latter of which gave Holly a starring role. A reality style program from Summer 2003 it documented the life of young pro-surfers. The ‘surf’ phenomenon happened almost overnight (mush like today’s obsession with vampires) and resulted in a trend for attractive girls with surfboards to become the “coolest image imaginable” explains Holly “There were surf girls all over billboards, in allergy medicine, beer, and car advertisements. There were tons of women’s surf magazines.” The program gave Holly great exposure and soon her face was everywhere, allowing her to really make an impression on the pro-surfing circuit.
Not wanting to miss out on the chance to a good education alongside somewhere to practice her surfing, Holly enrolled at the University of California, San Diego, conveniently perched along the cliffs overlooking one of the best beach breaks in the world. Collecting further contest wins and sponsorship stickers allowed Holly to acknowledge that a career in professional surfing was a real possibility. “At that point I started sacrificing surf time to load up on extra courses and summer school and set a goal to graduate in just three years” Holly explains. For the next seven years Holly visited an astonishing number of countries visiting the famous surfing locations like France, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Luckily the hard work and dedication paid off and after graduating in June of 2001 Brazil, Indonesia, and the Maldives. Dragging her board bag through more airports than from UCSD with a degree in psychology Holly went on to win the NSSA National Open many of us ever visit in a lifetime, she attended contests and photoshoots. Visiting even Championships, allowing her to officially turn pro. Ecstatically Holly began living her lesser known countries such as Sao Tome, Gabon, the Seychelles, and the Andaman dream of traveling the world as a professional surfer. Islands and quieter surf spots including Ecuador, England, Portugal, Panama, Haiti, and “Winning the amateur national title in 2001, turning pro, and then being able to make Tonga. a living while traveling to far off corners of the globe with my surfboard has been “It was incredible. I met so many inspirational people in so many interesting places”, incredible.” Working as a model combined with the surfing enabled Holly to remain recalls Holly, “but the constant jet-lag, living out of a bag, foreign bed dramas started to
The poster girl for surfing shows communityspirit as we talk to her about her womens surf and yoga retreat, Suave Dulce
Images from Suave Dulce
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
It was incredible I met so many inspirational people in so many interesting places recalls Holly wear on me. I started craving a bit more routine in my life, a little more consistency. But I also wanted good waves in warm water.” Although an amazing way to live, traveling non-stop is something that becomes less appealing as you enter your thirties, a craving for security and a slower pace of life led Holly to search for a new way to earn a living. Travel, surfing and inspiring others are Holly’s three main passions and she worked hard to develop something that could incorporate all three of these ideas. A surf and yoga retreat for women seemed like the perfect thing. “A lot of the places I’ve been in the world, usually where the best waves are, are third world countries. The people are poor, but mostly happy,” explains Holly. It is important to Holly that she is able to share her knowledge and help others and is a firm believer that
simple things can make their lives better. “I’m excited to be able to continue to give back and introduce others to how good that makes you feel. Instead of going on a surf trip and staying at a resort and not interacting with the local community at all, I want to provide people with the opportunity to really get to know the place and it’s people.” I questioned Holly about how she came up with the unusual name Suave Dulce, she explains it means smooth and sweet “It’s a great way to describe the waves right out front of the house I’m using for the retreat and has some nice connotations for female surfers”. The resort is about allowing women to feel good about themselves. An idyllic location that will promote tranquility and well being it combines surfing with daily yoga, healthy nutrition and the opportunity
to work with the local community. Holly is offering her one-on-one tuition to help develop your surfing technique whilst introducing yoga allowing you to connect with your body to help encourage inner happiness and core strength, essential for great surfing. Opening April 2010 she already has bookings from pro-surfers to come and relax in beautiful Nicaragua and her plan is to expand the resort in various locations. Always busy Holly also has other projects in the works, “I’m working on a book right now about my experiences growing up, learning to surf, and then going out on tour. I’d really like to finish it in the next year but I’ve been really busy with travel and adventures and haven’t put a lot of time into it lately. Hopefully I’ll be able to get on a roll with it soon.” surfwithhollybeck.blogspot.com
BIKINI WARRIOR Photography and Styling by Sophie Watkins Model Emily Watkins
Clothes are from a selection at Topshop, H&M, New Look and stylists own.
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Images from Babalua. Uganda
NYC takes on the Planet
Earth Day is celebrated in style with an international crowd
In celebration of all things eco, Grand Central Station hosted an earth fair that saw dozens of exhibitors fill the street with offerings of organic food, sustainable fashion and beautiful artwork. For the more scienceorientated audience there were stalls with information on alternative energy sources and how changes can be easily introduced. Images shown here were taken by an exhibitor who had come from Uganda to show his handmade wooden jewellery and captured the event on film. For more information look at www.earthdayny.com
The behind the scenes look at the world renound surf wear company WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Ripcurl living The Search
An international manufacturer of surfboards, wetsuits, surfwear, watches, surf accessories and mountain wear, Ripcurl has come along way since 1969. A quiet Victorian costal town was the birthplace of Ripcurl. Originally it had begun as a vehicle for a great lifestyle by two surfer mates, Brian ‘Sing Ding’ Singer and Doug ‘Raw’ Warbick, as they made surfboards to ‘pay for their passion for adventure in the ocean and mountains of the world’ The Search. Ripcurl now offers ‘a source of truly functional products for anybody on the search for the perfect wave or the perfect powder.’ The Search. Since the origin of Ripcurl the purpose of the equipment was to aid the active
lifestyles of Singer and Warbick, through time Ripcurl has developed and grown as a brand to encourage and offer the support for hundreds of employees around the globe. Despite being in a market where they face strong competitors from many brands, Ripcurl remain a stand-alone company.
audience possible including key and also fringe consumers. These campaigns rely on the support of team riders to help promote both the new talent within sports but also the Ripcurl brand.
“Brand identity is undeniably important to any brand, however this must be supported by good products and clear As a company they strive to stay on top of communication.” Said the PR company their game maintaining the release of two Coffin on Cake, which handle press for the collections for both men and women per brand. year, with additional capsule collections Independent surf shops, fashion stores launched mid-season within targeted and multi-national retailers across the product categories such as luggage. globe sell Rip Curl’s products in over 60 With such a strong global brand it is countries. The athletes that are sponsored essential to advertise through mainstream by the brand receive prototype products media using structured marketing for their activities before the official product campaigns that reach out to the widest line is launched. They are also given
signature colours to remain exclusive and identifiable. “Rip Curl team riders are used throughout all advertising, from action to lifestyle images. They are all constantly living the Search and are the best people to inspire others to do the same.” The company believe it is important to be constantly developing both through the products they produce and the talent they sponsor. When asked about any future goals for the company, the message is clear “To always develop and produce the most innovative products with a minimum affect on the environment. To keep on searching.”
Images from Ripcurl
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Vancouver its all over folks
At 90mph Amy Williams sped to victory becoming the first individual gold medallist at the Winter Olympics for 30 years. To win gold at her first Olympics was an extremely commendable achievement and we expect to see more from Williams in future games. Of the win Williams said, “You think one day you will bring a gold back but I didn’t think I would go to my first Olympics and get gold.” She added, “I trained hard and knew I did everything in my preparation to get the medal.” Her success proved to be the highlight for the United Kingdom in otherwise disappointing games. America’s sweetheart Lindsey Vonn has continued to astound her home nation with an incredible performance at the Vancouver Games. Winning the women’s Alpine Skiing Downhill she has confirmed her title as a worldclass skiing star, she also showed great fashion style with some amazing skiwear over the two-week period. Skiing wild card Bode Miller has earned his respect back after making a triumphant comeback. The 2006 games saw Miller enjoying off-piste rather more than the piste itself. Several arguments and a decision to leave the
squad deemed to be the end of his success. However in 2009 he came back with his tail between his legs rejoined the team and trained with much gusto in preparation for the ultimate return this February. A podium sweep including Gold for the Super-Combined came after Miller competed for the kicks not the medals. The medal may have been silver but Hannah Teter has a heart of gold. She is now a two-time Olympic medallist after winning a gold in the half pipe in Turin four years ago, whilst in Vancouver she took the silver behind Australian Torah Bright. Teter has made an impact away from her snowboard after dedicating her time to raising money for various charities. Her self-titled charity Hannah’s Gold was set-up three years ago after a visit to Kenya. Teters family business in Vermont produces Maple Syrup and the proceeds go towards orphans of AIDS in the Kenyan community she has adopted. Hannah’s Gold Foundation in association with World Vision has raised $178,000 to help establish access to clean drinking water. As a famous Vermonter she even has her own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour – Maple Blondie with proceeds going to her charity foundation. Her newest venture Sweet Cheeks
Underwear sells pant online and for every pair sold $5 is donated to Doctors Without Borders. She certainly fills the position of a worthy role model donating all her winnings towards her charitable causes she is looking forward to more competitions and more opportunities to keep helping others, “I’m motivated to keep going to keep making a difference in people’s lives,” said Teter. On a more glamorous note jeweller Roberto Coin has designed a collection exclusively for the 2010 Vancouver Games. The line is an extension of his Tiny Treasure Collection and comes after his successful line for the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he created a gold boxing glove pendant. The majority of the pieces are pendants including: a pair of delicate skates, crossed skis or hockey sticks and snowboards. Made from white gold and decorated with either black or white diamonds, a perfect way to commemorate the more understated Olympic games.
A round-up of the world class talent seen at the Winter Olympics
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Kim Yu-Na and opposite Bode Miller
Images from www.bb.co.uk/sport
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
British skiing faces uncertain times after the demise of Snowsports GB a week before the Winter Olympics. The British Ski and Snowboard Federation (BSSF) had been in trouble for some time and failed to provide funding for athletes ahead of the Olympics. The company terminated funding last summer and resorted to using a loan to provide some support. The lack of resources was appalling and extremely regrettable at such an important time in Winter sports. Britain’s best skier Chemmy Alcott faced a huge bill after a season of training hard it was her sponsors, family and personal mortgage that got her through the games. “Other nations have money thrown at them left, right and centre, but we have to rely on our sponsors,” Alcott
said. It is estimated that it costs £300,000 for a season for top athlete Alcott, which is a small price to pay in comparison to the £2.1 million of funding that, went to Amy Williams, Gold medalist for the bob skeleton. The funding for Williams came from the professional bob skeleton program that has secured three medals in as many games. Will there be a change in funding in time to take more athletes to the 2014 games, we don’t know, but before attention turns immediately towards the summer games I speak to a family whose involvement in British Skiing proves there is talent ready and waiting to represent the country.
and South East Snowsports Association and with a keen passion for skiing, it was inevitable for the three Southall boys to take up the sport. Winner of Family of the Year Award at the Folkestone Ski Club they have demonstrated a commitment to the sport that has included competing to a national level. I spoke to mother Gwenderlyne about whether there is funding available for the boys, Frazer, Kieran and Merrick, “Sadly I have not had any luck fund raising for the boys and all their training and trips have been financed by Royd and I. For the top level athletes numerous people got involved and ran things like raffles, a club national type ski competition etc.” The appointment of Development Officers With both parents sitting on the London under Snowsports England has generated
funding opportunities however these are aimed at clubs as opposed to individuals. It is not just finance that remains a problem to the rising athletes but also the lack of available facilities. Main training facilities are artificial slopes that have seen a decline particularly in the London and South East area. Gwenderlyne commented, “Unless this reduction in slopes, which has now led to an obvious shortage, is addressed the decline in individuals partaking in the sport is likely to continue.” Snowdomes have been constructed in other regions but the cost of learning in these facilities is exorbitant reinforcing the traditional but unfavourable view that skiing is an ‘elitist sport’.
The demise of Snowsports GB is explained and we hear from a family that discuss the direct effects and their personal ambitions
As members of the British Ski team, I speak to Merrick 9, Frazer 12 and Kieran 14 lift and come safely from the top of the slope. about skiing and their opinions on the winter sport. K: Yes, through the ski centre and then a few months later I joined the ski club (race club). I loved skiing from the very beginning because it is fun, challenging and exciting. What age were you when you first began skiing? Merrick: 3.5 – I joined the race club on my 4th birthday. Did you find it hard to maintain training for skiing living in England? Frazer: 6 ½ M: Sometimes because there aren’t many coaches or slopes Kieran: 8 F: Yes because we lost our main coach and also the Folkestone Slope is so small that we now travel to Bromley. Where did you learn to ski? K: There has been issues when we lost our main ski coach and also with the local M: Folkestone Ski Club (FSC)– I mainly ski on the dry slopes but I do holiday on snow facilities being so small. We are now training at a slope which is an hour’s drive away and do occasional training holidays and are using a peer coaching system which is very good but not ideal on its own. F: FSC and I mainly ski/compete on dry slopes in England but am now training occasionally on snow. What are your favourite ski events and why? K: FSC (dry slope) M: School races, because you are in a team with your school friends and doing something for the school. Did you have instruction from when you first began skiing? If yes did you enjoy F: LSERSA (London and South East Regional Snowsports Association) summer race learning at a ski school? series because I know everyone there and we are all friends. M: Yes I had an instructor. Yes it was great fun and I was desperate to join ski/race club. K: On snow - ‘Fast GS’. On dry slopes – school team races F: Yes I had instruction and then I moved in to the ski club as soon as I could use the
Where is your favourite place to ski? M: Bromley Ski Slope F: Bromley because we train there every Wednesday K: Abroad – Norway (I have just got back from there - I was training with the Senior English Schools’ Squad). In England – Norwich because it is a big slope and also has a ski park Who are you inspired by? M: Emily Evans who is a really good skier on our circuit and has skied for GB. She also helps coach me and is really good. F: Emily Evans and her sister Charlotte – because they both coach but also both compete in the same competitions as us and are doing really well. K: Chemmy Alcott and Ed Drake who have attended events where I have competed so I have got to meet them face-to-face. What are your goals in regards to your skiing? M: I want to ski for ESSKIA and then FIS (Federation of International Sports) for the schools event. F: Emily Evans and her sister Charlotte – because they both coach but also both compete in the same competitions as us and are doing really well. K: I would love to be chosen for the FIS team (International Schools Competition) in two years time Do you think that as a country we need better support for winter sports and better coverage to encourage more people into the winter games? M: Yes, because other countries have more representatives than England and we don’t have the mountains that they do! F: Yes because skiing isn’t really thought about as an option because we don’t have a lot of snow or mountains so we need to make people aware of it as a sport and then have better facilities so that everyone who wants to ski can. K: Yes! Our top athletes don’t get enough financial support and there are very limited facilities in the UK, which can be very expensive. Have you received any sponsorship or funding to help with the sport? M: No – but I have a FANS card (Free access to National Sports-people) that allows me to fitness train at a number of facilities in Kent free of charge. F: A small bit from our school, but it is mostly paid for my mum and dad. I have a FANS card. K: Very limited, the school did make a contribution of £200 towards training for the English Schools Squad but the total cost was over £3000. I also hold a FANS card. What are you favourite sports brands? M: Atomic and Heads F: Atomic K: Atomic, Head and Scott What did you think about the Winter Olympics? M: We did all right but we could have done better if we had more people and more money so our athletes could train properly and without worrying about the cost. F: Interesting, but it was on so late at night that I had to miss bits! Had hoped we would have done better and got more medals. K: I think we could have done better if our athletes had had more financial support and weren’t
Do you think we can achieve better results in future years? M: Yes because hopefully they will support us more! F: Yes K: Yes, if the support is given. What competition’s do you compete at? M: Local, Regional (London and South East) Club Nationals, Schools, All England, British F: Schools, Regional, Club National, Grand Prix, All England – British K: Local, Regional (London and South East), County, National, Grand Prix, All England, British. If you could do anything, what would it be? M: Ski for Great Britain. F: Be chosen for the FIS team! K: Win an Olympic Gold Medal!
faced with the closure of Snowsports GB.
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Music and Culture
Like many of you out there the thrill of being out on the powder in the morning sun, is a feeling little can beat. The time spent riding is never quite long enough and once home we are already planning the next escape…but what if you didn’t have to return home. The job of the seasonnaire is relatively simple and enjoyed by many, true it comes
with manual labour and early mornings but is counter-parted with afternoons of skiing and a chance to make après-ski a regular occurrence. Ski resorts across the globe are home to beautiful wellrun ski chalets and we take the time to find out how working at a resort became a reality for several young people.
Three youngsters tell all about working at some of your favourite boarding locations
A qualified ski instructor in a country that has little to no snow fall didn’t feel like home to John Sutherland, so when the prospect to work in a ski resort came-up he jumped high for the offered. In fact he went as far as possible to the opposite side of the world, New Zealand. John worked for three months in the Mt Hutt resort in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. His skills as a ski instructor were put to good use teaching a wide variety of
skiers daily, ranging from a group of school John had unlimited opportunities to children to a single adult. socialise and meet new people in the local town, with social events organised John had at least one whole day off in by the staff that worked in the resort. The the week and made sure he spent every local bars and pubs offered great evening spare moment enjoying the slopes. activities and were consistently filled with He explained, “I was also able to ski new holidaymakers. during the working day, if I didn’t have any lessons to take, as well as early mornings “My favourite memories of the experience before clients would arrive and after they are being able to wake up every day in had left, even during lunchtimes.” a beautiful country, having the chance to be in the mountains everyday doing
a job that I love” recalled John “and also -meeting so many new people, some of which have remained friends. It was truly an amazing place.” John considers the trip to have been a life changing experience and recommends it 100%. A journey that you will remember forever, regardless of your skills there is always something that you can do at a ski resort, and you will have an amazing time.
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A skier since his tenth birthday Steve was ready for a challenge when he went to work in Tignes, France. Taking up a position as a Kitchen Porter for Mark Warner in a hotel, his daily tasks included: washing up all the plates, pans and helping chefs with prep and putting away deliveries. His passion for skiing stemmed from school trips during high school that resulted in Steve training to be an instructor. The job was ideal after finishing school as it allowed him to pursue skiing everyday.
Away for a period of 4 months he worked 6 days a week with 1 shift per day. This was either 7am-1pm or 4pm-1am. The shifts although exhausting allowed him to go out on the slopes everyday if he desired and he claims he became a ‘fair-weather skier’.
offered seasonaires great offers and it in the village it’s hard to imagine anywhere made going out in the local town a lot of better. However, I’ve been there now so fun. Steve explains that the start-up at the maybe I will go with...try somewhere new.” hotel was a highlight with synchronized shifts there was plenty of time for parties and endless ski days. If the work ever tired or the money seemed to disappear Arriving 2 weeks before the season began the trick was to remember where you are. and the hotel opened, allowed the team to bond and friendship to blossom. With When asked whether he would return to busy timetables at the hotel the off-duty the same town Steve answered, “Tignes staff socialized allowing a different mix is such a great place with a massive area of people every night. Local businesses available for skiing as well as so much to do
at around 1pm. The job involved basic cleaning duties for all of the hotel rooms, and Saturdays a new batch of guests arrived which involved a full clean with new sheets etc (finishing later at 3/4pm. The schedule left afternoons free to hit the slopes and make the most of being in a busy ski town with local pubs and A respectable job as a chambermaid in seasonal visitors, in Mottaret-Meribel a a small hotel was to fill her time for the beautiful resort comprised of three valleys. next 5 months of the ski season. The day began at 8 and she worked until the job Surrounded by mainly young English was done, usually just in time for lunch people with the occasional French, they
all got on amazingly well and were able to explore in groups. There were plenty of opportunities to meet other seasonaires on nights out and the chance to form lasting friendships with whom she shares some of the best memories. The lifestyle was ideal for Jess with the chance to ski everyday. She spoke about it being a ‘very social season and can involve going out and drinking a lot.’ An incredible experience that is available to anyone it comes highly recommended.
Jess has already signed up for another season next winter in either Meribel or Val D’Isere and by maintaining contact with her previous employees knows she has a guaranteed place. The pay is surprisingly good despite being a manual job and the reward of skiing everyday is priceless. A way of life for many, is living for the season, making the most of every moment and working the summer season to get through to the following December.
Despite living in England her whole life, Jess has never been an admirer. It was precisely this that encouraged her to search for a new challenge on foreign soil. A quick browse on the Internet found a job in France and before the next week began she had already left for the mountains.
WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
PHOTOGRAPHY: Allie Kovall STYLING: Sophie Watkins MODEL: Emily Watkins
the moment when a shot falls into place and you capture something special can be felt by the entire room
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You Can Take My Picture
Check out the photography by Allie Kovall, an up-andcoming photographer making tracks in the industry her works transcends through all medias and these sports lux shots are worth a gander. In her spare time she can be found ripping up the surf in California. Not just a beach babe this girl knows how to take a good picture. â€œThe moment when a shot falls into place and you capture something special can be felt by the entire room.â€? explains Allie. View her images online at www.allisonkovall.com
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Music and Culture
the spirit of aloha In A League of their Own
In the emotive film, A League of their Own girls are plucked from obscurity and the comfort of their own homes during the Second World War to come and represent their country in the first ever All American Girls Baseball Team. The film is set in Chicago and shows a dramatic change in the sporting history for women. A cultural movie we are given an insight into the struggle made by women as they attempt to make something of themselves whilst their men are away fighting in the war. Four sixteen strong teams are put together in order for them to create a league. News coverage promotes the ‘diamond women’ who are molded into the ideal player through taking finishing classes so they might exemplify the perfect catch. The Rockford Peaches are starring team of feisty characters that refuse to be pigeonholed as housewives and make their escape on the field. The standard baseball attire is exchanged for shirt dresses
with skater skirts and knee-high socks in an effort to draw in the audiences and gain headlines. Geena Davis and Tom Hanks take the female and male leads as they portray the struggle through gaining an audience as a minority and the disposability of women as the war came to an end. “There is no room for girls baseball in this country when the war is over. They’re done.” Said the owner of Harvey bars, the money machine fuelling the girl’s league. Little did he know how independent women would become in their fight to compete in sports. This film has been shown in American classrooms as an essential part of their history classes, a first time viewer during my recent trip to New York City, I recommend this film to all those out there who love to see feisty women fight the fight and take a glimpse at a young Madonna in action.
It is universally known that no-one can deny themselves the easy beat of reggae, traditionally in the form of legend Bob Marley. Whilst his sound will continue to live on, the time has come for a new star, in the form of Dewi Maile Lim. A creative spirit born and raised in Hilo, Hawai, Dewi has had strong support from her parents that exposed her to hula, painting and the piano since childhood. It would be music, in particular reggae that had the most significant effect on Dewi. Reggae is one of the most popular music genre’s of the Hawaiian Islands and something that has heavily influenced Dewi’s music style. Her self-written songs that she began after leaving college have taken her to Brooklyn where she lives and performs. It is also where she began her nonprofit organization, Art Unites Us that promotes Hawaiian culture through arts and has shared the Spirit of Aloha throughout New York City. Dewi explains: "Aloha is something that transcends mental constructs. It's a universal truth found in us all. The mele I share are meant to strengthen and mirror the Divine in each of us." Listen to the sounds of aloha at www.sonicbirds.com
We review the best bands from the Earth Day event
the london souls
As the name may imply The London Souls have a twist of the soul, a dash of the blues and a heavy dosage of rock’n’roll. As passionate about performing, as a band can be they play with every part of their bodies, playing loud and raucous like every real rock musician should. The essence of the sound is even retained despite the speakershaking heights of sound they reach. This is a band that deserves a willing audience so get in line for some soul shattering tunes. www.thelondonsouls.com
Deluka have broken all the stereotypes of an English indie band and are making big waves across the pond. Originally hailing from Birmingham Deluka’s sound is a fresh combination of rock, electric beats, a strong bass and stunning vocals. Likened to many genres they have been praised by NME and signed a deal in Brooklyn with label VEL Records last summer to release a five song EP in the coming months. Gaining further appeal “Sleep is Impossible” was recorded for Rockstar Games infamous Grand Theft Auto VI and AOL Spinner launched an exclusive of The Rapture’s Remix of “Cascade”. This promotion alongside three songs air played by MTV (on The City and the VMA’s) has meant their name hitting the US market. Their time to shine has come after much hard determination in their home city where vocalist and songwriter Ellie Innocenti performed at Birmingham’s Jug of Ale; it was during a performance in fact that she was spotted by Kris Kovacs, electronics expert and producer. They began working together on some tracks and building a creative partnership that involved experimenting with different electronic sounds, the result of which are unique danceable rock songs. Daniel Brasco (bass) and Stevie Palmer (drums) complete the band with their name originating from the eccentric character Deluka from motion picture Pretty Woman. www.myspace.com/deluka
With band members as beautiful as their name, Tamarama (an idyllic beach in Australia), is definitely a band to see live. Formed of two native Tamaramaians, Jay and Pottsy are proud to share their music, heavily influenced by their magical upbringing and world travels which is reflected in their lyrics suggesting finding, loosing and hoping for love. Their infectious style of surf rock/pop is spreading to the masses after releasing their first EP in 2008 they toured the East Coast of Australia and California. The latest collection of songs were recorded for their debut LP in New York City with acclaimed producer David Kahne (The Strokes) the release is set for June to coincide with a string of touring dates including Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. Jay comments, “Its a way of life. It’s about living your dream and doing whatever it takes to get there.” www.myspace.com/tamarama
Thank you, thank you your far too kind WRITTEN BY: Sophie Watkins
Upper Limits has been an exciting venture that has consumed my life over these past months. It is with great pleasure that I sign off on the first edition and release it out for all of you lovely people to enjoy. I must give thanks however to all that have inspired and attributed to this publication, wihtout you this would not have been possible. model photography photography photography illustrator art director
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