If you’re like me, then I’m sure you have wondered what winter sport athletes do during the hot summer months. There aren’t many destinations in the world that produce the amount of snow necessary to shred year-round; therefore, professional snowboarders must find other ways to occupy their time during summer.
Of course, many snow sport athletes possess a skillset that translates across the extreme sports landscape. For example, U.S. Olympic superstar Shaun White competes professionally in both snowboarding and skateboarding. Nevertheless, with the 2018 Winter Olympics right around the corner, let’s take a look at how some snowboarders are spending their final summer before heading to South Korea for the opening ceremonies in February.
Summertime in Hawaii
For starters, 19-year-old phenom Lyon Farrell is a professional snowboarder from Hawaii. Yes, you read that correctly. He is a snowboarder that grew up in a state without snow. Besides that, he has some impressive genes. His mother is a former professional windsurfer, who won a gold medal at the first ever X Games. His father, who originally hails from New Zealand, is a legendary surfer. As the son of surfing royalty, one would expect that Farrell would spend his time riding waves all summer long. Ironically, winter is the best time to surf in Hawaii, so Farrell spends most of his time hitting the skate parks.
Aussie in Spain
Scotty James is another snowboarder that grew up in warm climates, as he hails from Melbourne, Australia. Despite being just 23 years old, James has competed professionally for nearly a decade. He became one of the youngest winter athletes to compete in the Olympics in 2010, when he placed 21st in Halfpipe in Vancouver at the age of 15. After winning only one medal in his first five X Games appearances, James broke through to win gold in Superpipe during the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen. This summer, he is celebrating his long-awaited win by vacationing in Barcelona, Spain. We will see if he can carry his momentum into the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, where he will sport the green and yellow of Australia for the third time.
Vacation for the Ages
One of the most active pros is Katie Ormerod. Katie O won her first gold medal in Big Air during the 2017 World Cup in Moscow, becoming the first snowboarder from Great Britain to win a World Cup Big Air Gold. Growing up learning how to snowboard on the dry slopes of West Yorkshire, she is no stranger to making due without snow; however, Ormerod isn’t spending too much time in one place this summer. She has already visited New Zealand, Dubai, and Switzerland. Although snowboarding was on her list of activities, Ormerod spent time swimming, go-karting, rock climbing, and jumping on a giant trampoline, according to her Instagram posts. After a fun-filled summer vacation, we can look forward to seeing how she follows up her World Cup Gold, as Big Air will make its Olympic debut in South Korea this upcoming February.