Surf Vs Snow: Which Fitness Discipline Would You Choose?

Or better yet, split your time between the hemispheres?​

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Imagine your perfect setting. What would it be a beautiful scenic landscapes with crisp, fresh outdoor air that doesn't pollute your lungs? 

Maybe the snowy mountains of Verbier or the idyllic coastline of Byron Bay? Yep, that sounds pretty good to us.

We caught up with Olympic Gold Medalist in snowboarding, Torah Bright, and pro-surfer Rosy Hodge to set the scene on what their average days involve. 

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Just you try and get to the end of this article without wanting to pack up your laptop and take a sabbatical.

Where it all began

Torah (snow): 
I grew up about an hour and a half from the
mountains and I was two years old
when I started skiing and then I was eleven when I tried snowboarding and that was it.
I never looked back.

Rosy (surf):  I started surfing when I was 8 years old with my older brother and my dad. It's something that I fell head over heels in love with and from an early age I wanted to do as a career and couldn't think even wanting to do anything else. It was like an addiction, even still to this day I feel that same love and passion for surfing.

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What an average day involves 

Torah (snow): My training varies to what part of the season I'm in. If I'm getting ready for the winter- I will try and do 5-7 work outs in a week. Some two a day and targeting different muscle groups each time.  I do what feels good to the body so that I am able to be on the snow when it's great conditions and get the most out of myself in those times where it matters. Generally I love to be active.

Rosy (surf):  As a surfer the first thing you think about is what the wave conditions are
like, so I always look at the cams or go down to the beach and look at the
waves and then go for a surf. I also love doing yoga, especially Bikram yoga. I'll do a class maybe mid-morning and then wash that off and go for another
surf and then maybe go for a run in the evening or just wait until sunset time. My day revolves around what
the weathers like and how the tide is.

The physical benefits

Torah (snow): It's my profession and my job to keep my body strong, so I definitely focus on making sure that the legs, gluts, core are good. But what snowboarding alone shreds for everyone are legs and butts. So I got a booty I would say from snowboarding - a powerful booty! 

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Rosy (surf): I think the thing that makes surfing unique is it's not like you're doing it on a static playing field. You're in the ocean, you're always moving  and every wave that you ride is different. Your body, balance and awareness of everything that's going on is always heightened. Your whole body is sort of moving at the same time and the way that you surf is also unique.  You're always in that squat position, so it's definitely a full body work out.

The mindful benefits 

Torah (snow):  I just love being outdoors and I'll do anything. I think my general philosophy to life is just to be active and have fun in everything you do.

Rosy (surf): With surfing, being out in the ocean and out in the open and in an environment that's just so beautiful, it's so hard not to find it
as a type of meditation. I think that's why you wake up thinking about it and
go to bed thinking about it because it just absorbs you.

Favourite places

Tora (snow): That ones a hard one, I really do
enjoy being back home in Australia because I spent so much time living abroad,
in North America and Europe. I love snowboarding amongst the gum trees. It's
awesome, home amongst the gum trees.

Rosy (surf):  It's such a hard question!  I
love home, in South Africa Queensbury Bay but I love going to Australia or
Hawaii and spending three months in each of those countries and right now I'm
calling California my home base. So those four places are definitely my favourite.

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