Job description: professional snowboarder
Day to day life of a professional snowboarder
Lesley McKenna’s career as a professional snowboarder may sound glamorous and swanky but as she’ll tell you herself, it’s full on and hard work.
“It’s your job to make sure you in the best physical condition you can be, so that you can train, compete and not get injured.” She says.
When they’re not on the slopes either training or competing, pro snowboarders are, like any professional athlete, maintaining their physical condition.
“I can spend anywhere between two and five hours working out” explains Lesley, “cycling, trampolining, yoga, swimming, surfing, lifting weights, spending time at the skate park, we do it all.”
And when she’s not working out, she’ll be managing her own training schedule.
Snowboarders need maximum time on the slopes to perfect their craft. Hours are spent carefully budgeting to make the small amount of money they earn stretch to snow trips around the world, indoor training sessions as well as living, “snowboarding’s not the cheapest sport in the world” Lesley laments.
After that, snowboarders are expected to deal with the media and marketing side of their art, maintain great relationships with photographers and press, and get maximum exposure for their sponsors.
“Snowboarding films are a great way to represent your sponsors” says Lesley, “and they’re great fun too. You get to board at lots of great locations.”
One of Lesley’s all time favourite films was her first ChunkyKnit film, DropStitch. – Buy it from Amazon (£19.99)