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   SAM SMOOTHY   

A BRIEF DIARY OF AN EXPLORER’S ROAD TO THE 2015 FREERIDE WORLD TOUR

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SURFING, THE BEST WAY FOR A FRESH START

“What I needed was to let my body and mind heal after all the injuries and anxiety of FWT14”

My first project after FWT14 was actually more of a holiday. During the tour I competed at a high level with a failing body and my back was still not able to take the impacts of skiing. So I packed it in for the season and headed out on a surf holiday.

Surfing through Sumatra, Sri Lanka and the Maldives with my wonderful girlfriend Rosie and athlete buddies like Xavier de le Rue, was an amazing experience. We ate tropical fruit and fish, stayed in shacks and palaces, surfed, swam and just soaked up the sun.

Throwing yourself into exotic cultures is one of the greatest ways to wipe your mind clean.


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SKIING IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Over the summer I was part of a freeride group and we headed up the Tasman Glacier, in Mt Cook National Park for a 5 day ski-touring mission.
A gale force southwest wind had unfortunately stripped the snow back to boilerplate ice over almost the entire island but we got out there and did what we could with the conditions.

While it wasn’t epic, it was a really good experience in running a mini expedition without a guide, and so was a boost for my general mountain confidence.

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MY TRAINING FOR FWT15

“Fitness training can be fun… but mountain biking and climbing is better”

In my very short off season, which is basically half of October and November, I spent a bunch of time in the gym getting stronger, at physio getting kinks worked out and basically doing whatever I can to get my body to the best it can be for winter.

That’s not all that fun or interesting, so before I left for Europe I spent lots of time on my new mountain bike and climbing around home in Wanaka.

It’s way more fun than the gym and I think it’s a good fitness training, as well as, beneficial for the high speed reactions needed in skiing.

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