REIZE Snowboarder – Tim Laidlaw
What initially attracted you to snowboarding? And is this still what you love about it?
I fell in love with snowboarding at a young age because of its freedom of creativity. I didn't know that when I was only 7 years old, I just knew I could do whatever I felt like on my snowboard and I got amped. Nowadays, I get the same feeling. I’m finding new ways to get creative on my snowboard everyday on all kind of terrain and I always come home very satisfied.
What initially attracted you to REIZE?
The thing that attracted me most to REIZE was the accessibility. As I'm travelling around constantly and always on the mountain, I’m still able to get my daily energy with REIZE sitting in my back pocket everywhere I go.
What is your biggest accomplishment so far in Snowboarding, and what sort of snowboarder would you consider yourself to be?
My biggest accomplishment was trying out for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Unfortunately I was unable to qualify for the Australian team, however the amount of lessons and experiences I learnt along the way was invaluable. I was able to compete with the best riders in the world, which made me a better rider and has developed my view on the bigger picture of snowboarding.
Do you have a favorite trick, or something you haven't quite landed but are working on?
It’s always changing but at the moment my favorite trick would have to be a Backside 540 ‘roast beef’.
How do you come up with your goals, do you draw inspiration from other athletes, or do you just see what other people are doing and try and match it or better it?
I do see what others are doing for inspiration and motivation. I am yet to be in the big leagues of freestyle snowboarding, so I am always playing catch up and riding to be as good as the best in the world.
What was the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice for me (and my riding) was to ‘ride for yourself’. There are a lot of people everywhere telling you what to do with different aspects of snowboarding, however the thing that motivates me everyday on the snowboard is what I want to do, then I will be succeeding my own satisfaction instead of others.
I recently went to Mount Hotham and tried Snowboarding for the second time in my life. I loved it but every time I tried to get air I kept landing with my weight on the wrong rail (and face-planting). Do I just need to practice or is there any specific advice you can give me to apply to this situation?
In snowboarding you never stop practicing tricks no matter what, I have practiced a certain trick around 200 times a season to really lock it away. In this situation, when you land your weight has to be evenly dispersed, that means no leaning forward or back, and no landing heel or toe heavy. But as I said before you just have to keep it at and don’t stop practicing.
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Written by James Booth