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We had the opportunity to sit down with Roxy team rider Robin Van Gyn in the Roxy photo studio this week. Despite her busy schedule prepping for the upcoming snow season we caught up on all things DIY and her latest film—Intervals.
Roxy: Bucket list for the season (spots, travels, tricks)
Robin: “Travel- Alaska
Snowboarding-more big mountain, bigger terrain
Tricks- more natural tricks— tricks you can do off of whatever is in front of you without built features. I’d like to get some good shots hitting those natural features!”
Roxy: Is fall training any different than regular season training? What is your typical pre-season daily workout?
Robin: “During the season not a lot of opportunity to train –it’s a lot of go-go-go all the time. In my down days I’m definitely in the gym or hiking…In the fall & summer is when I’m working out the most and making sure my body is ready for in-season…My training consists of a mixture of cardio, plyometrics, and strength-training. It’s really important that all the parts of your body are strong enough for the season, especially for injury prevention.”
Roxy: Does your nutrition change when preparing for the season?
Robin: “My nutrition doesn’t change. I feel like if you’re a healthy eater in general you don’t need to change or diet. I eat well—lots of vegetables, grains, and good proteins like fish and chicken.”
Roxy: Not so typical day in the life of Robin… what do you do on your down days? (non-snow season)
Robin: “I do a lot of gardening! I have a big backyard, so I’m always working in my garden. I also do a lot of biking and hiking on the north shore of Vancouver with my dog Stella, she’s always with me. I also run a lot. The fall is also a really great time to do surf trips in BC. I try to get up to the coast as much as I can!”
Roxy: Do you have any good DIY projects you’ve been up to lately?
Robin: “I actually built a pallet couch this summer! There was a construction site next door to my house so we asked for a bunch of those and spray painted them white and made an “L-shaped” couch for my patio. It’s pretty cool! I’ve also done some smaller DIY projects for my room such as masking tape paint jobs on cork boards..!”
Roxy: What products have you received/purchased for the winter that you’re most excited to use?
Robin: “I actually just received the Newport Beach jacket. I absolutely love it! I wear it everywhere—It’s super soft and warm and its 100% down so it’s also super light! I’m also excited to get back on the banana smoothie split board. I used it a bunch this summer and I can’t wait to get back on it. It’s such a great board—especially in a split!”
Roxy: What was your favorite thing about filming Intervals?
Robin: “My favorite thing about filming Intervals was just being able to ride with my favorite girls throughout the whole season. Because you’re not put on a film crew we were able to create our own film crew. You’re always with your friends and always having a good time. If the snow is good in Timbuktu, we can go there! We get to make our own decisions and that is empowering for us when we are filming. We are creating everything ourselves and everything that happens is a product of us. In that sense Intervals is a true reflection of our lives. It’s no so much something created to show our lives, it’s actually a true reflection, which is pretty unique.”