Aug
16

Torah Bright: Stuck in New Zealand

Stuck in Queenie!

After an amazing trip to New Zealand and days of lapping the park up at Snow Park with Scotty James, Jake, and Benny, I got ready to head back to Australia only to get trapped in Queenstown. This storm is turning out to be the storm of the decade or century for New Zealand with cancelled flights for days and days. Not a bad place to be trapped, but when you’re ready to go you’re ready to go. So, after delays and canceled flights, I’ve finally made it back home to Cooma and am in sunny Perisher for a few days before I head down to Melbourne for the Chalet Girl movie. Busy, busy but it’s nice to be home relaxing with the fam.

Perisher’s Pipe…

In other Bright family news, my brother and coach, Benny won the NZ World Heli Challenge. He’s such and amazing rider and it was so much fun to be a part of his win. Yeah Benny! Check out his winner’s interview here!

Cheers, Torah

Aug
09

Torah Bright: New Zealand

Lake Wanaka

It’s so great to be back in wintertime again, as much as I am a summertime girl who loves her sunshine and days at the beach, it’s nice to be back in the snowboarding mix. Everyone from the world snowboarding scene has arrived on the shores of Lake Wanaka for a little southern hemisphere shredding and for the New Zealand Open up at Cardrona this week. It’s great to see everyone. I’ve been continuing to work on my film project despite the fact that the weather is always a little dicey in NZed. Keep in mind that the Maori name for the country is Aotearoa and means “the land of the long white cloud” which is sometimes hovering over the mountains for weeks on end. But it’s great to be back in New Zealand with it flat light, blustery days and all!

The old school Cardrona Hotel!
Cheers, Torah

Aug
04

Watch Roxy Team Rider Sally Fitzgibbons Compete In The Quarterfinals at the US Open of Surfing

Keep your eye out for Roxy’s Sally Fitzgibbons, still in the running for the win at the US Open of Surfing! Sally took first yesterday in Round 3, and will be moving on to the Quarterfinals this weekend.
The Quarterfinals start at 10:04 am on Saturday, August 6th, and Sally will be surfing in Heat 3 against fellow Aussie and Round 4 winner, Rebecca Woods.
Tune into http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/live.cfm for live coverage of heats!
Aug
03

Roxy Team Riders Sally Fitzgibbons & Sofia Mulanovich take a 1st & 2nd Today in Round 3 of the US Open

The third round of the women’s event at the US Open of Surfing was greeted with sunshine and 2-3 ft waves. The lumpy, bumpy conditions this afternoon were much better than Monday’s first rounds, making it easier for the girls to find those workable sections. 

Sally and Sofia both battled it out against Hawaii’s Melanie Bartels, who opened up the heat with the leading score. Sofia took over mid-heat after her huge snap and recover in the white wash, topping Mel’s high score.

Sally couldn’t seem to find the right wave, but her patience paid off after finding a couple lined up waves toward the end of the heat and throwing down multiple maneuvers. Sally’s total score was a 10.6, finishing in first place. Sofia closed the heat with a 9.97 and will be surfing in round four tomorrow.

Stay tuned this week for updates on Sally and Sofia!

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Aug
02

Torah Bright: Seattle Autograph Signing

I’ve had a whirlwind few weeks, heading straight to Seattle from Australia for our first Roxy team factory tour at Mervin Manufacturing. Robin, Kjersti and I spent the day checking out the first round of production for the 12/13 line (which by the way, looks amazing!) followed up by an autograph signing at the Quik store in downtown.

The Gang

The Quik store styled us out with personalized sushi rolls, mine was complete with Vegimite…of course.  Such a great couple of days with Kjesti, Robyn and the people from Quik and Mervin! Thanks to everyone for coming out!

our international sushi platter…so delicious!

Off to OZ!

Cheers, Torah!

Jul
22

Torah Bright: HP Commercial

Back in Persiher!

I’m finally back in OZ! I’ve been back home in Cooma hanging with my family and filming a new commercial spot at Perisher for HP. I’ve signed on as their new ePrint ambassador, which I’m really excited about and I can’t wait for the commercial to come out. It was a real family affair. My younger sister’s a hair stylist and was on the crew doing my hair and my Mum has a cameo in the actual commercial! Here are a few photos from the day and I’ll keep you posted on when the spot will start airing. Also, if you’re in Australia I’ll be on the Wide World of Sports this Sunday on channel 9!

Action! My Mum on set!

We’re on the photo booth and I’m picking her nose :)

So, great to back at home with the fam for a bit!

Cheers, Torah

Jul
18

Torah Bright: Kennecott Copper Mine

Kennecott Copper Mine

Since I’ve been on lock down in the US without my green card, Jake and I have been getting a little creative with things to do locally. Last week, we went to the Kennecott Copper mine in Copperton, UT in the western foothills of the Salt Lake Valley. It’s a massive structure that produces enough minerals in 41 days to make all the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters in a year. We checked out the whole structure and all the machinery that goes into making this a smooth operation and their environmental stewardship program that runs the cleanest smelting process in the world. I totally loved it and had a blast with all the trucks and the enormity of it all. Fun fact, the mine is the only other man made site visible from space next to the Great Wall of China.

on our way up to the mine!!

Look how big the truck wheels are!

Definitely worth the trip!

Cheers, Torah

Jul
07

Torah Bright: NYC Media Trip

Last week, Sarah Burke and I went with the Roxy crew for a press preview of  Roxy’s 11/12 snow line. We had high hopes of seeing a Broadway show and seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met but tickets to Book of Mormon are sold out until September and we were so busy running around doing interviews and showing the line, (which, by the way, looks awesome) that we barely had time to shop. My other mission in New York was to look for inspiration for my next line and NYC is the best place for that! So much eye candy to take in. I also had a chance to meet with the hard good designers to fine tune some details for my next years board (which, also look awesome). Such a productive and inspiring trip and now that I’ve had a week at home I’m ready to go back. I heart New York!

Cheers, Torah

Jun
08

Torah Bright: Vegas…Baby

Last weekend Jake and I went to Vegas to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary; watch some shows, sit by the pool and check out Nitro Circus. Originally, I wanted to renew our vows dressed like Marilyn Monroe at one of those Vegas wedding chapels but Jake wasn’t going for it. So, we ended up cruising the strip, checking out David Copperfield and Cirque De Soleil’s O (which was amazing) and sitting by the pool scorching ourselves in that hot Las Vegas sun. Sunday night a whole crew of us went to see Nitro Circus and it’s official I want to be a motocross-er. Those guys are amazing and even though I’ve never ridden a motorcycle in my life, I’m convinced this is my new sport! And It was also so cool to watch Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z get engaged, I was in tears, so cute! Now we’re back in Salt Lake, enjoying the start to summer and happy to be back from the chaos of Vegas!

Cheers, Torah

Jun
07

Roxy Wahine Classic at Waikiki, Queens Beach

Queens Beach in Waikiki was taken over this past weekend by Wahines of all ages for one of the most homegrown, family fun surf events on the planet, the Roxy Wahine Classic. This years Wahine Classic artwork was created by Roxy team rider and watergirl phenom Vanina Walsh, who not only surfs, paddles, swims and races but also showcased her artsy side too through her colorful aloha inspired art. Vanina joined fellow team rider Kelia Moniz, a Waikiki local and professional longboarder, to welcome hundreds of girls to Queens Beach to partake in the free surfing contests, Roxy giveaways, and to be a part of the locals only event now in its fourth year running. The waves were head high all weekend and the girls gracefully showed their skills to the crowds on the beach watching in awe as the future of women’s surfing continues to elevate. Thank you all for participating and look forward to seeing you at the next Roxy Wahine Classic. Stay tuned for updated results.