Podcast: Sophie Everard ventures into The Wave (Bristol)
Sophie Everard is a journalist, passionate snowboarder and surfer with a lust for life. The stylish goofyfoot has worked extensively within action sports media for more than ten years and is a published writer for industry-leading snowboard titles. She has also set up a brand called “Mad to Live” through which she promotes a positive, modern message of female empowerment via creative, original content. Attached to the content and Mad to Live brand are a series of wildly successful women-only retreats in various places like Portugal, Morocco, Costa Rica, Bali and England.
About Sophie Everard
- You grew up in Athens in the 90s. What was life like?
- When you were younger, what drove you to sports and outdoor pursuits?
- How was your first experience of learning to surf, where was it?
- Inspired by Blue Crush Actually check out Surfline’s compilation of the best surf movies: https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/best-surf-movies-stream-online/45597
- Pick an early surf trip. How did it go down?
- Noosa, Australia
- When did you realize you could make a living out of playing?
- Marketing events –> Action Sports Publisher –> Big Brand –> “Mad to Live”
The Wave Bristol
- How was your attention first drawn to machine-driven waves?
- Adventure Park Snowdonia (2015)
- East London surf collective
- UK surf scene and trips down to Cornwall and how many UK projects are on the go and setting the trend for worldwide wave pool parks.
- Have you been aware of Nick Hounsfield‘s mission to create the Bristol project?
- Including collectives like Yvette Fielding: Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year https://wavewahines.co.uk/
- The Wave is highly conscious of sustainability.
- Tell us in detail about the run-up to your surf day at The Wave in Bristol. How did you set it up?
- What were your expectations for the day?
- How did they greet you at the entrance and what is the reception area similar to?
- Did you go straight into a briefing?
- We talk about Ben Skinner and his boards – check out a great podcast with him from The Wire.
- Emerging out onto the lake area must feel pretty different to running down the sand dunes to the ocean…
- How did the surfing feel at The Wave Bristol? Many people have observed (from the comfort of their keyboards) that the waves are really small. Do you agree?
- Do you think one hour is enough?
- What can you do in-between sessions? Could you imagine doing a retreat there?
Check out Sophie’s fantastic blog about her entire weekend down in the South West.
The Future of Surfing
- Can you imagine a future when surf parks are more prevalent than football stadiums?