Two Minutes with Roland Morely Brown
Meet Roland Morely Brown. Team rider for Electric, The North Face, Skullcandy and Burton, to name a few, he’s currently touring Europe on the Freeride World Circuit Tour. We caught up with the legend to talk boardriding (snow and skate), tour life, favourite slopes and what’s next.
Roland, cheers for taking the time to catch up!
No worries guys – happy to.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Um, what you wanna know? I was born in Sydney and grew up in the far north of the North Island of NZ. I currently live in Gold Coast, travel and snowboard as much as possible, and having as much fun as I can along the way!
You are currently over in Europe. Give us a rundown on life over the other side of the world?
Yeah. I’ve been traveling to Europe every year since 2001 chasing the snow and competing in comps. This year is a first for me though, as I’m competing on the Freeride World Tour circuit. It’s been awesome and I’m learning so much about big mountain riding, especially in a competition format. The travel schedule has been hectic though. I’ve done about 7500kms in the rental car over the last 6 weeks. I’ve pretty much been moving from comp to comp and trying to shoot photos or film something in between. I love Europe, so I actually really enjoy the life on the road vibe. And, another good thing about being everywhere this season is that I’ve had the chance to catch up with heaps of mates along the way, as opposed to just going to one or two resorts shooting for a week then bailing. Having said that though, it’s been a lot of sleeping on floors and fast food restaurants haha. That’s the real life on the road.
Was it always a dream to chase professional snowboarding?
Definitely! Mum has always encouraged me to do whatever I’ve wanted. And, it’s worked out pretty good so far. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Favourite slopes in the world?
When I first started the whole travel thing and chasing the snow I spent a lot of time in Europe and more specifically Zillertal Valley, Austria. So that area is up high on my list of favorites for sure. And, of course my home mountains in NZ – Remarkables, Snowpark and Cardrona. These are the mountains/resorts I learnt to ride on, so they will always have a place in my heart.
Who are you currently riding for?
Electric, The North Face, Skullcandy, Burton and Transform.
Geeez, I don’t know haha. That’s a tough one… I’m probably just happy to say I have been able stay in the game this long and still have all the same motivation to keep progressing and charging for a few more years to come.
What crew you normally roll with?
It kind of chops and changes all the time depending on the trip. But over the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to pick and choose the trips I want to jump on, so I always try get the ones that me and my closer mates are hyped on. It’s always more fun with your homies.
What happens after a day on the mountain?
Sometimes heaps and sometimes not a lot haha. It mostly depends on how productive that day was or what the weather is looking like for tomorrow… Obviously if we’ve had an amazing day, scored a bunch of sick shoots etc and the weather looks like its coming in for tomorrow with more it might be okay to party – you’re in a mountain town after all! Otherwise if it’s looking good again and we’re keen to get out amongst it, I’m probably just as happy to chill and watch movies. It’s mostly about getting a good balance between the party and productivity.
Do you board with or without beats playing?
I do for sure. The style of snowboarding I find myself doing more of these days is a lot more big mountain riding, and with that comes a lot more hiking… So I’m definitely pumping beats to keep me hyped.
Most snowboarders seem to skate in their off time. Do you skate or do any training outside of snowboarding to keep fit?
Yeeah, 100%. I’ve skated my whole life and love it more than anything. I’m still such a skate rat – always catch myself trolling the net to find the latest, dopest, freshest clips to froth out on. And. definitely always try and get a roll in whenever I can. It’s awesome cross training for snowboarding! Other than skating, yeah I do other types of exercise for sure. Nothing to heavy though – I’ve never been to a gym or anything like that. I prefer to just go out for a run and throw in some push ups, sit ups etc… Just stuff like that to stay active and loose.
Plans after Europe?
I’m heading to the States to continue on with a couple more of the Freeride Would Tour comps – first stop Crested Butte, Colorado then off up to Kicking Horse, Golden BC. Then I’ll no doubt roll to Whistler or Seattle and try shoot and film for the rest of the season. And, of course pray for snow – from all I’ve heard the USA and Canada isn’t having the most amazing season this year.
Shout out all my past and current sponsors (The North Face, Electric, Skull Candy, Transform Gloves and Burton Snowboards) for believing in me and giving me the opportunities to continue living the dream. My Mum for always encouraging me to chase that dream. And mostly, to all my friends for just being themselves and being there – I get by with a little help from my friends.