Boarder Patrol: Torah Bright

The "artist" talks about her collection with Roxy and losing power in far-flung places.

Surf and Sports // Sharon Steel // 12/07/11
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Cheyenne Ellis
Torah Bright

Sometimes the best wetsuit in the world can't help you deny the fact that it's cold out there. This time of year, we like to look to the mountains for a different kind of boarder– and the ladies who make it look so good.

How’d you get into snowboarding?
I grew up in a small country town called Cooma in the snowy mountains of Australia. I started skiing at the age of 2, but switched to snowboarding at 11 years old.

What’s the best part about the sport?
I love how I feel when I ride. I feel free and almost view the mountain as my own canvas, [on which I can] paint what I'd like. If my grandparents were around, I’m sure they would be telling me to get a real job, not realizing the possibilities of an athlete these days!

Anywhere particularly cool and far-flung that you’ve boarded?
Morocco—I didn’t even know they have snow there! The power went out while we were there, so we had to hike all the trails.

You work with Roxy to make some pretty cool gear… Do you feel like being a pro boarder gives you a better angle on the design process?
I design a collection for the Bright Edition, which is a mix of feminine cuts and streetwear. [But, it’s] function over fashion. High quality waterproofing and all the little pockets are necessary in the winter cold.

Meet all the ladies of Boarder Patrol and see them like you've never seen them before!

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