Snowboarder Rice rides the waves with Volvo Ocean Race crew

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

American wallows in Dongfeng Race Team group effort at Cardiff leg start.

Travis Rice is used to riding snow around the world when making breathtaking films, but he also has a passion for sailing that consumes the downtime off his snowboard.

The American travelled to Cardiff in Wales to join Volvo Ocean Race leaders Dongfeng Race Team as they prepared for the start of Leg 10 to Gothenburg in Sweden. Here is all you need to know:

– Rice is a Winter X Games champion in Big Air and Slopestyle, who has parlayed his fame into making films like The Art of Flight and The Fourth Phase.

– When he is not travelling the world in pursuit of epic snow to ride, the Wyoming native likes to unwind on his own catamaran with his family and friends.

– The Volvo Ocean Race teams must contend with 72,420km through some of the most remote and hostile waters on earth in order to take the trophy home every three years.

– The 35-year-old was involved in every team aspect during his Cardiff visit including getting to grips with the technicalities of the board, learning about tactics and listening in on weather briefings.

– He explained: “It’s been amazing to have a tangible feel for the feats that these sailors are overcoming during this race. Watching the complex manoeuvres being thrown, with hardly any communication or verbal cues, everyone seemed really in sync. There’s a bit of a psychic connection between the team.”

– The former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year added: “For us in snowboarding, everyone has to do their job very well to walk away with footage, shots or a compelling story. There’s a lot of progression, baby steps and a lot of homework that goes into it. I guess you’d compare this to surfing a massive Southern Ocean downwind swell at 30 knots.”

– Three-time Olympian Carolijn Brouwer, part of Dongfeng Race Team, revealed: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Travis to the team. His enthusiasm is contagious and for us it was great to share our experience with an extreme sports athlete who perfectly understands what we do, and not just focus on the competitive aspect.”


 

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