This is Leanne Pelosi. She's a badass The North Face athlete who spends her time saving winter, inspiring kids at the St’at’imc first nations school and free diving off the coast of Ukee.
What inspires you?
Being in nature inspires me to be present, and having 100% complete presence is the best mindset I’ve found to add harmony, joy and abundance in life. The mountains are it for me, and if I treat myself with a daily dose of this happiness, I get to then share it with the universe. And then somehow, that good energy keeps flowing!
We can’t lose sight of holding space for ourselves to find a moment of joy every damn day. These energetic feelings and connections to places, people and nature are how we thrive!
How did you get into pro snowboarding?
The older kids in my high school were snowboarding so my brother and I begged my parents to get us a snowboard. They eventually caved and bought us one to share that we would take to the golf course in the winter to ride.
What has been your biggest challenge as a female pro snowboarder?
The lack of opportunity that was available in the backcountry scene forced me to create my own opportunity. I wouldn’t have it any other way because I learned how to be a professional athlete, filmmaker and entrepreneur of sorts. I love the mountain culture and lifestyle, so I had to be open to all and any opportunity that would lend itself to living a life in the mountains.
How are you changing the world?
Currently passionate about connecting my friends in the action sports world to a St’at’imc first nations school here to bring some inspiration to these kids who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to have someone to look up to.
What is your superpower?
You sleep when you’re dead.