Ed Leigh

Ed Leigh is a man of many talents, including air guitar. For many, especially in the UK, he is the voice of snowsports, but for us, he is an inspiration. Ed and his family live incredibly active lifestyles; from the mountains to the forests, they never rest and take everything in their stride.

How did your journey begin?

When I was 9 a boy called James Stentiford moved into our road two doors down. He skated and showed me an ollie. I thought it was magic and swore I would learn to do that. I skated from that day forward. We learned to snowboard on the local dry slope and then 5 years after he had arrived James went to university in Germany. He learned to snowboard and word returned that he was doing a season. I had no idea that was even possible, but it planted the seed in me that you could live in the mountains. From that day forward that was all I wanted to do. I am still good friends with James and we are both still as passionate about skating, snowboarding and surfing as we were 30 years ago.

Who has been your biggest influence?

My wife Sian. She has (and still is) teaching me to be kinder, healthier and always open to learning. And she does it all through example.

Short answers

Hidden talent?
Near photographic memory for remembering scripts, long codes and numbers

What could you not live without?
Water, I have very simple needs, but a tent and a jet boil would be a close second.

What's your best life hack?
Drink a litre of water as soon as you wake up, it's like giving your brain flowers, it'll thank you for it.