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Jasmine Baird
Georgetown, Ontario   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I owe the start of my snowboarding career to my parents. They would take my siblings and I up to our family chalet at Beaver Valley Ski Club ever since I was born. They taught me how to snowboard as soon as I could walk, and I loved it for as long as I can remember. My parents helped me get into freestyle programs there and eventually local contests which led to me entering provincial contests. Once I started winning those competitions I got into competing nationally. I realized I was usually taking top spot at national contests and that I could do tricks the other girls couldn’t yet. I started to believe in myself more and that helped me to get to the next step of committing all my time to snowboarding, knowing I had what it takes to snowboard as my career. Soon enough I made the national development team and eventually the national team.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I was on track to achieve that all through high school and got accepted into a life sciences program at Laurier university in Ontario. I am still taking courses on the side of snowboarding, and plan to keep educating myself towards my goal of becoming a doctor which I will continue to pursue after snowboarding.   Who was your biggest inspiration? I didn’t really grow up watching snowboarding honestly. There just weren’t enough women being filmed and included in the industry to watch as there were men. I would watch mens snowboarding from time to time but my biggest supporters and inspirations were always my first coaches and my family. My brother has always been good at snowboarding and his progression would help me push myself to do better.     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I genuinely just absolutely love snowboarding. I love having something out of the ordinary that I can excel at and always be progressing at. The feeling of landing a new trick you’ve worked so hard for or were so scared to try is unmatchable. I chase that feeling of adrenaline and pure satisfaction and stoke that comes on the daily when I snowboard. Any day I get to snowboard is better than any day not riding, so my genuine love for the sport is what continues to drive me. I don’t know where I would be without it.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? My favourite highlight of my career was definitely winning the World Ski & Snowboard festival big air in Whistler in April 2019. That moment meant a lot to me because I competed against and beat these women that I had been looking up to for years, who had been to the Olympics and X Games and that made me feel like I’m really capable of being one of the best in this sport. The $20,000 cheque was definitely not bad either.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In 5 years I hope to have competed at my second Olympics, and to have been invited to X Games at least once. By then I hope to have a big enough name in snowboarding to have an influence on the younger generation of women and girls and help them find inspiration to do what they love whether that’s snowboarding or something else.      In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) To be honest, the beverage options out there are not drinks I would spend my money on and they definitely do not suit my lifestyle and health/nutrition habits. Energy drinks are too full of sugar and the caffeine level is too high to have on a regular basis. Even non-energy drinks are usually just packed with sugar which I don’t need in my diet. I love coffee but unless you go to a real coffee shop or make it yourself at home, the bottled coffee or fast food coffee is either terrible or way too sweet or both.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I choose Wize teas as my main beverage because they’re the only drink I’ve found that suits my lifestyle as an athlete. First of all the caffeine comes from coffee leaves, making it more of a slow rising and declining energy instead of a quick boost and then crash. They also only have 1 gram of sugar so I never feel guilty for drinking it. It still tastes so good and gives me the energy I need in the morning or throughout the day.   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  This 2021-2022 season I am strictly focused on making the 2022 Olympics. This has been my dream ever since I started winning my first local competitions. I plan to train on and off snow everyday and base all of my daily decisions around staying healthy and progressing my riding.       What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I drink Wize teas all day long honestly. First thing in the morning, at the gym, after the gym, with lunch, and in the afternoon. The 35mg caffeine is great because I can have one in the evening and still sleep just fine. My favourite flavour is the hint of lemon iced tea but the grapefruit and mango are also amazing.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? I’m most active on Instagram, @jasmine.baird, and sometimes on snapchat @jazzibaird
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Kody Williams
London, ON   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? My older brother and I used to share a plastic snowboard in the backyard making our own jumps and rails. Once I got my first real set up and went to the home resort “Boler” I was hooked.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was younger I wanted to be an architect but always struggled with math so I gave up on that and focused on both soccer and football.    Who was your biggest inspiration? In terms of snowboarding I would have to say Russell Winfield or Stevie Bell because they were the first black snowboarders I heard of and watched, but it’s Ojo forever.     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? It’s changed a lot for me, snowboarding with friends and learning new tricks with them is always a fun way to push yourself. After coming back from my head injury I would say gaining my confidence back and relearning the tricks I always used to do is something that really pushes me to get back to the level I was at so I can continue to grow as an athlete.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? So far I would say the highlight of my career which I feel just started was signing my first contract with Burton Snowboards. Other than that I would say all the love and support from the snowboard community/industry when I hit my head. I was unable to compete in “Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails” at Bear Mountain but I was still invited back to judge the contest and that was really cool of them to do.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In the next 5 to 10 years I would love to still be a part of the Burton family. Long term goals, I would love to keep working on my Dome.Peace project pushing helmet awareness and eventually having helmets made.      In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I have never really been into energy drinks personally. The closest thing to energy drinks I have is probably coffee or Aloe water.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize fits into my current lifestyle because of this crazy heat wave we are going through lol and it’s just a nice refreshing drink to have after doing basically any kind of exercise. I chose Wize because I do love iced tea and this is the healthiest option I have seen and tried.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  No real projects set yet but I would love to get back into the streets this winter and start filming in the streets again as I haven’t done any of that since my head Injury. I would also love to get into the backcountry more as I did a little bit this past season and it’s definitely a fun and difficult learning experience.      What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? My favourite Wize Tea I have had so far is the Mango and I usually drink it after a skate or bike ride.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? (social media links etc) You can find out more about what I have going on through my Instagram pages @who.is.kody and @dome.peace.headwear you can also find me on Burton and maybe even in Snowboard Canada sooner or later!
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Marcus Paladino
Nanaimo, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I started shooting in high school, my sister recommended I sign up for photography class in grade 10. I don’t know if I necessarily discovered a hidden talent or anything, but I really enjoyed it and my grade reflected that. Shooting with 35mm film and getting to work in a darkroom was a great starting point for me.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Stand-up comedian.   Who was your biggest inspiration? If we’re talking surf photography, then probably Jeremy Koreski. His work in the early-mid 2000’s really changed the way I viewed the world.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? To take a better photo than I did the day before, because if I don’t someone else will.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Getting selected to compete in the TSSF Pro Photo Showdown in 2019.   In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Happy, healthy and still stoked.       Switching gears a bit… What do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I think ‘Bubly’ is one of the most popular soft drinks right now and it’s owned by Coke-a-Cola so that goes to show how the market is changing. People are way more aware of what they’re putting into their bodies nowadays and that's super important not only for our physical health but mental health as well. High sugar intake and anxiety go hand and hand apparently.   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I was strictly completely off sugar for about 2 or 3 years. Since then I’ve slowly re-introduced a small amount into my diet, but I have absolutely no craving for it anymore. The fact that Wize only has 1G of sugar is a big draw for me.   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  My first coffee table book ‘Cold Comfort’ is releasing at the end of May!       What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? I like lemon, it’s my go-to alternative beverage for when I’m already craving a second cup of coffee.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Website: www.marcuspaladino.com Instagram: @marcuspaladino
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Seb C
Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I discovered my music talents when I studied Science at University of Victoria. My roommate was the campus DJ and we would always go to his shows and I thought DJ'ing was so cool so I got myself a DJ deck and started making mixes. I first started making them for myself for the gym so I didn't have to bring my phone out and get distracted but then my friends encouraged me to put them out to the world and then that led to my first gig. I got into making music when I realized I want more then just to be a local DJ and I also wanted to know the feeling of playing your own music in front of large crowds!   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid out of Highschool, I wanted to be a Forensic Scientist with the RCMP.  I loved CSI and was very strong in biology, chemistry and math in school so i thought that was a good fit.   Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration in music is DJ Snake. His roots are from hip hop (just like me) and he blends both hip hop and EDM so well together and it really inspired the SEB C sound in what I do.       What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? The artistic driver for me is just the challenge of being the best version of myself by always pushing myself to try new things. I get big influence from the outdoors of BC and it really helps me come back to the studio and drive new ideas and be creative.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? My favourite highlight of my career so far was my Canadian Tour in 2019. It was a self curated tour in 9 Canadian cities and 15 shows. I got to meet a bunch of new people and really got to experience different types of nightlife around the country.  Another big highlight for my music was when Tiesto played my track on his ClubLife Radio 729. I have always been a big fan of him and for him to play it was a dream come true!   In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In 5 to 10 years I want to be touring the world and playing my music for people around the world. I want to be self sustained through music in what ever I am doing.     Switching gears a bit… What do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I think people are ready for a new option. Myself personally i'm over coffee and I don't react well with the jitters and crash of it.   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize iced tea fits perfectly into my lifestyle and I love it because it is a cold drink and its everything coffee gives me without the negative effects like jitters and crashes. It is also a healthy alternative and I am supporting farmers internationally all at the same time.   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  I have a bunch of new music and a crazy live stream coming hot in the next couple months     What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? My favourite flavour is the mango. Such a nice soothing flavour and It gets me going creatively because I feel like I am abroad travelling or relaxing.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?   Seb C Instagram Seb C Spotify Seb C Facebook Seb C SoundCloud
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Tyler Edwards
North Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Growing up I was always involved in athletics. I initially played soccer, but over the 3 years I was involved I didn’t score a single goal! Needless to say, I quickly discovered that any sport involving a ball was not my forte. I then became involved in Swimming and Gymnastics, but as everyone grew taller in Swimming, it was time to specialize in the latter (lol!). 5’7” in all its glory, Gymnastics was perfect for me.  I continued with Gymnastics for 16 years, competing nationally, as well as representing Canada internationally. After an injury that ended my career in sport, I made myself a commitment to continue being an athlete in all forms this can take. What would I consider to be my talent? Commitment to being a lifelong athlete, and encouraging others to do so as well.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A train engineer! Thomas the Tank Engine was my jam. This then evolved into aspirations to be a Dentist. Up until second year University I still wanted to do this. Little switch up in my program at UBC from Kinesiology into Business, I now work in Commercial Real Estate and Fitness. All over the map!   Who was your biggest inspiration? My parents! They always worked hard to ensure I was able to pursue my passions.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? My intrinsic drive comes from being in constant competition with myself. I no longer have anyone else to compete with since ending sport, so why not apply that mentality to my current endeavours?! Never settle.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I used to be quite shy. When I was asked to audition, potentially teaching Spin at Ride Cycle Club, I said no. I was too nervous being up there - 50 people in that tiny room staring at me sounded awful. Two years later the opportunity presented itself again and I gave it a go. This turned out to be a major success! The highlight of my career so far is overcoming the fear of being in front of a group, while learning humility in the process. Laughing at yourself is something I find truly empowering.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Adding more styles of workouts to the ones I currently coach in Vancouver! While maintaining my career in Real Estate.    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Health-washing products that aren't actually healthy! Do your research.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I try to steer clear of refined sugars! That ain’t fuel! Wize provides me with a refreshing alternative to those more common energy drinks filled with the nasty stuff.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Recently I have started my own bootcamp, BURNCAMP - a circuit style workout that combines intense cardio and strength, one of my faves for someone who is constantly on the go like myself. Trust me, if you are looking for something that is both effective and fun, I got you! City athletes where ya at?   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Mango Iced Tea! You can catch me crushing these at my desk, before BURNCAMP, as well as the perfect pick me up after a sweaty spin class. Oh… and maybe mixing these on a friday night to make the “WIZE-est” of all health conscious cocktails. ;)   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram - tyler.eds, burn.camp 
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CJ Hauptman
Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I discovered it with my Dad. He took my brother and I out riding every weekend. Then in 2020, with a lot of extra time on my hands, I was able to ride everyday and really progress.  I started getting better and better and was getting noticed. I got started by just wanting to get outside and play on my run bike.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Well, I am still a kid, but I’ve always wanted to do something with bikes, whether that is being a pro rider, sports photographer or bike mechanic.    Who was your biggest inspiration? Steve Vanderhoek      What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? The thrill and love of it, being outdoors, and wanting to constantly be better and push the limits of what I can do.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? A Coast Gravity Park day with a lot of my teammates.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Doing new gnarly edits on the Shore.     In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I think they are bad for my body and make me feel sick.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?           I try to be really healthy and this is a way to still enjoy a nice drink and still be healthy .            What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it?   Grapefruit, I like to drink it post ride and when doing bike maintenance.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cjhauptman/ 
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Michelle Pittam
North Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I started mountain biking when my dad introduced me to the Whistler Mountain Bike park when I was around 7 years old, and we would ride there every summer. It wasn’t until I was around 13 that I really started getting into the sport. Riding with boys and being able to keep up to them is what made me really discover and realize I actually might have talent in the sport.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was super young I actually wanted to be a professional skateboarder and in the NBA haha. Everytime we had a school project on what we wanted to be when we grew up I wrote about those two things, I was very passionate about them. Although by highschool that shifted into wanting to be a professional mountain biker, and now a photographer.    Who was your biggest inspiration? When I was young, it was pretty much anyone I thought was cool or looked up to in action sports. Weather that be in movies/videos or in person. All different kinds of snowboarders, skateboarders, surfers, and mountain bikers. I took inspiration from all different kinds of sports and people.        What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I think living on the North Shore there are so many progressive riders and new features popping up everywhere that pushing your skills to new heights comes naturally. Whenever I see people trying new things I want to as well. I am also my own biggest competition, and I always have a desire to improve in all different aspects of my life, in both work and sports.     So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? For sure getting sponsored as a National athlete for Knolly Bikes! I always dreamed of riding for a company, and to actually make that happen was a big achievement for me, and it is something I am super grateful for.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Over the last fews years I have become very passionate about photography and along with that my career goals have shifted. In 5 or 10 years I definitely want to have a career as a professional photographer. Other than that I just want to be enjoying life and having fun! And hopefully travelling too.     In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I have always tried to stay away from energy drinks growing up as they just seemed super unhealthy. They try to come across as the best option for action sports athletes but I think they are the worst!   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? My favourite drink has always been a nice refreshing iced tea, so when Wize approached me it was an immediate fit. I love that I can enjoy an iced tea without having an insane amount of sugar in it. It is also nice that Wize is so involved with local athletes and different sports, I think it is rad! Most drink companies aren't like that.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Lots of photoshoots this summer! I am always thinking of different features and locations I want to shoot, and have quite a few different ideas at the back of my mind. Other than that, I am hoping to travel again when it is safe to do so! My first stop will be Tofino for a surf trip.    What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Mango for sure, it is so delicious. I typically drink them before going for a ride, but really it's anytime I want a refreshing drink!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Thanks for the questions! They can follow me @michelle_pittam
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Jamaal Cunningham
Atlantic City, NJ   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I always played any sport I could as a kid. I started off with “conventional” sports like football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. but after seeing my first Xgames i fell in love with the “extreme” side of things as well.  After High School a friend asked me to move with him up to the mountains and I fell in love with snowboarding and the life that comes with it!   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I actually wanted to be a Fighter Pilot believe it or not. As I got a bit older I realized the military wasn’t necessarily for me. Life does come full circle however as I’m now taking the necessary steps to become a Firefighter. Serving the community has always been a goal, I just needed the right lane!     Who was your biggest inspiration? Selema (Sal) Masekela, Marc Frank Montoya, Lucas Magoon, and pretty much everyone who surfed for ...LOST   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I seek progression in anything that I do. In my opinion without the chance to better yourself, things simply aren't worth doing. It doesn't mean that you have to be ultra competitive or be the best...just your best.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I’d say getting to go to Superpark with my crew and just be around the highest level riders in the world and see how they operate on a daily basis.      In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? As far as sports go, I’d say I now hover somewhere inbetween an amatuer and a hobbyist. Getting a job as a Firefighter will allow me to serve my community while still leaving plenty of time for playing in nature as I love to do. My 10 year goal is to take on some of the “pro-level” locations while not being a “pro”. I’d like to Snowboard some big lines in Europe or Alaska that I’ve seen in movies, and Surf Pipeline and Waimea in Hawaii.   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I think at this point most people can agree that a huge percentage of people are hooked on the added sugar in their daily beverages. Like a lot of people i know i grew up drinking soft drinks that were loaded with sugar and syrups. As I got older and realized the devastating effects sugar was having on my life and performance, I sought out more and more beverages that could still give me flavor and energy without the rush and crash. Wize fits the bill!   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?  Wize fits right into my diet and general plan for life, which is to get as much done as possible and feel great doing it!  I Choose Wize because not only are the flavors great but I know that the company truly cares about its customers and sustainably sources its products. It’s the thought that counts!     What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I really want to focus my energy into youtube this year and get a podcast going. I have so many interesting friends with great stories to tell!   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I personally love the mango...it’s so refreshing! I typically drink it with my lunch before getting back out on the hill or into the water!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  RighteousJamaal on Instagram/ Youtube
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Jackie Carlson
Oakville, ON   How did you discover your talent? What got you started?  I started skateboarding when I was pretty young… maybe like 10 years old. And that made me really want to try snowboarding. And then when I finally did get to try snowboarding, it came to me a lot easier than skateboarding did, even though I will always love both about the same.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?   I used to change my mind all the time. I knew I wanted to be some sort of athlete. I thought maybe I'd be in the circus or a hockey player or something. And I also really liked art. I wanted to be a tattoo artist for a long time too.   Who was your biggest inspiration?   My biggest inspiration was probably my first coach because he was so funny and just made everything into a joke. He was also a crazy good snowboarder and never took anything too seriously. I definitely look up to that.        What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation?  I think I have always thought that the better I am, the more fun I can be having. It’s also really nice to do at least one thing a day that scares you. So the two go hand in hand I guess. I would love to just pull up to a feature and have a huge bag of tricks I can choose from. I want to just feel like an artist with so many different paint brushes when I ride.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I always seem to look back on the sessions where I am working really hard to get one trick. When I don’t want to hike up one more time, but then I do anyways and it pays off. I would say those are the best days snowboarding and I would like to have more of them.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? That’s a hard question, I think even just a few years ago my answer would be very different from now. I don’t know if I could even imagine myself that far from now… could be doing anything really. I guess 10 years from now I just want boarding to be a big part of my life still, could be in any type of way.   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) It’s not that easy to find a decent drink out there. There’s a lot of caffeine in basically everything now and so much sugar or artificial sweetener. Sometimes I just want something to sip on that’s not water, but I can’t really justify drinking a can of soda. It can be really hard to find a nice in between.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I love Wize because I don’t feel guilty or gross after I drink one... or even two. I think it’s super cool how it’s made out of coffee leaves instead of tea leaves as well.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Unfortunately this year is basically over now, but for next season I would like to do a bit more street snowboarding and big mountain riding. Just because I’ve kind of always ridden the park I would love to try out some of the other avenues of snowboarding.      What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? My favourite flavour is hint of lemon. My favourite time to drink it is right after riding when I like to have a little relax session.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Through my Instagram! @jackie_carlsson
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Ryder Bulfone
Squamish BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I’ve always been a skier since I was a couple years old. In 2015 I joined the Whistler Freeride Club, and that's when I started taking skiing seriously.  I wasn’t so quick to latch onto mountain biking though. I didn't really start mtb until I was about 12 years old. But ever since then, it’s been a full go, non-stop biking (except during ski season). I picked up biking quickly as it's similar to skiing.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Haha well I’m still kind of figuring that out. When I was younger I always knew I never wanted to work a traditional 9-5 job. So right now I’m making that vision a reality and working on creating cashflow businesses and being a professional athlete.   Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspirations are the youth and the next generation of prodigies. Every new generation are so good and better than the last. Instead of fighting the change and evolution of the sport, I coach and try to help the next generation become better than the current one!       What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Learning new things is fun and it keeps things exciting. I also keep pushing my skills in order to stay relevant in the fast evolving world of action sports.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Going to compete at the Freeride World Junior Championships for skiing in Austria was a highlight for sure. But my favourite may have to be March 8th 2021; it was the sendiest ski day ever.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Shredding new lines on the Bike & Skis and really pushing the creative side. I hope to have my real estate investment properties supplying me with cash flow at that point so I don’t have to work (other than on my career as a professional athlete) and can just focus on biking & skiing and any other sports.       In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) So bad! I can’t stand some of the toxic options on the market. Which is why I always drink water over those other options.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I have long days and live an extremely active lifestyle. Between coaching, biking, skiing, viewing properties and working on my computer, it’s important that I stay hydrated and energized I love what Wize is doing and that it’s a local company. I like that it's low sugar as this is so much healthier! The food industry could get by on so much less sugar!    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Shredding new lines & innovative ideas. Always creating content and documenting the bikes and skis.       What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? The Hint of Lemon. Drink it right before a big day of activity or part way through.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? @flowryder on Instagram @flowryder_ on tik tok
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Malik Walker
Calgary, AB/Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started?  My father got me a skateboard when I was 5 and ever since then I tried every sport and skateboarding has always come back.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be the first man on Mars (like every young boy)   Who was your biggest inspiration? I have a few. My first inspiration is Boo Johnson, when it comes to skating his style, what he chooses to skate and how he skates is a work of art not to mention his attitude is amazing.  The other one is Stevie Williams , he showed me that there was some colour to skateboarding and that made it easier to deal with growing up. I learned that no matter how different we look we all do the same thing.  Another one would be my father, he was the one that got me into skating. He taught me everything from wheelbase, length and the difference in wheels, growing up I tried every sport growing up and something about skateboarding kept me going,      What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I always get inspiration from my friends or honestly while I’m sleeping I’ll think of tricks I need to get done and try them when I wake up. Another one is the support. Seeing the younger generation get stoked and wanna push themselves makes me want to do the same   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Honestly this whole year and a half. Just being myself and so much has happened. I shot for Virgil abloh and nigo’s Louis Vuitton clothing line for montecristo mag, first photo in a skateboarding magazine ever for quitmag   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In 5-10 years I want to be in the position to do what I love to do and be able to give back and help my community. Skating isn’t forever but if I can have the chance to impact someone’s life whether it’s through skating or just a conversation.      In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Personally I don’t really drink monster or red bull but I do drink pop. I do notice with high sugar drinks and energy drinks they give you a hard crash and when your skating or being active with pop it doesn’t energize how natural sugar would in your body   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize fits into my lifestyle because the drinks work really well while I’m skating, it’s the perfect balance of tea and flavour, I’ve switched from drinking pop cause I get more energy    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I have a video part I’m working on currently, I’m hoping it’ll be done by the end of the year. Other than that just gonna keep working and bettering myself      What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Grapefruit and Mango are my go to’s    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? My Instagram is : @steezywalker
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Reece Wallace
Calgary, AB   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I always loved riding bikes, but I got into mountain biking when I saw Drop In as a kid   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pilot, until I discovered mountain biking   Who was your biggest inspiration? Maverick from Top Gun       What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? To be the best possible version of myself   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Finishing my edit Flight Path. For me, it was like doing two Rampages back-to-back in terms of building and riding   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Keep riding bikes and having fun       In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) It’s all shit haha. I don’t drink pop or energy drinks really, not a fan of the sugar crash or tacky ‘hardcore’ marketing.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? It’s delicious, less sugar, keeps me tickin’, and doesn’t make me look like a Kyle punching holes in drywall   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Busy summer building a free ride course for a video/event...stay tuned       What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Mango. I drink it before a ride or while flying to stay alert   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Insta: @reece_wallace Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reece.a.wallace/
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Irie Smith
Whistler, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I got my first snowboard when I was 4 years old and was on a skateboard as soon as I could walk so I guess you could say I was born boarding :) I was given a splitboard two years ago by one of my idols and to this day it is one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received! It has contributed to my love for guiding and leading myself through the outdoors :)   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid I always wanted to be a professional snowboarder in the olympics :) Which soon changed to a professional snowboard in the backcountry when I watched Fullmoon Film for the first time!   Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspirations were all those girls in the Fullmoon film such as Marie France, Robyn Van Gyn, Leanne Pelosi, Hanna Beaman, Jamie Anderson, as well as Spencer Obrien who wasn’t in the film but was killing it in the olympic games!       What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I realized pretty quick that competition wasn’t for me so splitboarding was a new way to combine my love for snowboarding and exploring to come together full force. I want to be a mountain guide one day and touring is a huge part of that; being able to share the incredible things nature has to offer with people who would otherwise not get to see it is something that pushes me everyday to perfect my techniques for guiding :)   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? The number one highlight of my splitboarding career has definitely got to be the day my younger brother got a splitboard :) I don’t think I have ever been more proud than I was the day he set up his split skies and said “Come on Irie, let’s go already!”.  Dreams came true that day! As well, getting to ride and participate in the OurFabrics film series which brought me to mountains and POW I had never experienced before and will never forget!! Rode my first chutes this year for that film and I have never felt more alive :)   In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  In 5 to 10 years I would love to be guiding people into the mountains, searching for the best POW, scoping the best lines, and sending full force! More chutes please!       Switching gears a bit… what do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) It is really hard to find a product that is low in sugar or without sugar at all which is super frustrating especially for someone like myself whose body doesn’t perform well on sugar. I think so many people are looking for healthier alternatives though and it is just a matter of having them accessible :)   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize tea has become my pre-ride, during work, at the beach, any activity, anytime drink! It is so refreshing but doesn’t leave you feeling like you have to go take a nap after; it is perfect for energizing the rest of your day or next activity which I really appreciate because I like to go go go :)   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  My next project to come out is the OurFabrics mini film which will be showcasing some of my riding and my jar of garbage! As well as my move to Iceland to pursue an adventure guiding program so some really cool pictures and videos will be coming your way soon!       What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? My favourite Wize tea flavour would have to be the mango :) I am a huge mango fanatic and love anything to do with mango! I normally bring one on my bike rides as a gatorade replacement as it gives me more energy without the shaky buzz I get from sugar :) Boosts me to the top of all the mountains!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? My instagram is @smith_irie where you can keep up with all my wacky adventures and the trailer to OurFAbrics!
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Truth Smith
Whistler, BC How did you discover your talent? What got you started? It all kinda started with skateboarding! Me and my dad would go skate the local Vancouver parks and then both my parents being lovers of the mountains got me on the old board! Then just kept going and had a good group of friends boarding with me and we all just kept doing it and having fun!   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Haha! Well of course a pro snowboarder or skateboarder, but also wanted to be a pro soccer player, even went through a stage of wanting to be a construction worker :}   Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspirations are my parents. Just wanted to live like they did exploring the world and living in beautiful places such as B.C. My biggest snowboard inspiration was probably one of my really close friends Jadyn Chomlack, I just always liked watching him snowboard and wanted to ride like him. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I get motivated by the people around. Watching them learn new tricks or hitting new features motivates me to do the same!   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? My favourite highlight was going to Australia with the Whistler valley snowboard club in the summertime. Was an insane experience to say the least and was kinda when I realized that snowboarding was gonna take me places I would never think of going! Made me realize this is what I want to do!   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In 5-10 years either want to be competing at a worldwide level or making video parts/movies with my friends! Maybe even both!   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Well to be honest I used to be a big high sugar drink type of guy and I would have them quite often cause they were a cheap drink to have after a tiring skate session. I would drink the classics like root beer, brisk tea and so on. How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?  When I first had a wize tea I was shocked about how refreshing and good it was! Then finding out it had only 1g of sugar in it I got so stoked, it was finally a drink that I could have after a big skate session and feel good about what was going into my body!   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline? Projects coming up will be doing more filming in the streets and hopefully in the backcountry!   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I like them all and honestly couldn't pick one! My favourite time to have a tea is after a big skate session or a big day on my snowboard, pretty much anytime I need a refresher!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? @truthdsmith on all platforms I believe!
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Jenavieve Louie
North Vancouver, BC How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Ever since I can remember, I have always loved painting. I have paintings from when I was 4 years old, although they’re not great, my desire to create art at such a young age was a definite sign that I would end up with a career in art.  I started taking art more seriously in 2016, when I began painting portraits of rappers, musicians, and other pop culture icons. At first, I was doing this just as a hobby; but by 2018 there was enough demand for me to open my own website to sell prints and paintings. Now, 2021, I am a full-time artist and get to spend every day making art.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An artist! I remember telling my brother that I wanted to be an artist when I was 7 years old; he laughed at me and told me that “artist’s don’t make any money unless they’re dead”, which definitely deterred me from a career in art for a long time. When social media came along I realized that being an artist was not as hard as I thought. With Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest etc. there are so many ways to promote your work; so I decided to put my social media marketing skills to work and try to pursue my childhood dream - lucky for me it worked!   Who was your biggest inspiration? Artistically, I always loved Andy Warhol’s pop art portraits, which definitely influenced my chosen subject of work.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I love challenging myself. Once I stop feeling challenged by my craft then I start doing more: bigger canvases, more complex concepts, new techniques etc. until I feel challenged again.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? My favourite highlight was when I got to paint for Russ!   In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In 5 years I hope to have solidified my name/style in the art industry! Right now I’m still in the process of getting my name out there and finding my style.  Switching gears a bit… what do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I’m so tired of the existing grab-and-go drink options. I hate having to choose between super sugary, high calorie, high caffeine drinks that make me feel terrible after I drink them. Wize tea is the perfect healthy alternative! How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I usually work around 12 hours a day, painting, packaging orders, and creating content. Wize iced tea is the perfect drink to keep me going throughout the day. The light caffeine gives me just enough of a boost without the sugar crash I get from other energy drinks. Not to mention Wize teas are so refreshing and only 10 calories so I don’t feel guilty drinking them.   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  Right now I’m working on painting Trippie Redd, which will hopefully be done by the end of the month.    What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? Although I love all the flavours, I would have to say that my favourite is Mango. On days when I spend my whole day in the studio I usually drink one when I wake up, one around 7, and another around 11! The light caffeine content is the perfect way to keep me focused.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  https://www.instagram.com/jenavievelouie/ https://twitter.com/jenavievelouie https://www.tiktok.com/@jenavievelouie https://jenavievelouie.com/
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Pierre-Yves Frappier
St. Bruno, QC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started?  One day, when I came back from school, at my bus stop, I saw an older guy practicing skateboarding. I was completely amazed. Back home I immediately asked my parents for a skateboard. Since then, after school I practiced my tricks with my brother in the yard and I had a blast.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Maybe a carpenter because I unscrewed all the chairs legs of the kitchen.    Who was your biggest inspiration?  Rick McCrank     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Because I’m really passionate! My motivation is when I got sober.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? When I did this 5050 in Portugal, it was my biggest battle. Since the day I decided to go to rehab, I've been sober for 7 years now.     In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Still skating and having fun!    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Poison.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Since I’m sober, I like taking care of myself by taking healthy products like Wize. It’s very important for me to give my body healthful substances.   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I’m going to Vancouver to start a video part for Empire.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Mango! And I drink it before and during my skate sessions and sometimes, I also drink it after. It’s refreshing!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram @pif_daddy 
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Reed Platenius
Tofino, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I think it was mostly just growing up in a beach town. The culture in Tofino revolves around the ocean and the beaches. I guess I don’t really think talent is really discovered -- I think it’s built from practice and hard work. My love for surfing was just a slow progression from going to the beach as a family to playing with my toy trucks and digging in the sand. Being at the beach inevitably leads to messing around in the shallow water with a boogie board and then wanting to stand up like the older kids. After that stage I think being around older friends who surfed definitely drove me to work hard and progress to improve.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I think I am still a kid hahaha. And to be quite honest, I have absolutely no idea. Whatever I'm doing professionally when I'm older I know I’ll definitely still have the same love for surfing that I have now.     Who was your biggest inspiration? People like Pete Devries and Noah Cohen have been the biggest inspirations in my life. Not only is their skill level so insane but the way that they handle themselves everyday is something I strive for. They both seem to work very hard at being the best surfer and the healthiest and best person they can be. I think that combination gets lost sometimes in professional sports.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I think the community and the people around me are the biggest reasons I try to push my skill level. I’d say I'm kinda the younger of the crew I surf with so whenever I see Pete, Noah or Michael do something crazy I always want to do the same. My coach, Shannon Brown has also really been a great motivator and obviously he’s really helped me progress technically and competitively.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment?  Hmm thats a good question.  This last year Noah has kinda taken me under his wing and all the little local missions we’ve done have been huge highlights.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? The Olympics has been a big goal of mine, but whatever I'm doing in the next couple years I just hope I still have the same love and froth that I have for surfing and for life right now.    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I don't think I've ever drank a full can of an energy drink so I'm probably not the best person to comment on this. That being said there's so many kids in my school who will drink a monster at lunch just for the taste which seems a bit weird. From the couple sips I've had I’m not a huge fan.     How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I love coffee and I will make big jugs of iced tea in the summer, so it’s obviously a natural fit for me. I didn’t even know that coffee leaf tea was a thing and when Wize approached me I was super stoked on the taste and the low sugar appeal. I think the environmental mission that the company embraces with the farmers is super important and really fits with my view of how the world should work.   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  There’s nothing super specific that I’m working on right now.  I’m hoping to put out a really short surf-focussed edit soon. I’m looking forward to the world opening up again once everyone is vaccinated and it’s safe to travel.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I love the three flavours but I think mango is my favourite. I’ve been drinking it in the early afternoon right around when I’ll often have a second coffee because I’m bored or maybe a bit tired. And the grapefruit flavour has really been growing on me and may be my new favourite.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram @reed_platenius TikTok @reedplatenius
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Steve Vanderhoek
North Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I have been on two wheels for as long as I can remember. My passion for jumps, tricks and progression for sure started with my Dad though. He would flip a toboggan upside down and place on top of a recycling bin as a jump in our backyard. Ever since then I have been looking for the next big thing or how to push my skills!    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter. I’d say that worked out pretty well for me haha!     Who was your biggest inspiration? Local Shore legends like Wade Simmons, Geoff Gulevich and Thomas Vanderham! I watched all their movies and looked up to everything they did. It’s been awesome to get the opportunity to ride with these guys now and consider them friends.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I would say the amazing community of riders we have on the North Shore. There are so many insanely talented riders that are always pushing each other. I love seeing someone build a new feature or conquer a line that scares them. It makes me want to continue to evolve my riding and find creative ways to display my skills. Also I have tons of energy and don’t like sitting still haha!   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? The process of finding, building and riding the scariest line I have ever seen. For those that know its an extremely steep, off camber rock slab that skirts a 100ft cliff.. A mistake is not an option. The mental battle of pushing my front wheel past the point of no return will always be a highlight for me.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? I plan to stay in the Fire Service until I retire. For mountain biking I would love to just stay in the industry and be a positive impact on people in the sport. As I get older and naturally take less risks I would like to get into coaching. I really enjoy sharing my passion for mountain biking.    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I live an active lifestyle and eat very healthy. When I eat or drink poorly I see the negative effects on my performance. I personally have made a conscious effort to reduce my refined sugars so a lot of the current beverages are not for me.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? As a firefighter I work long days and long nights. Naturally we drink a lot of coffee/caffeine. Wize is the perfect drink for a middle of the day pick me up without a huge dose of caffeine or sugar.. And it tastes amazing. It’s also great in between all day biking laps when I need a boost.      What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Lots of ideas! A couple new edits planned with my fiancé, Kelsey and I will be building some new lines for an upcoming film project in the fall.    What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Got to be the mango for me! I’m a big fan of sipping one in my truck on the way to the trails.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram @svanderhoek
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Brandon Artis
Brandon Artis Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? My passion for photography really began as a child when my family and I drove from BC across the US in a VW Eurovan. I had packed along a HP point+shoot camera, and began to document everything I saw. I was so inspired by all of the new places we visited like San Fran, Las Vegas and the Nevada Desert, and I loved that taking photos provided a way for me to keep those moments forever.  As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? It was a toss up between being a photographer or pro skateboarder.    Who was your biggest inspiration? Back then it would have been Bam Margera, Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler, Daewon Song and Chris Haslam - all skateboarders.  Now, its photographers such as Atiba Jefferson, Jonathan Mannion, Ricky Powell and many more. I’m also inspired by tons of artists online everyday.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I believe it’s the simple passion to keep creating and the opportunity to help others succeed in building their brands/ companies etc. The world is crazy, having an outlet through art is important.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? One of my highlights would definitely be shooting with the artist Takashi Murakami in 2018. I also had the opportunity to work for VICE on several occasions and that was awesome.  Another great memory would be my first large solo exhibit show.      In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  I’ve never planned things this way.. As long as I’m healthy, creating and enjoying life, I’m happy.  Switching gears a bit… what do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I think there are lots of options out there, but not a ton of healthy ones. I believe people are always looking for healthier alternatives so I don’t see “Big Sugar” brands continuing to dominate forever.   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize is my go-to for when I’m needing a pick-me-up throughout the day. On shoots, editing, out cycling, skateboarding or on long drives, it provides the perfect boost without having to feel that gross sugar rush.   What I enjoy the most is how there’s no crash and the amount of caffeine is perfect - not too much, not too little. It’s also refreshing.      What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  Currently, I’m working full-time alongside my wife, Danica with a non-profit organization running their content creation. I’ve also been shooting action sports and working with new artists for press kits, studio shoots and product photography.   Aside from all that, I’m really looking forward to the live music industry slowly coming back as most of the work I do revolves around music - festivals, concerts and events. I do miss it a ton!    What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it?  Hint of Lemon is my favourite. I usually drink it in the afternoon/ early evening.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? (social media links etc) www.brandonartisphotography.com https://www.instagram.com/_brandonartis/ 
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Paul Boskers
Paul Boskers Ucluelet, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started?   Travelling.  Me and a buddy went to Australia and then Costa Rica... and it hasn’t stopped since!   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Wanted to be a pro golfer.   Who was your biggest inspiration?  Tiger Woods.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? A variety of surfboards for every surf condition gives me optimal time in the water having the most fun.  From shortboards to SUPs, I have worked with several surf brands on product development and learning the science behind your craft keeps me going to new heights.    If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them?  Laird Hamilton THE all time waterman!  I would like to hear some tales about Jaws that redefined his connection with the ocean.       So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Favourite highlight would be going to Mavericks with the wife, and watching her run her own ski and shoot pics from the channel, while I got to paddle in & get a wave.  Not an easy task... but she killed it!  Top achievement was  doing a big wave contest  and competing with some of the TOP big waves riders from all over the world.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Hopefully still chasing winter and swells.     In terms of healthy habit, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks)    Use to drink them but seen few friends crash and drop from drinking too many so I haven’t touched them in a long time.  Seemed unhealthy.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Living a simple life here on the Westcoast introduces you to some really creative and like minded individuals.  Once I heard the story behind Wize and sampled the product I was onboard immediately.  I am an avid coffee lover and support promoting a product that has helped coffee farmers to continue providing a sustainable living.  Consuming the coffee leaf is a clean, uplifting and satisfying taste.  Everyone loves them when I pass them around after a surf.      What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?   Hopefully travelling again, getting to some new spots and getting some good footage!     What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it?  Mango but the hint of lemon is dam good too! Usually before I surf or go in the water    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? on Instagram @boskerspaul
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Jacksun & Carlow (Funkanometry)
Jacksun & Carlow (Funkanometry)  Vancouver Island, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Our parents put us in hip hop class when we were kids and we loved it. The teachers saw potential and kept challenging us   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?Jackson: An Astronaut Carlow: Always wanted to be famous for something   Who was your biggest inspiration? Our dance teachers and especially, a teacher we both learned from Aj ‘MegaMan’ Kambere and of course, each other.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? We love music and performing and connecting with our audience. It’s all about having fun.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? We competed in the World of Dance Competition In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Entertaining world wide through social media, television and live shows and creating with other artists in the industry.   Switching gears a bit… what do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) Yes! We believe that people are definitely more aware of the important of healthy choices and the negative consequences of common energy boosters.   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? We’re always on the move; travelling, dancing, teaching and often making multiple videos in a day which can become very exhausting. Wize helps us stay energized and we choose it because it’s healthier and refreshing.   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?   Stay tuned! Maybe another show? ;)   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? Lemon and Grapefruit are the faves. We typically drink them right before we shoot a video or teach a class.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Website: https://funkanometry.ca/Instagram: @Funkanometry_ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@funkanometryYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkXoaPeBTmYJZeiZPb-JMFQ
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Mavic Thorpe-Shaw
Mavic Thorpe-Shaw North Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I’ve always kind of had bikes in my life. At a young age my parents would have to drag me out of the house to go ride my bike. I was really into team sports when I was younger and it wasn’t till I was about 10 that I started to like riding. After that it became my total and utter obsession. I can’t imagine my life without bikes now.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was much younger I wanted to be a professional ski racer. Then around the age of nine I wanted to become a lacrosse player and I was obsessed with that and did quite well in it for around two years. That all changed when I turned 11 and I got to go ride the Whistler bike park. I’ve always kind of loved riding but the passion truly grew that day and ever since that day nothing else but riding my bike fast down a hill has mattered.     Who was your biggest inspiration? Fin Iles has always been one of my mentors ever since day one. I see quite a few similarities between us and my goal is to follow in his footsteps. I’m lucky enough to ride Provost which is the main downhill riding spot for a majority of the pros during the winter. It’s been an honour learning from him over this winter and I can’t wait for the season to start!    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? My goal is to do what I love as a career. That’s what gets me up in the morning, pushes me to go faster and work harder in the gym. I love riding and that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.    If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them? I would love to meet Stevie Smith. Smith is a legend around where I ride. He passed away in 2016 but his legacy still lives at Provost. Some say he’s the best Canadian downhiller to ever live. I would love to ask him about what it takes to get to that next level and learn from him on Provost.      So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I don’t know if I can pinpoint anything so far it is really only beginning. I can list a few though being picked up by Rocky Mountain 2020 season was definitely one of the highlights they’ve helped me so much. I couldn’t be doing what I do without the best equipment.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? I would like to be riding world cups and be on a factory downhill team.    In terms of healthy habit, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I feel that other energy drinks which have crazy levels of caffeine as well as sugar. Are in no way at all how they are marketed. When you are doing an extreme sport the last thing you want to have are the jitters from caffeine and a sugar crash. I like the way that Wize is a healthier option and still gets you through the day. Without all the negative drawbacks other energy drinks have.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I usually have a Wize at the beginning of each day. It wakes me up and powers me through the day. It keeps me motivated and aware in a healthy way.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I will be working on some video projects with a number of my sponsors in the coming months. I am super excited to get that on its way and I’m hoping racing happens this year with the pandemic going on.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it?  Personally I love the mango flavour, it’s super refreshing on a hot day and has a nice edge of sour to it.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Instagram @Mavic.ts
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Russell Morland (LURK)
Russell Morland (LURK) Nanaimo, BC   Where are you from and where are you living now? I’m originally from the cold hard depths of Northern England pretty close to the Scottish border in an area know as County Durham. I now live in Nanaimo on Vancouver island.    How did you discover your talent? What got you started? My mom got me into art, she had studied art a little bit in college and went on to become a hairdresser. She had a bunch of her old sketchbooks lying around and I would trace and copy things from those books, she had lots of talent and still paints to this day.      What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I just honestly love learning new tricks, I think of it like skateboarding almost just learning that new thing. I’m hyped to create new worlds and creatures and stoke people out.    Between tattooing, painting, digital artwork etc, what’s your favourite discipline? Painting hands down.    If you could have tea with an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? Why? Alessandro Michelle head art director/ designer of Gucci, the man is a power house of creativity and just is in flow right now. As far as visual artists go Robert Williams must have some amazing stories.      So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Getting few pages in Heavy Metal magazine and having my (now) friends David and Cliff write the stories that went with the article they were in my head about how to approach it without ever speaking to me and it was such a dope piece.    Your latest piece was very cool, what was the motivation behind it? The commission of Ram Dass was inspired and motivated by the client, it was fun to take some of their input and be able to make it into something unique.    The wizard staff with funky colours seems to be a symbol of yours, what does that represent?  The magical Gloop staff has gotten me in trouble before, I just liked slime stuff as a kid, I was an 80s kid grew up in an era of ghostbusters and Santa Cruz skateboards, I just love that stuff. The gloop is magic and energy no matter it’s colour or where it comes from it represents free thought and energy in the universe maybe it help create things maybe it destroys them the magic all around us. I was so sick of drawing sparks and lighting bolts for magic why not rainbow gloop. If people see a double entendre in that then that’s their choose your own adventure.    You also have a lot of mouths or faces where normally a stomach would be, what’s the idea behind that? I think it’s a duality thing, so much duality and multiple personalities in creatures, this is how I represent that.    In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Same place as now, I’m happy. I guess I would love it to have an animated show for adults that’s trippy and weird without being harmful. I’d love to do more art shows the Pandemic is killing my vibe.      Define your idea of being a ‘Wize’ person in the modern world. What does that mean to you? Be as broad or specific as you’d like. Keep your chin up and your eyes down, don’t open your multi mouths to make a sound.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Lots of commission work right now, and I’m working on a table top game with a company.    What’s your favourite flavor of Wize tea? How do you steep or consume it? Steeped Ginger Lemon! Love that one.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? @lurklovesyou on Instagram and Choice app. 
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Justin Choquette
Justin Choquette Abbotsford, British Columbia   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I think the moment in my life when I discovered my talent was when I was 13 years old. I just bought my first Gopro, and I was so stoked to get out hiking and capture some photos of my adventures.  I had posted one of my pictures on my Instagram account, and GoPro saw it and asked if I would be interested in selling it to them. From that moment onward, I was captivated by the love of photography, especially since other people enjoyed my art.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A geologist, haha, use to love collecting rocks.    Who was your biggest inspiration? The photographers in the old National Geographic Magazines     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Honestly, I don’t know; I’m just in love with that feeling you get when you climb a new peak or when I capture that one image.    So far, what has been your favorite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration?  That’s a hard one. Every new trip or collaboration I have is a new highlight and a new experience that tops the last one.    In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  In the next ten years, my goal is to be one of the best photographers in the world. I want to be able to capture photos of locations that 99.99% of the world will never get the chance to witness     Switching gears a bit… what do you think about the existing grab-and-go drink options out there? Are people ready for healthier alternatives? or will “Big Sugar” continue to dominate the landscape? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) I can definitely see the shift to healthier “ energy drinks.” Personally, I find a big majority of the grab-and-go drink options out there make me feel terrible after I drink them.   How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?  Wize Ice tea is honestly the only thing that keeps me going, haha. When I’m out in the backcountry climbing mountains or on the road driving to my next destination, I’m always reaching for that can of drink Wize to give me that little boost. And the reason I enjoy drinking drink Wize compared to other energy drinks because it’s the healthiest option out there, and it tastes delicious.     What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  As of right now, I’m planning on continuing to explore my beautiful backyard in British Columbia. But as soon as the world opens back up, I’ll be heading over to Europe and Asia to spend a few months climbing and exploring.   What’s your favorite flavor of Wize? When do you typically drink it? Mango, and usually before or after a hike or when I’m just chilling at home editing photos.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram @justin.choquette  Tiktok @justincanadian
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Ryan McIntosh
Ryan McIntosh Pemberton, CA   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I started riding at a young age with my family and it just progressed into falling in love with the sport. I feel like I discovered my talent through riding lots honestly.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Ever since I was a young kid I’ve always wanted to be a professional athlete. I just found it so cool that people can make a living doing what they love.   Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration has to be Cam Zink, he always is pushing the limits of what you can do on a mountain bike and is genuinely nice and a rad dude.     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? What motivates me most is my desire to improve and push myself to be the best person I can be on and off the bike.   If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them? I think it would have to be Richie Schley, he’s such an icon of the bike world and it would be cool to learn more about the free ride movement!   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Racing in the Crankworx challenger Enduro and placing 4th.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? I want to still be riding my bike having a good time and pushing myself to further my skills.   In terms of healthy habit, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) It’s crazy what’s actually in all these drinks and how bad they actually are for you.     How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I love being a part of Canadian brands, ice tea has always been one of my go to drinks but I wanted something that was better for my body and Wize was the perfect solution!   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Lots of edits, photo shoots, and good times.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I love them all but i’d have to say my favourite is the mango iced tea.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  My instagram is @ryan.mcintosh_ My Tik Tok is @ryanmcintoshh
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Kendall Gender
Kendall Gender / Kenneth Wyse Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I have been doing drag since 2014.  It started off as a hobby that quickly turned into a dream career.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A popstar.  Mission ACCOMPLISHED!   Who was your biggest inspiration? I think strong females have always inspired me, whether that was Beyonce, or my own mother.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I think with drag, you are always learning as it's a constant flow of inspiration and being inspired.  I love that i can watch a movie or see a photo on instagram and be instantly inspired to create a whole look or performance from just that.     So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? In 2020, I was the first drag performer ever to perform a halftime show at the Rugby 7’s game in Vancouver. I performed for a crowd of 50,000 people at BC Place!   In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  I want to be the drag Oprah.    How does Wize iced tea fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?  Personally, I do not drink alcohol.  So I am always searching for an alternative to sugary energy drinks when I am performing. Obviously when im in the club ( pre pandemic ) , I need something to keep me up without that dreaded sugar hangover.  Wize is a perfect alternative.   What are your next projects coming down the pipeline?  I’m just currently dreaming of a post pandemic world where I can get back to performing and meeting everyone in person!   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize? When do you typically drink it? Mango! Before / During a show or performance, especially during the quarantine its been a wonderful replacement to energy drinks.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  @kendallgender, www.kendallgender.com
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Alex Volokhov
Alex Volokhov Nelson, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Nelson BC thrives off of outdoor activities and recreation. That being said I guess a large portion is from being a product of your environment.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Professional Snowboarder.      Who was your biggest inspiration? My family for sure. As well as the others around town making a living out of what they loved.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? The feeling of riding a new line you built or learning a new trick is irreplaceable. 100% the driving factor to keep going.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Riding Fest Series with the guys I looked up to growing up. By far some of the best memories to date.      In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Healthy, happy and still riding bikes.   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Sugar and healing do not go hand in hand. So basically if you want to heal an injury quick and strong, gotta stay away from em.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Great tasty beverage pre/post shred. Awesome keeping a can in the bag for a quick boost when ya need it.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Few video projects at home in BC. And then events as the pandemic allows!   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Mango. And before/after ride!   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? @alexvolokhov_ - Instagram
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Geoff Gulevich
Geoff Gulevich North Vancouver, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I was the younger brother, who always watched the older boys ride and watch bike movies. Just wanted to hang with the cool kids   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Baseball player, until I discovered I worked best alone, haha.     Who was your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration would have to be the thought of progression and exploration. I just want to learn more and more   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I just want to keep growing, learning about the world and continue to push the limits of mountain biking.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I have travelled to every continent, aside from Antarctica. Not much biking there anyway. I have been ranked 4th in the world. Placed 5th at Redbull Joyride ‘12 and 5th place at Redbull Rampage ‘13.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? I will be staying in the cycling world but I’ll cross that bridge when i get to it.   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) Water is great and free! I’m not super impressed with the amount of harmful beverages, readily available for kids to purchase. Along with how to do your taxes, i think healthy eating habits need to be taught in our schools.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? Wize is delicious, refreshing and has an appropriate amount of sugar in it. I would and do recommend Wize to any thirsty patron.     What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Survive a pandemic and then get back out into the world. As for now, just continuing to film, shoot and produce entertaining content for the world.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? The Mango, wize iced tea, is my go to.   Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Insta, tiktok, twitter: @geoffgulevich
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Ross Watson
Ross Watson Victoria, BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? As a young kid, I would mountain bike around with my dad every once in a while and I always had a passion for going downhill. But at that young of an age I didn’t have the fitness to pedal uphill enjoyably which was never very fun and result to a lot of complaining! Around age 12 I started to gain enough fitness to comfortably make it out for a full ride, which really sparked off my passion. I started riding more and more consistently until I joined a race team by the name of Nolan Riding. Nolan Riding helped me discover my passion for racing and how to train properly, which really helped me become my current self as a mountain biker.    As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid, still a kid! What I am currently striving for is to Race Down Hill Mountain Biking professionally, which consists of travelling to all the UCI World Cup Down Hills.   Who was your biggest inspiration? I have a few. A couple months ago I met some young Professional Downhill racers enrolled at U.V.I.C (University of Victoria), Elliot Jameison and Ben Wallace, Studying and Training on Vancouver Island. Even though I have only known them for a couple months they have helped me with so much, like pushing myself to ride faster, help with my overall training, supporting me with my riding and just have been such a positive influence when I am around them.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Definitely my friends. Having great friends around me and always riding with them really helps me strive to keep pushing yourself with friendly competition. Also training hard and noticing improvement is super satisfying and is definitely another reason I continue to push myself.   If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them? A Vancouver Island legend, Stevie Smith. Stevie Smith was a Down Hill rider from the Island. He died in 2016 in a dirt biking accident. Sadly, I did not meet him before his death and would have loved to meet him. Everyone that has ridden with him said he was the nicest, most genuine man.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? I think this current winter. I have had so much training opportunity and have taken all of it, which has really paid off, and I cannot wait to test it in this upcoming race season!   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Riding Down Hill MTB Professionally, Racing The World Cup!    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) I strongly think there’s no point in drinking energy drinks, and no one needs the high amount of caffeine and processed nonsense in energy drinks.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I chose Wize because it’s a clean source of energy that I can rely on giving me a positive boost which is designed for not just athletes but everyone, that will not give you jitters or caffeine crash!    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I do not have any specific projects, but I am going to continue to train for this upcoming race season and have a strong and consistent summer of races.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I have to say, I love every flavour equally! I usually drink wize in the morning to give me a boost and be sharp for a ride! Any other caffeinated drink I wouldn’t because I would be worried about it compromising my riding ability, but with Wize I can be ensured it will only give me positive effects!    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you?  Instagram @rosairewatson
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Chase Thomas
Chase Thomas Campbell River, CA     How did you discover your talent? What got you started?  Motocross and I moved over as I found my true passion!   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Pro supercross racer.   Who was your biggest inspiration? Definitely my dad, he was always good at everything and super supportive.   What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation?  Self pride. Every time I get a fast lap or new learn. The stoke is real.      So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment?  All the pro riders I’ve been able to makes Friends with.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?  Living on Sunshine Coast and hopefully still a huge part of this industry    In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there?  (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc) There’s not a lot of healthy drinks that give you energy out there currently. Personally I’m not a coffee drinker. I do drink “iced tea” and generally water with electrolytes.    How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?  It’s a great brand and healthy product and it’s gonna give me more energy for my rides.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  Once I recover from this broken foot that happened last week. Should be recovered in about 2 more weeks back on the bike. I have 2-3 big film projects in store for this year   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? Definitely mango. Huge mango lover.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? https://instagram.com/chasetthomas?igshid=c5p6tgpzz4rb  https://youtube.com/channel/UCqhRDgvw1ZOuWd6VlECEDVA
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Oliver Scholfield
Oliver Scholfield: Canadian Olympic hopeful (field hockey) North Vancouver BC   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I started playing field hockey in PE classes at school. Growing up in the UK it is a much more popular sport than here in Canada so everyone played it. I didn’t really know I was any good at it until my teacher picked me to play for the school team in Grade 8.   As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a professional football (soccer) player playing for Arsenal!   Who was your biggest inspiration? My parents. They sacrificed a lot to allow me to pursue playing at a high level, including having to travel with me most weekends to practice or for competitions. They did anything they could to give me the opportunity to play so I’ve always wanted to make it all worthwhile for them!    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Olympics. For field hockey, the Olympics is the pinnacle of our sport but something about the Games has also just resonated with me. Our team is currently training for the Tokyo Olympics this summer so that’s plenty of motivation for me!    If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them? I’m a big Arsenal fan so Thierry Henry was my idol growing up. I would love to meet him and talk about his mental preparation before big games as he was always so composed on the ball and came through in big moments.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment? Definitely our Olympic Qualifier in October 2019. We hosted a two-game series against Ireland in West Vancouver and managed to come from behind, tying the game with less than a second left on the clock and win in a shootout to qualify for Tokyo. Winning was obviously a great achievement for our team but being able to play in front of all our friends and family on home soil was something I'll never forget.    In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? In addition to playing field hockey I am also working as a consultant, focused on helping social enterprises or companies with a socially responsible goal. In 5 or 10 years I want to be doing this on a larger scale and creating more impact that way. Companies like Wize are exactly the type that I want to be helping grow because they do so much more than just try to make a profit.     In terms of healthy habit, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high caffeine, high sugar drinks) Playing sports growing up, the go-to drink was always these high glucose sports drinks with tons of sugar in them. When I got a little bit older I realized that they actually weren’t very good for you and also they didn’t really help that much. I found that switching to more natural sources of sugar and electrolytes was much better for me. I also feel that when I’m in a particularly heavy training block and fatigue starts to set in, loading up on highly caffeinated drinks wasn’t actually helping very much because I would just crash so soon after drinking them. Having the more sustained energy is definitely much better.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize? I used to have a coffee before training sessions to wake me up and give me a boost, but I found that it was really dehydrating for me and I would have to time it right to make sure I didn’t get a crash before I actually started training. Now I like drinking Wize before practicing because it doesn’t give me any jitters and has a much more sustained buzz. Plus, it helps keep me hydrated throughout the session and it’s filled with antioxidants to help boost recovery.    What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  We’re currently training hard for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. All eyes are on the Games and doing what we can to perform well when we’re there.   What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it? I love the mango Party dry tea and the Grapefruit iced tea!    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? @oscholfield on both Instagram and Twitter
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Spencer Hamilton
We're excited to announce that Spencer Hamilton, legendary Canadian skateboarder, has joined the Wize Collective. To get to know him a bit better, co-founder Max sat down with him and chatted all things going on in his world... Enjoy!Where are you from and where are you living now? I grew up in Ottawa and moved out to Vancouver when I was 16, so I definitely consider Vancouver my home. Sometimes I like to play both sides and hang onto my eastern roots and say I can tough out a cold winter, haha.   How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I lived near the University in Ottawa and was exposed to lots of young kids and young families and within that there were a lot of skateboarders. My older brother was also someone who showed me how fun skateboarding could be.   Who was your biggest inspiration? It's hard to nail it down to one person because there was so many good influences coming out of Ottawa, for example like Rick McCrank, Tony Ferguson, Joe Buffalo, and Wade Desarmo to name a few. I'd also like to say that my older brother was definitely a big inspiration for me cuz he was better at skating than I was growing up     What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Part of it is the instant gratification of being outside with your friends and just hanging out. The other part of it is the delayed gratification of landing the trick that you had in mind and that you've been trying to nail for a while but haven't been able to yet. I'm just always trying to improve my skills, my flexibility, and mobility because it'll help me progress and enjoy skating that much more.   So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? There isn't a specific one thing that I'd say is a favorite highlight, but that feeling of getting your first paycheck, knowing that you don't have to go get a job and instead you can do what you love is obviously a big milestone. All of the other things like getting your first pro deck, pro truck, pro shoes etc are all really cool additions to your career and it's something that I never thought I would achieve when I was a kid growing up in Ottawa.   In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 10 years? That's a good question actually, I wish I had a better answer. I've been focusing on skating for the last couple decades that I haven't really put much thought into in terms of where that goes after. I have lots of passions and hobbies and I'm not sure if there's a particular one that I want to pursue, or if I even want to keep working in skateboarding when the time comes to make a shift, so we'll see where I go in time.   In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? Everything out there I find is either really highly caffeinated or really sweetened, and that’s why I like what you’re doing with Wize because it fits in this nice gap. I think the fact that it’s low sugar and low caffeine really reduces the barrier for people to try it. I never liked energy drinks because they just taste really artificial and it's something that I was never drawn to. There will always be a certain amount of people that want those kinds of products, but it's not necessarily something that I'm interested in and I think most people concerned with their health and longevity would agree with that.   The action sports world has always looked at self-care like stretching as being "weird" or "weak". Are there specific healthy habits that young athletes can incorporate in their routine that would make a drastic difference that they're overlooking? Yoga for me was a big realization. At first it was really intimidating but like all adversity, it typically takes you outside your comfort zone and that means you can grow as a person. There's this stigma about yoga being weird but it really helps you become more flexible and resilient. When you get injured and have down days, you start looking at new ways to recover. Some people unfortunately fall into the spiral of drinking or just assuming that their body will heal, but when you start reaching 30 years old, you notice that you don't bounce back as quickly. You wake up with a bunch of scrapes and bruises and you feel like you got hit by a truck, so now I'm working on lots of preemptive exercise and stretching.   How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle?  I typically drink it midday. I'll have a morning coffee and then after that, for example if I'm going skating, I'll take a couple cans with me and head to the plaza. I like that it's just one gram of sugar because one gram is kind of nice, you don't need 35 g like in other drinks. A little bit of sugar doesn't hurt. The other ones out there are basically syrups and could be considered a concentrate by comparison, or they have stevia and just taste like garbage. Even kombuchas have lots of sugar. I'm also not against caffeine; I like having a warm cup of coffee in the morning, but then after, I like to have something more subtle like Wize because other things like energy drinks just give you the jitters. Sometimes you see the Red Bull girls come to the Plaza to hand out cans and there’s usually half of the people there are stoked and the other half, myself included, are like: “I don’t want anything to do with this.”   I gotta come down there and bring some cases of Wize to share with everyone.. I don’t have a street skate anymore so I’ll dig one up and rip around for a bit. Just take it slow man, no need to get injuries at this age haha.   What’s your favourite flavour?  I think it would have to be Mango. I really like Grapefruit and Lemon too, but there’s something about Mango that just tastes really nice and even the look of the fruit on the can is really desirable.   What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?  I've almost finished my new video part. I'm going to Texas in the beginning of March so hopefully I can finish it before then, but if not, I'll have to finish it when I get back after quarantine, so there might be a delay and the film will launch in April. We'll see.   Thanks for the interview, Spencer! Where can our audience find out more about you? My Instagram: @SpencerHamilton
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Pax Frias
Pax Frias Vancouver, CA “I was the person who immediately was talking everyone's ear off about that hot cool thing that I had read about, or done on the weekend, or researched and experimented with. So I leaned into that extraversion and the fact that I am an absolute nerd who loves knowledge.”   Let me introduce you to Pax Frias, a Physical Literacy Educator at Restore Human. He’s an admitted extrovert, predisposed to a combination of hospitality and self improvement, and in that intersection is where you’ll find him. Pax spent most of his adolescence in the clouds, 3000m in the air to be exact, growing up in the mountains of Chile simultaneously, and impulsively training his cardiovascular system and sense of adventure. By the time Pax got to Canada his gregariousness was instinctual, when you couple that with a history in the hospitality industry, you can figure that the fitness community seemed to be a natural landing spot. He admits, in the beginning, he wanted to be a yoga teacher adding, “I definitely wanted to be a teacher of physical movements, but I didn't have the notion of that being a job title. I obviously wanted to work with people's bodies and I thought yoga was a really interesting and beautiful way of moving your body,” but as you’ll find with Pax, he would rather deal in multitudes than in singularities.    "It was the amalgamation of the gift of being hyperactive, physically and mentally, that got me the job with Restore Human. The real boost was thanks to the amazing team I work with every damn day."   His professional life is a testament to his multidimensionality. Look no further than his thoughts on self improvement, he says it’s as simple as, “‘I did that, what can I do next?’ I could tip my hat to the principles of zen; they believe in simplifying and improving while refining.” It’s about creating efficient and beautiful outcomes for himself as a coach and for his clients, he adds, “We’re not driven by a bottom line or profits, we’re driven by success stories.” The ‘we’ he speaks of is his team at Restore Human, a personal training centre in Vancouver. It’s headed up by Coach K, who holds dual roles as both the Director of Restore Human, and Pax’s personal inspiration. A former Australian Sniper Supervisor turned master of physical literacy and training, Coach K is “very well trained and adept at problem solving when it comes to teamwork, when it comes to the human body and when it comes to caring about big-picture human issues.” Pax adds, “I would not be where I’m at without him.”   "I want to be spearheading a team that's about three times the size of what we have now, but that's doing a hundred times better work. I also want to have a ton more adventures under my belt, some mountain summits and other nature endurance feats."   Movement is integral to Pax’s procedure, not just professionally but personally as well. One of his career highlights would be his 6000 total hours of allotted training, “halfway to mastery” he says - citing the 10,000 hour practice. He also notes a 60km canoe trip orchestrated as a group with his Restore Human team, as well as placing third in a Spartan Race in addition to coming first and second in back-back races in a single weekend as personal milestones. In striving for physical and mental refinement we see Pax’s love of both activity and thoughtfulness, it’s not enough to just know your body, according to him, you have to be accurately aware of what you’re putting in it. On the topic of sugar Pax had this to say, “it's like speeding up the now but at the cost of the future, and sugar does the same thing on a cellular level. It gives you that quick burst of energy, but at the cost of your cells being efficient and healthy longer-term.” Though, true to his propulsive attitude, he’s one to outline the pitfalls of the health and wellness industry, while pointing forward to its potential. "I think people are wising up. They're avoiding sugar, they're avoiding extreme doses of stimulants, but they are not likely going to change in terms of convenience,” he says.    It’s with Wize, according to Pax, where he can find replenishment that won’t detract from the concentration that goes into the execution of his craft, and that goes for the rest of Restore Human. “Well the staff here is all hooked, we've been very much enjoying all the flavours. You nailed it with it being an afternoon option for me. Later in the day, it's a guilt-free enjoyable kind of replenishment for me,” he says. Anything, if used correctly, can be a tool for refinement, and it appears that Pax has found such a resource in Wize, as he talks about reaching 10,000 hours in personal training I addition to running the Juan de Fuca trail, adding, “I’m gonna have more than a few cans of Wize along the way.” Beyond that, as he points out, he’s most excited about being ready to give the world the next big thing in the fitness industry, through collaboration, eco-friendliness and sustainability which speaks to his commitment to refinement, but his talents in inclusion.   
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Chairman Ting
Photo credits: banner by Jeremy Jude Lee | Profile by Hubert Kang Chairman Ting Vancouver BC Chairman Ting, aka Carson Ting, is one of Vancouver's leading street artists and foremost illustrators. His work with major brands (Nike, Toyota, Porsche, Microsoft, and Snoop Dogg to name a few) has brought him onto a bigger stage than ever, but he remains a humble and motivated artist that's keen to make a difference with every stroke of his brush. We caught up with him to see what makes him tick. ----- Hi I'm Carson Ting and I was born in Toronto but came to Vancouver in 2007 to work at Rethink. Why Vancouver?  It was never on the radar, just happened for work. I waited two years and started to appreciate Vancouver. It was a slow transition to realize that Toronto was a merry-go-round and it was weird to leave work at 5pm at Rethink.  How did you discover your talent? What got you started? Discovered early on because it was the only thing he was ever good at. Dad taught him how to draw Tarzan.    What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation? Always seeking something new, trying new things. I have a diverse style and want to find something new, different approach and fresh ideas    If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? That's a good one... first choice would be my dad, he's been gone for 11 years. In terms of idols, I'd say CJ Hendry. Her patience is incredible.    So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? My latest project I'm most proud of is the Whitecaps project because it raised over $150k for the Vancouver Food Bank. Two other notable highlights was my collaboration with Kidrobot for creating my own Dunny doll and more recently, my collab with Snoop Dogg's Cali Red wine for 19 Crimes.And lastly, I'd also like to mention my work for Nike's Jumpman 23 brand where I got to film a mini-documentary series on ballers around the world. I got to film ballers in a remote rural village in China, Amputee ballers in Forthworth Texas, and ex-gang members in the ganglands of Chicago.  Your mural on Robson St during lockdown was unreal. What was the inspiration for it? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chairman Ting (@chairman_ting) on May 15, 2020 at 3:25pm PDT   Literally just the word hope. Wanted something fun and not too serious because it was a dark time (April) and felt like world was ending.   The Dog keeps coming back Movement is a recurring theme for me, and the dog is a character I created to represent that. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? Wants to hone in on more personal work. My whole career has been working for brands, and I want to do more fine arts projects like sculpture and painting.  Max: It is so hard to break away from the commercial process... I struggle with this myself as a creative person that usually utilizes my skills for work more often than play.   Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. How has is changed relative to the past?  I think the biggest shift is just the sense of urgency now. It's basically now or never. As a dad, I worry about the future. Is there still going to be clean water? Now with the pandemic, people are realizing that we've been taking simple things for granted, like just going out for dinner. It's becoming more important than ever to stop just talking about it and take action now.   What’s coming down the pipeline for next projects?  I'm working on new apparel for Fox suspension. As a car nerd, it's really fun for me. I'm working on creating a Mad Max style mash-up vehicle. I also just finished a new project at Kabam Games that was really fun to produce.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chairman Ting (@chairman_ting)   What’s your favourite flavor of Wize tea? How do you steep or consume it? Mango! It's the best-seller for a good reason. I don't find it super sweet and it really agrees with my palette.    Thanks for the interview! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram  
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Krishna Curry
Los Angeles, CA Krishna is an elite track athlete that breaks barriers with her genuine approach to training and her passion for athletics. She’s a certified bad ass that blazes her own trail, and is currently training for the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo. We actually met Krishna in a Sprouts grocery store in LA and connected over our shared love for progressive healthy and ethical food, and we kept in touch ever since. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? When I was 7, my PE teacher encouraged me to run track after I broke the school’s mile, 100 yard and 50 yard records, beating all of the girls and boys up to the fifth grade. That summer I joined a track club and raced in national junior olympic track competitions, which I did not win as easily. At 13, I won my first national title in the 800m. In high schoo, I was a 5-time Tennessee state champion and won a second national title in the 800m. My achievements as a youth and high school athlete earned me scholarship to run for UCLA. While in college, I worked part-time at the campus gym and coached youth athletes for supplemental income. I instantly loved adapting the strategies I learned as athlete to help other optimize their health and performance. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? At the end of a workout I feel refreshed and detoxified. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. After college, the motivation of team competition and training became a constructive outlet for relieving stress and challenging my fears. I used to overtrain and ignore pain signals from my body during workouts, which eventually led to poor performances and chronic injury. The rehabilitation strategies I learned while recovering from those injuries sparked my interest in functional training and corrective exercise. Injury forced me to creatively address my strength and mobility imbalances without losing fitness. At 30 years old, I am running faster and lifting more that I ever could during my peak in college. More importantly, I recover quickly and remain injury free. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Former USA first Lady Michelle Obama. I was studying Political science at UCLA in 2008 when Former President Obama was campaigning. The presidential race made was the topic of every lecture. I’m so curious to know what her future political and personal plans are. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? I’m extremely grateful for all of the sports and fitness modeling opportunities I have been granted. As a kid I collected posters and magazine cut outs of my favorite athletes to reference for inspiration. I hope that the projects I appeared in have motivated others to have fun through physical activity and lead active lifestyles. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I plan to be retired from competing in track in field, but hopefully still involved in the sport as a coach and assisting with LA’s preparations for the 2028 Olympics! Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Living with wizdom for me means being an informed and mindful consumer, especially with regard to food. Everyone should to research the ingredients, sourcing and health implications anything we consume. Additionally, I think living with wizdom means that we should all do our best to promote environmental sustainability in our daily habits. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? Functionally, I love Minty Marvel because the mint extracts promote smooth digestion. I drink it to feel light and energetic after a hearty lunch. For pure enjoyment, Mango party is hella good. I steep it in hot coconut milk, then pour it in my travel mug so that I can enjoy it on the go. . Mango seems to be really popular, that’s for sure! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram and Twitter
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Ollie Cooper
Ollie Cooper Vancouver, CA / London, UK Ollie Cooper, aka @oilycopperpen, is a London UK native and new Vancouverite. With incredibly versatile style and a fantastic dry wit (must be a british thing?), he creates illustrations that are bound to make you think, cry, laugh, and ask yourself where the last half-hour just went. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? Simply loving what you do and getting lost in it. Pushing that to new heights comes from being inspired in different ways and places. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why?  Bowie. So humble and ever changing. Just to hear some stories in that calming voice... So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Designing a sticker with Donald Trump hair and spreading it in cities across North, Central and South America. People wanting to have and spread my work with was amazing.  In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? To be in a position where I can produce work in multiple countries and travel as much as possible Define your idea of ‘being wize’ or ‘having wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Making decisions wizely, living with wizdom and balance. What’s your favorite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you drink it? Jasmine. I like to cool it and throw it in a green smoothie.
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