THE FAMILY FREESTYLERS
WHO ARE WE?
Hello! We are The Family Freestylers.
We live in between the Alps and North Devon when we’re not off on our travels.
We LOVE independent travel, escaping on adventures as a family or solo. Getting out into nature is a driving force for us, which we combine with our love of outdoor pursuits.
This blog shares experiences of our travels and outdoor sports, what there is to do in Devon and the South West as well as a dedicated ski blog – we will be embarking on our third ski season living in the French Alps this Winter.
With a child with mild cerebral palsy in her legs, we’ve said goodbye as a family to hiking long distances. We’ve been on an incredible journey these last 24 months, haven proven that skiing DOES massively benefit CP. We do want to inspire other families with less able kids that you can push those boundaries.
Come along and have a read. If we inspire you, leave us a comment. If you want to know more or ask questions, give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you and happy to share what we know.
Mother, eternal traveller, skipper & writer
“Travelling opens the mind & is an education in itself”
I had a thirst for travel from an early age. Living in South Africa for 6 months, age 20, was a real culture eye opener & an obsession was born. Becoming a travel geek, I’m now an expert in research, spending many an evening poring over the internet or head in books planning the next big trip. I am the travel instigator in the family!
To feed my travel bug I’ve taught English in The Baltics, been a Governess on an outback sheep station, and cruised the seas as an onboard chef on superyachts for the rich & famous. I love the mountains and the outdoors & feel extremely lucky to have lived in the Alps for 7 winter seasons, although I did snap my ACL last season!
I’ve never been more in my element or pushed my boundaries to the limit than being put on a blacked out lear jet, blindfolded and dumped in an unknown country, with no money, in a race to get home to the UK! Left on the ice lakes of Canada 200 miles from the nearest road, and on the remote mountains of Azerbaijan – I won Channel 4’s LOST adventure travel reality show – twice!
My passion is unquenchable, even now with two young children now in tow and I confess I am addicted to all things French!. The Family Freestylers is now over three years old – I love inspiring other families to think outside the box and to start living NOW to create life time memories ‘with their kids’.
Dad / ex-pro snowboarder / music producer
“Pushing the boundaries, whether it be through sport or travel, is what it’s all about”
Scott spent over 20 winter seasons based in the Alps, snowboarding every day & travelling the world as a professional snowboarder. His passions are surfing, skateboarding, music & snowboarding and art.
DJing back in the day at London superclubs Fabric & The Ministry of Sound, Scott is now an artist on the Stanton Warriors record label PUNKS and is a commercial music producer at Scott Nixon Music creating audio for big brands, when he’s not packed up on family adventures.
Not shy from rad experiences himself, he set the Guiness Book of Records as the highest DJ set in the World during a freestyle event in the Himalayas, went on tour with Tony Hawk to the first ever skateboard event in India & can do 900’s on his snowboard!
Scott hails from the island of Jersey and can you believe it was taught to scuba dive and surf in school!
Scott’s main aim in life is to get the girls surfing – something they dip in and out of with differing levels of enthusiasm (normally in relation to the prevailing weather conditions)!
Artist / Nature Lover / age 9
“I think that animals are the most amazing things on the planet”
Minnie is 10 years old and loves skiing, nature and art. She’s never far away from her sketch book or climbing trees to emulate Katniss Everdeen – her new role model.
Minnie plays the guitar, idolises Dolly Parton, and plays a mean game of chess. A total book worm, her favourite authors are David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo & is in the middle of the The Hunger Games triology. Her top TV show is Deadly 60 and she’s recently got into making stop motion animations. You can watch one here and here.
No shrinking violet, our Minnie at her happiest, is as loud as a shrieking monkey.
Minnie started her own blog, aged 6, on our 9 week trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2014 which you see here https://minnienixondownunder.wordpress.com
Minnie’s latest adventures on The Family Freestylers has been volunteering in the rainforests of Borneo, re-planting the rainforest, one tree at a time.
Warrior Queen / core of steel / pesto maker/age 7
Bo is a little fireball, named after Queen Warrior Boadicia, after being born way to early at 31 weeks (her middle name is Dicea!)
She adores animals, her scooter and winding up her big sister!
Bo is addicted to puddle jumping & boxes of any shape and size. She’s also a dab hand in the kitchen, pulling up her stool to help Momma cook. She can make a mean pesto and can crack an egg cleanly.
Bo loves her food and isn’t afraid to try something new. From mussels to olives to chorizo, wherever we are, it’s almost pretty guaranteed that Bo will wolf it down – unlike her big sister!
Gungho Bo has a core of steel and a hugely adventurous spirit.
Her current favourite books are Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl) and The Watcher (Jane Goodall).