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Bring on the board talk By Liz Rogers

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The snow season is here and Mitch Randall is ready to carve it up. At 18 years old, this Mount Martha resident likes going hard and fast. Likes to push the boundaries and then draw a new line in the sand or snow and sail over. Since graduating from Mornington Secondary College last year, where he was school captain, this self-confessed surf and snowboard addict can’t wait to hit the slopes and slip into the fun times that snowfield life delivers. What does he love about being on a board? “Well, I’m trying to think of an answer that is appropriate,” he chuckles. 

Mitch continues: “Snowboarding is definitely more social than surfing. You can hang out as a group more and carry on, but both of them are about going fast and doing adventurous things, I suppose. Whether it’s up to Mount Baw Baw for a day or to Mount Buller to hit the freestyle park, it’s all about going as fast and as high as I can. I love the ramps and rails because it’s all about the balance. It’s even fun when you can’t see ahead of yourself. I remember boarding during a full-on whiteout one day. It was super windy so I was being pushed across the slope. Going diagonal. Once when I was on the mogul run at Mount Buller, where you’re supposed to go from left to right, I picked up speed and just went straight down with a can of drink in one hand and ended up flipping four or five times. Ha! I lost the can and my goggles on the way and had a pretty bad headache for a day or two, but it’s all part of the buzz.” 

I ask him if his parents ever worry about his antics. “I can’t help loving extreme experiences, but I do text them to let them know I’m OK, especially after I’ve come out of the water after a surf,” he replies. “And I always wear a helmet when I’m snowboarding.”

Mitch’s sense of humour and laid-back attitude contribute to his philosophical approach to life. Experiences are there for the taking. Adventures are just around the corner. In 2017, Mitch, his twin sister Liv (and yes, it’s just a coincidence that Mitch’s girlfriend Paige is a twin as well) and their dad Brendan took a trip to the Mount Everest base camp and hiked through the Himalayas. “It was completely surreal being in an environment like that. You feel small. The whole experience taught me to appreciate life and what you have. It brought us closer together. Surfing and snowboarding are different. On a surfboard your weight is on your back foot. On a snowboard you need to position your bodyweight centrally. One thing’s the same, though — you’re outside in the elements, which is what I love.”

The first time Mitch jumped on a snowboard he hit a pole with his head and became disoriented. But he kept laughing. Whether he is surfing at Gunnamatta or snowboarding on the Victorian slopes, this bass guitar-playing and surfboard-making young man is gonna just keep moving. As fast as he can from board to board.

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