Tips from a ski instructor athlete & windsurfer

an interview to Hanna Misniakiewicz

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Hi Hanna! πŸ™‚ You’re are from Poland but seeing your instagram it looks that you have moved a bit outside the country. Where have you been?

Hi πŸ™‚ During the last few years I spent a couple of months in the U.S, Greece and Italy as a student or instructor. Besides that, I also try to plan my journeys/vacations to the countries inside and outside Europe, such as Portugal or Vietnam this summer.

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Are these trips also related into extreme sports?

Well, they are related to my 2 favourite sports- skiing and windsurfing. I am not sure if you can call them extreme sports compared to bungee jumping tough πŸ˜€ I am both ski and windsurf instructor so that makes travelling much easier!

And how did you start into this sports?

My family has always valued sports more than collecting material things. So when I was a kid, my parents taught me everything about skiing and windsurfing. They thought that training was the best way to learn perseverance and commitment and encouraged me to become a better athlete. I think they were right. When I grew up, I still wanted to improve, gain more experience and share this passion with others.

So you are a ski and a windsurf instructor right? What did you do in Italy? πŸ™‚

Yes. Well, Italy has a special place in my heart- I actually finished my high school there. So whenever I go to Italy, I just can’t wait to speak Italian again, eat well, ski, climb the mountains and hopefully visit my friends. Italy has it all! I usually work at the polish ski camps as an instructor

Oh, great! you also speak Italian! Do you speak any other language?

I studied German for a couple of years but now I can mainly communicate on a very basic level. However, I am working on my Spanish as I want to study in Spain in the next 1-2 years πŸ™‚

Oh sehr Gut! Yo estoy ahora en EspaΓ±a! πŸ’ƒ But before going into future plans. Which other languages do you think are a big plus to find work as a ski or windsurf instructor?

Of course English is a must. As for skiing- German is a big plus (Austria,Switzerland, North of Italy, Germany, also many windsurfing schools are german) and I would also say Spanish

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Agree. I’ve also realized that russian could be also a big plus πŸ™‚

On the ski camps. On which type of ski where you more into and why?

Oh yes that’s true! Do you mean the brand?

Ah, no. Are you sponsored? 

I am by Head ski πŸ™‚ 

How did you come to it? πŸ™‚

Ski racing is what allowed me to be sponsored. Although now I am switching from alpine skiing more into freeride, we still want to collaborate as a brand ambassador

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So the best way to get a gear and be sponsored is to be a good ambassador, who cares about the positive image and impact of the brand

You are also skilled in branding & storytelling. I think that is a real good combination for any sports brand. Specially in ski & windsurf in your case 😎 Any advice to people that wants to get sponsors?

I would say ask yourself ‘what can I offer to the company, how would they benefit from working with me’, prepare your offer/plan and then talk to people, stay open, try & try πŸ™‚ 

You never know.

πŸ‘Œ Nice advice! 

You’re also a talented photographer. It would be nice to leave at the end of the interview links where people can find your work and contact you. Talking about photos, could you share best spots where you have been? Like your top 4 spots in the world?

Thank you, my website is:

www.hanna-misniakiewicz.com

I’m not a pro photographer however I do like to take pictures along the way and that’s the place where I put them :). There are still many places I really want to visit but as for now, best spots are: 

1. Portugal- surfing paradise 

2. Val Gardena (Italy)- amazing winter experience 

3. Karpathos (Greece)- where wind never stops 

4. Britih Columbia- incredible nature and all kinds of sports

Beautiful!πŸ’œ

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Do you have more skills/hobbies? πŸ˜…

Skills- brand management/consulting (which is still in progress).  

Hobbies, I like to play my ukulele from time to time, watch sunsets and write journals a lot, do craft things when I have time (letters, notebooks, albums). Everything related to nature is my hobby haha, like sunrise and yoga, hammock and coffee, good book and mountains.

Great! like ukelele too. Great companion for trips! I used to play a 12 string guitar, but was too big to move around. Ok, it was a pleasure to meet you πŸ™‚ Would you like to share something? Future plans to tell to people that are reading this, maybe from Spain? Any advice? Promote something? Where people can find you? Social accounts?

That’s so nice, we must play together one day! First of all, if by any chance my experience could help you (maybe you want to visit Poland, go skiing etc) feel free to contact me and ask about anything :). Secondly, I am always open to work on different projects around the world (sponsorship, branded content, shooting, projects) – so if my skills are what you need, write me. I am currently looking for a watersports brand which I could collaborate with :). I would much appreciate any advice regarding surfing in Spain and all the contact information is on my instagram @hannmis.

Cool! Yes I’ve been already in Poland several times!

I really appreciate your support. You’re multiskilled person and who knows how the futer comes. Anyway any news sent to Stoked Nomads that fits to you, you’ll get notified πŸ™‚

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Thank you for this interview and your great intentions. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

It was a pleasure!