Above: Mia Brookes. Pic: Ben Kinnear.
The Luminaries Series is about shining a light on some of the most inspirational people in our industry, documenting their rise in their given professions, and sharing some of their insights from along the way.
As much as I try and cast it out of my mind, I actually quite vividly remember being 14, I somehow managed to straddle the line between being disagreeably gangly yet not even slightly tall and if you think I dress badly now you should just count yourself lucky you didn’t know me back then. In comparison, you’ve got Mia Brookes; just 14 years old and she already oozes style, both on and off the hill.
With an ever-growing bag of tricks and a nonchalant air to her riding reminiscent of a young
Danny Kass, Mia has been touted as ‘the next big thing’ in UK snowboarding since she was practically still in utero. Some people make snowboarding look difficult, and some people make it look intrinsic – Brookes falls firmly into the latter category.
“Mia’s indomitable talent encompasses every sphere of snowboarding”
Already a well-known face in the GB Park and Pipe Squad, Mia’s had one hell of a season so far, with a slew of Europa Cup podiums, a Rider of The Year nod, and Top 5 finishes in both Best Rail and Best Turbo Knuckle at Absolut Park’s Spring Battle 2021. She’s picked up an understandably solid list of sponsors over the years, making a name for herself with Rome, 686, Dragon and Vans to name but a few.
A phenom in Slopestyle and Big Air, but more recently taking to the streets to launch an all-out urban assault in Finland with the Soap Bar Wax crew, Mia’s indomitable talent encompasses every facet of snowboarding. After hotlapping in Laax with Jamie Anderson, she said of Mia “The best British rider I’ve ever seen”, which sums it up really. But more than anything, Mia is a lovely young woman, who just so happens to be really, really good at snowboarding.