Pip Andersen exudes passion, whether it’s Freerunning, acting or photography, Pip always puts his whole self into what he is doing. Pip started Freerunning at 14 and has gone from strength to strength, travelling all over the globe and competing in world class competitions. Having taken a short professional break from free running to play Lead Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens, Pip is now returning to his first passion. Nothing can stop this man from defying gravity on a daily basis and thank goodness! Pip’s inborn talent for the sport is clear and his potentially perilous stunts are amazing to watch. When not flying over buildings and flipping off walls, Pip can be found behind the camera, also an accomplished freelance photographer, but enjoys nothing more than spending time with his beautiful young family.
What is Parkour or Free running, and is there a difference?
Originally there was a difference; parkour was just getting from A to B as efficiently as possible, whereas freerunning was much more of an expression of movement in your environment, so often more flips, acrobatics, changes of direction etc. Nowadays the two have blurred much more.
How did you begin Parkour, what attracted you to the sport?
I started at 14 just after watching a documentary called ‘Jump Britain’. As a kid I was always attracted to sports and movement. But found that most traditional sports taught in school had too many rules and restrictions. Parkour/freerunning offered an outlet that was much freer.
What sort of areas do you use for training and what makes a great Parkour spot?
Anything that has some nice solid objects that are a variety of distances apart can become a great training spot. Ironically often ramps for the disabled offer great opportunities.
What do you love most about being an athlete of the sport?
I love the simplicity of freerunning, in that you don’t need any equipment other than a good pair of training shoes and your body. Also it gives you the opportunity to learn how to overcomes fear in a way most people never get to experience.
Do you have a ‘mantra’ that you live by?
I don’t know that I would call it a ‘mantra’ as such but it’s always been important to me that I do something I love for a living. And thankfully I’ve been fortunate enough that freerunning has provided those opportunities.
What is it that drives you?
Same as I said before really, being able to do what I love for a living and of course my family.
What do you get up to when not jumping up walls and flipping off ledges?
As well as freerunning I also work as a photographer and I also have a one year old son. So that combination keeps me pretty busy.
Tell us something that most people won’t know about you
My favourite animal is a duckbilled platypus and has been since I was about 4 years old.
Is there anything you are REALLY bad at?
Multitasking, when I’m focused on something I tend to get a bit of tunnel vision.
What is your favourite Saltrock item and why?
Otis-Mens burnout grey hoodie. That thing is SO soft I no longer need a duvet for my duvet days.