Alina Myers, Snowboard/Surfer (MD)

May 26, 2017

Alina Myers, Snowboard/Surfer (MD)

 

 

Your Age: 21

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): East Coast (United States)  

Weapon(s) of choice: Shortboard, fishboard, and longboard for surfing (main choices), snowboard, camera, and my scuba equipment so I can be a mermaid.

What’s an average day for you like? During school I am usually busy with studying and homework. I focus a lot on my fitness/ nutrition during school semesters. Occasionally I will have time to go surfing in between classes since I live on the East Coast, but not too much. When I am not in school, my average day consists of working out, going on adventures, traveling, and doing the things I love!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? I would say that the hardest thing would be the competition and all the different techniques that need to be learned as a beginner. Something that is difficult as a beginner is to keep the thought of “I can do it” in your mind even when things get frustrating. The easiest thing is to have fun and continue to progress as a newbie.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female involved in action sports would be the fact that you are doing something that is seen as something only “guys” are capable of doing. The shock on people’s faces when they see a female shredder (of any type) gives you feeling of accomplishment and “yeah I can do it just like they can”. The worst part about it, just like in most other cases, is the fact that we females do not get treated fairly in any of the action sports. We are usually just doubted due to the fact that we are labeled as “female”.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more recognition towards females participating in action sports. They put hard work, time, and dedication into their sport just like any guy out there involved. It is always the guys being known for action sports. I want the world to know that females are just as capable of shredding! Why not put us on the cover of all these magazines, or take the time to interview us, and/ or show us around the world just as much as these “guys” competing in action sports?! I bet we will get more attention and acknowledgement if you do :)

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? They say you ride like you live. If one has a goal/ mind set on something, whether they want to learn or just accomplish it as a sport, they will do it! My personal style is very parallel to my style factor as an athlete. If someone is always negative and doubting themselves, then they will have a hard time with whatever they are doing which often times leads to being unsuccessful. This would affect their style factor as an athlete as well. You can’t be negative as an athlete. ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE!

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? My favorite brands for my sports are Rip Curl, O’Neill, Billabong, Cressi, Tusa, Burton, and Sheshreds of course.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? To me if one is having fun and being themselves, it makes them beautiful. Confidence and feeling good about yourself makes you look good in any way. Looking good and feeling good go hand and hand with each other. In a shredders case for example, if they are having fun and feel good but happen to wipe-out, they still look good. If they have a smile on their face and love life but don’t wear a bunch of make up or “girly” clothes, they are still the most beautiful (just being themselves). Confidence and having a positive attitude are key! To me, most action sport riders have a lot of confidence. I think this is due to the happiness these sports bring to people along with the friends they create through them. Because of this action sports, as a female shredder, make us feel amazing and we know we look good doing them! ;) They make us feel good and look good!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There are definitely risks in these action sports that do not occur like the ones in regular activities. There is always a lot of style and tricks that are involved which can be very dangerous if you land wrong. It’s not every day that somebody is flying upside down through the air or shredding in the big open waters.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. The first time I have ever tried snowboarding pipe, I went up the wall and couldn’t figure out how to turn right at the time. This made my board hit the edge of the pipe and made me hit head first going down the wall. There was another one that was actually funny where I was speeding down a slope when suddenly I hit a random mud patch on the slope! I started to just flip down the rest of the way (actually looked pretty epic).

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I feel like social media and television in general is one of the bigger things that gets people into/ hooked on the sport.

What is your favorite trick? My favorite trick would have to be a method grab on a snowboard and to hang ten while surfing :)

What gets you pumped up for the day? Thinking about the new adventures ahead of me gets me pumped up! I’m always ready for something new and to get out there to do it!

What are three things you could not live without? Surfboard, family, and my best friend Derek!

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I definitely think it’s going to continue to grow more and more (hopefully seeing more female shredders). I hope to go far with it and do it as long as possible!

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? I want to really thank my dad for making me the mermaid/ ocean lover I am today! Without him I don’t know if I would be so attached to the ocean or have begun to surf. I also want to thank my boyfriend, Derek Parsons, who has definitely pushed me towards getting this far. I had the guts already but he added a little more! I want to thank one more friend, along with her family, The Curley Family. I have to thank them for giving me the opportunity to travel with them so much to the mountains and get me where I am today (snowboarding wise).

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? For surfing my favorite riders are Alana Blanchard and Bethany Hamilton! Snowboarding wise, my favorite rider is Shaun White. I met him one year and talked to him personally at Dew Tour in Ocean City, MD. He definitely has a wide range of shredding. I also have a favorite shooter/ photographer, Clark Little. He shoots a lot of surf photos.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?  I love to make/ create things (check out my own page on Facebook: Tru Mayhem)! I also fix up some things that have to do with my sport/ activity… recently I have just designed, shaped, and glassed my very own surfboard. My favorite thing to do when I am not riding is traveling around with my boyfriend!

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I will always be working out either at home or at the gym. I make sure to maintain a healthy diet as well.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? New tricks were always, and still are, one of my biggest goals that I have set for myself (in any of my sports).

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I have won many athletic awards throughout my lifetime! I have also won a very big science project award that I ended up filing a patent on (blonde females are capable of inventing thingsJ)! Fun fact: the item I invented relates to the action sports I love.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)? Some days I like to ride serious, when other days I like to ride relaxed (surfing); for snowboarding I love to freeride and hit the terrain parks.

Favorite conditions? Clean/ glassy barrels for surfing; Powder or mild conditions (NO ICY CONDITIONS PLEASE) for snowboarding. For scuba diving I would love to have clear/ long visibility.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? For snowboarding I want to ride in Europe and/ or Colorado because of the mountains and conditions there. For surfing I definitely have a much longer list, but would probably choose Tahiti, Australia, or Indonesia because of how the waves, scenery and culture are there. I definitely want to dive in New Zealand, more in the Pacific, and the Red Sea.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I listen to all different kinds of music depending on my mood (if I am relaxed or feel like doing something crazy/ exotic)!

What turned you on to your sport? My dad had me surfing by the age of 4. From that day on I knew I was meant to surf and love the ocean! My friends got me into the sport of snowboarding. I learned a lot from family, friends, and YouTube videos! So… HUGE thanks to them!

Any new tricks you’re working on? I definitely want to get the backflip down for snowboarding and my 360 down for surfing.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Travel to exotic places because of my sports.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I’m into all of them actually, but personally I only surf, snowboard, bodyboard, dive, longboard, and photograph action sport riders.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I would make it exist! Life would not be the same. I honestly can’t think how my life would be without action sports!

How would you describe your riding style? Regular and Smooth.

What would you say is your signature trick? Hang ten (surfing), method grab (snowboarding), kissing the fish ( diving ;) )

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? In Winter: Hot Chocolate or Cappuccino; In Summer: Fruit smoothie (mango or strawberry-banana) or ice water 

What do you want to be when you grow up?   I am majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. I plan to become a psychologist and specifically work with people in the military that suffer from PTSD (ex. Navy SEALS). I also hope to compete in the sports I love, possibly making a side career of mine!

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc.

Facebook: Alina Myers

Instagram: cocoloco_mermaid

 



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