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Sport(s): Snowboarding (main focus), Skateboarding
What does SheShredsCo mean to you?
SheShreds girls are individuals who you may not see that often, (if at all), but you can still communicate with them through social media, like how you would with your distant family or friends. The women riding for SheShreds are like your long-lost family. There aren't a lot of us out there, so it's an incredible opportunity to be able to stay in touch with, and see how each and every one of us are improving. We're a group of powerful females who can take on any traditionally male-dominant sport that is thrown at us. We are strong, inspiring, and hardworking!
How did you get hooked on your favorite action sport(s)?
I was twelve years old the first time I strapped into a snowboard. Funny story, a boy who had just moved to my hometown two years earlier wanted to take me out riding. He was a skier. So long story short, a skier actually taught me how to snowboard. I got really interested in riding when I found out that some of my other close friends rode as well, so I took on the peer pressure and my love for snowboarding started there: With the bunny hill and my Morrow that was way too big for me... Purchased at a garage sale for $25.
What challenges do you face being a female in the sport?
One thing I can think of that may be more of a pressure than a challenge, is "trying to be as good of a rider as the guys", especially in the park. Unfortunately, there will always be more male riders out there than female. I try to push myself by riding with guys who are more advanced than I am, so they can push me to try more and learn more, but it can bring me down at the end of the day when I know I'm not as good as them. However, when I get the chance to snowboard with some ladies, I always take up those offers and never take a day with them for granted. Girl shredders are like the goddesses of the world!
Where is the most unusual or exciting place you have done your sport
Mount Bohemia: it's like the backcountry riding in Colorado moved to the midwest. There are yurts there and the largest outdoor hot tub in the Upper Peninsula (of Michigan, of course). I'm so used to riding on hills that aren't even considered mountains and ski resorts that are built on old trash dumps, so visiting there for the first time last year ('17-'18) was by far the best experience I've ever had riding. It was also around the time of my 21st birthday...
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
Toward the end of every season, my hometown puts on Spring Board Meeting. On Ramshead, the park crew sets up every feature the mountain owns on the hill and run the chairlift from open - close. Riders come to ski and snowboard from all over and it's honestly the best time of the season - you don't have to bundle up in fifty layers of clothes in -10 degree weather and you aren't being blasted in the face by 40mph winds. You're in the sun, the best conditions you can get before it turns to slush, and you're with all of your closest friends, pushing each other to try something new. We also got ranked #1 terrain park in the midwest by Transworld Snowboarding for two years in a row (no biggie).
Who/what are your inspirations?
Honestly, if I go to the mountain and see another female rider, she's my inspiration. Female riders rock because we all support and push each other to move forward and get better! We're all unique in our own way (the way we ride, the apparel we wear, our personalities, etc.) but we all have that one thing in common - tearin' up the mountain and having the time of our lives!
Favorite thing about SheShreds products?
SheShreds merchandise is incredible because of the durability and thought process that gets put into making the apparel, and the fact that several ambassador's designs have made it onto SheShreds clothing is so mind-blowing to me! The products stand out. You'll know a SheShreds product when you see one.