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Name: Caity Schneider
Sport: Snowboarding/Snowboard Instructing
What does SheShredsCo mean to you?
SheShreds is empowerment. Yes, we all like designing and getting new, awesome apparel, but it's what that apparel and this company represents that's most important. It's about gathering girls from all over the world and creating this shared, open space for us to derive truth and power. Truth that goes against all the things we may have been told about being women in our respective sports, and power that drives us to continue to negate those lies. It's about recognizing and helping each other recognize that we are capable. It's about building each other up and encouraging one another in our times of need. It's about having fun and stoking each other out on our accomplishments. It's about pushing each other out of our comfort zones, whether that be in our respective sports or in trying something new. It’s also about having a sister (pretty much) everywhere you go! You want to go ride a new mountain, check it out, there's probably at least one SheShreds ambassador who rides there, or is willing to meet you there to show you around. Going to the cable park? New surf spot? Need advice on an upcoming trip? There's a whole community of girls who are more than willing to help you out. In a simple, yet profound way, SheShreds reaffirms our very existence in our respective lifestyles.
What drives you to do your sport?
I think what drives me most in snowboarding is the progression. As a rider, it's the constant striving to push to the next level, in whatever capacity that may be. It's the adrenaline and the mental battle with fear. Of course I don't always come out on top in that battle, but when I do it's the greatest feeling. Some days snowboarding can make you feel truly invincible, it's addicting. On another level, as an instructor, it's the progression of my students and the realization that they in fact CAN snowboard that drives me. People are absolutely incredible, all I do is provide some basic skills and they do the rest. Helping others unlock that potential and then seeing what they choose to do with it is inspiring. Certainly makes me a better snowboarder. Lastly, whether it's instructing or riding, there's an ironic sense of accomplishment I feel when people are taken back by my lifestyle as a woman. That tells me I must be doing something right ;)