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Elin Tortorice, Snowboard/Skate/Climber (CO/NH)

by Allie Huish on May 26, 2017



 Your Age: 29

Weapon(s) of choice: I'll ski, wakeboard, wakesurf, surf, hike. Anything outdoors and fun. 

What’s an average day for you like? Most of the seasons I snowboard, so getting up early and getting out there to ride what seems best for that day. The its usually work or its working out time. I'll eat throughout the day, usually healthy snacks. I will eat a bigger dinner. This season I'll be working as a coach, so I'll be out a lot doing different things. This season I get to use the barn at Woodward so I'll be fitting that facility in as well. Then it's sleep time.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? It's probably getting out there and the gear, the money adds up. just learning is hard and there's a lot of falling, but with a lesson you can learn the best ways, instead of just sending it. . The easiest? Easiest is there are rental and lessons available, so you can try before you buy

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Worst is getting accepted and getting recognized. But the community is great and welcoming. 

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? When it comes to contests usually a lot less girls can enter, and sometimes the judges put us second instead of equal. When you look at a magazine it's about 98% guys. So more coverage for women. 

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? That's a hard one, I feel my stye is just me.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I don't really have a favorite. 

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I can’t say how dangerous it is because I have gotten hurt in both extreme sports and average sports.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best?I feel if you feel good you will look good. Feeling good about yourself is most important.

How dangerous do you really think your sport is compared to what people do in their regular activities? They say being a instructor is one of the most injuries in the work place. There's a lot of elements out there that you can get hurt by. That being said Having respect for the mountains you will do better.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one.  Oh so many, It's hard to pick one, watching people knuckle a jump suxs, the bounce and then role :/

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think the adrenaline rush, and something fun in the winter. 

What is your favorite trick? Backside 540.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Sunshine.

What are three things you could not live without? Water, snow and food.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? For it to keep growing!

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents have been a big help. As well as certain friends.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite male rider is Shota Tezuka and my favorite female rider is Tarah Mikiach.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I'm working, or resting. There's different work outs that I'll do as well.

How about in the off season to stay in shape?  I hike, climb and go to the gym.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I want to got some great shots.

What do you do to prep for a competition? Practice physical and emotionally.

What competitions and other awards have you won? I have won last call. I have won big air in the Vermont open. Came in top 10 in major competition.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? In snowboarding it started as park but now I've learned about big mountain. So when conditions are good that's were I'll be there, then the park.

Favorite conditions?Blue bird pow day!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why?Oh man, there's still so many! Like Whistler, because of the snow and the park and summer riding. Also I'd love to go to Japan for the powder. And Chile, for the mountain, or europe, so many places.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?I like up beat fun songs!

What turned you on to your sport?My parents got me into skiing when I was young, and then I started seeing snowboarding and I wanted to try it out. I had to push my parents to let me try, but once I tried it I fell completely in love with snowboarding. And I have been addicted ever since.

Any new tricks you’re working on?

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport?I think doing photo shoots in the back country was my favorite thing. Or traveling to awesome places to compete.

What other extreme/action sports are you into?Rock climbing. And I'll sled to get into the back country. I like to wake board when I can. I'll skateboard too.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have?I have no idea. I might had stuck to dance. My life would definitely be different.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself?Learning how to fall, and now there's training facility to help learn. And complete commitment.

What would you say is your signature trick?A back 360.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting?I do love water with lemon or lime.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?Grow up? What's that?

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? @Elintortorice


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