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Your Name (and Nickname): Holly Tetzlaf
Your Age: 19
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Grew up riding at Boston Mills/ Brandywine back in Ohio! Just recently moved to Colorado where I’ll be shredding Copper and Keystone this year.
Weapon(s) of choice: My snowboard, for sure. I also can’t go on any trips without my slackline or longboard.
What’s an average day for you like? Well, in the winter, it consists of waking up, getting to the slopes, and riding all day until I can’t feel my legs. In the off season, I wake up and go on a long hike and enjoy being in the mountains. I sometimes throw in a little school and work as well.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? For a beginner, the hardest part is learning to get down the hill without falling. I used to fall so much, I think my tailbone is permanently bruised now. I would say the easiest is access. If you live anywhere near a resort or even just a hill, it’s very easy to strap on a board and go.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Being a female in snowboarding is sometimes intimidating because guys are always throwing down. But that’s what makes it the best thing. If you follow the guys and let them push you too, you are going to progress so quickly because they are nuts.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I wish it wasn’t so segregated. You rarely see a movie or video with both females and males.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I guess I would say my style is a mixture between indie and hippie. I wear and make lots of bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Earth tone colors are my favorite colors to wear. But I also love tie dye and putting beads and wraps into my hair.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Burton is a big part of my wardrobe. From hoodies, to knee pads, to socks, they have it all. I also have a lot of Holden and Vans apparel, SheShreds and basically anything I can find at a thrift shop.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Looking good does improve confidence and helps you to feel good about yourself. However, I don’t think looks are the only thing that matters. I think what matters is enjoying the moment and having the best possible time you can and be thankful for each day you get to do what you love.
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think snowboarding is pretty dangerous compared to other activities. One wrong fall, and your season’s over. People are doing some crazy stuff out there that could really damage them for the rest of their life.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I’ve seen lots of bad falls. I’ve even seen a kid sitting on the knuckle of a jump get landed on by two people in a row. But I’ll describe my craziest crash. The worst crash I had was in the streets of Seven Hills. We found this cool spot- it was a 20 foot high rail that you had to pop off at the right time and land in the snow bank. Well, I ended up missing the snow bank and fell 20 feet straight onto concrete. I smashed so hard, I instantly thought I broke my neck or back. I was sore for weeks after that and I’m so thankful I was able to walk away from that.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think it’s progression. There’s always room to get better, go bigger. And that’s what keeps bringing people back – the desire to progress.
What is your favorite trick? Front lip pretzel 2s.
Do you own any other toys? I have a Nikon D3200 that I like to play around with. I also have a wakeboard that I use throughout the summer.
What gets you pumped up for the day? It sounds cheesy, but just knowing I’m one day closer to winter gets me going. Or knowing that I do get to ride that day gets me so excited I’ll jump right out of bed.
What are three things you could not live without? Snow, my snowboard, and the sun.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? Vance, Chad, Bruce, and my mom.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Danyale Patterson. She’s killing the game.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like to hike, camp, slackline, kayak, make bracelets, longboard, and kendama.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? I run and workout a lot. Slacklining and yoga also helps a bunch with balance.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I want to put out a banger video part, compete in the Rev Tour and hopefully get another gold at USASA Nationals.
What do you do to prep for a competition? I snowboard. I get in as many laps as I can and just focus on landing everything. I tell myself it’s just another run through the park and I love doing this stuff.
What competitions and other awards have you won?
- March 20151st place in USASA National Championships for Slopestyle
- 2014-2015USASA SnowOhio Series Champ
- Jan-Mar 2015 1st place in three different Regional USASA SnowOhio Slopestyle events.
- Feb 20151st place in Regional USASA Western New York Slopestyle event and 1st place in Rail Jam
- Dec 2014Featured in Helgasons “NoToBo” Movie and Appalachian Boarder’s “Best of the Appalachians” video project
- Oct. 2014First and only girl to compete in Motown Throwdown in Morgantown, WV
- Sept. 2014 Won “Best Urban Shots” in Shred Betties video contest
- Jan 2014 2nd place Transworld TransAm at Seven Springs, PA
- 2013-20141st place in multiple local competitions
I also made it on the Dean’s List both semesters last year, even with all the snowboarding I did. In school I also won the award, “Most likely to skip class to snowboard.”
What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Park and urban are my favorite. I grew up riding at a “hill” so park was our only option. When the park wasn’t challenging enough or we wanted to push our luck, we took it to the streets.
Favorite conditions? SUNNY SPRING DAYS. Slushy snow, hoodies, and wet boots.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Well, my dream place to ride was Copper and Keystone and I now live 15 minutes away from both, so I guess I’m living my dream.
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I actually don’t listen to any music when I’m riding. I like to be able to hear what’s going on around me.
What turned you on to your sport? It was just the felling of going down the hill that got me hooked. Once I started to learn more and more tricks I just became addicted.
Any new tricks you’re working on? There’s always new tricks that need to be worked on. This year I’m really going to focus on a lot of switch tricks.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? To me, any trick I land successfully in the streets is the coolest thing.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? Longboarding, wakeboarding, and well, I really enjoy watching all action sports – bmx, skating, dirt biking, etc. But I really suck at doing them.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Yikes, I have no idea. I guess I would do a lot of yoga and hiking.
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I loved my Forum Sauce but since they’re no longer a thing, my Capita Space Metal Fantasy is really sick. It holds up so well, even with all the beatings, and it’s really light and flexy.
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ? Take it easy, work your way up, and confidence!! Hitting features is mostly a mental game. If you aren’t confident you can do it, chances are you won’t be able to.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Water. Or coffee.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A snowboarder