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Name: Kaitlyn Elswick
Sport(s): Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Paddle-boarding
Instagram Handle: love2sboard
What does SheShredsCo mean to you?
SheShredsCo is more than just a brand, we are a community of women who enjoy being active and we allow nothing stop us. SheshredsCo is a community that bring women together strive to be fearless in our sport; mountain biking, snowboarding, wakesurfing, paragliding, etc…anything that gets your heart pumping, this community is always standing behind me- making me FEARLESS!
How did you get hooked on your favorite action sport(s)?
Snowboarding…first of all, you have to live in a place where it snows. Fortunately, where I was raised, it would snow in Southern California. The resort I started to ski at was Mountain High Ski Resort, I was about 8yrs old then. I skied for a couple seasons and eventually I switched over to a board. From that day on, I have never stopped! Snowboarding has created a certain serenity for me, being in the nature, exploring places that not many people get to see on a daily basis and connecting with myself on a deep more conscious level.
Mountain biking, there’s nothing more thrilling than sending it down a dirt trail, pumping through the berms and smashing over the jumps! There’s a lot of set backs with mountain biking, between mechanical issues with the bike and of course falling(taking hard slams). It’s so hard for me to stop riding even after a bad fall, the adrenaline that pumps through your body and just that feeling of being extreme is pure bliss!
What challenges do you face being a female in the sport?
Being in the snowboarding industry in general doesn’t have too many challenges but participating in the sport competitively, you find yourself running into different obstacles and challenges. I’ve been snowboarding competitively now for about 10 years and the struggles I’ve come across in the past is having another shred buddy to ride with, to learn from and to support one another.
Where is the most unusual or exciting place you have done your sport?
Being outdoors, in nature- weather it’s rail it’s a beautiful blue bird day out. You never know what to expect. Living in Utah I have found some incredible spots far deep in the backcountry, while I have also found very easy accessible spots that are just breath taking! Doing the sports that I enjoy, the adventure and possibilities are endless!!
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
The most memorable moments I’ve had so far, has to be with the SheShreds family! February 2019, we had our very first Jamboree and it was such an incredible turnout. Seeing Kitty Egelman out from another country, flying in the snowy mountains with her Paraglider was so inspiring and will forever be my greatest memory!
Who/what are your inspirations
My inspiration comes from within, I have fought depression and anxiety over the past couple years and snowboarding/mountain biking and paddle boarding has really helped overcome a lot of those days. Being outside, fresh air around me and no one in sight on the mountain. Paddling all the way out into the middle of the lake just to take a great look around you. Peddling through the forest, on a single track trail..just me and my bike. All those feelings and opportunities I get, keeps me motivated and inspired to spread the love and feels given to me whilst doing sports!
Favorite thing about SheShreds products?
The best thing about SheShredsCo products is being able to stand out and be proud. And when I say stand out, I mean it in a good way. I have had so many conversations start just from wearing a SheShredsCo hat/beanie, jacket, bracelet and even bathing suit! Ladies love seeing the “SheShreds” logo and have questions about who we are and what is it about SheShreds! This brand, this community has broken down so many walls within the female action sport community and its only going to continue to grow.