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Katie Hines, Snow/long/wakeboarder (MN)

by Joanna Brashear on May 26, 2017

Katie Hines - Snow/Long/Wakeboarder - Minnesota, USA



 Your Age: 22

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Minnesota

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, longboard, GoPro Camera, hockey skates, paddleboard and four wheeler.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part for snowboarding at the beginning is learning how to carve. The best way to transition to carving is by first learning the falling leave technique then working your way up to carving. The easiest part is just bombing the hill( board straight the whole way down). The hardest part of longboarding for a beginner is learning how to correctly jump off your board at the last minute. There are circumstances you run into where you have to jump off so u don't crash and this means having the right technique so you don't crash and burn. The easiest part of longboarding is keeping your balance.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in my sports is feeling like you can conquer the world & knowing that at one time it wasn't acceptable to be a woman in my sports makes it that much more amazing being able to pursue my passion of these sports without anyone telling me it is not acceptable. We have come along way in history showing the world that we have more than what it takes to live out our dreams with these sports and that yes we are woman that shred but we are dang proud of it and nothing will stop us from living out our passions!

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? Even though it is more acceptable to be a female athlete now than it used to be, there are still those people that make statements like "you snowboard like a girl" and they mean in a way that is a diss. I think there needs to be way more recognition of woman kicking butt in their sports. If the world showed more footage of female athletes I think people would learn to be more respectful towards female athletes.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Burton.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? It is very important to be your personal best because it is what makes you feel good about yourself and gives you the motivation to keep doing your sports again and again. It is so important to give your sports everything you've got because then you feel good and feel accomplished. The feeling you get from giving it your all is very rewarding.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? My sports are far more dangerous than regular sports for many reasons. In snowboarding you could have all the control in the world and of your board catches a bad ice patch or a bad edge you can go flying and if you land badly it could end up pretty severe. When going off jumps and rails there is always the possibility of crashing and breaking something or worse. There is a high risk for concussions in snowboarding. For longboarding you don't have very much padding and if you are going at a fast speed and have to stop quickly the only way is to jump off and fall the correct way. Otherwise you could possibly break something or get a concussion as well.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Two winters ago I was snowboarding at a ski hill here in Minnesota and the hill happened to be extremely icy. I was going down the hill and before I knew it my board hit a thick patch of ice wrong and I ended up rolling, hitting my head about 5 times on the ice as I rolled/ flipped through the air. I ended up having to have a neck brace and sustained a severe concussion from that fall.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think what gets people hooked on snowboarding and longboarding is the adrenaline rush you get from it and the pure happiness you receive. The instant you are either snowboarding or longboarding all of your worries seem to melt away and the only thing that matters in that moment is you and your board. And also the risk factor makes it interesting and exciting.

Do you own any other toys? Four wheeler, paddleboards and kayaks.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Listening to my favorite songs to shred to and seeing fresh snow falling.

What are three things you could not live without? My family, snowboard & longboard.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I want to continue to better myself in my sports and work towards competing in both of them.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family. They bought me my first snowboard and supported me along the way back when I told them I was going to learn how to snowboard. They have cheered me on through everything I do and are always motivating me to keep trying my best and even on the days I feel like giving up they show how much faith they have in me and remind me to never give up on my dreams.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Hannah Teter. Two time Olympic medalist and seven time X-games Medslist. She represents how much you can accomplish if you put your mind to it, never give up and follow your dreams.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Spending time at my cabin with my family, Paddle boarding, four wheeling, hanging out with friends, hiking, going on random adventures and enjoying every minute of life.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? When I'm not snowboarding I am longboarding, so that covers three of our seasons here and when I can't do either of those in the early spring then I will do workouts and yoga at home.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Unfortunately I am currently suffering a severe concussion and will be out for this fall & winter season of both longboarding and snowboarding. But my goal for next season for snowboarding is to teach myself new tricks and get out to Colorado to shred there again.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Freeride.

Favorite conditions? Fresh powder on a blue bird day for snowboarding and a beautiful sunny day with a slight breeze for longboarding.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Definitely New Zealand. It is such an incredibly beautiful country with amazing mountains and views that it would be so incredible to get to snowboard there.

What turned you on to your sport? The thrill and the incredible adventure of them both.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Going on a road trip from Minnesota to Colorado years ago, after only having been snowboarding for a year at that time and learning so much on my own on the mountain. Shredding with no limits and challenging myself to become better at my sports.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I also do wakeboarding but don't get to do that as often as I snowboard and longboard.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I would be traveling to different places around the world. Going on wonderful adventures, exploring what this beautiful world has to offer.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Practice, practice, practice. If you go up to a feature you have never hit before expecting that you will nail it the first time you are only setting yourself up for disappointment. You have to be okay with failing the first few times you try, getting back up to try again and not giving up until you have accomplished your goal with that riding feature.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Carona.

What do you want to be when you grow up? My ultimate goal is to go to law school to become a lawyer. I will obtain this goal one day and am willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish my dream.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram: @kthines13




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