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Kayla Green, Snowboarder (AB)

by Joanna Brashear on May 26, 2017

Kayla Green - Snowboarder/Hiker - Alberta, CAN



 Your Age: 25

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Canadian Rockies.

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, hiking boots, and my GoPro.

What’s an average day for you like? I have a full-time job in the banking industry lending people money (for homes mostly). The week is filled with mostly that and a bit of down time, and I love to get out on the weekends and certain weeknights!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult for snowboarding, especially as an adult, is getting over that fear of falling and getting hurt. It was also hard to keep frustration at a minimum when you couldn't "get" something right away. Those were certainly my challenges! The easiest part was having fun, once you get going and get better every day!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing is being able to say "Yes, I do that, not it's not just for men." The worst thing is needing to use the bathroom really bad with all your winter gear on.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more options. I know there are loads of options in the market already for women with gear and clothes, but I want to see more!

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Fairly laid back, relaxed, casual. I enjoy dressing up, but only once in a while. I have almost 40 dreadlocks and my roots have grown in a ton, which gives me a bit of a hippie, no worries, carefree look.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I try not to be too loyal to any one brand as I like to buy what's best for me, not just in look/durability/performance, but in price as well. Both my snowboarding and hiking gear are from a ton of different brands. The board I ride currently is Arbor and I follow Arbor Girls and I really like what they are doing for the women's sports community.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Funny enough, I'm not the pickiest on how I look! But yes, sometimes looking good certainly helps with feeling good. I do like to wear funky patterned leggings when I go hiking. As for snowboarding, I really don't like the bright colors which I know doesn't help when my friends are trying to spot me, SORRY y'all!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There is certainly risk with both snowboarding and hiking. Hiking only becomes risky if you are entering challenging terrain and it becomes a scramble. I think that these sports are riskier than some but nowhere close to others. For example, snowboarding at a resort is significantly less risky than splitboarding in the backcountry.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Believe it or not, I haven't seen too many in person nor have experienced too many crazy ones myself! On my very first day snowboarding, I crashed into a little girl and knocked her off of her skis. I felt horrible, and she was fine thankfully. On the last day of that same season, I was carving on some hard iced up groomers in the morning, caught my edge and landed hard on the back of my head and ended up with a very minor concussion that kept me home from work the following day. I also have a habit of falling during hikes for some reason and my friends love to make fun of me for that.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? It's easy to get hooked on hiking when you make it to the viewpoint, whether it's a glacier lake or the summit of your first mountain. With snowboarding, it's the feeling of going fast, feeling the snow, having control.

What is your favorite trick? I don't do much in the park yet. I much prefer just riding down the mountain.

Do you own any other toys? Not yet though one day soon I would love to get a proper road bike and start tearing up in the summer time.

What gets you pumped up for the day? A giant cup of coffee, hot off the French Press.

What are three things you could not live without? Coffee, snow, and good times.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I would love to see more focus on women in general. The Full Moon Film was so wicked and I want more of that!

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? With both snowboarding and hiking, I met the majority of my friends online through either or Instagram. A lot of my friends have been doing it longer than I have but are extremely supportive. They are patient, give me tips, cheer me on, and are very encouraging.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? When it comes to snowboarding, I absolutely love watching Jamie Anderson, Christy Prior and Erika Vikander tear it up. Even though I don't climb, I still enjoy following what Emily Harrington is up to in the mountains and she inspires me to continue hiking and scrambling.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I really enjoy keeping to myself a lot of the time. I have started hand lettering as a hobby which I used to do as a kid before realizing it had a name. I also love a good book with tea. Going for walks or runs.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Luckily for me, snowboarding and hiking are done in opposite seasons so I like to think that I stay in shape.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I really want to be able to conquer all sorts of black runs and maybe attempt a double black. Steep runs still give me nerves and I want to crush that. I also am hoping for a ton of snow this year as I want more pow slashing experience.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Freeriding, just going with the flow and the snow.

Favorite conditions? Pow, for sure.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? The backcountry in the Canadian Rockies... one day.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I like listening to various artists in the EDM scene like Zeds Dead or ODESZA. I also throw on Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard once in a while for some loud motivation.

What turned you on to your sport? The love for the mountains (and the snow) brought me to both hiking and snowboarding.

Any new tricks you’re working on? Buttering... not a huge trick but any means, but dangit I really want to do it!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Snowboarding: I haven't been doing it very long but I have gone just outside resort boundaries and had my first taste at what backcountry snowboarding would be like, it was amazing.
Hiking: flying down to Torres del Paine and trekking the W Circuit was heaps of fun.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I have gone bouldering before but don't do it often. There aren't really any other sports that I do personally, but I really enjoy watching them! Hockey, baseball, and does every sport in both the summer and winter Olympics count?

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I'd most likely be doing a lot of artwork.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I don't have much experience with boards, but last season I bought the Arbor Paparazzi and I really, really enjoy it. It was marketed as the perfect beginner-turning-intermediate board and I have to agree. It slays in the park, on groomers and in pow.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Just going for it without being too cautious as I think being too safe will hurt you more than going too hard. At least that's my experience.

How would you describe your riding style? I don't really know if I have a set style. I just really like making deep turns, sometimes straight-lining it, going fast, and having fun with my friends.

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

What do you want to be when you grow up? Financially independent.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to?
Snapchat: kaiielle



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