Ash Zarb - Snowboarder (AB)

 

Your Age: 30

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Banff, AB Canada

Weapon(s) of choice: 146 Talent Scout with Union Trilogy bindings
150 Endeavor Vice

What’s an average day for you like? Wake up around 7:30, pack some pocket snacks and crush some breakfast. En route to the hill by 8:15am to hit first chair. Usually ride until 1/2ish then head to work for the night. Sleep. Repeat.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Hardest is probably wrapping your head around the idea of having both your feet strapped to one spot and being able to balance in that position. Hopefully the easiest part would be finding the stoke and surrounding yourself with positive vibes

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing is having all these amazing companies and organizations promoting and encouraging ladies of shred to get out there and push themselves. The worst part is probably the stigma. Guys will always be seen as better and stronger riders which can sometimes make it difficult in the park or even free riding when your line is constantly being dropped in on.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would love to see ladies (and gents) start talking about other factors that contribute to their riding, whether positive or negative. Dealing with mental illness has played a HUGE part in my everyday life so my riding is consequently affected by it. It's important for everyone to understand that training and progression don't just happen physically or on the hill, that mental health and physical health are equally as important.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? If I'm not at work you'll generally see me in jeans, a hoodie and a toque, with little to no makeup.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I always joke with my friends that if you look good, you ride good. If you look good, you feel good which in turn puts you in the right state of mind to get radical.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think our sport can be insanely dangerous. Whether it's tying something new on a huge feature, dropping a 20 foot cliff or dealing with mother nature, there are so many factors that make this sport extreme. I'm not sure it's fair to directly compare it to other "regular" activities. What is "regular" these days anyways?

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think people love that there can be progression every single day. Whether it's linking your first turn or landing your first 40 footer, the stoke is there and it's real.

What is your favorite trick? Cab 270 front blunt, back blunt 270 and switch back 3's

What gets you pumped up for the day? Running around my apartment in my Ninja suit getting hyped with my room mate listening to sweet, sweet jams

What are three things you could not live without? My snowboard, my family and my friends

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? I'm so lucky to have an amazing support system. My friends and family are amazing and they help keep the stoke real. And of course, my coach, Rich, who spotted me out there on the hill and graciously took me under his wing.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I'm thinking about riding :) I'm usually just chilling with friends, taking advantage of our beautiful home.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I'm lucky to have the biggest, best back yard anywhere. You can find me hiking all over this beautiful park

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I want to compete and coach more.

What do you do to prep for a competition? I honestly do as little as possible. I try to stay out of my own head, keep everything as positive as possible and stick to what I know.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? I love free riding and have been lucky enough to have some back country experiences. But when there's no snow you can definitely catch me trying to look cool in the park

Favorite conditions? Blue bird pow day! Is there any better condition!?

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I would LOVE to shred in Japan! So much fluffy goodness on the hills and so much culture and history to embrace while you're there.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? It depends on the day but usually something chill and positive.

Any new moves you’re working on? back 5's off man made features.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I honestly don't know and hope I never find out :)

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I LOVE the T Scout from Burton. Its aggressive full camber and flex is so much fun to ride.

What’s the trick to riding and not hurting yourself? Confidence and a positive mental state.

How would you describe your style? Fluid and steezy (hopefully lol). If it's not steezy, it doesn't count.

What would you say is your signature move? Front blunts and back 3's

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding? Any delish Canaidan IPA. The more local, the better.

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