Frankie Sprague - Ski/Wakesurf/Snowboarder - Minnesota, USA



 Your Age: 19

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Home mountain, Detroit Mountain. I spend the most time big mountain riding In Bozeman Montana

Weapon(s) of choice: I started snowboarding at age nine but made the switch to skis at age 17 and fell in love! When the snow melts I lose my heart to a wake surf board and a Mastercraft.

What’s an average day for you like? An average summer day for me would start where most do..Wake up.. get a good workout in grab some coffee with my mom, take care of my daily chores then hop right in the lake! Surf all evening, eventually get around to hit the hay. and repeat!
An average winter day for me starts with coffee and school work, I'm an online art student witch allows me all the freedom I need to travel and ski. Then I grab my boots and head to our little ski hill just 8 minuets from my home. When I'm home you'll find me coaching or ridding with my friends at DM.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? On skies the hardest part is getting past the fear of "will I get hurt". Stop asking that question and start asking "will I regret not trying?" YES you will!! Odds are you'll kill it. The easiest part is losing yourself in the amazing atmosphere on skis or on a surf board, I guarantee you will get lost and truly find yourself with both of these sports.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best part about being a female skier/coach Is the blessing of finding and falling in love with the sport and getting to share the amazing experiences with my riders.
The hardest part is being looked down at when you're surrounded by tons of male athletes, even if I can't keep up with them I promise I will always try my very hardest too. Riding with such skilled dudes pushes me to grow as an athlete.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? The amount of support for young up and coming girls. So many times these killer athletes qualify for huge events but don't have the support or minor to get themselves there.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I think the best way to describe me comes from my moms opinion. She has always called me her little Gypsy. Light, fun, boho, fashion.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? My favorite outer wear comes from Armada. Full tilt boots, Swell wet suits, Billabong swim, Roxy snow gear/swim/clothing and Lulu lemon & free people clothing. 

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I absolutely believe in look good feel good ride good. Personally I always ski and surf best when my gear or suits fit well, look nice and are super functional.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Skiing poses more dangers then wake surfing or volleyball due to the elements you are exposed too, however I think conditioning your body is needed to safely execute any sport. Skiing and snowboarding just demands more and you have to be prepared!

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The enjoyment of being out on the lake with all your friends and family or catching fresh lines with your buds!

What is your favorite trick? I love too many to decide.

Do you own any other toys? My family owns a Mastercraft x25 boat and a couple of very fun snowmobiles

What gets you pumped up for the day? Waking up and seeing it's a hot sunny day or snowing like cats and dogs!

What are three things you could not live without? My mom, my dog and my park skis.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I just hope to always be healthy enough to continue skiing and surfing

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My mom and dad of course! All of the coaches who have invested their time to help me grow as an athlete and a person and all the companies like who give myself and tons of other girls the opportunity to be supported and represented.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Jamie Anderson and Maude Raymond.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I have tons of hobbies. I love volunteering at local fine art theaters and I'm an art student so that takes up a lot of time. When I'm not riding, my favorite thing to do is coach other kids who are into skiing or surfing.

How about in the off season to stay in shape?  Each day I lift and try to bike or run for cardio. 

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Back flips!

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. Graduated high school with academic excellence

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Wake surfing behind a boat. I love skiing park and snow filled trees.

Favorite conditions? Summer skiing in Whistler, BC: 50 degrees warm soft snow and sunny!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? New Zealand, because everyone tells me how epic their winters are and I would die to surf in Fiji!

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Roses by The chain smokers and Bacon by Nick Jonas.

What turned you on to your sport? Honestly I can't remember! I just remember always loving them!

Any new tricks you’re working on? Wake surfing, spinning.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Personally, I think the coolest thing I've done is helped young kids achieve their goal or trick.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Bungee jumping! if you consider that sport!

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Nothing all that fun, I can tell you that much! Probably things I did in school like paying volleyball or maybe I would have gone off to a university.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? Phase five wake surf because it's very loose and makes the rider focus on even part of their body to control it.
My armada ARW skis as they are playful and allow me to ride all different kinds of terrain

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? CONFIDENCE. 

How would you describe your riding style? I love to go fast and free, move with the mountain or wave rather then fighting against it.

What would you say is your signature trick? I don't know if I have one yet!

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? A big caribou coffee.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I haven't quite figured that out yet but whatever it is know it will be great.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? 
facebook- Frankie Elizabeth Marie
instagram- Frankie_sprague
twitter- @frankieelizabeth