Your Age: 25
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Breckenridge, CO.
Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, Wakeboard, Wakesurf, Snowmobile, Dirt Bike, Parachute.
What’s an average day for you like? In winter, an average day for me consists of coaching groms or going out and free riding all the awesome mountains Colorado has to offer. If I am not on my snowboard then I am out on my snowmobiles. During summer an average day consists of me doing something in the outdoors. Usually I am out on my boat wake boarding, at the wake park, on my dirt bike, or on the river as a whitewater rafting guide.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The hardest part of being a beginner is not getting discouraged when you don't succeed right away. The learning process takes time and it is important to remember to never give up and push yourself past your limits. The easiest part of the being a beginner is that you have the endless possibilities of growth and everyday you will see yourself get better.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in actions sports is that when you push limits, go big, and work hard it is noticed more than when men "go big". The worst thing about being female is that we are not recognized as much as the men, for instance, prize money is always lower than men. It is also hard to find other girls to shred hard with which is why I believe it is important to encourage young girls to never let anyone tell them they can't do something just because they are a girl.
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 equal competitions for men and women. I would also like to see more advertising with women athletes so that young girls know that it is okay to be a part of action sports that some people might call "boys sports".
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I live every day like it is my last. I go into everything 110% and always go hard. I like to push myself in every aspect of life. I am outgoing and naturally a teacher. I love sharing my passion with others, especially youth. I believe that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to and that people should live as if their were no boundaries.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? For snowboarding, I love Volcom outerwear. For wake boarding, I usually go with Liquid Force gear.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? You have to feel good about yourself before you can go out and do your best. When I feel good, it makes me tune out all around me and focus on whatever I am trying to accomplish.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? There are a lot of injuries in snowboarding. When you are catching 30-40 ft of hair, riding on metal rails, and riding down a hill with hundreds of other people there are a lot of opportunities to get hurt. I have had many injuries from snowboarding, you could say its a love/hate relationship but you can't progress without failure. Part of my love for action sports is the adrenaline rush you get because of the possibilities of being hurt.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. In New Zealand, I witnessed a fellow competitor drop a roughly 50ft cliff to bad snow and break both of his legs. That moment was just insane because you think about the possibility that it could have been you. He recovered well and was back out there kicking butt in no time.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think people fall in love with snowboarding because it gives you a sense of freedom. When you are out in the mountains with nature, it's just a feeling you can't describe. There is always room for progression in snowboarding and the adrenaline rush makes people addicted.
What is your favorite trick? My favorite trick on a snowboard in the air is a wildcat. My favorite jibbing trick is a 270 on to any down feature. I love spinning on features. In wake boarding, my favorite trick is a backroll off the kickers at the wake park.
Do you own any other toys? I am a big kid at heart. I have a boat, snowmobiles, dirtbikes, a RZR, and any type of board you can think of.
What gets you pumped up for the day? When I wake up and I see snow falling outside my window it gets me pumped for the week. During summer, waking up to 80 degree weather gets me pumped out for all the endless activities I can do that day.
What are three things you could not live without? I couldn't live without my dog Rebel, the snow, or lakes.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Although I am a very competitive person, my main expectations in my sports is that I go out every day and progress. As long as I am having fun and learning, that is all that matters to me when I am out riding with my friends. My friends and I try to set new goals every winter for new tricks and we push each other to achieve the goals throughout the season.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents always gave me the opportunities to travel and snowboard. They sent me on my first trip to Alaska to heli board and that's where I met many of the people who have helped me have somewhat of a career in this industry.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite riders are Billy Morgan and Travis Rice. Travis is such an amazing overall rider who continues to push the limits of our sport.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? When I am not snowboarding or wake boarding, I like to golf, shoot guns, go whitewater rafting, climb, hike, and just be active.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? I don't really have an off season.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I would like to place in a cable park competition this summer for wake boarding. Next year for snowboarding, I would like to keep my title as National Champion in the Open division for boarder cross and I would also like to compete in some Freeride World Tour events.
What do you do to prep for a competition? I don't really change anything before a competition besides tuning my board and going out and practicing.
What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I have competed in a lot of competitions both locally and internationally over the years. My proudest accomplishments are:
Third Place World Heli Challenge 2012
Fourth Place World Heli Challenge 2013
USASA National Champion Boardercross 2015
USASA National Champion Boardercross 2016
What’s your favorite “way” to ride? In snowboarding, I love riding park and backcountry. In wake boarding, I love the cable park because it is very similar to snowboarding.
Favorite conditions? Powder!
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? I have already gone to my dream place which is the Chugach mountain range in Alaska. This is where all the Warren Miller movies are shot, the mountains are just steep and deep. You feel so small in the mountains there. I guess if I had to choose somewhere I haven't rode yet, it would be Verbier in France.
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I don't listen to music, I like to hear the sounds of my board against the snow.
What turned you on to your sport? I always wanted to do what my guy friends were doing and I always wanted to be better than them.
Any new tricks you’re working on? I am working on 5's in snowboarding and in wake boarding I am working on spinning in the air with passing the rope.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Heli-boarding in Alaska is by far the highlight of my snowboarding career. The World Heli Challenge in New Zealand will forever be one of my greatest memories.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? Wakesurfing, dirtbiking, bungee jumping, climbing, whitewater rafting, skydiving, go karting, and anything else that gives an adrenaline rush.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? That's a hard question to answer because that's what my whole life revolved around. In high school I played varsity softball, volleyball, soccer, and golf. In college I played water polo. I guess I would still be playing a team sport if I didn't have extreme sports.
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My favorite board to ride is the Never Summer Onyx 146 because it locks onto rails great and it does well on all aspects of the mountain. I am currently riding the Liquid Force Melissa 135 for wake boarding and I love it!
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? I always go into a feature telling myself, "Commit and you'll be fine". You just have to go into features with 100% confidence and just go for it.
How would you describe your riding style? I would say that I am a very fluid and technical rider.
What would you say is your signature trick? My signature trick is probably spinning on features.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Iced tea.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to continue what I am doing now, making an impact on the youth of today. I encourage kids every day to be active and have a passion outside of their iPhones and electronics. I love working on a mountain and I am now running a Ski School so I am pretty happy where I am at now. I couldn't see myself not being a part of the snow industry
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