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 Meetup.com 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.