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Your Name (and Nickname): Nicole Haines (Spudnik)
Your Age: 10
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Chill Factore, Manchester. UK
Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard and also BMX, Mountain Bike, Skateboard, Ripstick, Roller Skates
What’s an average day for you like? I get up eat my breakfast (2 weetabix or porridge) I get ready go to school, come home have my tea , go to Chill Factore and ride and ride come home and go to bed and do the same again the next day. One night per week I box and every day I go on my trampoline when I can.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part of snowboarding for a beginner is learning to link turns and not face planting which I did plenty of times when I started out. The easiest part is to heel edge down the slope.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing is all the cool friends you make and the funky girly equipment you can get. The worst thing is people can sometimes underestimate what girls are able to do!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More girl training camps and promotion of girl only camps where you can learn skills from each other in a cool environment.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Funky but chilled, bright & cheery – always Happy ☺
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love Surfanic for riding in and my Nike Vapen boots I love Roxy clothing and David & Goliath tees. Of course SheShreds!
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? If you look good it makes you feel good and it makes me more confident and ready to try new things!
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? When you try riding park for the 1st time it feels a lot more dangerous but when you get used to it, it’s a bit more dangerous but not that much that you should not try it.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Seeing someone break their leg on the slope was a bit crazy as they were only skiing and not even riding park, they just seemed to fall….
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Adrenalin, fun and friendship.
What is your favorite trick? My favorite trick that I can’t do is a 720 Stalefish and my favourite trick I can do is 180’s off big kickers.
Do you own any other toys? Yes a BMX, mountain bike, ripstick, roller skates, Penny board, trick board and long board/cruiser.
What gets you pumped up for the day? The thought of shredding and having fun with my friends.
What are three things you could not live without? Boarding, My mum and dad and my music. What are your expectations for this activity/sport?
I would love to go to the Olympics to represent Great Britain in the future. Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now?
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My mum and dad without question. Also I have had great support from all my sponsors.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Jess Kimura
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Trampoline and ride my dry slope in my back garden, go roller skating with friends and just have more fun and I love boxing.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? I board all the time because I love it!
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? 360’s of large kickers and off rails this season and next season to get my 540’s on flatland down.
What do you do to prep for a competition? Train, train and train.
What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non-sports accomplishments also.
English Under 12 SBX Champion 2013
British Under 12 SBX Champion 2013
Scottish Under 12 National Freestyle Champion 2014
2nd in the Kendal Dryslope K JAM 2014
What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)? Park and SBX. I really enjoyed riding powder for the first time this year in Pila.
Favorite conditions? Sunny and snowy.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Travis Rice’s mountain because it looks AWESOME!
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Anything by Green Day, I love American Idiot. Happy by Pharrell.
What turned you on to your sport? I was bored and had some spare birthday money and thought I would give it a go as it looked really cool
Any new tricks you’re working on? Yes riding street rails and 360’s ☺
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? The coolest thing so far was riding in Pila with Steve Addicott and Kate Foster from Why Ain’t You Jibbin, hitting an awesome last run on the mountain, all the red kickers and landing them sweet. The whole experience was amazing.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? BMX, Mountain Biking, Skateboarding, Tumbling, Trampolining, I like wall climbing and I can’t wait to try wakeboarding and surfing.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I’d be bored in the house …..
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My Volkl Jibby 126 – it’s really flexible and very cool.
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Balance, sometimes being cautious when trying a feature for the first time and if you are not sure, get a coach to help out and tell you the best way to tackle it.
How would you describe your riding style? Chilled out, fast and sick.
What would you say is your signature trick? At the moment 180’s of the big kickers.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Chocolate Milk or H2O.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Snowboarding vet in Alaska ☺