Olivia "Liv" Hetzel - Snowboarder/Skateboarder, Wisconsin, USA

"Because of SheShreds, even if I'm the only girl on the hill or in the skatepark, I never feel alone.”

Rumor has it that Liv Hetzel was born with a snowboard strapped to her feet — and the roar of the shred in her heart. Which makes sense, given her passion for snow, skate, and longboarding.

A dedicated yogi and organic herb farmer, Liv originally joined the shred life for a fun way to work out. Then, discovering it was also a wild challenge, she began tackling the concrete and snow like a pro. And has been racking up awards like one, two, including: taking 1st at the Transworld TransAM this season and being flown to Big Bear to compete in the finals, 1st place Women's High Ollie -Meltfest at Devil's Head, 2nd place Women's SoGnar in Chestnut, and 2nd place Women's RocknRide - Christmas Mountain. She’s also been tapped to be a Team Rider for Avalia Skateboards and Focus Boardshop in Madison, WI.

As a SheShreds ambassador, athlete, and model, Liv wants to encourage more girls to get out there and shred. And hopes her love of action sports will get her to Japan and New Zealand someday soon.  Shred on sister!

Check out our full Q&A with Liv:

Your Name (and Nickname): Olivia Hetzel (Liv)  

Your Age: 23 

Your Location: Baraboo, Wi  Skate: Lake Delton Skate Park, Snowboard: Devil’s Head 

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, Skateboard, Longboard

What’s an average day for you like?  I wake up, and start my day with Yoga and a good breakfast.  Then I put in a full day of work at an organic herb farm!  After work I either head to my garden, or start training.  For training I like to mix it up and do anything from going to the skate park, jumping on the trampoline w/ a tramp board, or hiking. I usually end my day by stretching, reading, and relaxing. 

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest?  The most difficult part for beginners is learning the basics.  The easiest part is getting outside and having fun with friends! 

 

 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing is our sport is growing fast and getting to be a part of that is amazing!  The worst thing would have to be that as a female you are usually the only girl at the skatepark, or terrain park. 

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes?  More girls!!  The more girls that are out there shredding, the more girls we can hang with and learn from!  

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Earthy, balanced style with some steez on top!  LOL  

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? (besides SheShreds ) Roxy, Volcom, Bent Shovel, Prospect Snow and Wake. 

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I don’t feel like it is more or less dangerous.  There is risk for injury in every activity. 

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The awesome feeling when you land a trick that once felt impossible.  The possibilities seem to be endless in these sports, so there is always room to progress.   

What gets you pumped up for the day?  Deep Breathing/Yoga  

What are three things you could not live without?  Gardening, Family, Art  

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Have fun, meet new people, stay active/healthy. 

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Scott Stevens, Jess Kimura, Aimee Fuller 

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Off season? LOL  

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Conquer my fears and see what I am really capable of! 

What do you do to prep for a competition?  Remind myself it’s about having fun! 

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.

1st place - Transworld TransAM, Granite Peaks WI (Jan 2015)

1st place Women's High Ollie -Meltfest at Devil's Head

2nd place Women's SoGnar - Chestnut

2nd place Women's RocknRide - Christmas Mountain

Team Rider at Avalia Skateboards

Favorite conditions? Anything but solid ice!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Japan, New Zealand, for the epic snow and views! 

What turned you on to your sport? I was looking for a challenge, I also wanted a fun way to work out. 

Any new tricks you’re working on? Snowboard: boardslide kinked rail, spins on and off rails. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Taking 1st at the Transworld TransAM this season and being flown to Big Bear to compete in the finalst in March 2015! Getting 2nd Place at my first comp. Felt awesome!!  And being invited to ride for Avalia Skateboards and Focus Boardshop in Madison, WI.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Climb trees, live like a monkey.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? Dubs Longboard (Hand made in Wisconsin!) Avalia decks for street and park!  The concave is awesome!!  

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ? Warm up and have no doubt!  

How would you describe your riding style? Always changing a bit. 

What would you say is your signature trick?  That is yet to be determined. 

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Four Elements Herbal Tea!! 

What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy!