Shelby Drager - Snowboard/Surfer (CO)

 

Your Age: 27

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Summit County. Breckenridge, Keystone, Abasin, Vail.

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, still camera.

What’s an average day for you like? Either working or snowboarding, hiking, playing with/walking my dogs, taking pictures, hanging with friends!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Learning the edges of the board and getting your balance is definitely hardest. Easiest is probably heel edge and falling leave when you're first starting to ride.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best is being able to keep up with the guys and being respected for doing things that sometimes isn't looked at as "girly" and defying stigmas for what girls "can" and "can't" do. The worst is that there are not a whole lot of girls who participate in extreme sports so it can be harder to find girl friends that like the same thing as me.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I think snowboarding is definitely progressing when it comes to female athletes. I feel we are pushing the level more and more every year and more females are beginning to join this sport.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I am pretty laid back. I can dress up on occasion and think it's fun but on a regular basis I'm pretty casual. I wear beenies, hoodies, leggings and boots in the winter on the reg!

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love the brands Ride, NeverSummer, and Oakley for snowboards and gear. I like Volcom a lot for hoodies and jeans.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I enjoy looking my best and doing my best at whatever it is I'm doing, whether it's a sport, a job or my outward appearance I like to make sure I do my best at making it great!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? i definitely think snowboarding is pretty dangerous, especially compared to less extreme sports like tennis and volleyball. However, there are always ways to make it safer and be as safe as you can while you are on the mountain for not only yourself but those around you as well. I've injured myself quite a few times and sometimes there's just nothing you can do, especially if you are in the park going off jumps and metal rails. However I make sure I am always aware of my surroundings, my equipments safe, wear my helmet, and am prepared as much as I can be.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I was on a chairlift and saw a skier flying down the mountain, clearly not in control. They were going super fast and smashed into a person waiting to get on the chairlift. I heard blood curdling screams and missed the rest since I was going up the mountain, it was very scary though.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The feeling of freedom you get when you're on your board flying down the mountain. I have no stress, worries, or fear. It is such an amazing feeling that I don't get many other places than snowboarding. It is also the closest I can feel to flying and it's just so liberating, I love it.

What is your favorite trick? I love riding trees and powder when it comes to big mountain. In the park I like front and backside boardslides and tail slides and nose slides. I'm not huge on jumps since I tore my ACL going off one I've been more timid. However if I go off smaller jumps I like regular and switch frontside 180s and I'm trying to perfect backside 1s and 360s in all directions!

Do you own any other toys? I do not, but I am interested in mountain biking because it's huge up here and everyone says it's amazing. ☺️

What gets you pumped up for the day? Knowing that every day brings new experiences and life is unpredictable so that keeps things exciting. There are so many things to look forward to in life and tons of opportunities, I try to take advantage of as many amazing things as I can.

What are three things you could not live without? My dog, my family, my snowboard.

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I just try and create new goals and challenges for myself ever season and do my best to reach them.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family, friends, and boyfriend.

Who’s your favorite rider? I really like Siljen Norjendal, she's an amazing female snowboarder and not afraid to be girly either! She's a great example of a profession female snowboarder, she likes to be a girl (wear makeup and do her hair) but also kills it on the mountain. I love that about her! I also met her and she's really nice in person.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like to read, hangout with my dog and other animals (I'm a petsitter,) hike, workout, volunteer, work, hangout with my boyfriend, cook, go to church, relax, a bunch of stuff! ☺️

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I like to go to the gym, go on hikes or walks, swim, and bike.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I would love to get 3s down in all directions and 270s on and off boxes/rails!!

What do you do to prep for a competition? I haven't really competed much actually. Wish I had more but I got wary after tearing my knee. I definitely want to next season, I think it's going to be a good one!

What competitions and other awards have you won? Spelling competitions, scholarships for my writing.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Free ride and backcountry is definitely my favorite. However, on a nice sunny day I do enjoy a good park sesh!

Favorite conditions? Powder days for sure.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? New Zealand. That's my number one destination point because it's so beautiful and I hear the mountains are amazing!

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I listen to a lot of Big Gigantic, their music gets me pumped and helps me ride better.

What turned you on to your sport? I grew up in Colorado and given the amount of snow we get here, it is quite hard not to get involved with some sort of snow sport, I am so happy I chose snowboarding!!!

Any new tricks you’re working on? 360s in all directions, backside 1s in both directions, 270s on and off boxes/rails. Basically always trying to learn something new, there's always progression in this sport!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Every time I learn a new trick I think that's the coolest thing I've done! I've ridden some pretty extreme terrain, double blacks in the back country and gone of some 20 ft cliff jumps so I'd say that's pretty cool.

What other extreme/action sports are you into? I like surfing, I live in Colorado so there's not any of that here. However, I have family in Florida so whenever I go there I make sure to get some of it in!

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Hanging out with animals. I'm obsessed with animals too.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? Definitely a snowboard. It's my main and favorite sport, just love the freedom I feel when riding it!

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Balance, spotting your landing, control, BALANCE (this one is really key.)

How would you describe your riding style? Freestyle.

What would you say is your signature trick? Backside boardslides/tail slides.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding? Water or Gatorade.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? A therapist/counselor or vet tech/work in a zoo or animal sanctuary.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram: @Shelbsta04 / YouTube