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Your Name (and Nickname): Virginia “BueWho” Buechel
Your Age: 26
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): New Jersey, Northeast
Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard: either, Burton Déjà vu Flying V 152, Burton Lexa Bindings OR Burton Custom 149, Burton Custom Bindings. Camera: Nikon D50 15-88mm, 88-200mm, GoPro Hero3
What’s an average day for you like? Wake up, workout, explore the ever-changing world-wide-web (aka work as a marketing director for 2 companies), run with my furry friend, explore new creative and fun projects. During the winter shredding as much of the slopes as possible, while also teaching people to shred as an instructor on the weekends.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part of snowboarding is getting used to the idea that your feet are strapped in and you’re going down sideways. I think many people panic when they first start. The easiest part is realizing that once you can control what your feet can do, it is easy to stop yourself and have fun with it.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in the snowboard world is that the guys always underestimate you. So when you blow by them on a trail or show them up in the woods, they are usually like DAYMN! The worst part about being a female snowboarders is I feel like it is more difficult for guys to teach us how to do certain tricks or new techniques because our bodies are built and are stronger in different places.
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 female snowboarders taking the lead and showing that it is ok to have a different style than the guys. I think that is kinda already happening but I think it needs to happen more.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? Relaxed, tomboy style. I like to wear jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, and beanies. Occasionally I’ll get “dressed” up which will usually involve a flannel shirt. I like to be comfortable and let my personality speak for the type of person I am.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? My favorite brands in snowboarding would have to be Burton, Columbia, Patagonia, Oakley, and Nike.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I think the key is to feel good and you will look good. So if you find a t-shirt that is comfortable and you like to rock it 7 days a week do it (just wash it please!). But I think that if you have the option to try some new threads it will always make you feel better to hit the streets with them on. I always love putting on some new clothes that are my style and stepping out, I feel like I have a new glow.
How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I don’t think snowboarding is that dangerous. If you are taught the right way and you learn to control your speed and turns it is not dangerous. Just like driving in a car or walking down the street, you are putting yourself out there and you don’t know what is going to happen. I’ve seen and been involved in some bad situations where someone gets hurt, but you take the bad with the good, and usually there is a lot more good than bad.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. One of my recent crashes, was the season of 2014-2015. I was riding the side of a trail to hit some fresh powder and I began to drift towards a snowmaking pipe, I saw it so I decided I would attempt to jump over, not aware of the snow-covered pipe next to it. I hit the hidden pipe and my board slips out from under me and landed my backside RIGHT. ON. THE. PIPE. Ouch! Needless to say I banged up my tailbone bad enough that I had to by a donut cushion to sit on a work.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think many people get hooked on snowboarding when they realize they can have fun and do tricks even before they are “experts”. Whether it is an ollie, butter, or 50-50 a rail, I think many people that is exciting. Personally for myself I got hooked when I tried snowboarding after skiing for years and love the feeling of floating on the powder in the woods.
What is your favorite trick? I don’t really have one, considering you will very rarely see me in the park. I’m usually ripping through the trees and powder.
Do you own any other toys? I have a longboard I recently bought, still getting used to the idea of not having my feet strapped in.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Just waking up, I’m a morning person.
What are three things you could not live without? My MacBook, Sour Patch Kids, my collection of over 25 beanies.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I hope that snowboarding continues to excel and grow in popularity. I think the recent newly added events in the Olympics is showing how technical and creative of a sport snowboarding is.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents for sure, my brother, and my better half.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? My favorite rider is a tie between Sage Kotsenburg and Kelly Clark. They both have their own style and rock it. I love that.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like to hike and go out on adventures with my friends. I really have a passion for traveling the US more and seeing all the great sites here in our country.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? I usually run 4-5 times a week and compete in mud runs.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? My biggest goal is to be able to consistently ride switch in the woods.
What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)? I like to ride backcountry.
Favorite conditions? Freshly groomed with a few inches of fresh powder on top.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? My dream place to ride is in Switzerland by jumping out of a helicopter.
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? I have a whole shredding playlist on my iPod that I am constantly updating and adding to. Usually consists of Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, and yes even Taylor Swift.
What turned you on to your sport? It was different and new when I started so my natural instinct to try it kicked in.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Coolest thing I’ve done is working with the Burton Chill Foundation. Through a 6-week program we teach under-privileged children to snowboard and encourage the use of character building and life skills.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? I love watching skateboarding and BMX.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I would probably be fishing and traveling.
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My favorite board to ride is my Burton Déjà vu Flying V. The pop and stiffness of it is a perfect blend. It allows me to float in the powder while also making it easy to make quick turns around bumps and trees.
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ? Start small and work your way up.
How would you describe your riding style? Fast, fun, and unique.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Fresh off the tap pint of Shocktop or Blue Moon.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I kinda consider myself already doing what I want to do. Being a digital marketer and creator. Looking back now I don’t think I ever really could have imagined myself doing what I do now.