ME: Can you tell us how you discovered snowboarding?
Do you own a denim onesie?
I do not. But i’m seriously considering getting one after watching my friend Rachel crush all of the after parties on the Freeride World Tour circuit this year.
How many gallons of coffee do you consume weekly?
Oh my god. We shouldn’t even go there haha. Lets just say a lot more than your average person…. still looking for that coffee sponsor 😉
Thanks! I usually just zone out and listen to music. I visualize a lot and remind myself that I am here to have FUN. Thats what snowboarding is about and you can’t take it too seriously, even when you are doing gnarly stuff. But I am human and definitely want to pass out and throw up before dropping into most of the venues on tour lol
You stood on a lot of podiums this year, which one will be the most remembered?
Trip out? No. But I definitely made it a point to get a beer every time I saw one.. I mean when in Japan right? Japan is one of those mythic places, it rivals Alaska in my opinion, especially the Hakuba area. I seriously love going there, the mayor of the city is always so welcoming and happy to have us there, the people are wonderful and the snow is some stuff straight out of your dreams. I could be totally happy if I just “missed” my flight home and had to stay there forever… 😉
How many times have you been a bridesmaid?
I have been a bridesmaid twice.
Thats why I live in Oregon. While everyone else is winding down, the glacier is still ripping! I’ll be shredding well into August and by that time i’ll be ready to head down to South America for a little pre-season pow training. So i’m doing the whole endless winter thing, but you’ll still catch me on a beach somewhere during that time… probably doing yoga with a beer in hand hahaDo you work for any of the Mt Hood Summer Camps? If offered a coaching job- would you take it?
I used to coach at Windells when that was still a snowboard camp. I also work with this little ripper girl from Canada who travels down to spend a week with me at Timberline, its super fun to coach people that really want to learn. Makes life so much more fun and easy for everyone. I wouldn’t take a full time coaching job right now because I am a very busy girl, but I’m also open to some sessions with kids (or adults) who really want to learn!
What if a snowboard company approached you and said “we wanna give you a pro model” is that something you hope to achieve in your career?
I definitely do, I hope to get to that point with Niche Snowboards who has been taking care of me for the last few years. I love their approach to the industry and am proud to be riding for a company as conscious as they are. But I also think that pro-models are kind of a dying thing, and companies don’t seem to be gravitating towards them as much as they did in the 90s or early 00s, especially not for women.
I most definitely do. Thats why I partner with brands like Niche and Hydroflask. We can all make a difference if we spread knowledge and make reusable and eco-sustainable products known and accessible to the general consumer. Its crazy to think how wasteful the snowboarding industry is, even though we are all so in touch with nature, we are destroying it at the same time. With that in mind I try to leave as tiny of a footprint as I can everywhere I go, and spread the word to everyone I meet in a non-douchey way haha
Why not have a bigger cause? I always feel good when I do a contest and the entry fee is being donated to a good cause like the Gerry Lopez Big Wave raising money for a friend, or ReVegetate with their goal to raise awareness for the Eagle Creek fire which directly impacted my life and many others in the area. I think if the industry is smart we need to catch on to the way that people, and big out of industry sponsors would hop on board to help support a cause that they can get behind and bring to a broader audience which equals better events and more money coming into the snowboarding industry.
Which event this season was the funniest? Which one stressed you out the most?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Both! I will outlast most on the party scene but then still probably be the first person up ready to rally in the early morning.
I do, but its not what my focus is anymore. I miss shredding park laps with the homies and not having to drive to a mountain because I lived right on there at peak 8, I could literally walk out my door to the ski slope. But I do NOT miss the scene that goes along with resorts like Breck. Its nice being in Oregon with a bunch of hard core shredders that could not care less what season your outerwear is from, or who has the newest stuff. All they care about here is Goretex which is a pretty crucial element to survival in the Pacific Northwest.