How did you get into snowboarding?
"I feel really fortunate. I grew up in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. I’m one of eight, I have five sisters and two brothers. So, financially, getting into the sport was pretty difficult. But, through hand-me-downs and family friends who donated some equipment to my sisters — that stuff got handed down to me when I was nine, and that was the first time I got to go snowboarding. I remember I just fell in love with it right away. There was something special about being on the mountain and hanging out with my friends. And, as soon as it clicked, and I started to be able to actually snowboard and go a little faster, I just fell in love with everything the mountains had to offer."
"It’s a very friendly community. The guys support the girls, etc. But, I definitely had a few girl snowboarders that I looked up to and was really inspired by. But, there wasn’t a lot. And, I wasn’t one of the first, but I was definitely one of the girls that was both pushing the sport to get more younger girls involved and pushing the level of riding. [There] definitely was a lot of masculine energy, so it was a little difficult trying to be your feminine self. I’ve tried to find that balance of still being a woman and being feminine and beautiful but doing these extreme sports. So, it’s fun, it’s crazy, but it’s all about finding that balance."
"Exactly. And, I’m in the winter all the time. Then I go into the summer months, and I’m inspired to eat more fresh, living foods. When the winter comes, I try to eat seasonally with squash and root veggies. But, it’s definitely just finding that balance and feeling good in your own skin, regardless of what the scale says or what you’re thinking, just loving what is and knowing that you can work towards your goals, and it’ll all come together."