How did you get into snowboarding in the first place?
My father got me and my two older brothers into snowboarding from when I was 11 years old and it truly shaped my life and the person I am today. It’s allowed me to focus and work on something I love from a young age, helped me develop self esteem, strengthened my connection with nature, forced me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways like facing fears, traveling, meeting new people etc. I never thought it would become a full time career, but I feel very grateful to have had this opportunity.
You have contributed a lot to the sport over the years. What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am proud of the video parts I was able to put together and the Transworld Magazine awards I received. But probably the most meaningful outcome for me is to be in a situation where I can give back. To be able to use snowboarding as a connector and messenger for environmental appreciation and advocacy is a very valuable tool to help us understand that we need to protect what we love. Especially at such a critical time in history where we are facing irreversible environmental damage that will deeply affect everyone.
What are your top 3 snow destinations and why?
1. British Columbia. Best mountains, best terrain, best powder, incredible and pristine landscapes, endless opportunities.
2. Chile. Beautiful mountains, amazing surf, great people.
3. Japan. Deep pow, great culture, amazing food.
What about surfing, did that interest come later? How were you first introduced to it and did your experiences with snowboarding help?
The first time I ever surfed was in Iceland when I was 21 years old with a wetsuit full of holes and didn’t catch a single wave. But I always wanted to surf. So when I moved to the Island, I was able to surf almost everyday in the summer — and I love it so much. Snowboarding doesn’t help at all I think, it is so different! But I love learning something new and to be fully submersed by water and the elements, so it makes up for how hard it is to learn!