You got questions? They got answers! Oh snap-The ladies of Misschief Films are here to help. Answering questions this month: Leanne Pelosi, Amber Stackhouse, and Chanelle Sladics.
Just to start off, I’d like to say that you ladies rock! And Leanne, you are one of my most favorite female snowboarders. So my question to you all is how do you stay in shape during the summer and keep advancing your skills when there’s no snow? Thanks for you time.Emily
Hey, Emily, Thanks for the props! To stay in shape during the summer, I usually go running and head to the gym because I don’t get to do that very much in the winter with my crazy travel schedule! It’s almost impossible to stay in shape when you’re on the contest tour. So when summer comes, I try and stay outside and engage in fun activities like hiking, biking, and swimming at the lake.
As far as advancing your skills, well, for most snowboarders, winter doesn’t end when the resorts close in June. There’s still snow ’til August on Mt. Hood, Oregon and the Blackcomb glacier in B.C. for you to get your shred on-and if that doesn’t satisfy you, head down to the southern hemisphere to places like Chile, New Zealand, or Argentina. Literally, you can snowboard year round if you want! That way, you’ll never forget all those tricks you learned during the season. Good luck with your snowboarding, and maybe we’ll see you down south!
Snowboarding is so trendy-one person does something and then suddenly everyone is doing it. How do you go about trying to be yourself?
Great observations, Nicole-snowboarding is trendier than Paris Hilton’s new Chihuahua. Sometimes the trends get a little out of hand (like wearing an unbuttoned leather jacket and tight, ripped blue jeans while riding in sub-freezing temps at a resort with 70-dollar lift tickets), but at least it’s cause for a good laugh.
With that said, style is very important to snowboarding. Without any changes in expression, the sport would lack character and individuality. So how do you find your own? Just stay true to yourself. If all of the local kids are wearing spandex and something about it just doesn’t feel right to you, listen to yourself and steer clear of the tights. The same goes for snowboarding. If everyone starts after-banging on all the landings, and you find it more than a little contrived, trust yourself-you’re probably right. Most importantly, never take yourself too seriously-this is where people go wrong. We’re not saving the world here, and at the end of the day, what people think of you doesn’t mean a whole lot anyway. I hope this has helped. Keep it real, Nicole!
Hey, girls, I’ve been trying to go bigger in the pipe, but I can’t figure it out. I see guys who go just as fast as me but go way bigger when they hit the wall. Is it my size (I’m only 5’3″), or not having as many muscles? Is there anything I can do?
Hi, Katherine. I’m confident that you can charge just as hard as your guy friends. They may be stronger, but with some extra speed, confidence, and commitment you can do it, too. First thing, make sure you’re riding at an angle down the pipe as you near the wall-this will help you gather momentum for maximum airtime. If you go straight up the wall, you’ll lose a bunch of speed-it’s an easy mistake to make because it comes so naturally. Next, be patient when you’re approaching the lip of the pipe (you probably want to wait a second longer than you’d expect), and then ollie and suck up your knees for the grab. If you’re still not going big enough, drop in with more speed. Hopefully that will help. Good luck and have fun!
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