What The Pros Are Rockin’
Name: Gretchen Bleiler
Height: 5′ 5″
Weight: 125 pounds
Home: My DaKine roller bags and occasionally Snowmass, Colorado
Roots: Dayton, Ohio
Sponsors: Oakley, Aspen, Red Bull, DaKine, Giro, Polar Revolution snowboard shop, K2
Stance: Goofy, 20.5 inches wide, set back about one and a half inches. I switch up angles for different circumstances, but generally 21 degrees on the front and six degrees on the back foot.
Boards: I rode the K2 Mix 151 for everything this year. The one time I changed it up was when I went to Silverton, Colorado—I rode a 155 cm so I could attempt to land tricks in powder
Boots: K2 women’s T1. I like a boot with medium stiffness—once you ride a stiff boot you realize that soft boots weren’t giving you any support. But I hate super-stiff and uncomfortable boots. I like to be in control of my riding, not my boots.
Bindings: K2 Virtues.
Riding style: Determined.
Quote: “There is nothing in the world like the feeling you get when you’ve just landed a new trick, won a competition, or had a day filled with powder and sun. I’m addicted to that feeling.”
What’s in Gretchen’s photo:
Board:K2 Mix 151 ($439)
Boots: K2 Women’s T1 ($259)
Bindings: K2 Virtue ($229)
Shirts: Oakley Boy tank top ($22), Oakley FZ Hooded Zero Cut layering piece ($85)
Jacket:Oakley Zulu ($140)
Pant:Oakley Hope ($180)
Sunglasses:Oakley Big Square Wires ($165)
Gloves: DaKine Comet GTs ($60)
Hat: DaKine Goth Cap ($20)
Photo: Mark Gallup