We've been hearing about this new crop of riders destined to change the game for a few years now. Well, their time has officially arrived, and Hailey Langland is leading the charge. After a seriously gnarly year of competing on a global stage at X Games events, the Olympics, Dew Tour, and more, we're sincerely hoping she's getting in as much R&R as possible at the beach. There must be something in the Southern California water that’s created such a hotspot of young, talented riders. But what really sets Hailey apart is how well-rounded of a rider she is, with the uncanny ability to tackle any terrain thrown at her. Although her Olympic debut didn't end how she hoped, Hailey's at the forefront of a generation that is rewriting the rules in terms of competition, progression, and, most importantly, style. — Justin Cafiero
Hailey! Hope all is well. How is your off-season treating you?
It’s been the best summer I’ve had in a long time. I’ve been getting back into surfing, trying to learn how to skateboard, and doing a lot of sitting around at home. This is the first time in a couple years that I’ve gotten two straight months off from snowboarding.
How was your overall Olympics experience? What was it like traveling out, competing, and witnessing it all firsthand?
The Olympics for me was a humbling and frustrating experience. I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, which sucked, but other than that it was a very gratifying experience. Honestly, the best part of the whole thing was just being a part of the team.
After team announcements in Mammoth I got convinced to upgrade my flight to first class, so that was lavish. It was worth the money, but I went into the Olympics broke and came out of the Olympics still broke.
Being in and watching all the competitions in person was unreal. The only time I didn’t feel stressed out was when I was riding. Either practice, or even in the actual contests. Being able to watch my teammates compete was a really cool experience, just from knowing how hard we’ve all worked to be where we were.
Now that the Olympic-fest madness is over, what's your ideal scenario for your schedule next winter?
My season will start at the end of July, where I’ll be hopping around the Southern hemisphere for a month. I hope to do the big contests like Dew Tour, LAAX, X Games Aspen, and the US Open. But other than that I would really like to start doing some filming this season.
Who are some other ladies in snowboarding you're currently stoked on, be it from video parts or contest-wise?
My MVP’s on the contest circuit would have to be Zoi Synnott, Klaudia Medlova, Maddie Mastro, and Tess Coady. In my opinion, these girls have the best style in women’s snowboarding.
Kimmy Fasani, Maria Thomsen, Jess Kimura, Desiree Melancon, Mary Rand, and Marie France Roy are my video part heroes.
You definitely do a lot of contests – do you ever get burnt out on them?
How do you combat travel and competition fatigue?
If I have the chance to go home, I’ll try to stay home for as long as I can. For me, home is the best remedy.
Instagram has quickly become a large part of a normal teenage life nowadays – how do you stay stoked on something that could easily become more work than fun? Do you like using Instagram as much as you did when you first started using it? Are you diving into any other apps instead lately?
I’m so fortunate to have access to this amazing platform to share all my content, but for me it almost gets in the way sometimes. I just try to remember that in the long run it will be worth it. I definitely don’t use it as much anymore. I used to be on it as often as my eyes were open. I haven’t tried anything new yet, but I would say the two social media apps I use the most are Instagram and Snapchat.
It's a pretty widely accepted consensus that you've got one of the best looking back lips in the game. They're textbook. How much did you have to practice to get to that level – is it your go-to rail trick?
I really can't remember a time I didn’t know how to back lip. I’ve just been doing them forever it feels like. I’ve always been super comfortable riding rails, and I owe it to riding Big Bear’s park growing up. Back lip is definitely my staple rail trick.
Any plans to ever take that back-lip to the streets? When's your full part coming out?
I want to so bad. Fingers crossed maybe end of this next season? I just wouldn’t want to release one until it’s a part that I know people would want to watch at least one and a half times.