Favourite person to ride with?
I could write a lot of names here… Sincerely though, anyone who enjoys snowboarding as much as I do and who wants to have a good time!
Where’s your favourite place to shred?
Whistler. From park laps to fresh tracks, it has it all!
What has snowboarding taught you?
To never give up. Even when we fall 30 times learning a new trick, we have to get up and try it again. If you keep trying, one day, you’re going to stomp the tricks and that’s the best feeling.
How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest?
I review my run over and over in my head while listening to my music.
What’s your favourite part about competing?
The feeling I get after landing a run I’ve been working on for a long time is awesome. We only have two runs to impress the judges, and when I get to the bottom knowing I did the best run I could, I’m really proud and so happy. It’s the best feeling. Competing also allows me to travel the world, explore new places and meet amazing people who have now become friends.
Fill in this statement: I snowboard because…
It makes me happy! It’s as simple as that. When I snowboard, there’s nothing else going on in my mind. Snowboarding also brings me a lot of freedom, I feel like I can escape from everything. Under my facemask I probably have a smile on my face all the time!
How did you get into snowboarding?
I got into snowboarding because my dad was skiing a lot. He taught me how to ski when I was three, but I thought snowboarding was way cooler. At age six I traded my skis for a snowboard and it became my passion right away.
What’s the best contest you have ever been to?
Canada Games in 2015 was really fun. It was different from all the other contests I’ve been to because there were lots of other sports competing as well. It was nice to meet people and to watch them compete. The course was really fun too!
What do your parents think about your career?
My parents are really supportive of my snowboard career. They’ve been helping me from the beginning, driving me to the hill, cheering for me, and helping me pay for my snowboard trips. Now that I travel a lot, they can’t be at every contest but I know that they’re always behind me and proud of me. They’ve been my first fans, my first sponsors and they believed in me before anyone else did.
Favourite park/pipe to ride?
Blackcomb park and the parks in Perisher are really sick!
What is the greatest snowboard trip you’ve done and why?
I’d say Australia last summer. Being able to ride those sick parks in the middle of August with all my friends was pretty awesome. We didn’t have any contest coming up to worry about so we could really focus on learning new tricks, and Perisher was the perfect place for that. The kangaroos weren’t bad either, haha!
Is there any place in the world you have not yet been snowboarding but have always wanted to?
I’ve never been to Japan and I think that you have to go ride some pow there at least once in your life.
What’s your best travel tip?
Bring food in your suitcase! Granola bars and oatmeal totally saved me when I went to China.
Where’s your one bucket-list spot to travel to?
If it’s not for snowboarding, I think I’d go to Hawaii, it looks pretty amazing.
Which place had the best/weirdest food?
The best food was definitely in Italy. The pasta and pizza were so good! I had the weirdest food in China last year for the Junior World Championships.
How do you follow your nutrition plan on the road?
Sometimes it’s pretty hard to eat like if you were at home but bringing food in your suitcase makes it a lot easier when you’re travelling to new places.
Who is the best travel buddy on the national team?
I travel a lot with my NextGen teammate Baily McDonald and we always have a good time!
What music do you have on your playlist?
Mostly pop music… and Justin Bieber, haha!
When not riding, I’m:
Probably at school! If not, I’m spending some time with my family and friends.
In five years I hope to be:
Travelling the world, doing what I love!
Favourite place you have ever been to and why?
I went to California with my parents this summer and it was a really nice trip. Since I’m young, we always go on family vacations in the summer and it’s always a good memory for me. We drove from San Francisco to LA and it was so beautiful. Laying on the beach, surfing (at least trying), skating around, life was good there!
Other than snowboarding, do you have a favourite sport?
I love sports in general; I’m always ready to play a soccer game, go biking or to go wakeboarding.