Years Riding: 9
Hometown: Dallas, Pa
Home Mountain: Big Boulder, Pa Currently Mt. Hood
Setup: Ride canvas tokidoki 148 board, Ride Zeta bingings, and Ride Scarlet boots. 21.5 stance, 15 -15.
Sponsors: Ride snowboards, Betty Rides, Pow gloves, Spacecraft, Evo Snowboard shop, and Von Zipper
Recent Competitions: 1st PB&j in snoqualmie , 2nd at vegetate rail jam, 1st at campus rail jam at oregon state university
We usually ask girls about their worst fall, but having
your recent neck injury, I think we know the answer to
that! Can you
tell us a little about the injury and recovery?
Breaking my neck was definitely the worst injury I have had. I broke the same vertebrae as Christopher Reeves. It was my C2 vertebrae in two spots.
I broke my neck by over-shooting a jump by a lot. It was a really windy day and the wind gave me extra momentum. I am currently wearing a giant contraption that is screwed
to my head to prevent any movement of my neck. I have been healing really well though, and it looks like I won’t need surgery so I expect a full recovery and a fantastic winter this year.
We hope you do! What’s the first thing you’re going to do once you’re able to get back
on your snowboard? Is there anything you’ll be nervous about trying again?
Yeah, I am going to be nervous to hit jumps. There is such a fine line of going to fast or going to slow, and the speed constantly changes.
I just plan on going back to snowboarding with the same mentality as when I stopped, that “I can do anything I put my mind to.” I expect to ease back into snowboarding,
but quickly get back to where I left off.
If you weren’t snowboarding, what would you be doing?
Studying. I have my B.S. in Mathematics, and I am currently in an online program to get my Masters in education. Snowboarding is my number one priority, and school is second.
Have you ever taught someone to snowboard?
Yeah, I used to be a snowboard instructor and I coached a Portland High School team for one season. Right now I am not coaching, but I plan to get back into it in the future.
What do you think of women’s snowboarding today? Where
do you see it going?
I think it is developing tremendously. Girls are beginning to ride at younger and younger ages, so I think the level of
womens snowboarding will continue to be raised because there will be girls that have been riding for so long. I started when I was a teenager,
I can only imagine the level of my riding had I started at the age of 3.
Fashion or function?
Definitely function, but I love Betty Rides for that reason. Betty Rides is functionable and fashionable. I don’t have to sacrifice either.
What is the most interesting trend in snowboarding? What about the most annoying?
I think that the most interesting and most annoying could be combined into one thought…Tight pants on guys.
I respect everyone’s choices in life, but I don’t understand how anyone can snowboard with their pants so tight they can barely move their legs.
My boyfriend put it best, “Snowboarding is the only sport where the guys dress like girls and the girls dress like guys.” But I’m not hating, I just don’t understand.
Who’s the cutest snowboard boy?
My boyfriend Jeff Rudinski. He is a killer rider for the Rome army.
Do you think style should get more credit in the contest circuit, or should tricks be judged mostly by their level of technical difficulty?
I think it depends, but I definitely think style is the most important thing. If I saw an amazing stylie 360 with a sick grab, and then saw someone else do a
sloppy seven, I would be much more impressed my the stylie 3.
Pirates or Ninjas?
Snowboard Shop: Evo in seattle
Drink: Dirty Vodka Martini
Snowboard Movie: Shakedown
Beauty Product: Burts Bee’s chapstick
Snowboard Trick:frontboards looks great when done well
Snowboard Wax: Free wax
Junk Food: Chocolate of any form
Inspiration: Eddie Wall because he came from the same area of PA that I did, Tanner Hall with his injury recovery, and My BF, Jeff Rudinski because he has been by my side since I started snowboarding and he has pushed me to ride as hard as I have.
What others are saying about Randa
Randa just never gives up and is totally a go-getter. She’s also one of the
sweetest girls I’ve ever met; so hospitable! If you’ve never met Randa,
you’ll definitely remember her smile after you do. - Kyle Sanford, Ride Snowboards