Name: Randa Shahin
Birthday: July 18th
Home mountain: Big Boulder, PA
Home town: Dallas, PA
Currently resides: Mt. Hood, Oregon
Sponsors: Ride snowboards, Smith Optics, Kind Snacks, Shred Betties, Pow Gloves, Mt Hood Meadows, Evo
Competition results: I’ve had podiums in events such as Billabong Flaunt it, the Campus Rail Jam series finals, Burton Protests, Nike Snake and Hammers, and now making headway in big mountain comps.
What are five things you’re thankful for this winter?
My friends and family, solid sponsors with solid gear, a job that pays the bills and lets me snowboard 7 days a week, mother nature and her gift of snow, and my health.
What are your plans for the upcoming winter?
Continue working at Windells Academy as Academic Director as well as snowboarding for myself. I’d like to do a lot more backcountry, purchase a sled, and hope to take an avalanche awareness course.
What is something that you would change about the snowboard industry if you could?
More women involvement such as women’s divisions in certain events that are men only. Along with bigger paychecks and prize purses for girls.
What advice do you have for girls who are about to try snowboarding for the first time this season?
Be mindful of how appropriate your gear is. Don’t be a tiny girl on a big guys board because you are borrowing your boyfriends. Having a smaller softer board will help make for an easier learning experience. I’d recommend a butt pad and/or knee pads for the first few times. Both are gonna get a lot of action.
Competitions or filming?
I plan to do some big mountain comps in the Freeride World Qualifier’s series. I have had the opportunities to film with Mt Hood locals and pro skiers Tommy Ellingson and Josh Larkin the past two seasons. I recently had some shots in their film Nostalgia and hope to have more opportunities to film with them this winter.
Who influences you in snowboarding?
My female snowboard associates and some of the males that have entered my life that have motivated me to step outside of the box.
When it comes to snowboarding, describe your attitude.
It depends on the day and what the objective is. Pow turns = laid back. Filming = aggressive and hardworking. Park laps = playful.
Best road trip you’ve been on?
When I used to compete in the Super Girl rail jam on Venice Beach, La I got to take a road trip down the whole coastal 101 and highway1 from Oregon to LA. Those are some of the most epic memories I have.
Pre snowboard ritual?
Off the hill, we could find you…
Stomping around the woods hunting mushrooms, hiking, picking berries, enjoying good views, making dinner with friends.
Pirates or ninjas?
Favorite ice cream?
I’ve been listening to Blackmill recently.
Who is your celebrity crush?
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
What’s your sign?
Why do you think Shred Betties is important to women’s snowboarding?
Women need more support in the industry and Shred Betties helps provide opportunities to some women who would otherwise be on their own. There is also a community of support from the team and other women. A sense of community that supports you is amazing in any context.
Posted by admin on 11/16/13