Whenever I’m asked this question about women in snowboarding, I think people expect a sort of struggle story. But I never felt like there was a struggle story in snowboarding because I always felt like snowboarding was pretty inclusive with the guys and the girls. Sure, it was different than it is now. But not only for women. For everyone. There were less of us — less guys, too — so it was a really tight knit-community, not as widespread.
It has always been an accepting community. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, but I never really felt like I struggled because I was a girl in snowboarding. I actually felt like I had doors open for me because people were psyched about snowboarding in general.