The life of the professional snowboarder, skier or surfer sounds pretty amazing, right? Riding powder in exotic locations, boat trips to far-flung oceans—empty lineups and trackless mountains. But where does real life fit into the dream? As action sports athletes get older, having a family is just a natural progression of the human experience. But how, exactly, do babies, boardbags, and airport check-ins all fit together? Is there room for a small child on the cramped seat in the heli? Does breastfeeding sound plausible as you’re hiking up the skin trail on a film mission? Welcome to our new series, Parenthood, where we hear from professional actions sports athletes who are navigating careers while raising young ones.
This week professional skier Chris Benchetler and snowboarder Kimmy Fasani join us to talk about raising their young son, Koa. Kimmy was at the top of her game when she decided to have a child with Chris last year, and she has no intentions of giving up her career. “So many men in our world are able to pick and choose the trips they go on to work with raising their kids,” she told me. “I just want the same standard to apply to women.” What Kimmy and Chris had to say was pretty revealing.