By now, you’ve all seen the FHM magazine covers featuring Tara Dakides and Gretchen Bleiler. If not, Google it, it’s worth seeing. We’ve tracked down five of the hottest, and best snowboard girls on Twitter. Why? Cause it’s interesting to see what the “fab-five” are up to. These girls are much more than pretty faces, they’re better shredders than most guys, and tear it up.
From the snowboard brand starting Tara Dakides to the young, up and coming Norwegian Linn Haug, these five girls cover every aspect of snowboarding through female eyes.
Check out their Twits, and see what these girls are made of, and up to.
Chanelle Sladics might be most easily identified as a professional snowboarder but this girl is loves to surf and skate as well. A Newport Beach, California, native, Chanelle found her roots in boardsports in the nearby ocean and the streets of So Cal. Chanelle started her snowboarding career with weekend trips to Bear and Mammoth, and excelled quickly in order to keep up with her competitors that had a home mountain advantage.
She entered the professional snowboard scene only a few years ago with some great contest results but she always set the XGames as her pinnacle. In 2007, Chanelle’s dreams were almost squashed while taking a hard bail in practice and suffering a painful back injury. Chanelle sucked up the pain for her final runs and made a dream come true for herself, taking the podium in slopestyle at the Winter XGames.
Chanelle’s personality is bubbly but serious personality – she likes to screw around but takes business very seriously. She’s an electronics junkee and is never seen without her IPod, her computer and her digital camera. These days you can find Chanelle anywhere from China to Colorado snowboarding or taking a quick trip to enjoy some surf with her friends on tour in Tahiti or Mexico.
I’m a Midwestern girl; I was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Dayton until I was ten years old. Then my whole life changed. My family moved to Aspen, Colorado where we had “Avalanche Danger” days that kept us from going to school, climbed 14,000-foot peaks as part of my education, and I learned to snowboard.
From day one, snowboarding lead me down a totally different path and it’s that path that’s kept me laughing and continually intrigued. I love the satisfaction at the end of the day of over coming my fears, of spending all day outside working hard, and there’s nothing better than the feeling of landing a new trick for the first time.
I made my childhood dream of going to the Olympics come true through snowboarding, travel and learn about the world and my role in it through snowboarding, and because of snowboarding have lived experiences I never even dreamed of….and I’m a big dreamer! Now I’ve realized that I can use this success as a platform to voice the causes that are important to me and hopefully make a difference.
Along with Aspen/Snowmass, I created the first-ever all-girls halfpipe competition and photo shoot called the Snow Angels Invitational, am an active spokesperson in climate change and am involved with the Women’s Sports Foundation.
My other loves are surfing in warm tropical places, yoga, reading, mountain biking in Aspen, designing my signature apparel line with Oakley, and spending time with my family.
- Gretchen Bleiler
I grew up in Trondheim, which is one of the biggest cities in Norway. My family has been up at our cabin in the mountains every weekend since I was born, so I started skiing at a young age. My sister got a snowboard for Christmas when I was 4, and as the youngest member of the family I had to do whatever my big sister did. I ended up getting a snowboard right after that as well, and I’ve been shredding ever since.
I didn’t compete until I was 15 years old, because it never struck my mind. However, I ended up getting a wildcard for the Norwegian Championships in 2005, and figured, why not? I won Slopestyle and Halfpipe for juniors that year and thought competing was fun after all, so I continued.
In 2006 I got hooked up on the Junior National Team and Burton’s Norwegian Team. The same year I moved away from home to go to a snowboarding high school in Geilo, Norway. In 2007 I did my first international contest in the states.
After the 06/07 season I got hooked up on the Norwegian National Team and the Burton European Team. That meant the world to me, and it still does.
Doing competitions, shooting photos and traveling all year around is amazing. To meet new people and see new places never gets old. Even though I am doing a lot of competitions, I feel like the snowboarding I do in between is what gives me the most. That’s when I can progress and push my own riding further. I am so grateful that I am able to do what I love the most and travel the world with friends.
This is my first season after I graduated high school, and it’s also an Olympic season, so I hope I can progress a lot and learn new tricks.
- Linn Haug
Leanne Pelosi is perhaps one of the best female snowboarders riding today. She’s scooped up numerous podium finishes, including first in the rail jams at the Vans Cup, US Open, Queen of the Mountain, and Gravity Games, ended up second in rail and tied for third in slopestyle at the Nikita Chickita Snowdown, and took second place in slope at the US Open – all in ’05!
Her professional snowboarding career kicked off in 2004, when she took the Rookie of the Year award at the ’04 TransWorld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll after taking top honors in six rail events. Pelosi then moved on to nab Female Rider of the Year and Reader’s Choice at the ’05 event, and was also named Snowboarder Magazine’s 2006 Rider of the Year. Leanne rocks 270 combos on the rails like they were second nature, and throws down Cab and frontside 720s in the air like, well, a pro.
Tara Dakides grew up in Laguna Hills, CA, and was greatly involved with gymnastics and skateboarding. As a teenager, her athletic activities became more risky, from surfing to motocross, and eventually this led her to the mountains and snow. This varied sports experience created the perfect model for a world class athlete.
Tara has crossed the gender barrier that the action sports hold and has risen above most men in the realm of freestyle snowboarding. She is hands down one of the best female snowboarders in the world. She won the Gold in both the 2000 and 2001 X Games Big Air, and also took the gold in Slopestyle at the Sims World Championships with her technical spins, rails, and big airs.
Tara has helped create her own Billabong snow clothing line, Vans snowboard boots, and most recently co-founded Omatic Snowboards. Tara spends her time between her winter house in Mammoth Lakes and hitting the surf at her beach house in Southern California.
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