Exclusive Interview With Becky Menday

DOB:  27/12/1998
Sponsors: Protest Boardwear, Head Snowboards, Dragon Alliance, Snozone, Celtek, Clast, DVS, Skullcandy, Nooka

Watch out for this young shredder, shes been ripping apart the comps in Britain and shes ready to make a huge move this season:

  • British Indoor Champion 2012 taking Overall 1st place at the Wham Bam Thankyou Jam at Snozone Castleford.

  • 1st place overall woman at Whitelines November Knockout Rail Jam 2012 at Tamworth.

  •  1st place Overall Woman in the 3 star TTR 'World Rookie Fest 'French Fries' in Avoriaz 2012

 Considering what you have accomplished so far, what are your goals for the future?
I would guess that my future goals would have to be to compete in some more well known comps like the X games and I would love to represent for GB in future winter Olympics. Also to be able to shred in the USA, Canada and New Zealand. I would like to shred with a good group of girls and make a really good street session video edit with them.
What is your favorite part of snowboarding in general?
I just love to snowboard, powder, park or just mountain. i would also have to say that the community spirit snowboarding provides is awesome. I have met so many cool people from all over the world thanks to snowboarding and had so many amazing opportunities already.
What board are you going to be riding in the12/13 season?
Just waiting for my new board to arrive, but for mountains it's going to be the 'She's Evil Kers Flocka'
 NX Fay Five bindings and Jinx BOA Coiler boots all from Head Snowboards. You can check out my set up on their team page here:  http://www.ridehead.com/snowboard/nationals/?region=ww&id=100
Whats the hardest thing about snowboarding for you?
The hardest thing in snowboarding for me is overcoming my fear of trying new tricks and getting used to having to travel alone to new places in foreign parts. I guess the travelling will get easier the older I get and the more I do, as for the tricks I just have to man up and do them.
How did you prepare for the comp?
The way I try to prepare for most comps is to first practice all of the tricks I would like to have ready for the event. Then look at the park plan if there is one to plan my runs in my head. Then the night before the comp I imagine myself landing my runs just before I go to sleep.
Any nutrition secrets?
I am really lucky when it comes to nutrition as I have a nutritionalist sponsor 'Peas of Mind' who prepare a dietary plan for my training and competition times. They even give me a specific list of the  things to eat just before a comp. Check out their cool website and ask for advice at www.peasofmindnutrition.com/
What are you doing when your not snowboarding?
When I am not actually on my snowboard shredding, I like to go to the gym and do trampoline work. I have also just recently taken up wake boarding and really enjoy that. Then I am at school or doing homework or watching snowboard movies.
At what age did you start snowboarding? Were you on Ski's first?
I started snowboarding just before my 8th birthday, after watching my Dad snowboard at our local indoor snow dome. I tried skiing once when I was about 4 years old and cried from the minute the ski boots went on until the teacher brought me in from the lesson and said I was un teachable. I guess I was always born to be on a board 🙂
Family...What does it mean to you?
My family mean everything to me! I love my Mum and Dad to pieces they support me day in and day out. They drive me everywhere here in the UK and in Europe and I am so thankful to them.
Do you have any trips already planned for the12/13 season that you're stoked about?
I am really excited and can't wait to go training with the GB Freestyle Team in Hintertux in October and also a photo shoot for Head snowboards with fellow team member Atti Holst. Then hopefully out to Laax, Switzerland for the Junior Burton European Open in January and the British Championships in Tignes in March. I am sure there will be a few more comps and trips to come and I really want to get back out to Avoriaz in France again as I love shredding there.

What is something that a lot of people don't know about you?
urmmm…I'm a crazy cat lady! I love my two cats to pieces!
How many days do you get to ride a year?
How many days a year? wow thats a tough one, I usually ride twice a week at an indoor slope at Snozone Milton Keynes usually for about 4 hours a session, mainly all rail work. Then I get about four weeks a year out on the mountain training or competing. No where as near as much mountain time as I would like but not many mountains to ride here in the UK and I still have to keep up my school studies.
Favorite mountain/run?
My favourite mountain resort would have to be Avoriaz in France! I love it there and have a lot of friends who ride there every season. My favourite run would be the set of wooden features there called 'The Stash' so cool hitting them through all the trees. But I also really loved the park run at Laax in Switzerland, where you ride down all the way to the chairlift with features scattered all over the run so you can pick all sorts of different lines to hit.
Favorite trick?
has to be front and back lip on to a street rail I do it all the time! Front 5 indies and steezy back 3's over large kickers.
Favorite workout?
Practicing front flips and back flips on the trampoline.
Respect the mountain, respect yourself!  
-BeXx x

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