SS’s Exclusive Interview with Ashley Thornton

  • D.O.B 12/15/83

    Considering what you have accomplished so far, what are your goals for the future?
    To keep progressing, to have fun and live the dream of more travels and good times!
     Do you like the direction that the sport of snowboarding has gone in since you could remember?
    I think I do! I think snowboarding is so sick in so many different ways and each one of us snowboarders can choose to take the sport in any direction one chooses to take it. I extremely respect the guys and gals out there that do the big mountain thing, but also have mad respect for all the people that are pushing it to crazy levels in the park and pipe and not to mention the urban slayers. It is straight amazing how good everyone is. I love to snowboard and that is my direction and that is all I am concerned with.
    What board are you going to be riding in the 12/13 season?

    I am riding the Flow Canvas abt 148cm flat for park and a Flow Venus 155cm for pow

    Whats the hardest thing about your job? I don't really think of it like that! I am having a good time when I snowboard.

    Any nutrition secrets? Lots of water, fruit and veggies. Eat organic or local or both. No fast food, no high fructose corn syrup or ingredients you can't read, ya you get it the stuff you are supposed to do to be healthy.

    What are you doing when your not snowboarding? I love to be active in the outdoors, I ride bikes a lot. I ride around town as transportation and I like to mountain bike, skateboard, practice yoga, canoe, camp, go to the ocean and hang out with family and friends.   

    Photo by Kirk Devoll

    At what age did you start snowboarding? Were you on Ski's first? I started snowboarding when I was 18 years old and yes skied all the time before that since I was 18 months old.

    Family...What does it mean to you? Everything! They are my biggest supporters in life and I Love my family so much.

    Do you have any trips already planned for the 12/13 season that you're stoked about? Going to Hawaii July 27th to stay at the Volcom house on pipeline that Gerry Lopez built. I won his  big wave challenge contest up at Mt. Bachelor in May and won this trip! As far as winter, I am doing the Northface Masters Tour and always am pumped to do the Baker Banked Slalom other than that I haven't planed my year yet.

    What is something that a lot of people don't know about you? That I didn't start snowboarding until I was 18.

    What were you doing for work before you went pro? I started the job thing in retail. In the summers I worked as a cart girl on golf courses, I worked as service staff at restaurants and the latest, my boyfriend about 6 years ago taught me how to blow glass. I have my own shop with a tourch, kiln, and tanks. If I need some extra cash I can walk outside and always make a $. Lately I have been making cash slinging my old gear and or the goodies I win through out the year in contests, good times. But I don't really care to have a lot of money or I wouldn't have picked snowboarding as my career. 

    How many days do you get to ride a year? I choose to ride most the days in the winter months. In summer I take a little break then head to hood for a couple sessions or days here and there. I live 2 hours away so not hard to shoot up to Mt. Hood. If I had to guess a number maybe around 130-140 days a year!

    Favorite mountain/run? That is hard! Ok... Mt. Bachelor, Hidden Valley on Northwest.  

    Favorite trick? Backflips haha yep. I just learned them 2 seasons ago and love them!

    Favorite workout? Riding Bikes and Yoga

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