Shred Betties magazine is pleased to announce its women's snowboard team for the 2009 season. An international group of 12 female riders was selected to make up the first-ever Shred Betties Team.
The team was the brainchild of pro snowboarder Diana Sciandra Distrola, the new Shred Betties Team Manager. Diana selected the team riders with the goal of creating a diverse group of girls that readers would look up to. "We looked for girls who will represent us with integrity and enthusiasm. We did not want big egos for the team, rather we wanted big hearts. Thus the riders chosen were selected both for their skills, accomplishments and positive attitudes."
The team was created with the goal of inspiring girls everywhere to push their limits, and get out riding with their friends. Team riders will be featured in videos, editorial content and photography on shredbetties.com throughout the season.
The riders are as follows (check out the amazing pics of them in action in our gallery by clicking on the button top right!):
- In the past few years, 17-year-old Park City rider, Elise Borelli has blown away the other girls at slopestyle and rail jams; her super smooth style makes it all look easy. This season, she has an ambitious competition schedule, including pro-level events across the country.
- Christina "CC" Curry is the classic triple threat; she surfs, skates, and snowboards. The Oregon native shows a real passion for snowboarding, and gets out riding as much as she can. This season, she plans to focus on filming, and we look forward to capturing her fun, outgoing personality on and off the slopes.
- The team's big sis' is Diane Damra, whose work ethic and positive attitude motivates everyone to keep riding until they get the perfect shot. At 31, she has only just started competing, showing girls that you don't have to be 18 to win rail jams.
- You might have seen Joanna "Pnut" Dzierzawski in 'Creative Differences 2' or 'Frozen Assets', where she hits some insane-looking street rails, and then some sick backcountry lines. She has also been making a name for herself in the competition scene; this season look for her at some of the major events.
- UK rider Aimee Fuller is intensely driven and determined. At 17, she's already making a mark on the European scene, with wins at the British Championships and a podium at the World Rookie fest. She competes in slopestyle, halfpipe, and boardercross… even though she lives in a country not traditionally known for it's snow.
- Megan Ginter caught the snowboarding world's attention when she placed 3rd at the Abominable Snow Jam against a competition field made up of big name professional riders. Since then, she has moved on to the pro-circuit, competing in major events such as ESPN's Winter X Games. We love her attitude and athleticism, and the fact that she can spin bigger than most guys.
- Team daredevil is Colorado native, Claire Hewitt-Demeyer. Claire was raised in Aspen, and now calls Keystone her home. She can handle any terrain, and would rather attempt something outrageous than play it safe. Whether she lands on her feet or her head - not uncommon - she seems unfazed. Her cheerful, head-in-the-clouds personality makes her everyone's little sister.
- Free-spirit Angela Halo Wilson moved from the East Coast to Tahoe to pursue a career in snowboarding. She excels at jibbing, but can handle any terrain, and competes in events ranging from freeride competitions to rail jams.
- Mackenzie Matters is a Minnesota native who moved to Summit County, CO to progress her riding. Her attitude and skills in the halfpipe have been getting her noticed in competitions. Her background in ice hockey makes her an intense competitor; she rides hard and isn't afraid to throw huge spins.
- Oregon rider Randa Shahin is intense, motivated and a perfectionist. Even after breaking her neck at the end of last season, a potentially career-ending injury, she started the season throwing down harder than most of the guys. This after modestly telling us that she was sorry she'd only be riding at about 50%.
- Kyla Sobieralski is also an Aspen native who has been rising in the national standings over the past few years. Kyla competes in major halfpipe and slopestyle events around the world, and her energetic, outgoing personality motivates everyone around her.
- With one of the most impressive 'Sponsor Me' videos ever, Erika Vikander has it all. She grew up riding in Montana, and picked up some impressive big mountain skills. She now resides in Utah, where she has upped her game in the terrain park, making her a force to be reckoned with on the competition scene.
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