About a girl - Helen Schettini
What would you be doing if you were not a pro snowboarder?
Probably something in the health field, in doing some correspondence courses in nutrition right now just to keep the brain going in the off season... But I love learning about this so that's probably the route I would go... And personal training.
So far I think the best achievement so far is to be in the position I am in right now. To have somewhat recognition among the snowboard industry and to be one of the 'Transworld Riders to watch' for this upcoming season. To have such great sponsors that are backing me (Billabong, Adidas, YES.) is a great achievement too since it shows these guys believe in me.
What are your plans for this winter?
My plan is to do a web series with Transworld and Onboard. It will be myself paired with the several guy crews that I am always out filming with; YES guys and now the Adidas boys. Kind of 'girl amongst the guys' and see the day to day efforts I/we go through.
Any specific workout, training ?
I am adamant about working out and staying strong. So I do a combination of everything; long runs, interval training, crossfit, heavy lifting, plyometrics and core stuff. One thing I really lack is the stretching aspect. I need to start
What's your favourite place to travel?
I haven't done that much traveling yet so I'd have to say the interior of BC. But I'll be doing a lot this winter; Japan, possibly Europe and Alaska. So ask me this at the end of the season:)
What’s in your closet ? What are your must have for winter ? I am living in the 20 k women's outerwear that is coming out this next season. It's so waterproof! Other than that, I am constantly in warm cozy knit sweaters and stretchy jeans or leggings from Billabong. They are so comfy and the best way to end a day on the hill.
What’s on your current iPod playlist?
I'm into indie folk stuff. So lots of The Lumineers, The National, Imagine Dragons, Paul Simon, Tegan and Sara.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
This sounds so lame but it is: Dream big and go after them. There's definite highs and lows but so worth it at the end of the day. You can't regret anything if you've tried your hardest at getting after them.
Tell us something people don’t know about you?
I used to have a British accent until I was about 12 years old. I was born in Canada but both of my parents are British and since they taught me how to speak, I started speaking like them.
Best thing about your job? Getting to be outside and able to travel; either in the resort or out in the backcountry. I feel very blessed to be able to do this.
Worst thing about your job?
The stress and sleepless nights. The adrenaline and nerves get to me sometimes so that can be draining.