Zoe Kalapos

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ZOE KALAPOS
U.S. Halfpipe Snowboarder

D.O.B.:
4.17.1997
Hometown:
Vail, CO
Home Mountain:
Vail Resort
Years Riding:
12
Stance: Regular
Width: 23.5
Front: 12
Back: -9
Injuries:
In 2012 I broke my back from landing too flat while training in New Zealand. At the end of last season during a US Team camp I tore my ACL, meniscus and had macro factures from landing too deep in pipe. I’ve gotta learn to stop landing so deep!

– Career Highlights –
2015 – 12th Place US Burton Open
2014 – 10th Place Burton US Open
2014 – 5th Place Burton European Open
2014 – 1st Place Open Class USASA National
2014 – 1st Place Seven Springs Rev Tour
2014 – 2nd Place Junior World Championships
2012 – 1st Place Burton European Open Jr. Jam
2012 – 1st Place USASA Nationals Youth Women
2011 – 3rd Place USASA Nationals Breaker Girls

– Social Media –
Twitter: @zoekalapos
Instagram: @zoe_kalapos
Facebook: facebook.com/zoe.kalapos

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Fresh Pow or New Park Set Up:
New park set up
Pizza or Cheeseyburgs:
Hamburger :]
Last Super Stoke:
Riding the perfect halfpipe at the U.S. Open!
Last Bummer Wave:
iPhone problems
Favorite Cold Waxing Process:
WEND Meadowfoam Natural Cleaner/Conditioner and soft cloth. Let dry. Then I use WEND Natural Liquid Juice Universal. Let Dry. Buff with scotch brite side of a sponge, then with dry sponge. Now you’re ready to mob with your friends.
Donuts?
LOVE THEM!
Most memorable day of riding:
This February in Mammoth when I finally got back into the pipe after my injury! Best feeling in the world when all your hard work pays off.
Best Travel Destination:
Laax, Switzerland!
Worst Travel Experience:
25 Hour travel day to Valmalenco, Italy. You could say I was pretty car sick by the end of it.
A day you wish you could forget happened:
Hurting my knee in Mammoth last year. It’s changed a lot of things, some for the better, some for the worst. Happy that it’s over! :]
Most Embarrassing Moment:
Being called out at the U.S. Open by DC for having a crush on one of the slope competitors, during my run, might add.
— THIS YEAR —
Favorite Trip:
Grand Prix in Mammoth in February!
Biggest Challenge:
Overcoming my knee injury and trying to stay positive even though nothing was going my way.
Best Decision:
Changing to a Burton Custom. It’s a men’s board but I like the way it rides.
Worst Decision:
Deciding to do summer school while training at the U.S. Team gym all summer. It was a lot of work! I recommend taking less than 5 classes, haha.
What is WEND to you?
WEND is the difference between getting out and going big. WEND has helped improve my amplitude so much these past few years that I have been riding for them. Going big makes such a difference – you have more time to complete your trick. I have WEND to thank for that :].
Last Words:
“Train insane or remain the same!”

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Zoe first learned to ski at the age of two with her parents as her instructors at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. When Zoe was five, her father turned her onto snowboarding and she never turned back. Her dad bought a snow making gun, a rail and box, and added some jumps to create a mini park in their backyard. Zoe and her brother, Ian, spent countless hours training on Mt. Kalapos. At age 10, Zoe began competing in the USASA Middle Earth Series in slopestyle, boardercross and halfpipe. Three years ago, Zoe decided to focus solely on riding halfpipe.