favourite trick: backside lipslide
2014 goal trick: 540 spin, rodeo
Come competition day, Baily is often the only girl in the park. Standing in her oversized coat that droops past her hands (no gloves 'cause she's hardcore like that), she may not look like a threat but this girl rides fast and fierce.
She carves the slopes so smooth like she's spreading icing and pops off jumps like gravity is a figment of your imagination.
Baily has big goals to be at the X-Games within the next three years and one day, on the Olympic team. This year is all about improving her big tricks and getting noticed by a sponsor, which will be key to getting her to competitions later.
Her love for the board started with her first skateboard when she was six years old. She soon became addicted to the adrenaline of trying new tricks and started wakeboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Her passion for all board sports is clearly fuelled by her adventurous personality and go-getter attitude.
This year Baily wanted to be on the mountain everyday - so - she made it happen. She got an after-school job at her local ski resort terrain park. It's the first year that she can work in her Ontario hometown and to her this means more than extra lunch money. Now she can ride everyday and learn more about what goes into making those ginormous jumps and rails that she loves so dearly.
On weekends she trains with her new competitive team, Simple Snowboarding, and will be travelling to nationals and to a Colorado training camp.
She may just be starting her competitive boarding career but so far, Baily is rocking it. In December, she took home a gold medal in the Whistler King of the Rail competition for best slopestyle and rail for U-16 female snowboarder.
It may sound like Baily's passion would override any boarding nerves but like any other extreme athlete, butterflies are a part of why she loves the sport.
Q & A with Baily
i: How do you prep before competitions?
B: I always start with a big breakfast. If I'm lucky Mom or Dad will get me a breakfast sandwich from Tim Horton's - they're my favourite!
i: Who's standing next to you at the top of the hill during competitions?
B: When I've competed there's only around 10 girls but they're usually older - like in their twenties. The rest are guys.
i: How do you feel competing side-by-side older athletes?
B: Some of the guys are so good and it makes me really nervous. I just stand back and think: when will I be that good?
i: We love you just said "when", that means it's only a matter of time and practice before you are that good. So what do you do to calm the nerves?
B: Watching everyone just makes me want to be better so I just use that to do the best I can.
i: What was the best tip you got when you started boarding to improve your style?
B: Keep your shoulders straight to the side of the board and your eyes down the hill. If you’re looking into the trees that’s exactly where you’ll go.
i: What's your best tip to boarders who want to up their game?
B: If you want to try the big tricks, try going through the movements on snow first. Once you feel comfortable shifting your weight and getting into the right positions, head to the box and then the rail. You just work your way up.
i: What advice would you like to share with our ivivva readers?
B: Keep practicing, keep at it. Never give up because you're just about to get better.
Digging Baily's outfit?
It's all about layers on the hill. Under Baily's jacket, she is wearing the beaming blue Alpine Long Sleeve Tee made with super soft, sweat-wicking Rulu™ fabric. Peeking out from her helmet is the matching Warm'er Cap to block wind and keep ears warm. This cap also has a Set My Ponytail Free hole at the back so it fits perfectly with your hair up.
Her pants are the Live To Dance Pant *DWR (check back here for black) for extra warmth which are great for après hot chocolates. She's also wearing the Run For It Jacket with a Durable Water Repellent finish to help stay dry in warmer, spring skiing conditions.