A little snowboard chick is taking home the title of Best Snowboarder in the World, a category she earned at the 2017 Snowboard World Championships in New Zealand.
Chaya Skates was crowned the 2017 Champion of the Year at the event, and it’s not just because she won.
Skates has been teaching the younger Skateboard Girl how to surf and snowboard, and has even taken the opportunity to help teach her sister.
Choya Skates, 5, has been training her sister, Dina, and her family on snowboarding and snowshoeing since the girls were born.
She is the only snowboard girl in her family and was just named a World Snowboard Champion.
Skates won her first competition, a snowboard contest at the Snowboard & Board World Championships, back in November.
Skateboards are a growing segment of the sport, with Skates’ sister and her sister’s dad competing in snowboarding competitions in the past.
Skaters and snowboarding are not the only ones taking to the snow, with Dina’s brother and father competing in a snow-surfing event at the same event.
Dina is already the champion at the upcoming World Snowboarding Championships in Sydney, Australia, where she will face off against another Snowboard Girl, Kaitlyn McDonagh, who won the competition.
Skater girls are also finding their footing in the sport of snowboarding.
At this year’s World Snowboards Championships, Denna Smith won the title for the first time, and another snowboard-champion, Brooke Nardella, is also a rising star in the category.
Skaters are not just competing on the snow.
The sport has become a way for girls to express themselves.
When she was just four years old, Dennie Skates told us, she took up riding.
Denna said she would take her bike out on a bike path, and would walk alongside it to help her keep her balance.
Skating was also a way to socialize with her family.
“I would skate with them all the time,” she said.
Dennie and her siblings Dina and Kaityn Skates have also been learning about the sport since they were babies.
They have been doing their own lessons, and have been practicing and practicing, teaching Dennies younger sister how to skate.
“We’ve been practicing with the family and going to the park together, and the two of us skateboarding,” Dennys older sister, Karissa Skates-McDonagh said.
“We started teaching her how to do it by ourselves.”
At the beginning of her year, Skates started teaching Dina how to snowboard at her own pace, and she has been learning every day since.
“She is just doing her own thing,” Skates said.
Skocks said Dina enjoys the sport more than most, and that she has learned how to play the snow better than most.
“Dina just loves it.
She has really grown up and started skating.
I think she enjoys it a lot more than we do,” Skats said.
At the age of four, Denny and her brother started snowboarding with their parents.
“They started out doing it as a hobby,” Denny said.
Now, Donta and Kail Skates are also involved in snowboarding and skiing.
Dina is a snowboarding champion at age 15.
“I think the hardest part of the snowboarding is when it’s really cold,” Dina said.
She loves riding the sleds with her dad, but says she wants to get on a snow board for her own fun.
Skays said that Dina loves snowboarding because it allows her to have fun and still be strong and healthy.
“She’s not scared of the cold, she just loves the snow,” Skays-McDONagh said of Dina.
“If it’s cold and snowy and it feels like you’re going to fall over and break your leg, then she’ll do that, but I don’t think she thinks she’s going to break her leg.”
Dina and her brothers and sister have also started learning how to ski, too.
“It’s fun, and I’ve been doing it all summer,” Skals said.
Skateboarding is a sport that is all about freedom, and Dina wants to keep it that way.
She said she wants everyone to be able to skate, and even be able ride in the snow with their family and friends.
Skins hopes that the sport will continue to grow.
“It is a really great sport and we need more girls to get into it,” Skins said.