Tanya, the current etnies Girl of the Month, also has the distinction of being the grand prize winner of the Step Up to Be the Next etnies Girl contest. etnies Girl, Journeys and Seventeen flew Tanya and her friend, Amelia, to Southern California for an action-packed weekend at the annual etnies Goofy vs. Regular (GvR) Contest and etnies 20th Anniversary grand finale celebration held Oct. 20-22. The girls had a great time watching the contests (and, in Amelia’s case, competing in the etnies Girl PUSH Jam), rubbing elbows with etnies pros, attending the Beastie Boys concert, shopping for free etnies Girl gear in the Company Store and much, much more. We caught up with the 17-year-old New Jersey native about her passion for snowboarding, what inspires her and the best piece of advice she’s ever received.
“There are no limits as to what I can do to have fun while I’m strapped to my board.”
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Tanya: I love snowboarding; it’s the best sport in the world. Aside from that, I love anything involving a board—skateboarding, longboarding, wakeboarding, etc. I also like to eat…constantly. etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Tanya: I guess my talents are just reflected in my snowboarding and skateboarding on a good day; but aside from that, I’m not so talented. Oh, and I can make my eyes squeak! etnies Girl: How did you get involved in snowboarding?
Tanya: Well I was 11 years old and randomly saw some video footage of Tara Dakides snowboarding. I thought she looked so awesome and from the moment my eyes met the TV I was stunned into disbelief—she was incredible at it. Ever since then, I’ve been calling Mountain Creek home in the winter. etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Tanya: Not too many board sport companies have a separate collection of clothing, shoes, etc., specifically designed for female riders, but etnies Girl is just that, and more. Just by being an etnies Girl of the Month, girls like myself who are passionate about their sport, but who aren’t getting the chance to show the world their talents, can do so with etnies. etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Tanya: I’m an etnies Girl because I push myself to succeed in all that I do and most of the time it pays off. I’m almost always in a positive mood, and I love to have fun—either on the mountain, with friends, skating or just hanging out, I can make a dull situation fun. etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Tanya: Eating is fun, and I do a lot of that. etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Tanya: If I made a list, it would go on forever. In snowboarding, I find my inspiration from the pro snowboarders I admire and one of my best friends, Amelia. She’s one of the best skateboarders I know and she’s always trying new, insane tricks you’d only see in “Tony Hawk’s Underground.” I find inspiration in other ways from my friends, family and boyfriend. Luckily, the people I’m always around are all really cool, and there are certain things about each of them that inspire me to be a better person. etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Tanya: There have been a few, but as of right now I personally consider it a cool accomplishment to be able to have this interview with etnies Girl. etnies Girl: Why do you love snowboarding so much?
Tanya: I can ride at crazy speeds down the mountain, I can create my own trails through the trees, I can grind rails and hit jumps, and the satisfaction of actually landing the tricks is indescribable—basically it’s that there are no limits as to what I can do to have fun while I’m strapped to my board. Plus, the progression that snowboarding as a sport is experiencing in 2006 is insane—more people of all ages and sizes are buying boards, and more people are stomping 1080s and raising the bar even higher. Again, it’s all limitless and I love that. etnies Girl: How does it feel to be selected as the grand prize winner of the Step Up to Be the Next etnies Girl contest?
Tanya: To be completely honest, when I found out that I won, I started jumping up and down, ran into my sister’s room like a lunatic to tell her the news and called some friends. I can’t thank etnies Girl enough. etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Tanya: “Oh my God, Tanya, just do it already! Everybody’s waiting.” My sister said this to me, and while it doesn’t seem like the best piece of advice to get, it really was. She was telling me to hit a rail, frontside it and stop making everyone wait. (I was stalling in front of it, about to chicken out.) Well, to make her shut up, I hit the rail and landed my trick, and we just took the chair up to the terrain park again and again. I realized that I should just try something new if I have a strong feeling that I’m ready for it. If I just wait and hold back I may never progress, and that’s no fun. etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Tanya: My entire family is important to me because I love them, we help each other out and we’re there to support each other at any given time. My friends are important to me because they’re the best friends a girl could find and they’re always there for me when I need them. (Love you guys!) And my boyfriend, Charlie, means so much because I love him like crazy and we have so much fun together. Other things that are important to me: snow days, my driver’s license, my phone and sherbet. Tanya’s Favorite Things Place: Mammoth, Calif., and Mt. Hood, Ore.
Color: Lime green
Hangout: “This local coffee shop called Rohr’s—awesome place.”
City: Los Angeles
Song: “As of right now, ‘London Bridge’ by Fergie. Did I really just admit that? Of all time, ‘Bring me the Disco King’ by David Bowie.”
Album: “Shangri-La Dee Da” by Stone Temple Pilots
Bands: Stone Temple Pilots, Our Lady Peace, Nirvana, Billy Talent
Book: “The Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerouac
TV show: “NEXT” on MTV
Sport: “Snowboarding, of course!”
Game: “Guess Who?”
Food: Sherbet and Sbarro
Smell: Cucumber Melon lotion and soft scrub
Hobby: “Stickering my snowboard.”
Guilty pleasure: “Ice cream by the gallon.”
Athletes: Tara Dakides, Scotty Wittlake, Pat Milbery, Antti Autti
Hero: “My best friend, Lea Milliaressis.”
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