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Jun 29 2006 / Thursday

melissa_close_up400_400 Melissa, the current etnies Girl of the Month, is especially near and dear to etnies Girl’s heart—in fact, we think she’s such a great snowboarder that we’ve signed her on as one of our flow riders. Naturally, we want everyone to know about her. The 17-year-old currently lives in Big Bear, and has plans to move to Breckenridge, Colo., this fall. Right now, she’s just enjoying the summer and getting in lots of fishing before she heads to Mt. Hood to do some riding. Sounds like a nice way to spend the summer if you ask us! We chatted with Melissa about how she got into snowboarding, her biggest accomplishment and her coolest snowboarding moment.etnies Girl: What are your interests?
I have a lot of interest in snowboarding. I think that it is a very fun sport. I also like to skateboard, but I'm not that good. When I'm at the beach, I have to go surfing. And on my days off lately, I've been going fishing with some of my friends. I recently caught a two-foot trout!etnies Girl: What are your talents?
One of my talents, I'd have to say, would be ceramics. I like to make pots. I learned in the ninth grade and I have liked it ever since…kind of like snowboarding.etnies Girl: How did you get involved in snowboarding?
When I was really young, my mom had me on skis…I’ve been skiing for as long as I can remember. Then I got on my school snowboarding/ski team and decided to try snowboarding, which I fell in love with. My grandpa bought me my first snowboard, a Morrow 134 cm—old school. I met my boyfriend, Chad Tarbell, in the ninth grade and he was into snowboarding also, so it worked out. We’re still together too.etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
I think that it is awesome that every month there’s an etnies Girl. It gives a lot of girls like me a great opportunity for exposure and also to meet new people.etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
I believe that I'm an etnies girl because I'm very outgoing and easy to get along with. I feel like I'm on a steady path. I'm energetic, fun, crazy, stylish and confident.etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
For fun now that I'm not snowboarding, I have been going fishing at Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. After that, I’ll be going up to Mt. Hood in Oregon.etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration within everyone around me.etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
I would have to say my biggest accomplishment is where I am at today. I feel like I’m on the right track. etnies Girl: Why do you love snowboarding so much?
I love snowboarding so much because I get to travel and see different terrains, and because of all of the people who I get to meet along the way. There are so many incredible aspects to snowboarding.etnies Girl: What’s your coolest snowboarding moment?
I landed my first backside 540 not too long ago. That was pretty sweet.etnies Girl: Do you enjoy competing?
Yes, I enjoy competing. I think that it helps you step it up a little and also just because you get to be out there shredding with all the girls.etnies Girl: Do you have any advice for girls who want to turn pro someday?
I would just say keep it fun and experience lots of things, and if you love it, stick to it. etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When I was first learning to jump and spin I remember my boyfriend, Chad, would say, “Just pop and spin.” It worked for me.etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
My family, friends and my boyfriend are really important to me ‘cause I always have a shoulder to lean on, or someone to talk to. etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to say before we go?
I'm thankful for all of the things I have learned and people I have met along the way to becoming a pro snowboarder.
Melissa's Favorite ThingsPlace: The beach
Animal: Tiger
Color: Light blue
Hangout: Friends’ houses
City: “Everywhere!”
Song: “Too many to list…”
Book: “Charlotte’s Web” by EB White
Movie: “Pretty Woman” and “Dazed and Confused”
TV show: “The Simpsons”
Sport: Snowboarding and fishing
Game: “Super Mario Bros.”
Food: Mexican
Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Holiday: Christmas
Smell: Roses
Guilty pleasure: Shopping
Athlete: Hanna Beaman
Hero: My momBe an etnies Girl of the MonthWould you like to be the next etnies Girl of the Month? Leave a comment telling us why you deserve to be the next etnies Girl along with your age and a link to your Web site or MySpace page. You can also send a paragraph describing why you should be our next etnies Girl, along with your name, age, address, phone number and a photo of yourself, to: etnies Girl of the Month
c/o Sole Technology, Inc.
25422 Trabuco Rd., Suite 105 #235
Lake Forest, CA 92609 Thanks to everyone who applies and good luck!mellisaevanslogjib400_601

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