Erika Vikander

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Mt. Hood, Oregon

Date of birth

July 6, 1990

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What does being part of the Picture family represent to you?

The Universe aligns us with exactly the right people at the right time and I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with a company that prides themselves on sustainability and lessening our impact on the world like Picture Organic. Not only do they make really functional gear that looks great, they have a standard they fulfill in upholding the fight against climate change and I am grateful to work with a company that empowers me to live a more sustainable lifestyle while enjoying the outdoors.

Tell us, how did you start snowboarding?

Growing up in Montana, the mountains were always a part of my life living at the foothills of the Bridger Mountain Range. My siblings , Mom and I would ski on the weekends until we got old enough to go by ourselves. When my older brother switched to snowboarding, I obviously had to try it myself. After a day or two of chasing him and his friends around trying to keep up, it clicked. The rest as they say, is history.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

I want to help inspire the next generation of snowboarders to live their lives both on and the hill to live sustainably. I hope to continue to compete and push my own limits as well as pursuing more passion film projects that fuel my soul.

What is your best snowboarding memory?

I try to consider memorable moments every day, but one of my favorites must have been the first time I got to go to Japan. It is such a special place in my mind, body, and spirit. We rode the deepest powder of my life. Literally feet of snow every single day and night for a two week period, it was every freeriders dream. Needless to say my legs were toast by the time I returned home!

What other activities do you do in the outdoors?

I love to explore nature, whether I am hiking, biking, river rafting, or anything else, nothing excites me more than finding on off the beaten path trail or road and following it to the end. I have found some of my all time favorite camping spots this way, as well as countless waterfalls, mushrooms, rocks, and animals. I also just took up wakesurfing which has been such a fun crossover way to train for snowboarding.

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