Boarder Patrol: Gretchen Bleiler

The Tomboy steps out from her brothers' footsteps to become a champion

Bitchin' // Sharon Steel // 11/21/11
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By Cheyenne Ellis

Gretchen Bleiler

Sometimes the best wetsuit in the world can't help you deny the fact that it's cold out there. This time of year, we like to look to the mountains for a different kind of boarder– and the ladies who make it look so good.

Boarding Since: Age 11

What made you want to snowboard?
I grew up with four brothers. I was a tomboy and always tried to do whatever they were doing at the time. Snowboarding was it!

You've come a long way from tagging along with your brothers. What's the best part about being a pro boarder?
Being able to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world with my best friends. To be outside doing what I love is a dream come true.

Tell us a little about your collection with Oakley– there's a lot of gear involved!
Yes, the Gretchen Bleiler Collection, which I love. It has everything: outwear, apparel, eyewear, and accessories. I like it because it keeps me warm, dry and looking and feeling good.

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