Hailey Langland: SoCal Shredder
At age 15, Hailey Langland was the youngest snowboarder competing at X Games Aspen 2016, and she took a surprise bronze in Slopestyle. She was youngest boarder at XG Aspen 2017, too. She made history.
"Yung Hails" shocked everyone (including herself) by stomping the first-ever double cork by a woman off an X Games jump. It powered her to Big Air gold and that night's No. 2 spot on SportsCenter's Top Ten.
Hailey's Cab (switch) double cork 1080 had never been landed by a woman in competition. In fact, Langland learned it literally moments before the Big Air comp -- she over-rotated a jump during warm-ups for the contest and realized maybe she could do a double. "It was a complete accident," she says. "But it was one of those things that just felt right."
Quite a change for a young athlete who never had landed anything bigger in a contest than a 720. "I'd always wanted to do a double but never imagined I'd be doing it switch, or so early in my career," Hailey says. "After I did it in practice it felt like I had been doing it forever. During the contest, all I wanted was to land it for me. I didn't care what place I took, putting it down on my feet was a win in itself."
Hailey hails from the SoCal surf town of San Clemente. And while she loves to surf, Langland has a passion for snowboarding that goes beyond contest results. "Snowboarding is my way to express who I am on and off the mountain," she says. "There really isn't another place that I get a feeling like being on my board, carving, lapping the park or pipe with my good friends."
- DOB: 8/2/2000. Age at Aspen: 17 yrs., 6 mos. Youngest female snowboarder on the XG Aspen 2018 roster as of 1/4/18.
- XG Aspen 2017 Big Air: In 6th place before her final pass, when she stomped the first Cab double cork 1080 in women's snowboard competition history. The perfectly-landed trick scored a 49, propelling her to gold. Nearly stuck it again in XG Aspen Slopestyle but couldn't ride it out. Finished 4th.
- Has not attempted the Cab double 1080 since XG Aspen, nor has she been learning other big tricks. "I'm such a scaredy cat...(but) if I'm feeling the same energy I was last year, I'd love to put it down again." Posted on Instagram recently that she's "Praying I'll remember how to do this." Slopestyle bronze as a 15-year-old XG rookie at Aspen 2016.
- XG Norway 2017: Suffered from the flu and finished 6th in Slopestyle. In Big Air, at only 5'2" and 110 lbs., she struggled to clear the jump. She dropped seconds before the Final started.
- Injured right shoulder in early November 2017 while training in Stubai, AUS. Returned to place 4th at Dew Tour Breckenridge on Dec. 16. Injury details: strained rotator cuff and bad bone bruise to the humerus. "I was following Julia (Marino) and I wanted to do a backside 360 to warm up. Apparently, I caught my heel edge off the lip of the jump and fell straight to my shoulder."
- Possibly the most stylish rider in women's snowboarding. Has wicked skills on the rails and her jumps are off axis with tweaked grabs. Gained a major sponsor when Volcom picked her up in December 2017. From the announcement on Volcom's website: "I cannot stress enough how much style matters. We're all becoming robots out there, it's driving me freakin' nuts."
- Graduated a year early from a homeschooling program in 2017. Received SAT and ACT prep books for Christmas. The goal? A degree in literature and/or writing from the University of California at San Diego. Great friends with XG Slopestyle gold medalist Julia Marino. The fun-loving, outgoing Langland hangs with heaps of skiers and snowboarders off the hill. Check this silly edit featuring a roller-skating adventure with skiers Maggie Voisin and Darian Stevens.
- A uniquely beautiful girl, Hailey's mom, Michelle, is from the Philippines. Dad, Geoff, was a sponsored snowboarder; he wanted his kids (Hailey has a brother, Seth) to have the opportunity to share his love for the sport. And he can still beat Hailey down the hill.
- The family went snowboarding at Big Bear every weekend when she was younger, sometimes even taking her out of school to shred. She now calls Mammoth Mountain her home resort.
- When in SoCal she trains extensively at the Nakoa Fitness center in Carlsbad, where Ryan Sheckler works out. Also spends significant time at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard training facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.
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