Hometown: Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Currently resides: Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Current sponsors: Arcteryx, Clif Bar, Smith, Jones, GoPro, Thirty Two, UAG
Bindings: Arc ST Pro

Born in Kauai and raised in Lake Tahoe Elena’s life has always centered around board sports. During her 16 years on the professional halfpipe circuit, she etched a place for herself in the history books as the first snowboarder to do a double ally oop rodeo in competition, a 2x Winter Olympian, and 7 X-Games medalist.

In 2018 Elena retired from competitive halfpipe riding to pursue big mountain snowboarding. She quickly became one of the most celebrated females in the space. Starring in multiple highly celebrated films including HBO’s Edge of The Earth. Gracing the cover of Slush the Mag and Snowboard Magazine, and winning the coveted Natural Selection backcountry event.

As one of the only women doing a large portion of her backcountry access completely human-powered, she continues to set herself apart from her peers. With no inclination of slowing down her sights are set on continuing to raise the bar in the big mountain world, inspire more people to spend time in nature, and advocate for the places that she plays.

Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

To date, my favorite splitboard trip was crossing the Sierra to film Ode to Muir. Being able to just camp, hike, and shred for multiple days on end was a dream.


What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

I have had so many great influences that have brought me into the backcountry. Jeremy Jones, Hana Beaman, Brian Iguchi, Robin Van Gyn.... all have really helped guide me in the backcountry.


What are you most excited about for the 23/24 season?

I am really excited about the opportunity to winter camp more this upcoming season. I have truly fallen in love with the access to the mountains it allows


What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature. How complex yet simple it is. It drives me to spend more time immersed in nature because I always feel like I learn and grow when I do.


Why ride Spark R&D gear?

It's the best in the game. Light, reliable, and comfortable.