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MEG RIDES WITH A HUGE BEAUTIFUL SMILE ON HER HAPPY FACE. CAREFUL IT’S CONTAGIOUS. D.O.B.: 09/28 RESIDES: Fraiser, CO HOMETOWN: Sunnyvale, CA SPONSORS: Screamer, PURL, Bern, Bolle, GNU STANCE: 27 front, -12 back / 21.5 wide
I have been looking forward to this interview with Meg because we have been friends, fellow competitors, and riding buddies for a long time. We initially met many summers ago, hiking the pipe at Mt. Hood before either of us made the move to Colorado. Since then, Meg and I have shared countless powder days, park sessions, traveled together to competitions across the country and even changed our first flat tire together on the side of a road in Vermont on the way to the US Open. She is an awesome friend, an amazing rider and a true free spirit whose positive energy and unique style can light up any room. I caught up with her in late August when she was in Oregon following the endless winter to its full extent. She will be riding Mt. Hood into the fall, getting as many days on snow as possible. Meg hails from the California coast and was introduced to snowboarding in the Lake Tahoe area back in 1995. When she strapped into her first board it was not exactly love at first sight. She explains, “My first experience wasn’t one of the best actually. I went on a school trip and broke my arm.” Luckily, a broken bone was not enough to shake her spirit and she stuck it out, hitting up Northstar-at-Tahoe on a major pow day as her follow up experience and falling head over heals in love with the sport. Meg has been making up for that first day, with the same determined attitude, charging any and all terrain including halfpipes, logs, jumps, and of course powder. Meg has been a consistent threat on the contest scene over the years with some impressive results. She won the Paul Mitchell Progression Session where she boosted huge airs and spins on a
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30 ft. tow-in quarterpipe above downtown Breckenridge, “Highest Air” award at the Abominable Snow Jam and more recently finishing 9th in the 09-10 Dew Tour overall. This past season, Meg took a break from a busy competition schedule and concentrated on progressing her riding and learning new tricks. The focus has really paid off with the addition of a bunch of new tricks including multiple flips in the halfpipe, an increase in her confidence, and bag of tricks on rails and jumps and in the backcountry as well. When asked what she is most proud of from this past season, Meg responds “Getting upside down more than ever and dialing in more tricks on rails and jumps.” Meg also wanted to challenge herself to find an outlet to share these experiences with the world, in her own time and outside of the typical and sometimes hectic contest venue. Making the most out of every shred session, she and her boyfriend, Mark Kelsic began documenting all their daily adventures through photos and short videos on MegPugh.com and MarkKelsic.com. It has been a really great way to see the day-to-day process of learning, fun and all behind-the-scene parts of the shred life that don’t necessarily translate to contest, TV coverage and other media outlets. This coming season she hopes to balance out a healthy competition schedule following the Dew Tour and other key events, along with continuing to publish her travels and daily adventures around Colorado through her website. Her goals include challenging herself to learn new things and find new ways to reach out to people both inside and outside the snowboard community, and perfecting the perfect halfpipe run - a constant work in progress.