Young shredder uses flowy style to place 1st in Kingdom of Breck Am Jam
Victory gives Alessandra Frederick confidence to chase dreams in the sport
Silverthorne’s Alessandra Frederick is the definition of what it means to have guts.
At only 9 years old, Frederick not only knows how to skateboard and snowboard better than most, but she is also extremely fearless and has no trouble rocketing high into the sky on her snowboard or drop quickly into the bottom of a bowl.
Frederick’s fearlessness has led her to finish at the top of several recent snowboard and skateboarding competitions with the young grommet recently earning first place in the girls competition at the Kingdom of Breck Am Jam at the Kingdom Park skate park on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Learning how to skateboard when she was 6 years old, Frederick says she was drawn to the sport after seeing other skateboarders on the street and at skate parks. Wanting to emulate her fellow extreme sport athletes, Frederick went home and began the process of learning the fundamentals of skateboarding.
“I got into the sport by myself,” Frederick said. “I just taught it to myself. I really enjoy skateboarding. It is really fun and it is fun to learn new tricks.”
It was not long before Frederick became a seasoned veteran on her board. Soon she could be seen rocketing her way out of skate park bowls across the county or performing a rail grind at a local ski resort.
This past year has been an especially big one for Frederick, both on the snow and concrete. While competing in snowboard slopestyle, boardercross, rail jam and halfpipe competitions, she had seven first-place finishes and five second-place finishes at the Rocky Mountain Series regional level before getting an invite to the United States of America Snowboard and Freeksi Association’s Nationals at Copper Mountain Resort in April.
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After placing sixth in slopestyle and fourth in halfpipe at the 2022 national competition, Frederick managed to jump up several spots and place second in both snowboard disciplines at the 2023 national meet from April 1-6.
In addition to competing in slopestyle and halfpipe, Frederick also placed sixth overall in the boardercross competition, up four places from her performance the year before.
Frederick’s fantastic season on snow has given way to a prolific, and short-but-sweet skateboarding season. She began it while competing at a Colorado Amateur Skateboard League competition in Breckenridge on June 24 and placed in multiple skateboarding events.
Frederick was crowned the champion in women’s vert/bowl, women’s park/mini ram and placed second in the women’s street competition. Several weeks after competing at the Colorado Amateur Skateboard League competition in June, Frederick returned to Breckenridge to compete in the Kingdom of Breck Am Jam on Saturday, Sept. 9.
With a few months of preparation, Frederick easily skated to another first-place finish, placing atop the girls competition.
“I had a lot of fun and I liked the competition,” Frederick said. “I liked having fun and watching other people.”
One thing that Frederick says sets her apart from her fellow competitors is that she does not psyche herself out prior to performing a fear-inducing trick. Instead, Frederick says she simply drops in and does what she knows best: shred with a good dose of flare.
“I look at my board and I just drop in,” Frederick said.
Like any young athlete, Frederick hopes this is just the beginning of her extreme sports career. She has aspirations to chase after the greatness of her heroes Sky Brown and Shaun White.
“I want to be in the Olympics when I am older,” Frederick said.
Frederick will conclude the skateboarding season with a Colorado Amateur Skateboard League competition at Slocum Skate Park in Thornton where she’ll compete in vert/bowl, mini ramp/park and street.
After hanging up her skateboard for the season, Frederick will turn her focus to snowboarding. She plans to compete in the snowboard grommet 9- to 10-year-old girls division during the 2023-24 season.
To follow Frederick’s continual progression in the sport, follow @_aaadventure on Instagram.
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