Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Yura
Living his BAÏSTLife.
We are continuing to highlight our BAÏSTLife Crew, made up of several talented athletes who push our brand to the limit and always live their BAÏSTLife. We recently highlighted Morgan Dinsdale, and next up is Yura Kostiukevych, a free ride snowboarder from Seattle, Washington. Yura has been skiing since he was just 2 years old and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon! Formerly a member of the under-16 Ukrainian national racing team, Yura was constantly looking for something new and became a free ride snowboarder instead. Want to know more? Read on and get a peek into Yura's life:
How long have you been skiing/riding?Skiing since the age of 2, riding for the last 16 years.
How did you get started skiing/boarding?My dad brought me to the local mountain, put on skis and let go. You know, almost like birds when they push their young out of the nest. Fly or die.
Do you have any funny stories or special memories of being on the slopes?
Upon moving to the U.S., I went riding to Mount Hood in July. It’s a typical time for High Cascade Camp, and I was very impressed by the level of riders, or at least one particular rider there. I knew that American snowboarding is more advanced than Ukrainian (my home country), but didn’t except such a dramatic difference. Well, later, I realized it was Scotty Lago, who just took Olympic halfpipe bronze medal a few years before.
What is your first memory of skiing/riding?During my first run I was crying. After the run I said, “I want to do it again.”
How many days do you currently spend skiing each year?
Have no idea. Maybe 40?
What is your favorite memory of being in the snow/in nature?Climbing big mountains. There’s something inherently great in spending weeks approaching, acclimatizing and slowly climbing any of those majestic beauties.
What does your perfect ski day look like?Sidecountry, because I prefer lift access over hours of splitboarding. With a few friends, because riding out there alone is stupid, even though I often do so.
How do you start each day? What does your morning routine look like?Wake up late and pray for that morning latte.
What makes your riding style different from others?
My background is in racing, at some point was in Ukrainian national junior skiing team. That makes me comfortable with speed and steepness, but less so when it comes to spins and flips. Unfortunately, latest competitive freeride trends pretty much require you to put down backflip or at least 360 to get the podium.
What is your home mountain and what are your favorite parts about it?
Alpental. Absolutely sick backcountry terrain and as close to Seattle as you can ever get from a big city.