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Kalahari Trailblazers

Summer Fenton

In our new ambassadors’ blog series, we’ll introduce you to the awesome people who taste the adventure every day! Summer is a professional snowboarder who competes on the World Circuit in Halfpipe. 

Summer Fenton grabbing her snowboard mid air in front of a large jump

Tell us about yourself

Hi there, my name is Summer Fenton and I was born and raised in San Francisco. Currently, I split my time between San Francisco, CA and Breckenridge, CO.. I am a professional snowboarder who competes on the World Circuit in Halfpipe and enjoy filming in the backcountry and street. I love anything that involves a board so I am also an avid surfer and skateboarder.

What does adventure mean to you?

To me, adventure means limitless, exploring and embracing the unknown, stepping outside of your comfort zone, appreciating your surroundings, feeling alive, making somewhat of a plan and trusting the process.

Summer Fenton on a green bicycle in a wetsuit, waving

What is your favorite outdoor activity and what makes it special to you?

Snowboarding OF COURSE! Snowboarding is my passion and puts me in a euphoric state of mind. The adrenaline rush and constant joy it gives me is what drives me and keeps me coming back for more. Whenever I’m on board, I feel at peace. I feel really grateful that my passion has turned into a career and for all the places it has taken me.

Tell us about a memory or accomplishment from your adventures that you are proud of.

Because of snowboarding, I have been able to travel and snowboard the globe from all around Europe, New Zealand, Chile, India, China, Argentina, Japan and Canada. It has brought me to so many amazing places and for that I am always going to be grateful. Nothing is better than being able to travel for your passion and being able to do your passion in unique places while also experiencing the new and different cultures.I have too many crazy memories and stories to choose from but I have noticed a trend. I am a spontaneous traveler. One that says yes to the unknown, makes plans SO last minute (I’m talking buying a plane ticket and leaving in less than 24hrs) and puts faith in the universe. I will say that snowboarding the western part of the Himalayas was quite the experience and one that I will never forget. Check this video out for more!

Summer Fenton eating a Kalahari charcuterie slab on a picnic table in front of a green mountain background

How does food and nutrition play a role in fueling your adventures?

Food and nutrition is SO important for my on the go lifestyle and snowboarding career. Finding something that is healthy and going to support my activity for the day is sometimes difficult especially when I’m out on the mountain all day or traveling. Having Kalahari on my adventures has been a game changer as it fuels me for the day so that I can be the best me. The flavors are addicting and the quality of the meat is topnotch.

Do you have any intentions or goals this year? What are you hoping to accomplish?

I have my eyes set on some pretty big goals this year and I’m working hard everyday towards them. One of my everyday goals though is to step outside of my comfort zone whether it is to try something new such as a trick on snow, trampoline or skatepark or even a new recipe or hiking route. I want to challenge myself everyday whether it be on or off snow because if you don’t try you will never know what you can achieve.

This or That: Adventure Edition

Kayaking or Hiking

Skiing or Snowboarding

Mountains or Beach

Biltong or Crisps

Winter or Summer

Camping or Glamping

Surfing or Paddle Boarding

Cycling or Running

Beer or Wine

Explore Alone or Adventure Buddy 

Cardio or Strength Training

You can follow Summer on Instagram @badgirlsumsum or on her Youtube

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