Desiree Melancon

Few riders stand out from the landscape of professional snowboarding like Desiree Melancon. She’s not afraid to call it like she sees it, for better or for worse. Talking artcapades, gender dynamics, sleeping on the floor and more with the woman from the armpit of the Inland Empire.

Words: Christina “Pika” Burtner

Her loud, hyena-like laugh raises a few eyebrows. It’s a crazy cackle that pours out in an emphatic eruption. Any attempt to bottle up this laugh would result in glass-shattering destruction. You hear this laugh over the din of dubstep or drunken discord in the loudest of bars and know it belongs to Desiree Melancon…

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