Temecula’s Hailey Langland has come a long way since she first started surfing at age 5. Born in Aliso Viejo, Langland spent her early years in Irvine and grew up playing typical sports such as soccer and spent time going to the beach. Her father, Geoff, an avid snowboarder, took Langland to Big Bear when she was 5 to give the sport a try.
Hailey progressed at a fast level and by age 7 she entered her first contest and despite low results, she was hooked. The young standout then started winning events, got picked up by Burton Snowboards, which was her first sponsorship and from there the rest of the ride has been history in the making.
“I was amazed at how fun it was and how easy it was,” she said in a recent ESPN television interview.
Langland’s parents taught her early that it wasn’t about the competition, or about who was beating whom, it was about having fun and fueling her love for the sport. Geoff Langland saw a drive in his daughter and moved the family to Big Bear when Langland was 10 so she could get more time on the slopes. She earned several first-place finishes during the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships, mostly in the slope style and half-pipe divisions, but two years ago she started focusing strictly on big air, a fairly new sport for females.
Langland earned a bronze medal last year in the slope style division, her first time competing in the X Games, and earned silver at the recent Dew Tour games at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
These days, the new Temecula resident spends most of her time at the family’s second house in Big Bear and is fresh off being the youngest athlete at X Games 2017, where she took home the first gold of the Games. Langland stomped a flawless cab double cork 1080 which bumped her from sixth place into first place with the trick score of 49, out of 50
After the X Games, she has her eyes on another goal…getting into the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. She was invited to go to the mountain where the competition will be held to test run the course a few months ago.
After her X Games win, Langland told ESPN, “If I could be a part of something like that, I’d be stoked.”