Patti always seems to have a giant smile on her face—and it’s contagious.

Ambassador Patti Zhou started snowboarding at the ripe age of 2 in the mountains of Beijing, China where she quickly fell in love with the sport. Now 9 years old, Patti continues to blow us away with her unique style and infectious positive energy. She has a special way of making us feel hyped on life anytime we get the chance to talk to her and we couldn't wait to hear more about some of things that keep her stoked on and off the mountain.

Check out her thoughts on surfing, cereal, and what she'd do with $100 bucks in her pocket.

Patti Zhou

Q&A with Patti Zhou

What is your motto?
Go fast.

What inspired you to start snowboarding?
Facing the mountain. To me, it's so alive.

At what age did you start snowboarding?
I first stood on a snowboard when I was two, with a lollipop in hand haha.

Where did you first snowboard?

What gets you excited to go ride?
Being able to try new things and get a better understanding of the mountain I am riding.

Where is your favorite mountain?
Copper Mountain.

Patti Zhou snowboarding

When you’re not snowboarding, what do you enjoy doing?
I like to surf, draw, and read.

What’s your favorite wave to surf?
Any wave I can get air. (we’ve seen some pretty insane clips of her at Waco wave pool)

Have you ever gotten barreled on a surfboard?

If so, what did that feel like?
Haha, it’s like a shower.

Do you have siblings?
Yes. My little sis Yukki who’s the cutest!

Who is the funniest person you know?

Patti Zhou and her sister, Yukki

Your smile is contagious, what keeps you stoked?
Finding mountain creatures.

If you could be any superhero, who would it be?
I’d like to be Flash.

Pepperoni or cheese pizza?

What’s your favorite cereal?
Cocoa puffs!

If you had to wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Black! It goes super well with other colors.

We know you have lived all over the world, where do you call home these days?
My home is where my family is. Which right now is Colorado.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A snowboarder and surfer, traveling around the world.

Patti Zhou skateboarding

If you had $100 in your pocket, what would you buy?

Who is someone you look up to?
My dad.

What is your theme song?
Sweet Dreams, Mile High, and Star Walking...

Tell us a joke.
How do you know if the ocean is friendly? It waves!

If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

 Patti Zhou snowboarding