Truckee Flannel co. Team
Meet Joanna, aka Ppppnut! Joanna didn’t always snowboard. In fact, she learned to ski at the age of 3 from her dad and grandpa who first learned themselves in Poland. Joanna grew up in the midwest, skiing in Wisconsin on a small hill in Wisconsin. At age 12, she also started snowboarding and moved to Lake Tahoe after graduating high school early at age 18. Joanna quickly fell in love with the area, the mountains and the lake. Her love for the outdoors inspires her to get outside and said “I try not to be inside”. Look for Joanna riding the park, touring the backcountry or getting out on her snowmobile in the winter. In the summer, you can catch her on her street or dirt bike.
Say hello to Truckee Flannel Co. ambassador Max Rehkopf! With the simple goal of playing outdoors every single day, you can find Max mountain biking, splitboarding, gravel racing, bike packing, and more! Outdoor exploration is his outlet for self-expression, a reliable tool in his wellness program, and his preferred way to build community.
Max learned to love the outdoors growing up in Marin County and spent each summer in Tahoe City. Now based in Alpine Meadows, Max is focused on deeper integration into the Tahoe community and deeper exploration of the Sierras and beyond. Look for Max’s red VW camper van, Clifford, wherever adventure can be found. Thanks for joining the team, Max!
Meet Truckee Flannel Co. ambassador Maggie Ziols! Maggie moved to the Reno-Tahoe area in 2017 to pursue a career in environmental engineering and explore the Sierra Nevada. Originally from the mid-west she grew up in Chicago and was introduced to mountain biking and snowboarding in college in the upper peninsula of Michigan. In addition to being an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, backpacker and fly fisher, she is also founding member of the local group Dames of Dirt, whose mission is to create a more inclusive mountain bike community for womxn.
Why does Maggie love the outdoors? ““There’s no substitute for the happiness and peace of mind that recreating in the outdoors brings me. Whether taking pow turns or shredding singletrack, having a community to share the stoke with is key. The sense of community that surrounds the outdoors is unmatched in Truckee-Tahoe and I feel beyond lucky to live here.”
Well… we feel beyond lucky to have her on the team!
Say “Hi” to Truckee Flannel Co. ambassador Shawna Mayo! Shawna is originally from Oregon and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2012 where she attended a Fire Fighter 1 Academy, and learned to snowboard. Since 2009 she has done a mix of wildland and volunteer structural firefighting and has been a part of many firefighting aspects including Camp Blaze, a week-long non-profit youth women’s fire camp in Washington. When she isn’t firefighting in the summer, Shawna snowboards through the winter, traveling the world, backpacking and camping – she has also been competing in the Freeride World Tour Qualifiers since 2019.
A huge congratulations to Shawna who is recently married to her wife Jeni! Thanks so much for being a part of our team!
Say “hello” to Wufky, aka Sittin Sendies! Originally from Australia Wufky moved to Lake Tahoe in 2012 after spending time traveling in the US. He was so struck by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Tahoe and how rare this part of the world is that he decided to stick around. While he is a mechanical engineer by trade, his real focus is on a career as an adaptive athlete. You will find him downhill mountain bike racing in the summer and tearing up the slopes in the winter. In addition to his own riding, and pushing to grow the adaptive freestyle skiing sport, he spends most weekends sharing his passion through teaching adaptive ski lessons at Sky Tavern Resort. When asked what inspires him to get outside Wufky says “It’s not easy when you are paralyzed, but with the right equipment and the amazing community around, it’s possible.”
We are truly inspired and are so thrilled to have him on the Truckee Flannel Co. team. Thanks Wufky for joining us!
And we will ask the question that you know you all have… where in the heck did the username @VommitCoffin come from? Well, Cole explained that it is a name of a song from an Austrian rock band called King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Yup! Check it out.