Heavily inspired by his love of snowboarding, Belong Ambassador Manny Archuleta (aka Manny the Cat aka Manimal) firmly believes that to follow your passion means to follow your heart.
Name: Manuel Archuleta aka Manny the Cat aka Manimal
Born: Alamosa, Colorado
When I first started my sport: I started snowboarding when I was 8 years old. I realized I wanted to snowboard professionally when I saw Antti Autti do the first 1080 in a pipe. I had no way of knowing that snowboarding would eventually end up saving my life and also have a huge impact on me!
Superhero: My favorite superhero is definitely Spiderman. I've always had a profound love for the outdoors and all creatures that dwell in it!
My favorite place in the world: I’m a snowboarder through and through, so my favorite place in the world is the drop in the ramp of a park jump that’s 40 foot or bigger. I love the feeling of flight when I hit the jumps. It’s where I feel most at home and alive.
My perfect day: My perfect day would consist of the three most important priorities in my life: My family, my snowboard, and my music. Any day with the three of these are the best of days.
My greatest accomplishment: Raising my daughter.
Top 5 spots: The snowboarder in me is compelled to instantly name my top five favorite snowboard mountains, but I can also think of a few places that are near and dear to my heart.
Favorite spots in general:
Top mountain spots:
- Steamboat, Colorado
- Copper Mountain, Colorado
- Taos, New Mexico
- Mammoth Mountain, California
- Breckinridge, Colorado
What do I think it means to follow your passion and find where I belong: I truly believe in order to follow your passion you have to follow your heart. I have always wanted to be a pro snowboarder since I can remember, so being able to focus on my goal all while caring for the life of others has truly allowed me to appreciate what passion is all about.