When you think of a person who does backflips regularly, you might think of a gymnast, a kid on a trampoline or an extreme BMX biker. You might not picture a mom of two flipping from docks, bars, walls, on beaches or down narrow aisles in the Hofbräuhaus in Germany.
Turns out backflips are one of Andi Malboeuf’s secret talents – and one of her main crowd pleasers – along with skiing close to 80 mph, having owned her own sports marketing company, riding the Magnificent 7 in Moab, UT and taking on three roles at QuietKat, the ebike company most recently acquired by Vista Outdoor.
For the past six months, Andi has taken an awesome ride with QuietKat. She started as a New England Sales Rep before joining the Key Accounts Team. Most recently, she stepped in to help with logistics.
But when Andi isn’t wearing one of these hats, she is situated within the safety of a ski helmet doing one of her favorite things: skiing. In fact, Andi said ski racing is what led her to this line of work.
“I spent four years at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont and four years at Middlebury skiing NCAA in college. Over the years, skiing evolved into a love for biking and then it spread to a desire to participate in almost all outdoor activities. I enjoy surrounding myself with competitive, hard-working people who love the outdoors. I am dedicated to working with companies with a mission to inspire people to get outside.”
Although Andi jokes about being unsure what she wants to be when she grows up, she’s focusing on evolving and learning in the space she’s currently in, while taking a piece of advice she’s gotten from past coaches.
“My coaches always urged me to ‘look ahead’. I used to think that meant literally looking ahead a few gates in a ski race, but now I know it means to keep your head up, plan and be prepared in life. Then you can actually enjoy the moment with awareness and balance rather than making mistakes and recovering,” she explained.
These coaches left her with her favorite nugget in life, but parenting has taught her the biggest life lessons.
“It took time to let go of community pressures, parent expectations and attempts to ‘keep up’. I learned to have faith in coaches and teachers and trust my husband and I could make the best choices for us. So far so good!” she said. She and her husband, MC have two children, Reese (14) and Brady (15), who she describes as wonderful, smart, athletic and healthy kids who work hard and love others.
Aside from a personal life she’s incredibly proud of, Andi has racked up some impressive athletic accomplishments and adventures that would have most other people doing backflips, too. She lists finishing 74 downhill ski runs averaging 76 mph during the 24 hours of Aspen; hiking Machu Picchu in Peru with rented camping gear from Cusco, one small map and no Sherpa; suiting up as the AOL running man mascot while filming a documentary at Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing Resort during World Powder 8 Championships in British Columbia. As if that’s not adventuresome enough, she added diving the blue hole in Belize the day after getting scuba certified and working for Swiss Challenge as an adventure guide and ski coach in Europe during her college summers.
And don’t worry – you won’t be left hanging on her greatest acrobatic moment. Her most epic backflip was thrown off the world’s highest bungee jumping platform at AJ Hackett’s in New Zealand.
Now that’s flippin’ cool!
I don’t like spicy foods. I ate a white bean in a soup in Bangkok when I was 12. It was a spice that was intended to flavor and not to eat. It still haunts me 35 years later!