With a long and impressive track record of pioneering women's snowboarding, it's no surprise that Tara was named one of the most influential female riders by Snowboarder magazine in Oct. 2007. The oldest Winter X Ganes female Slopestyle competitor (age 32), Dakides made her 10th Winter X appearance in '08. Proving that she still has what it takes, she won Slopestyle at the Roxy Chicken Jam in March '07, and she's in the latest Runway Films release, "La La Land". Her biographical documentary "Against the Grain" is slated for release in 2008, and she continues to make valuable contributions to the sport, both on the slopes and as co-founder of O-Matic Snowboards. She also has the most Winter X Games gold medals among females (5).