Rachel Turiel was a pro snowboarder from 1995-1999. She travelled all over the U.S. and competed mostly in halfpipe. In 1999 after having shoulder reconstruction she decided to let go of competing and became the first female snowboard judge, judging events such as the winter X games and Mountain Dew tours. Then in 2001 she also became the first female to coach the Mammoth Mountain snowboard team. Her love for snowboarding kept her living in Mammoth Lakes, Ca until 2006 when her focused turned to food and health. Rachel moved to San Francisco and attended a holistic nutritional cooking school focusing on becoming a creative chef that could cater towards teaching people the value of healthy organic eating. After graduating in 2007 she then went on to become a birth doula and used her passion for cooking to help clients receive the proper nutrition they needed during and after birth. Since then Rachel has been busy traveling to such places as Africa to help empower women during childbirth and has continued to cook for clients privately and on larger scales as well. At age 45 she still gets to snowboard while also raising her 8 yr old son Isaiah and still even frequents the pipes and parks! Her passion lies in helping others feel good about the food they are eating and teaching them about the importance in treating our bodies as a sacred temple. She strongly believes that the food we choose to eat can be our medicine and gets immense gratitude in bringing people together through sharing meals and stories. 

“I had the privilege of traveling and living with Rachel Turiel for many years. Anytime Rachel was cooking it was truly an experience of food and gathering. She adds her own unique flavor to every dish matched with bringing people together built lasting memories for all. I’m so blessed to call her one of my dearest life long friend.”
— Tara Dakides


As a child she took part in gymnastics and skateboarding. When she was a teenager, she branched out into several other more dangerous sports and became involved in motocrosssurfing, mountain- and snow-based sports. This variety of sports experience gave her an edge in the X Games competitions.

At the Winter X Games in 1999 Dakides won a silver medal in slopestyle and a gold in big air, in 2000 she won two gold medals, one in slopestyle with a combined score of 88.50 after three runs, the other in big air with a combined score of 78.00. In 2001 she won another big air gold medal with a score of 89.00, and she was seventh in slopestyle. At the 2001 Sims World Championships she was first in slopestyle and fifth in big air At the 2002 X Games she won her third slopestyle gold medal. She also received EXPN's Snowboarder of the Year award.

In May 2003 Dakides participated in the Gumball 3000 rally race. She continues to race in motocross, shifter carts in addition to racing in the Baja 1000 competition.

She has appeared as a cover model for various sports magazines and has appeared in various video games. In 2001 she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was named "The Coolest Sports Woman in 2001".

During her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2004, Dakides attempted to perform a stunt outside the Ed Sullivan Theater but fell 15 feet from a ramp while not wearing a helmet. She was taken to hospital and required stitches on the back of her head. She recovered and returned to the show for an interview a few days later.  Dakides is a spokesperson for the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization.

Dakides was nominated for the 2005 Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice Xtreme Athlete - Female, losing out to surfer Layne Beachley. She was ranked #90 onFHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2004.[1] She was featured in episode 62 of MTV Cribs.

Dakides appeared as the captain of the Denver Hurlers on Game Show Network's show Extreme Dodgeball. Dakides had a role in the film Chalet Girl in which she played herself and starred alongside Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick and Felicity Jones.