News Shaun White is California Dreaming Published 2:23 PM PST, January 16, 2013 Snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White attributes part of his tremendous success to the place where he was born -- California. VIDEO: Katy Perry is Truly a California Girl "Being from California just really allowed me to do whatever I wanted," says Shaun.Growing up in California, Shaun could take advantage of surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean and hitting the mountian slopes. Shaun explains that his passion for snowboarding started as "a family thing.""My parents were just like, 'Oh this would be fun for the kids. Let's bring them up there,'" Shaun says. "And I just figured it out."The 26-year-old has also added entrepreneur to his list of professions with the Shaun White Supply Co., which sells action sports equipment such as skateboards, bikes and more.