Girls are sometimes facing a tough job in the snowboarding scene, but nevertheless they keep on going and love what they do: shredding the mountain and just having a good time with friends. We have exclusively interviewed our five female Blue Tomato team riders. Find out what they think about girls riding!
photo by carlos blanchard
Sponsors: Blue Tomato, Billabong, Swatch, Oakley, Neff, 32, Etnies, Dakine, Les Ettes
How did you spend your last season?
I had planned to be filming all winter, but I hurt my ankle on the first shooting day of the season and I got stuck in Europe with no snow. That’s when I got a wildcard for the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix and won. After that event I ended up competing on the whole tour. I wanted to film in between the contests but I got hurt again. So at the end it’s been a full on competing winter. Quite different for me as I hadn’t competed for a very long time, but hey, a World Champ’s Title looks always good on a CV!
What do you think about the progression of girls snowboarding in the last few years?
The level has improved big time! When I started most of the girls you had seen in the ads just look nice and turn a 360. Nowadays girls are ripping with all 720, 900 and double corks…hell yeah ! But I wish it was growing faster and better! Especially in Europe with still very unequal prize money on the freeride competitions and still no girls in all the main city events, like Air and Style and Freestyle CH etc..
Have you ever had a part in a snowboard video?
Yes, I had some in the Psykopit movies at the time and in the Burton videos too. My favorite part was the one in Roshambo. It was the opening part of the movie and really the only year I’ve had a real film crew all winter with me and no injuries. Before and after that I had a couple of shots at trips with Thermos, Anomaly TGR, The Community Project, the Uniquely movie etc..
Do you think girl movies can inspire other girls to put together a crew to show off their riding and start filming?
Of course and that’s what we need! That’s also how all the main “guys film crews” started filming their friends. I think that’s the best way to find motivation, push each other and find sponsors. Projects like Lipstick Production are essential and they will motivate the younger girls to go out and shred!
Check also Anne-Flore Marxer‘s teamrider styles:
Sponsors: Blue Tomato, Rip Curl, Elan, Amplifi
What are the reasons that girls snowboarding hasn’t received as much attention as guys snowboarding?
Women’s snowboarding is about 10 years behind men riding. Of course, it’s just not as interesting if a girl lands a 7 while a guy pulls off a double cork or something similar. But I think that womens riding is getting a lot more attention these days, especially from the girls side.
Why do girls need women’s-specific snowboard gear?
Our anatomy is different. That means, girls need lighter and softer boards because we aren´t as strong as guys.
What’s your favorite girls brand and why?
Definitely Elan. Out of all the boards I have tested, the boards by Elan are the best. They’re really light, which makes them easier to control.
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