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YOUR NEXT EPIC, MINDFUL ADVENTURE IN LOFOTEN, NORWAY

LOFOTEN, NORWAY 

PRSNT

SOLIDIFY YOUR DREAM ADVENTURE TODAY

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

7 NIGHTS & 6 DAYS GUIDED ADVENTURES

  • 4 DAYS OF BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES, SPLITBOARDING & SKI TOURING. WE WILL EXPLORE NATURAL TERRAIN WITH NORTHERN ALPINE GUIDES & PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDERS KJERSTI BUAAS & CHANELLE SLADICS (3 days Skiing, 1 day Climbing) *Introduction to Split boarding and Ski Touring is available
  • MORNING/EVENING YOGA & MEDITATION LED BY KJERSTI AND CHANELLE

  • ALL MEALS INCLUDED. HEALTHY, VIBRANT CHEF PREPARED YUMMYNESS every day + SUPERFOOD SNACKS AND ACCESS TO TEA LOUNGE

  • ARCTIC SURF AND SUP AT UNSTAD BEACH (OPTIONAL)

  • STRESS MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

  • GRATITUDE WELCOME DINNER @ LOFOTEN SKI LODGE

  • PRSNTFIT FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT CLASSES

  • INTENTION & GOAL SETTING

  • TECHNOLOGY REDUCED ENVIRONMENT

  • WORKSHOPS ON NUTRITION, MEDITATION TECHNIQUES & MINDFULNESS 
  • OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING KAYAKING IN THE FJORDS, TRADITIONAL WOODEN SAUNA & STAR GAZING
Kjersti Østgaard Buaas I 4 x Olympian, Bronze Medalist & Meditation Guide & Chanelle Sladics I X Games Medalist & Certified Yogi & Meditation Guide

Kjersti Østgaard Buaas I 4 x Olympian, Bronze Medalist & Meditation Guide & Chanelle Sladics I X Games Medalist & Certified Yogi & Meditation Guide

We are two weirdos and professional snowboarders hailing from opposite sides of the world. We were attracted to each other for the many passions we share, like outdoor adventures, creating community, an urge to protect our natural playgrounds and living mindful, healthy lifestyles. With the tools, knowledge, and experiences we have gained through our careers as professional athletes, we hope to empower people to integrate long-term commitments and intrinsic motivation towards adopting a healthy lifestyle, self-optimization, wellness, happiness and care for our environment.

A central goal for PRSNT ADVENTURE RETREATS is to inspire as many people as possible to spend time in the elemental outdoors, developing a deeper connection to nature, to each other and to themselves. As traveling nomads for over 15 years, we have seen a lot of incredible places on this earth. To give you the adventure of your life, we have invested a lot of time finding "out of this world" locations for our retreats. We have a feeling that Lofoten and it´s dramatic landscape have that extra edge that will give you the adventure you are seeking deeply in your soul...

 

 

What?!! I get to meditate, surf in turquoise arctic water & split board with a 360-degree fjord view?

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Totally, we believe that everybody needs a little yin & yang in their life´s. That is why we mindfully select activities balancing these states of mind. To us, the power is in the PRSNT moment, so we aim to facilitate environments to get you there. A combination of split boarding & backcountry skiing, outdoor climbing, yoga, meditation, kayaking, arctic surfing, arts & crafts, fjord skinny dipping followed by traditional Norwegian wood sauna, healthy cooking classes & nutrition workshops, stress management seminar, PRSNTFIT functional movement classes and so much more.

 

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We know that getting enough sleep is the key to being your most vibrant, energized self. Since we are aiming to provide you with an extraordinary, blow your mind experience (and make sure you are comfortable) we have partnered with Lofoten Ski Lodge , located and tucked away in its own private fjord in beautiful Kalle (only 20 minute drive from the closest airport Svolvær)It is worth mentioning that these renovated ROUGH-LUXE traditional fisherman´s cabins, all have fjord views and access to some of Lofotens finest backcountry terrain, straight out of your doorstep.

Okay, I'm getting pretty excited. Will I be safe on all these epic adventures? We want you to have the best possible experience, feel safe but also get to push outside your comfort zone. That´s why we have partnered with Northern Alpine Guides , world-class mountain guides we stand behind.

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Pssst... THESE EPIC GIFTS ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN PRICE!!! 

 

  • Free access to professional photos from camp shot to use on YOUR social media + print
  • Goodie Bags filled with amazing products from our sponsors (valued at 3000 NOK)
  • In the mix to win a Kjersti Buaas signed Snowboard + other amazing prizes!!

Cancellation Policy:  No Cancellations, but may transfer ticket to another name for 200 NOK

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SUMMER SNOWBOARDING IN TAHOE WITH ZEAL OPTICS

I went to Woodward Tahoe with the Zeal Optics familia this summer to snowboard on the last little bit of snow... Hot laps, wave pool challenge, tie dye pillowcase creation, laughs, high 5´s, hikes to waterfalls and playful surf turns were some ingredients to this week

Hot Laps at Boreal Mountain

Hot Laps at Boreal Mountain

Jibbing in the Woodward Tahoe snow park

Jibbing in the Woodward Tahoe snow park

ENJOYING THE VIEW OVER EMRALD BAY, LAKE TAHOE

ENJOYING THE VIEW OVER EMRALD BAY, LAKE TAHOE

SO MUCH WATER FROM THE SNOWMELT

SO MUCH WATER FROM THE SNOWMELT

Watch the full edit created by Cole Pates starring Zeal Optics team members Brolin Mawejje, Cody Cirillo and Ivan Stewart  + all the amazing kids we met at camp!!!

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FOOD IS MY MEDICINE

Food is my medicine. Food is my fuel. I can even stretch it to say that food is becoming my religion. Call me crazy but the more I experience what a profound impact the food I eat and what I drink has on my health, the more I want to fuel my body with only good stuff

Kjersti Buaas PURPS superfood smoothie bowl
I want to use my platform as an athlete to showcase these companies and people, who are committed to providing us with products that are good for us and for the environment.
Kjersti Buaas PURPS athlete

So much of our food has/ is getting depleted and altered, and it is getting harder to find pure, fresh, non-chemical food. Our soil used to have over 52 trace minerals, compared to now when it's reduced to only 3 in most conventional agriculture. I started waking up to this (harsh) reality about 8-9 years ago, and it's important for me to keep educating myself. Knowledge is power and when I go to the store I want to be able to make choices I can really stand behind. I want to understand who and what system I am supporting with my purchases. There are many companies and people out there who are serving a purpose for the greater good. I want to use my platform as an athlete to showcase these companies and people, who are committed to providing us with products that are good for us and for the environment. If you are curious about this delicious superfood smoothie bowl in this picture please visit www.purps.com/blogs (see link in my bio) to find the recipe - It's made by myself as a pre-workout meal, with fresh ingredients and lots of intention to support good health. It provides me with clean every that enables me to adventure and use my body all day long

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PRSNT CAMP IN COLORADO!!

PRSNT Performance Retreat launches their first Womens Snowboard + Ski Self Development Camp in USA at Loveland Ski Area, CO.

Adventure. Avalanche Awareness. Yoga. Nutrition. Meditation. Digital Disconnect.

PRSNT PERFORMANCE connects female snowboard+ ski enthusiasts with nutrition and health through a weekend camp at Loveland Ski Area, Colorado.

April 5th, 2016 – Loveland Ski Area, Colorado— PRSNT PERFORMANCE, founded by professional snowboarders Kjersti Buaas and Chanelle Sladics announces the launch of their first camp in the US. This camp will encompass nutrition, yoga, and meditation with on-hill adventures complemented by an avalanche awareness workshop. This weekend will be a massive opportunity to embrace a digital disconnect and reconnect without the noise of technology.

“We are excited to add some new elements to the experience and extend it to a full weekend offering. As more enthusiasts continue to be inspired to adventure into the mountains, we feel it is really important to learn about avalanche awareness and we want to empower our campers with this knowledge, says Chanelle Sladics, Co-Founder of PRSNT.  I also look forward to opportunities to put my technology away as a group, rest my eyes from the screens and my mind from the noise to reconnect.”

The weekend will have special guests from snowboard legend Tara Dakides testing campers antioxidant levels and teaching them about having a strong defense system. “As we all know, great health takes time, effort and knowledge and not everyone has that dedication. Chanelle and Kjersti have very busy lives, but they dedicate every lifestyle choice to living and eating well and educating others on how to get started the right way,” says Tara. Followed by Olympian skier Keri Herman’s essential oils workshop.  The weekend will be completed by nutritious vegan masterpieces, prepared by Rachel Turiel, an ex-professional snowboarder and now a holistic private chef. 

“Your body is always present, it’s the mind who wanders and gets lost. We want to get women of all ages and levels together to do yoga, snowboard, ski, meditate, learn about health and nutrition, while practicing awareness of the #PRSNT moment. Being professional athletes has thought us that it is in this state that we perform our best. We want to help facilitate an environment that will stimulate the participants to get to this special place, because we know how powerful it is! We believe that whether it is on the mountain, at work or in anything you are passionate about, this state of mind is the key to performing to your fullest potential. For us the goal is for the campers to go home with tools that they didn’t have prior to the camp and to know how to utilize these in their daily life," says four time Olympian and co-founder of camp, Kjersti Buaas. 

For more details on the agenda, activities go to www.prsntperformance.com/loveland.     

PHOTOS BY NIKOL HEREC    

 

 

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A season of "firsts"

Photo from Revelstoke in Canada by Matt Georges

Photo from Revelstoke in Canada by Matt Georges

I have some exciting news to share with you all as I’m so excited to announce that I am one of eight women who gets to compete on the Freeride World Tour this season. I want to challenge myself in a different element, outside of the park to take my snowboarding and experiences to the next level. To me snowboarding is all about exploring potential and creativity, something I belive this terrain will provide!

Thus I will challenge myself in some of the most difficult faces in the world this winter I am not letting go of the park just yet. I will also compete in the biggest slopestyle and big air events this season, like XGames in Oslo, European Open and the Nine Queens.

Here is a quote from my national team coach Per Iver Grimsrud about my plans for the season: «This is huge. Kjersti is a candidate to win X Games with her frontside 1080, and will at the same time be taking on the gnarliest freeride competitions in the world. This is unique. She handled the transition from halfpipe to slopestyle and now it will be interesting to see how she handles the transition to freeriding To compete in both the freestlye and freeride world tour simultaneously has to our knowledge, not been done before.» 

I want to thank the Norwegian National Team and support system and the Norwegian Snowboard Federation for all the back up I have gotten though out my career. It's amazing that they believe so much in the riders uniqueness and gives us thumbs up when we want to do something that is maybe a bit "outside the box".

It has always been attracting to me to compete because I give it all when the pressure is on. This is a huge challenge, where I will have the opportunity to use my experiences as a contest rider, in a unknown, exciting and natural element. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go into a season with a beginners mind, where creativity, curiosity and spontaneity are key players. It is not often we get to do that, as when we practice something and get better at it, our mindsets tend to become more single tracked and maybe dominated by routines and predictability. 

As a competitor on the Freeride World Tour I am guaranteed a spot in the three first events in Andorra, Chamonix and Fieberbrunn. If I perform well I will qualify for the season finales in Alaska and Verbier!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who continuously is supporting me on my journey... everyone from sponsors and colleagues to friends and to strangers who has become friends along the way. I am so excited to embark on another adventure of a season, filled with "first" (as in I have never done before) and fun!

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Kjersti Buaas takes on Freeride World Tour

Becomes the first woman in history to compete simultaneously on freestyle and freeride world tour - By Peter Gløersen, October 26, 2015

Photo: Matt Georges

Photo: Matt Georges

OSLO, NORWAY: «I’m so excited to make the cut of eight women to compete on the Freeride World Tour this season. I wanted to challenge myself in a different element, outside of the park», says Kjersti. «Snowboarding is all about exploring potential and creativity, something I belive this terrain will provide».

Thus Buaas will challenge herself on some of the most difficult faces in the world this winter. The 33 year old, however, has no plans of letting go of the park just yet. She will also be competing in the biggest slopestyle and big air events this season.

«This is huge. Kjersti is a candidate to win X Games with her frontside 1080, and will at the same time be taking on the gnarliest freeride competitions in the world. This is unique», commented Per Iver Grimsrud, national team coach. «She handled the transition from halfpipe to slopestyle and now it will be interesting to see how she handles the transition to freeriding To compete in both the freestlye and freeride world tour simultaneously has to our knowledge, not been done before.»

«It has always been attracting to me to compete because I give it all when the pressure is on», said Buaas. «This is a huge challenge, where I will have the opportunity to use my experiences as a contest rider, in a unknown, exciting and natural element»

Buaas has been a member of the Norwegian National team for 17 years, competed in four Olympics and won arguably the most progressive contest last year, Nine Queens. She was also awarded as female rider of the year at the Norwegian Snowboard Awards earlier this month. As a competitor on the Freeride World Tour Buaas win be guaranteed a place in Andorra, Chamonix and Fieberbrunn. If she performs well she will also qualify for the season finale. First in Alaska. If that goes well she will stare down the frightening face of Bec de Rosses in Verbier at the final day of the season.

This is what’s in store for Kjersti on the Freeride World Tour
 

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XGAMES IN OSLO - IT'S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY!

Dear friends and family and people who love sports in general! You may already have heard that Norway will host XGames in Oslo City in February. I am excited to share that I have received my invitation for the Big Air competition that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27. This is the first time in history that women will be competing in an XGames Big Air event so if you have an opportunity to come watch and cheer on all the amazing athletes, I would highly recommend it. The event will also host Skateboard Street competitions, marking the first time an international-level skateboarding competition will be held in Norway. For more information please read here --->> http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/oslo/article/13550379/espn-tv2-announce-x-games-oslo-february-24-28-2016

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DREAMING OF WINTER!

                                                              Doing what I dream of --->> Splitboarding in Colorado

                                                              Doing what I dream of --->> Splitboarding in Colorado

We are responsible for creating our own DREAMS & we are here to remind each other that we can do anything we set our minds to. It can be scary to set out on the journey of finding our true purpose, but the more people who do it, the less scary it is. I find it very helpful to use nature as a guide for creating what I dream of; for example take a single seed (thought) plant it (write it down) and water and nurture it every day (journal & story board). One day you will see the sprouts and next you will see it grow bigger and bigger, but you have to keep watering it and you have to give it attention for it to reach its full potential. I believe the same principles can be applied to us and our ideas; We are capable of taking a single thought and manifest it as something of substance into our life's, meaning we can make our dreams into reality. Affirmation for the day --->> I am attracting what I want into my life. I am on the right path! 

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REAL TALK

This is an interview I did with Tom at http://www.pyramidmagazine.com that goes in a bit more depth - these are my favorite kind of interview as I really get to talk about things I am passionate about like creativity in sport, food, health and the environment. This is also my first interview where I express that I left my energy drink contract early and why... Read it here Check out  http://www.pyramidmagazine.com/features/real-talk-kjersti-buaas/ or below :)

Real Talk: Kjersti Buaas

Signature Kjersti style at The Migh High.   Photo: Alex Roberts

Signature Kjersti style at The Migh High.
Photo: Alex Roberts

It’s tough to write an intro for a rider who has had such a long and successful career. Where do you start with someone who has been competing since 1996 and in that time has amassed a ton of solid results in pipe, slopestyle and big air events? Known for having one of the best styles ever, an avid promoter for the environment and healthy living, she makes an ideal role model. Kjersti has more than cemented her place in snowboarding’s hall of fame. Here we find out more from the lady herself.

You have competing pretty much since 1996 and you seem to show no signs of slowing down. Most guys at that age would have dropped the contests and headed into the backcountry, are you tempted to do the same?

You know it’s interesting because I have always loved competing and I don’t seem to get over it. I have never been obsessed with winning or being the best in the world, but since I was very young I always loved performing. Whether it was dancing, singing or doing sports, I loved being the centre of attention. I was the kid who made my way into the very front row during the Christmas ballet shows and if it was not obvious, I would find creative ways to get there. For me snowboarding and competing has always been about pushing myself, but also about spreading good vibes. That has stuck with me and even today it is as important to me to be a good support to my friends at the start of X-Games, as it is to do good in my run. Being a good friend and sharing with the younger kids what has helped me, is what makes me feel purpose in snowboarding at the end of the day.  I get so inspired by everybody throwing down, that the chances for me pushing myself are bigger than if I just ride in the park. There actually have been many times during contest where I have learned or stomped a trick for the first time ever.

Even though I love competing, snowboarding is so much more than that. Through out my career I have been “lucky” to be involved and work with companies that have taken me on adventures into the backcountry. I have also created my own projects that have taken me on some amazing journeys into raw, untouched nature. It is definitely a more peaceful and grounding space to snowboard in than in a ski resort. I co-produced and starred in a documentary from Iceland with the ladies of the One Life Crew. This turned out to be one of the most profound snowboard trips of my life and sparked a flame in me to go explore the mountains and the backcountry more by foot. In order to stay balanced and motivated in life it is important for me to have diversity. Taking the opportunities to go shred in the backcountry elevates my snowboarding & life.

You are a big advocator of a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise, back in the day it was almost uncool to be in the gym and there was a lot more partying in the sport. Were you always this healthy or has that come with time?

Haha, yes snowboarders have always had a reputation for being kind of wild, not following rules and not taking sport too seriously. I remember Daniel Franck used to tell us rookies that he never worked out but to our disappointment, we discovered that this only was a cover-up to protect his image. In reality he was the first to go to the gym and the last to leave. A lot has changed within our snow community over the last decade and it is safe to say that it has become socially accepted to put in your hours at the gym. I think most riders agree that this is a must if you want to be on top of your game. Awareness about nutrition seems to be going at a slower pace and is probably linked to how little aware society is in general about the topic. I find the corruption in the global food industry very disturbing. My curiosity for food and digging deeper into that industry was inspired pretty organically when I transitioned from the halfpipe into slopestyle. I made friends with fellow competitors; Jamie Anderson and Chanelle Sladics and they were both eating organic, shopping at the health food store and ate mostly vegetarian. Observing them, I quickly relalised that I had a pretty disconnected relationship to what I put into my mouth and how it affected me, my health and my performance in sports. Now that I have incorporated nutrition into a fundamental asset to my life health and performance, I can’t imagine how I could do what I do now, without it.

I started watching documentaries and swapped most of my meat for veggies and educated myself on the benefits of eating organic. I used to get an allergic reaction every time I ate apples and certain fruits. After testing out an organic apple without getting an itchy throat or swollen face, I knew I was on the right track. When I watch old videotapes of myself I can tell how often I was sick, I constantly had a sore throat, cough and stuffy nose. I know a big part of it was my lack of nutrients and excess of meat & dairy. I already know so much more about food and health than back when I was in my early 20’s and my plan is to get certified as a nutritionist.

Does riding for energy drink conflict with leading a healthy lifestyle?
Everybody is on their own path in life and we need to respect each other for where we are. I know that for me riding for an energy-drink created a big conflict within myself. I am intrigued by what these companies have done for the progression of our sport, creating platforms where the riders can train to reach an almost inhumane level- but it came to a point where I was so aware of what was in the actual products, that it no longer was an option for me to keep promoting them. That’s why I quit my contract early.

We have to wake up and realize the side effects. Kids look up to us athletes and want to do exactly like we do. I personally remember the influence my “hero’s” had on my life and actions. It has been important for me to not judge other riders for what they choose, as there is a really positive contribution and team side of working with these brands. It can be challenging to turn snowboarding into a career and non-endemic support is really valuable. At the same time it is important for me to stay true to my values. I see it as my responsibility to be a good, healthy leader/ influencer for my community and our audience. We all have different purposes in life, and for me this doesn’t align with my path.

Enjoying some healthy dining.   Photo: Anniken Zahl Furunes

Enjoying some healthy dining.
Photo: Anniken Zahl Furunes

You are also big into been green and respecting the environment and a part of the One life crew. Do you think a sport that changed the environment so much to build lifts, pistes, involves 1000’s of flight miles a year and uses toxic materials in snowboard construction can ever be truly environmentally friendly? What can we do to reduce this impact?

Being truly environmentally friendly depends on how we define that. I believe that the current state of the globe and human health is at the worst it has ever been and we are in deep need for change. At the same time we are seeing a lot of new companies and businesses with innovative solutions and great motivation to help protect out planet. We also see this trend growing in our own snow community and industry. Brands and non-profits are taking initiatives to help reduce waste, use non-toxic materials and activate against global warming. It is not a secret that as a professional snowboarder’s carbon footprint is going to be on the larger side, but to me that is an even bigger incentive to why I want to be conscious on how I can reduce it in my every day life. Waste like plastic never decomposes, so to me that one is obvious – use less plastic and stay away from the single use conveniences. Carpooling, turning off the light, eating less meat, and using my voice and platform as an athlete are thing I aim to do daily. I made an extra effort to make sure my signature pieces throughout the last years have been made from recycled materials. That means resources saved on every piece. It is silly to think you can’t save the world alone, it is a ripple effect we need to work together and help each other understand how we can do that.

Breckenridge resort has done some great initiatives by keeping their newest run “as natural as possible” and they also have a huge composting system for their food waste. Mervin manufacturing is using FSC certified wood, which means respecting biological diversity, water resources, soils and fragile eco systems in the process of making snowboards. In short it means that they (and you buying their boards) are contributing to helping protect forests for future generations and support jobs that are not operating in a toxic room. A new goal of mine is to align with companies who take these kinds of initiatives sincerely and do my best to influence the ones who don’t.

Winning at Keystone.   Photo: Mark Immanuel

Winning at Keystone.
Photo: Mark Immanuel

It seems like pro riders are having a tough time at the moment with budget cuts and contests being cancelled. Was being a pro easier in the early 2000’s than it is now? Do you think it will ever get back to how it was before the recession?

I have learned that being an athlete is truly a privilege and because snowboarding is in the entertainment industry. I think we are more likely to get hit sooner in a global financial setback. Many riders are experiencing tough times at the moment and it is sad to see a lot of great talent lack financial and unable to reach their full potential.

We are a part of a global recession that has effected most industries. At the same time we are also a part of a global sport industry and sports tend to stir up deep passion within spectators and athletes all over the world. Sports are also deeply rooted in our education systems and play a big role in national guidelines for health. I believe that sports, especially snowboarding can help enrich our lives, connect us to our bodies and nature. We have something that is very unique, that is rare to find at the highest level of other sports, playfulness, creativity and community. For that reason I am not worried about the future of snowboarding, but it is up to us to teach the true values and why we started riding to the generations coming up behind us. In addition we need to show them how to respect nature and the importance of community.

Now that snowboarding is a part of the Olympics, with most competitive disciplines represented it has reached a whole new audience and level of performance. Being sponsored is more than slapping a sticker on your board. To me it is important that the companies and people I work with have similar values and goals and truly see the benefit in working as partners. My definition of what being a professional snowboarder means has changed a lot since I started traveling on tour in 1998. Being a good role model used to mean wearing a helmet. Being a respected athlete used to be defined by skill set and attitude. Today athletes who are willing to look outside themselves and get that there is a much bigger picture compiling of many different pieces, inspire me most.

Getting it done at the X-Games.   Photo: Thomas Harstad

Getting it done at the X-Games.
Photo: Thomas Harstad

Would you consider the old days better for snowboarding than now?

The old days was fun but I like to believe that I am conscious to help create only better days.

It seems now that the standard of Women’s riding is improving at a fast rate. Why is it that some Women will be able to spin 9’s and 10’s in video parts but in contests they will go back to 3’s and 5’s? Is it because they didn’t have to do bigger tricks to make it through?
I strongly disagree with that statement. The level at contests is so bad-ass right now. Doubles, 9’s and even 10’s. The style is getting more defined as well. I’m proud to be a part of this era for sure. Filming a video part is very different from competing. If I am out in the backcountry, the biggest challenge is landing in powder, so if I’m filming I always turn down the technical aspect and focus on style and the actual landing. It’s an art on it’s own. The women who are able to pull off sick video parts from the backcountry impress me so much. Alongside with skills there are so many things that have go right in order to “get the shot”. Light, focus, communication between the rider and the filmers and snow etc. Filming in the park is a lot “easier”. You can take many tries and ride as long as the filmer is up for it.

When you are competing, you have one set stage in front of you to perform on, since snowboarding is an outdoor sport you are going to deal with weather and speed challenges every now and then. There is a direct link between not having enough speed and risk of injuries, especially knee injuries for women. Many studies show that women have a much greater risk of injuring their knees when jumping and landing than men, because of the biomechanics in the knees. In the Olympics the course was pretty gnarly for both genders, huge step-down jumps and not enough practice. In order to perform at your highest level and have fun you need the right stage to do so.

One of the reasons why Chanelle Sladics and I created Community Cup (www.community-cup.com); we wanted to create a course and an event that would bring out the best tricks, progression and style. The girls were provided with a chance to give feedback and ideas to what kind of features, jump sizes etc. they wanted to see included in the course. We tested it to make sure the speed would work, even if we got wind or snow (and we did). Silje Norendal said she did the best rail run of her life, because the rails allowed her to step up her game. The format allowed you to keep your semi-final score and bring it into finals, which created a lot of room for the riders to send it straight out of the gate in finals. In the big air Cheryl threw down the sickest 900’s with so much style!! The women are capable of so much; they just need the right stage to show it, whether it’s in the park filming, competing or if it’s out in the wild chasing pow!

Have you already made plans for what you will do after you retire?

Right now I love snowboarding and the lifestyle that comes with being a professional snowboarder. Progressing, learning, setting goals, traveling, photography, being outdoors in nature, advocating, being the best I can possibly be, connecting and creating networks, playing, cultivating my creativity. I don’t ever want to remove myself from snowboarding and I want to create ways to stay connected to it while give back to the community that has given me so much.

I used to fear the time where I have to stop being a professional athlete, as that’s what I have been the majority of my life, that’s what I am good at. Recently I have discovered that there are so many opportunities out there, I just have to create them. When I was younger I never planned to be a professional snowboarder, I just followed what I loved and it created itself. I will continue this approach and trust it will create a future “profession” I love.

I aim to stay unattached to the length of time I receive support to continue my snowboard career. For now- I am happy to invest the majority of my time and energy into becoming great at snowboarding and continue to represent our sport to the masses. Snowboarding is constantly leading me to new opportunities, and I am confident it will continue to introduce me to great humans and brands that I align with- I will leave the rest to the universe.

Signature smile.   Photo: Chanelle Sladics

Signature smile.
Photo: Chanelle Sladics

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