When I think of someone who truly inspires me, one of the top 5 names that pop of in my head is MARIA THOMSEN. Not only her extremely creative riding but her very own personality and mindset of living that life full of passion! Snowboarding is so much more than just results, its a deep connection with what you love, something we simply had to share with you all in our interview with Maria Thomsen.
Tanja – How did everything start for you with snowboarding?
Maria – I never even thought about snowboarding until I was about 19 and a few of my friends went to Whistler for a season. I took a break from school to go visit them and I got hooked on snowboarding right away. I think the aspect of being surrounded by big mountains which
Tanja – You grew up in Denmark, where exactly do you live now and what is
Maria – I live in Pemberton.
Tanja – We had the true pleasure to see your full part in those 30 minutes of The UNINVITED, what does that crew
Maria – The crew means a lot to me and it was a really cool project to be a part of. Everyone is so different which makes it rad cus everyone has something different to bring to the table. It was just cool to be filming with other women, who share the same passion to film a video part, as I do and then get the backing and support from Jess Kimura who is the biggest boss ever. I missed the first season of filming because I blew out my knee, but the second year was a mix of solo missions and trips with some of the girls. The whole experience was great and its something I’ll never forget.
Tanja – To
Maria – Before filming
What fulfills you more?
Definitely to film a clip in the street or to film a video part is more fulfilling and rewarding
How would you explain the title The UNINVITED and what connection do you feel to it?
The title comes from the fact that a lot of the time women aren’t invited to join snowboard events/video parts/photoshoots and so on. There is not much room, for many women if even any, in the industry and women are pulled out of projects or getting less money then men. I honestly didn’t really open my eyes to it until I became part of this project, but I am realizing that it is really important to support women just as much as it is to support men, so we can progress to a higher level and have the same chances.
You are a professional rider and a mum, which could not be more inspirational as many women are super scared of getting into that next step even if they would be absolutely ready! What has changed since Tao, your son was born in your general life and specifically your career?
I had just started exploring filming
Where do you see the female part of snowboarding going? And what are your next goals after that mind-blowing riding at UNINVITED?
I think that women snowboarding is progressing right now and I’m so excited about it. There is already so many killer women out there pushing the sport and inspiring me and I just want it to keep coming. I started out this season breaking my hip, so I have had a bit of a ’slow‘ start this year. I was filming for Xgames
Some short questions
Your biggest personal wish?
To stay healthy so I can keep boarding and be active.
Any trick with style
Favorite babes to ride with
Darrah Reid, Taylor Elliot, Alexa McCarty, Kenndi Deck, Jamie Nielsen, Sophie Austin
I think that movie parts like yours at The UNINVITED really makes a difference! A change for the whole community, the industry and the vision of what we love the most
I hope others find that same joy and passion in snowboarding as I do. If they see me as someone trying to progress