Happy International Women's Day! Today is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Like most things, snowboarding is not a single-gendered sport. Both men and women love to ride sideways down the mountain. However, acceptance and success for women has not been the same for men. They fought for a place in contests, a spot on film crews, and equal prize money. We thank the women who put in the work to make space for us in the future. Without seeing Shannon Dunn-Downing do a 540 or create a pro model, other girls may have never thought it was possible. In a few words, seeing other women snowboarding inspire others to get on a board. It is so important for women representation and beyond (including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, etc)
It could have been rider, video part, or event that made you think: "If they can do it, so can I" I asked some riders to share the video that made them think it was possible.
"Tara Dakides part in Mack Dawg Technical Difficulties. It’s at 23:39 seconds.
Other than that, Barrett @9:55s and Jessica Dalpiaz @16:13s in Mervin, the Mocumentary. Both of those girls inspired in different ways, and more than I realized at the time.
Both of these parts are from 1999… These were all the bar for womens pro’s at the time and that’s what I tried to emulate, bs 360’s and bs 540’s, all the rail stuff from Tara. It was what I was striving towards. I know if I could get a back 5 I could be pro, hahaha, so that’s what pushed me, and that’s also what ended up getting me the attention I needed to get sponsored and win contests."
"Jess Kimura in Defenders of Awesome- DUH".
"Oh yeah! Victoria Jealouse tb8 (I think it’s that one….) and Tara in stand and deliver. That bronco opener…".
"Yes omg Marie France Roy in any means changed my life".
"Corinne Pasela's parts in TOO HARD movies.