04/06/2009 | by Onboard
Tina is renowned for her fearless and dominating performance at the biggest kickers and gaps, as she is no rookie in the world of women’s snowboarding. Tina will definitely bring a lot of good vibes and great riding to the team.
Nationality: Swiss and Norwegian
Sponsors: Horsefeathers, Head Snowboards, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, Level, Smith
Board sizes: 147 and 150
Riding since: 1996
Stance: + 21 / – 9
Best day: land all the tricks I ever wanted to learn
Worst day: when I get hurt again
Favourite resort: Crans Montana, Saas Fee, Portes Du Soleil
Favourite backcountry: Flims/Laax
Favorite country: Switzerland
Drink: green tea, hot chocolate
Music: underground, hip hop, reggae, good guitar music
Other Sports: yoga, swimming, keeping fit with all sorts of exercise
Philosophy: walk on the bright side of life and don’t regret anything
Anything else: I always try to appreciate every little thing in life and I am thankful for what I have, because there are so many people that are suffering in the world
How did you get into snowboarding?
Through my best friend in school. She invited me for a holiday with her parents and they paid for a few snowboard lessons. I loved it from the very first moment. We already rode powder the second day!
What’s the best thing about snowboarding?
To be able to spend most of the time outside in the nature and to be able to use your creativity and personality in what you do.
What’s your favorite trick and why?
At the moment fs seven and switch bs five, because these are the tricks I have learned recently. But in general I still like big old bs and switch bs 180’s because you got so much time to enjoy the trick and the view.
Describe the best day you’ve had on the mountain ever?
Looking back, probably my first day snowboarding because it made my life the way it is now.
How seriously do you take health and fitness?
Fitness: unfortunately I have to take it quite seriously because I have been injured so many times… so I spend a lot of time in physio centers and gyms. I try to exercise almost every day, but I do a lot of different things though. I don’t like to go to the gym, but if I am at home I still do it about twice a week. Otherwise I practice yoga everyday. I do it not only for the body, but also especially for the mental strength. So if things are not always going the way I want, it helps me to cheer my mind up and I am always able to look forward and focus on what I want to do. It works most of the time. And yoga definitely helps me a lot for the concentration while I am snowboarding; especially when learning new tricks. Health: my dad grew up on a fishing island in Norway and so I’ve been brought up with a really simple and healthy diet, so I am naturally eating just what is good for my body. For other people it can be sometimes a bit much because I spend a lot of time in the supermarkets reading about the ingredients on the food packages :). But I am convinced that you stay mentally and physically healthy if you eat right and keep your mind fit – with something like yoga for example.
What trends in snowboarding do you like right now?
I was never going with trends to be honest. Because I think you should always keep your personal style and not go with the mainstream. So there is not much I can say about that. But I like the fact that there are more girls coming up that rock!
What does snowboarding teach us about life?
Well, I can only speak for myself. But it always reminds me that life is what is happening right now and that there is no time to waste because life is too short for that. I learned to enjoy and live the moment and not always think of consequences – even though the consequences can be pretty bad sometimes. And I also learned to look forward and not regret anything. Because there is always a reason why certain things happen (like injuries for example ) and why you make certain decisions. That’s why I appreciate things like being born in good health to be able to do a sport like snowboarding.
If you could have the perfect day, what would it include?
I don’t know. I have no picture of the perfect day in my head. Every day can be a perfect day – its all in your mind. But I would love to wake up one day and hear on the news that there is worldwide peace and no more hunger and suffering in the world.
Can you give us a run down of your average day?
First of all, I am a person that tries to get done as much as possible in one day :), so I get up around 6:30, have a big cup of green tea, do yoga for about one hour, have a bath (and fall asleep most of the time), get ready for riding, sort some good playlists out on my ipod, ride from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come home exhausted, do some stretching, sometimes go to the gym, swimming, or do some other exercise and after that try and sort out about 1000 things that I usually never get done while I am snowboarding. I never get to bed before midnight, so when I finally do, I fall asleep within seconds and sleep like a little lamb.