Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 119, January 2011
MFR’S skilla are intense. As one ofe the girls who truly pushes the limits whenever she straps in, she's part of the pack making women's riding legit. A couple of short but heavy parts in recent absinthe flicks, a TWS Rider of the Year award and bouncing back from a nasty back injury... Marie-France has for sure got game. Here's what she works her magic with.
Date of Birth: April 17, 1984
Hometown: Whistler (winter), Vancouver island (summer)
Home Mountain: Whistler
Stance: Regular, 22 inches, 21,-21
Sponsors: Rome, Oakley, Redbull, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, Cilla, Kicker, Axis, Whistler/ Blackcomb, PoM PoM
Board: Rome Lo-Fi
Word is you’ve been on the Lo-Fi for a few years. What is it about this board that makes it work so well for you and your riding?
The Lo-Fi is just the best all around board Rome have. You can do anything on it. It’s so good on jumps and in pow but you can also be confi dent to hit rails and boxes with it.
Did you have any input into the improvements they made for this year’s model?
We worked a lot on the graphic together and it’s my favorite ever. As far as technology goes, they always step it up a notch. One of the main additions they made to the Lo-Fi this year was the “Pressure POP technology", which is basically basalt plates that transmit pop energy from under your feet to the tips of the board. They have a lotmore tech specifications that are really well explained on their website as well.
Where do you stand on the regular vs reverse camber debate?
I’ve tried both and I do enjoy riding the Lo-Fi Rocker on a mellow day doing hit runs on the mountain because of its looser feel. But if I am going to hit bigger sized jumps in the park, I like to have that extra precision on the pop and edge so I prefer the regular camber.
BOOTS: ThirtyTwo Lashed Women’s
What is it about the Lashed that you particularly dig?
I ride softer boots so the Lashed is perfect for me because it offers good support but I don’t feel all stuck like in ski boots. I have been wearing the 32 for at least 7 years, as I would always buy 32 before I started riding for them because I loved how comfortable they were.
Are you backing speedlace or are you more traditional in your boot lacing tastes?
I’m backing regular laces. Good and old fashioned.
BINDINGS: Rome Madison
They say this binding ‘meets the demands [MFR] places on the product.’ In what way do these fulfi l your needs?
I love that the binding is simply solid, easily adjustable without tools, and adapted to women. This year they have a new tech that they call VRod Baseplates, which improves the flexing of the board and is lighter.
Do you rock them straight out the box or do some tweaking?
I rock them straight out of the box and when I get on the hill it takes about a minute to adjust them perfectly to my foot – no tools needed and it’s on!
OUTERWEAR: Oakley Jacket & Pants
Do you generally use one particular line from Oakley’s range and if so what do you dig about it?
I use pretty much the whole line because the days spent sledding in the backcountry have very different outerwear needs than riding the park or just some rail session. So they have something adapted to every style. Oakley has it dialed as far as technology goes. They always have series of field testing involving the designers and the riders to make sure everything is taken care of.
How much input do you have in the Oakley women’s range, and anything particular you’ve suggested that they’ve implemented?
The riders have a lot of input at Oakley. Two years ago I had the chance to work with designers to pretty much make my dream jacket. That program is coming back next year and we’ve already started working on it.
GLOVES: Rome Norfolk MFr
What is it you look for from a pair of gloves?
It depends on what I’m gonna be riding that day but I love the Norfolk because its not too insulated so your fingers feel really loose and comfortable but still warm. I have worked with Rome to make a rider inspired version and I’m super stoked on how it came out. For powder days, they have the Everlast and I highly recommend it, it’s the best mitt ever.
GOGGLES: Oakley Elevate
What do you like specifi cally about your goggles?
The Elevate is a new awesome model they just put out. It offers super wide vision but it doesn’t feel as big as the Crowbar on your head. It’s not a women’s goggle, but it’s perfect for smaller faces like mine.
What other stuff do you always make sure you’re riding with?
I never go ride without my Cilla under layers. I swear for the last 3 years I haven’t spent one day on the hill without them. You can usually tell the difference in rider owned companies and this is the best example. Check it out at cillalayers.com; the stuff is so comfortable and so stylish.