In snowboarding, you begin to see patterns emerge within the 'life-cycle' of riders. From short-toothed grom, amped to tackle any terrain you throw at them, to fully fledged competitive threat with a trophy cabinet the size of Narnia. Here the path splits though; niggling injuries tend to turn into full-blown ones and a career in the industry as a Team Manager can beckon, or you hang up your boots and throw yourself into the world you left behind as a rookier.
Nicola Thost however, has taken the third path. She's converted her powerful transition prowess, and applied it to the world of freeriding. Specifically, she's become a dominant force on the Freeride World Tour, adding to her already heavyweight medal collection.
Here's what Nicola, had to say on the transition;
Since I quit halfpipe competition riding about 12 years ago, freeriding became my new passion in snowboarding. This winter I had the chance to enter the Freeride World Tour, and was provided with a wildcard for one event at first. Even as a 'Rookie' on the tour, riding with most experienced freeride pros out there, I was ready for a new challenge.
Travelling to destinations like Fieberbrunn, Tirol and Vallnord, Andorra - I made it all the way to the first ever freeride competition in history in Haines, Alaska.
It’s been an amazing experience with plenty of new aspects in freeriding: scoping out fluid lines and drops from far away, no training, one chance to go in unknown terrain, where all you have is your intuition and confidence on what you’ve seen with your binocular..
The icing of the cake: winning the legendary Xtreme Verbie in Switzerland, made it more than an unbelievable fairy tale to me.
Snowboarding and Nicola Thost - together for more than 20years now.
We both grew up with our challenges, we both changed - the passion never died.
We're not about competition, we're not about winning - but if both comes along, we love to enjoy it all the way!