Marina Sanchez, Snowboarder (BC)

May 28, 2017

Marina Sanchez, Snowboarder (BC)




Your Age: 23

Your Location: I live in Salmon Arm BC. For resorts I ride Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Silver Star Mountain

What’s an average day for you like?   I wake up, rock the day then go to sleep. Regardless of what I do during the day I always do my best to to make it the best. Whether I’m in the slopes or in my office, having a fantastic day everyday is what I enjoy!

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner??The easiest? I would say that the most difficult part about learning to snowboard, is getting over the fear of falling flat on your face! Especially when you first learn to carve. You literally have to force yourself from your heel to toe edge and back again! COMMIT!

The easiest part by far is going into the chalet for lunch and a beer! COMMIT!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in the snowboarding scene is proving that I am not just another “Snow Bunny”. If that is your thing, all the power to you! But I ride hard! I enjoy riding that steep terrain with deep pow and charging it up like nothing else matters. It’s fun surprising people when you slay that epic pow or land that trick you've been working on. It's all about working at the level you're on and improving it!

The worst part about being a female snowboarder… sport bras.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes?  If someone could come up with a base layer that has a built in bras... That would be great.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I enjoy life when people around me are enjoying life. I like to have fun and meet new people. I guess that’s considered a style? Clothing wise; if it fits and I like it, I wear it! I can go from baggy hoodie, jeans and high tops to cocktail dress and 9” heels!  

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I have a hard time picking favorites, I just like it all! But to name a few, obviously SheShreds, Somewon Collective and Nikita 

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I truly believe that to look good you have to feel good...and when you feel good you look good! The deciding factor of whether you “look good” is the hard part. We all have our own view on outer and inner beauty. The hardest part is being comfortable in our own skin, knowing that WE are beautiful. If you are not happy with yourself, you have the right to change that. Some may think that is an odd statement but it’s true.

I have been criticised all my life because I workout and I am fit. Odd I know. But me working out is apparently a sign that I am not happy with my body, that I feel I NEED to look a certain way. NO! I workout because I enjoy it, it’s good for me and it keeps me fit and able to keep up with my active lifestyle. I workout for me and stay the physic I am because it makes me happy and that’s what feels good to me.

Feeling good isn’t going to come from someone else, it’s an internal decision you make with yourself, for yourself.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I do a lot of backcountry riding, splitboarding and the dangers you are exposed to out there are numerous. Such as, the cold, the heat, the sun, the snow fall, poor visibility, avalanches and even getting lost. Everything and anything can go wrong when you are ill prepared. But with the proper training and practice, it doesn't have to.  Even resort riding can be dangerous for all the same reasons. And even just being on the bunny hill can take you out! Catching an edge while snowboarding can be pretty painful!

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. have definitely seen some crazy crashes! The worst would probably be a skier buddy of mine “Patches”, on our 2013 New Years Trip to Kicking Horse in Golden British Columbia. About half the crew and I were in a safe spot waiting for the rest to come down Terminator 1, then Patches (who was still at the top) chose his line and set out to slay that pow! He pretty much straight lined it and left out the whole “carving part”. My Boyfriend Dale, then proceeded to scream “CARVE PAT CARVE” Pat didn't carve. He simply kept on going straight down, and somehow ended up backwards... Then… YARD SALE!!!!!! It was literally the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! People still at the top had to help him collect his scattered items and put him back together! Best slope explosion to this day! Patches was fine by the way! Just a bruised ego!  

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Surf the earth! The amazing sensation when you’re riding that pow and you feel weightless, powerful and unstoppable. Nothing beats that feeling   

What is your favorite trick? As of recent it would definitely have to be a hand plant! Took me the majority of the day in our backyard’s quarter pipe to get it down. But when I did… Man was I ever excited! 

Do you own any other toys? My toys are my boards! I own a GNU, a Battalion and a Trapper Howler Splitboard and a Trapper Howler solid! My boyfriend, Dale and I do own a 1979 Ford F-100 Ranger Custom Truck! We named her Blue Sunday, because she is our Sunday driver and she’s blue.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Usually fresh snow gets me really pumped for the day, even if I'm just going to work! I get excited because I know I get to ride it on the weekend! I can get pretty pumped about anything tho! Breakfast could make me excited! Show me Bacon Pancakes!!

What are three things you could not live without? 
Food, Family & Friends. 

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Just to live it and enjoy it! I love being able to do what makes me happy!  

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? Hands down my boyfriend Dale! He has taught me everything I know, and pushes me to do better. If I couldn’t keep up I was left behind. I know that sounds odd but really it’s what turned me into the rider I am today. I ride the way that I do today because of him! He is also does some of my filming and editing, which is awesome and he does an amazing good job!  

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?  In my spare time during the winter, I go ice fishing and  watch my siblings’ in their organized sports and just hang out! I used to play a lot of hockey in the winter, but now I snowboard every weekend! 

How about in the off season to stay in shape? In the summer, I do a lot of fishing, hiking, camping and long boarding and skateboarding! That is the time of year when I do most of my traveling, so that I don't miss the snow in the winter! Ei: May of 2016, I went to surf school in Nicaragua for a week! I had always wanted to learn to surf and I finally did it! Surfing has definitely become a must for me since.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? This season, my goal is to land my back and front side 360’s! I haven't done much park so this is the year that I start to push myself in that aspect.  

What do you do to prep for a competition? I have a kicking breakfast, do some stretches, maybe some yoga and suit up. That's really all I need and I'm set!  

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. Growing up, my parents enrolled me in any and every sport possible! I was in figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, volleyball, badminton, soccer and competitive swimming. I won various medals in all of the sports listed above. My most accomplished sport was definitely competitive swimming. Where I succeeded not only at a regional level, but at a provincial level as well. My sports were everything to me growing up.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)? I'm hands down a powder hound! I love finding a fresh line and slaying it. The satisfaction of looking up at the mountain you just slayed is the most incredible feeling.

Favorite conditions? Blue Bird: A beautiful sunny day after an overnight snowfall. It's a perfect riding day with a clear blue sky, bright sun, and fresh snow! A power hounds dream!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Japan. They have amazing snow conditions and I've always wanted to go to Japan and experience the culture.   

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? When I ride, I rarely ever listen to music. When I'm in the backcountry riding with the crew, I like to know where everyone is for safety reasons. In the park, I tend to just talk a lot with everyone there, so music isn't necessary. If I did listen to music while riding, my playlist would be so random! Shuffle is the way to go.  

What turned you on to your sport? As I said earlier, I grew up in a lot of organized sports, a few of them team based. All of them with a heavy presence of rules and guidelines. Snowboarding doesn't have that. Of course when you're in the backcountry you have to be aware of your surroundings. However for the most part, you're free to do what you want. You make your own rules, you choose where to go, what trick to throw and which crew to ride with. It's a sport that allows you to express yourself. You are encouraged to find your own style, add your own flavour and use your imagination.
That's is why I love to ride!  

Any new tricks you’re working on? I am currently working on landing my 360’s. I would love to have them landed before the end of the season so that I can move on to something else! I haven’t really been focusing much on “tricks” persay, mostly perfecting my mountain/pow riding! This will be the year I get into the park more and see what I can do.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Probably the first time I slayed a double black diamond run! I remember the adrenalin flowing, the excitement and the satisfaction! Looking up at the peak I came from was the moment I truly became hooked to snowboarding. The moment I knew this was the sport for me. 

What other extreme/action sports are you into? As stated earlier, I grew up very active and playing a lot of different sports. I am pretty much into anything that will allow me to be creative, have a good time and be physically and mentally active!   

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? I'd find another hobby! I read a lot as well. I'm sure I would figure something out to use all my energy on. I would probably travel the world more often. It would be odd not being in any sports, because being active is a big part of my life, but I’d still have a good time doing other things I’m sure.  

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? Since the first carve I did on my Trapper Howler Spilt Board I was in love! The way it floated over the snow, the maneuverability and the precise carving was what hooked me. I knew this board was for me the moment I rode it. 

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Practice! Chances are, you're going to take a tumble or many, but that doesn't mean you should fear the feature. It just means that when you slay it, it will be that much more satisfying! The “trick” would be to start with something simple. Allow your mind to be comfortable and your body to understand the movements until it all becomes second nature. Then proceed to the big girl features and rock it!  

How would you describe your riding style? My style is just wanting to have a good time with everyone! I tend to freeze my teeth a bit when I ride because I smile so much! 
I also like to ride as much as possible on a good day! Get as many turns in as possible and slay that pow!.   

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Either a nice cold beer, some whiskey or a big ass glass of wine! It really depends on my mood at the time. Sometimes even some good old Coco Moo will do!

What do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to own my own business, be able to have the flexibility and freedom to continue to travel and go on adventures, and inspire others do what makes them great.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc. 



My SheShreds Gold Application

*more videos to be added to my Vimeo*

My P.K. for Days!

My Top PowderKing Runs of 2015-16

My 2014-2015 Powderking edit:

My 2014-2015 Spring and Fernie edit:

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