Marina Sanchez - Snowboard/Photographer - BC, CAN




Your Age: 23

Your Location: Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Silver Star Mountain

What’s an average day for you like?   I wake up, rock the day, go to sleep. I also go to my full time job as a Foreman at a lath manufacturing plant! I work really hard and enjoy being at the head of a team. I was born a leader! 

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”. People that aren’t in the snowboarding scene thing that women who ride and just girls who do their makeup and hair and just putts around on the beginners hill.
People who actually ride, know that women in the snowboarding scene can ride just as good and sometimes better than men! It’s fun surprising people when you slaying 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! .  

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I truly believe that to feel good you have to look good! The deciding factor of whether you “look good” is the hard part. We all have our own view about outer and inner beauty. The hardest part is being comfortable in your own skin, knowing that YOU are what looks good. If you are not happy with yourself, you have all the resources to change that. I'm not saying to necessarily go out and get a plastic surgery, but if that's what you want to do, go for it! However, I truly commend women who accept their physical appearance for what it is. We live in a world that physical appearance means everything. But I think that true happiness, is what looks good. 

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think that snowboarding has a dangerous edge to it, because of all the unexpected elements you are exposed to. 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.  

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I 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. So Patches chose his path 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 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 nose grab! Bring that board right up to your face! It kind of scares me, but it's exciting.  

Do you own any other toys? My toys are my boards! I own a GNU, a Battalion and a Trappers Splitboard! 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 my filmer and editor, 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! That is the time of year when I do most of my traveling, so that I don't miss the snow in the winter! This coming up May (2016), I am actually going to surf school in Nicaragua for a week! I am pretty excited to try something new! I have always wanted to learn to surf and the time has come!  

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. This year however, I plan to up my park game. Push myself and really improve my skills in that aspect! I am going Cat Skiing for the first time at Skeena Catskiing by Smithers B.C. at the end of February, which will widen my pow views! 

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 Gnu Ladies Pickle, I was IN LOVE! That board is so amazing! It is so easy to manipulate and control. Its an amazing all around board. Responds well in the park and floats right over that deep pow. I will definitely be looking into other one of similar design when I bust 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 happy. 

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc. 
My 2014-2015 Powderking edit:
My 2014-2015 Spring and Fernie edit: