Are we? Research conducted in September 2015 shows that 32.8% of all boarders is female. It depends on your objective on if you think that is a lot or not, but fact is that 2/3 of all snowboarders are male.
This blog will be about female snowboarders, but not just female snowboarders. There are enough feminine snowboarders that blog about their passion, but, they are all professionals. Personally I really like reading those blogs, there’s just one problem, I’m not a professional and therefore I oftentimes cannot identify with the things they are talking about (even though I think it is interesting). I love snowboarding, but I don’t do it more than twice a year, and I don’t have the desire to become a professional, ever. What I really missed when looking for information on the internet, or blogs I wanted to follow, was information targeted at women amateur snowboarders. That’s when I decided to start a blog about this topic.
I’m not saying snowboarding is sexist, and this is not going to be a feminist blog, but when buying gear, the gear marketed towards girls is very obvious marketed towards girls. Try to find a board for girls without the colour pink in it. Snowboarding isn’t something that should be quite so gender-specific, but yet it is. Besides, type in Google: ‘Girls on boards’ What you’ll get? A lot of model-ish girls with very few clothing, not focussed on the sport they’re doing, but focussed on their body and sexiness.
Nevertheless, I will mostly write about good places to go to for beginners, like slopes, stores and events. I will also write about tips and tricks, for example, how do you find out your snowboard style? Are you left or right footed? And how different is indoor from outdoor boarding? I differentiate this blog from other blogs, where sponsored professionals talk about the gear they get to try out for a brand. This will be more about where to get good, but affordable gear, what is a good brand or board to start with?
The aim of this blog is to make it interactive and attractive for all women nonprofessional riders. To achieve that, I need your help. Do you have an interesting story to tell, pictures you think the world has to see? Tricks everyone deserves to know?
Do you have anything you want me to dedicate a blogpost about? Or ideas you want to share? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or to contact me!
Snowboarding at La Molina, a great place to board in the Pyrenees.