“Women in Snowboarding – A History” is the fifth video segment from a collection cut out of the 2009/2010 Swatch TTR TV Show series and is the first part of three that will focus on influential women in snowboarding and the development from the early days.

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The first part of the “Women in Snowboarding – A History” series delves into the complexities of being a female snowboard athlete and the development of the female side of the sport. Early pioneers such as Tara Dakides, Jenna Meyen and Stine Brun-Kjeldaas, talk about the early days of snowboarding and how women pushed their way into the spotlight and began staking their own claim.

Tara, Jana and Stine witnessed how prize money at contests slowly began to turn commonplace from being virtually non-existent, and the major shift away from women wearing men’s clothing with the emergence of female snowboard clothing brands. Before that, “The girls where not allowed to be seen as girls at all,” says Stine.

Lisa Wiik, Chanelle Sladics, Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas and Cheryl Maas all look back on the importance of these pioneers of the sport to the current situation on the TTR Tour. Chanelle talks about how Tara, Jana and Stine all paved the way for the current generation of riders to work hard and make a career out of snowboarding, saying “We have such blessed lives, it’s so cool to connect with those girls, because they are the reasons why we are getting paid and they’re the ones saying: Hey we can do this too.” Also sharing their views on the importance of the TTR Tour for women are Torah Bright, Silvia Mittermueller and Sarka Pancochova.