20 Questions for… Julia Baumgartner

Julia's Happy Face in her funky Nikita jacket
Julia's Happy Face in her funky Nikita jacket

This month we are stopping in with Austrian student shredette Julia Baumgartner. Julia has been tearing it up for Nikita and K2 and throwing down with some impressive comp results over the last few years including back to back Austrian champs and is one of the nicest ladies in snowsports.

Where is home for you?
In TIROL

How did you first get into snowboarding?
With and because of my sister! When she gave me a ‘powder day with her’ as a birthday present when I was 12, it happened and I started loving it!

How has snowboarding affected your life?
Wow! Totally affected and not possible to explain in a few sentences… I think it did a lot for what I am now. How I love and enjoy life and living. I am so thankful about having it, even if my knees are maybe much older already than I am.

If money was no object, where would you like to ride?
I would invite my sister, Flori and close friends to go to Alaska Heliboarding with Guides! After that maybe a little bit to Scandinavia and then to Japan.

What projects or contests are you working towards this year?
Hmm…getting well again with my knee, writing my diploma for my studies, riding a few contests, filming with MOG production and hopefully a few shoots with my boyfriend Flori, Carlos or Mr. Blom again. Hihi.

Julia making a splash on the new Nikita/K2 designed board
Julia making a splash on the new Nikita/K2 designed board

Name one bad thing about being a pro-snowboarder.
I don’t count myself as a pro snowboarder, but if so – Injuries!

Who do you look up to?
Good people who do good things!!! In riding: Gigi Rüf, Nicolas Müller, Mikkel Bang, Eero Ettala, Flori, Tom Noodle Recheis, Kjersti Buaas, Natasza Zurek and sooo many more!

What’s the most valuable thing you own?
It has been a necklace I got from Flori – but I lost it last May in the Miami Ghetto (on the Nikita SS10 photoshoot).

Tearing up the pow in Seegrube. Photo: Florian Trattner
Tearing up the pow in Seegrube. Photo: Florian Trattner

Who is your ideal man (or woman)?
My mum and my grandmum!

Tell us a joke.
I only know one and it is even hard for me to tell it in German, so I better skip this question.

QUICKFIRE:

Park or pow? pow
Frontside or backside? frontside
Kicker or cliff drop? Cliff drop with lots of nice pow.
Baggy or tight? baggy
First lift or last orders? Easystyle!
Band or DJ? Band
Surf or skate? skate
Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Sean Connery
Chocolate or alcohol? chocolate
Snowboarding or sex? Sex, you can also do it when you’re injured.

SHOUT OUTS:
Live and enjoy your life.
Thoughts make feelings, so handle the thoughts and be happy.
Think positive – for sure (or for 91%) it s gonna be good!
See the whole thing – the whole world.
Try to make something better! Give love, respect and happiness to the people and the earth around you!!!

SPONSORS: Nikita, K2, Electric, Pow, Pull-In, Nixon, Les ettes, Sweet Dream, Cappucchino Club

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