Above: Manuela Mandl competing in Hakuba, 2019 (Photo: @freerideworldtour/©JBERNARD)
The Luminaries Series is about shining a light on some of the most inspirational people in our industry, documenting their rise in their given professions, and sharing some of their insights from along the way.
Freeride World Tour champion Manuela Mandl is a professional snowboarder and an outdoors advocate who isn’t afraid to raise her opinion and take action. After a few concussions and a ripped Achilles tendon, Manuela is back competing on the tour, and we’re happy to see her back on her board.
“The Freeride World Tour is known for its challenging snow conditions and faces that are hard enough to manoeuvre without throwing backflips into the race”
After making the cut, Mandl currently finds herself in third place on the tour and looking strong ahead of its final two stops. We caught up with a jet-lagged but vigorous as ever 33 year old just after the third stop of the FWT in Kicking Horse, Canada.
“It’s just so nice to reconnect with everyone”, Manuela bursts out in excitement after two years of not being able to see her friends overseas. “I’m staying out here for a bit longer,” she tells us. “My friend converted a Canadian school bus into her living space so she and her boyfriend are going to pick me up in a few days, and we’re just going to drive around Revelstoke, hang out and go for adventures.”
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