Above: Chiara and her daughter India out on a shoot.
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.
Mother, women’s team manager for Drake and Northwave, and filmer, Chiara Grisorio is spinning more than a few plates while living the van life with her partner Alex Stewart. Somehow she pulls it all off, all the while focussing on paving the way for a more equal snowboard industry by confronting the issues surrounding equal prize money and brands on their lack of female team riders.
“Chiara’s caring approach and outspokenness are one of a kind, as she manages to keep a chilled tone whilst addressing issues that might get someone else to lose their way”
Chiara’s caring approach and outspokenness are one of a kind, as she manages to keep a chilled tone whilst addressing issues that might get someone else to lose their way. We caught up with this Italian on a Friday afternoon, just as storm Eunice was raging through Europe, immensely increasing the excitement of van life.
“India’s crib was sliding across the van; it was a nightmare. There was hale, wind, everything you can imagine. It was terrible.”, Chiara opens up the conversation when asked how the van’s been holding up in the storm. However, it’s also worked for the benefit of the crew.
“We’re in the Cech Republic now and yesterday we were filming with the Simpson brothers, Maisie Hill and Hrund Hanna and the van kind of saved us because we were behind it, and it was so windy, so we were protected by it.”