You’re riding for the Lobster team, how did you get involved with the Helgasons? What are they like as teammates/bosses?
I have been and still am a massive fan of the Helgasons, and when I started snowboarding that was the only board brand I wanted to get on. I had some friends that helped me get noticed at first and then they were really stoked to get me on board and to have me as part of the brand. Halldor and Eiki are great people and that’s what got me on the brand in the first place: their personalities and creative outlook on snowboarding.
“Since this is a pretty physical job, I’ve been told that I shouldn’t be doing this because it’s too hard for me … while I’m doing my job”
It’s still quite rare to see female park shapers, why do you think this is? Is it a cultural thing, or a physical thing? How do you think we can start getting more women involved in this side of the industry?
I think it’s still looked at as a male dominant job, just like many others. Since this is a pretty physical job, I’ve been told that I shouldn’t be doing this because it’s too hard for me… while I’m doing my job. I don’t let that affect me though because it is definitely a cultural thing.
More women are not giving a fuck about this though which is sick because it can be hard to be put down because you were born with a vagina. We should all be a team and treat each other like such, no matter the gender. People should definitely be more open to allowing women into the workplaces and to give us a chance because we can do this for sure and women have to also be more open to just going for it.
The fear of not being able to do these things is imprinted into women very early on so we need to keep telling the women and girls that are coming up how fkn strong and capable we are because I have seen women do all these hard “ male “ jobs and absolutely kill it in what they are doing. So do what you want to do and fuck what people think of it. There will always be people that have something to say so just let them while we keep showing them how wrong they are.
Working and living in Laax sounds like the dream, are there any downsides to the job?
It’s definitely dream-worthy and an amazing place to be at, and a lot of people might think there aren’t so many downsides to it but the reality is as well that you can have it all and still struggle with life in general, no matter who you are or what you do. Just be nice and check on your friends.
The job itself is great and can be extremely exhausting but I find that very rewarding as well.
You moved to Switzerland from Iceland, what’s the scene like over there?
I love the snowboard scene in Iceland or at least how it was when I left. It was the proper send fest- ‘just do it and see what happens’ kind of mindset that was going on all the time. On the other side, we have some rough weather and conditions but we make it up with the people that are involved. They are the greatest people and I couldn’t be more stoked that I got to be a part of it!