Interview: Corinne Pasela


I first met Corinne Pasela this past summer at Mount Hood during Summer Games. She rounded out the team that SNOWBOARDER Video Producer, John Cavan and I had assembled for the event and held her own not only amidst the other female competitors, but with the guys as well. Though I had seen her in online edits previous to the Games, in person Corinne’s snowboarding is methodical, concentrated, and graceful. And in this way, her skills and keen eye are contributing to the new wave in women’s rail riding. Enjoy what this up and coming rider has to say about her season spent scouring the streets with the Roxy team and see for yourself what Corinne laid claim to over the past season by watching Roxy’s Wilder.

– Mary Walsh

As excited viewers check out Roxy’s “Wilder”, can you give us a little leak by telling us what your season was like last year?
This past winter was such an adventure! We lucked out having good snowfall in most of our hometowns and ended up using those locations to guide our travels, taking us through SLC, Illinois, and AK to name a few.

Did you film very much in your home state of Ohio? What is the scene like there?
Ohio's flat. There's a four month window where we may potentially have snow on the ground, and our manmade snow gathers on a mere 270 vertical feet. We don't really have 'snowboarders' in Ohio,  so maybe that makes the 'scene' a bit different than other places. What I know for sure is that the plethora of rails from the cities to the beaches make it such a fun place to ride snowboards with your friends, weather permitting…and that we did.

What is unique about filming with an all-female crew? Are there any challenges?
I  have always snowboarded with a bunch of boys so filming with an all-female crew definitely offers a fresh perspective on things. Girls are very opinionated and passionate, or passive and compassionate. The blessing and the curse while trying to ride snowboards together. Definitely…probably…maybe?

What was your favorite place that you traveled to while filming?
Alaska is a magical place. We saw moose and turkeys and rode snowboards atop Danyale [Patterson's] family home.

There is a crew of women pushing the level of jibbing right now, both in the park and in the streets. What is your take on the current state of this aspect of women’s riding?
Snowboarding is what it is, which I guess lies behind the eyes of the beholder. If you look hard enough, of course you'll find a crew of women pushing the level of snowboarding. It's a natural progression. I think some other girls may be killing it some other place, oblivious to anything going on in the 'mainstream.' Maybe that's the way it's always been. Regardless, snowboarding is as much of a collective experience as an individual endeavor and the sense of camaraderie within a crew is inspiring and memorable and I'm glad it's on film.

Which riders inspire you?
The ones that ride first chair to last chair, dawn ’till dusk.

What do you look for in a spot or feature that makes you excited to hit it?
The less life threatening obstacles involved, the better. Also, natural in-runs and simplicity in a feature help make a session with friends all the more enjoyable.

Did you face any challenges while filming your part of “Wilder”?
Of course. The law, the weather, the time or place, each took a turn testing the moral, and while that was challenging, it's also what fueled the desire to push on and the grounds to really get in touch with the best parts about snowboarding. One day was so cold our bungee kept breaking. A few hours was spent another day chipping out a sidewalk in Alaska, basically as community service, and that was pretty petty.

You are steadily gaining the very respectable reputation as a snowboarder who let’s their riding do the talking. What do you hope your riding says about you?
If that's the case, it's entirely by accident. Snowboarding's pretty hard, but it's still easier than talking. I just hope it stays fun!