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Osloparken 2018

This Norwegian girls crew hit up the Oslo park for some lo-fi park ripping…

Women’s snowboarding is perhaps in the best place it’s ever been. On the contest side of things, the Big Air girls going bananas and putting on arguably the best show of the entire Olympics was another high-water mark, and followed a narrative of exponential kicker-riding progression that began with the Nine Queens event in Serfaus a few years back.

Then, in the pipe you had Chloe Kim putting down bonkers runs with thigh-rubbing style, and winning the hearts and minds of the real world, apparently, by tweeting about ice cream.

In terms of full movies, after a glut of all-girls films hit in the mid-00s, there’s been a bit of a drop-off recently – though we must say the Full Moon movie had us pumped – but full films in general aren’t popping off as much as they used to. That said, last winter we had Kimmy Fasani proving once again that she’s a backcountry boss in the Absinthe flick and Robin Van Gyn killing it in Depth Perception – two big, global releases featuring women smashing it. Not to mention Too Hard’s movie, Yas Quain, plus the teaser to Jess Kimura’s all-girls street movie, The Uninvited, which looks like it will be next level when it drops at the end of this year.

But it’s not all about contest boarding and movies. These days, like it or not, day-to-day the internet is where it’s at: individual part, edits and grams spread online play an important part in showcasing snowboarding – regardless of gender. As clips and feeds from riders like Desiree Melancon, Jess Kimura, the Too Hard squad and, most recently, Ivika Jurgenson have shown, though the contest riders might well be deservedly receiving the props at the momment, women’s snowboarding as a whole has been stepping up in recent years too – both in quality and visibility.

The Sensesse girls have clearly been inspired. With a lo-fi camera setup, some shiny pants and a bit of hipster editing, it’s clear these chicas have been influenced by the Too Hard crew, as you’ll see when you check their latest edit from lapping up the Oslo park. In fact, they even filmed for Too Hard’s first offering, but now these girls have decided to keep it more local and, as well as edits, they plan to hit Oslo’s streets hard this winter with the intention of dropping an urban movie towards the end of summer.

The more women seeing women ride well, the more women might get inspired they they, too, can do it and the more threads of female shred will get woven into snowboarding’s rich tapestry. And this can only be a good thing. Send it, girls!

  • Tom Copsey – Onboard Mag. 2018

Maria Hilde – Frida Brunvoll – Alva Knudsen – Aina Haugen and Benedikte Eide
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