You’ve got questions? They’ve got answers! Oh snap-the ladies of Misschief Films are here to help. Answering questions this month: Leanne Pelosi, Alexis Waite, and Gretchen Bleiler.
First off, I think you’re an awesome rider, and it shows from last season, taking first in all the comps and learning to ride pow. You’ve also got a good part in … As If! Do you think … As If! will be a big hit and that people will start to take girls’ riding seriously? Or will the riding community-which is mostly guys-just end up dismissing it as another “chicks trying to make a good vid” joke? Either way, I’m still buying it when my local shop gets it in.
Thank you very much for the comments-I’m flattered! From what I’ve heard so far, I think … As If! is selling really well, and I’ve heard some awesome feedback. I was at the first premiere in San Diego, and I saw a few of the pro boys whistling and cheering, so that’s a good sign! I think everyone who’s seen it so far can see that women’s snowboarding is improving and gaining the respect it deserves. I think you’ll like it, and there’s more sick riding in the bonus section on the DVD. … As If! was a huge learning experience for all of us. I think we’ve all learned that it’s not just about filming one day and suddenly, voila-you have a part in a movie. That’s not realistic. I think with all the commitments the girls had this past season, this project is to be applauded. Much respect goes to Erin Comstock, Laura Hadar, Lexi Waite, Natasza Zurek, and Annie Boulanger, who filmed all year, competed, and pulled it off with full parts. Misschief is here for girls like you, and it’s only going to get better. We’ve just begun!
Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you get some good pow this season.
I’ve got a question: what colleges are pretty good to be at when it comes to snowboarding? Thanks a ton!
You have an awesome question that a lot of high school seniors are definitely thinking about. Your best bet, of course, is finding a college that’s close to the mountains.
Many state universities are starting snowboard clubs, and some even have pretty rad snowboard teams with coaching. I see a lot of the University Of Colorado, Boulder girls at contests. I also like the quarter or trimester system best for snowboarding, because it allows you to take a winter off and spend the summer making up classes.
If you have to attend during winter, make sure there’s a mountain no more than an hour away from school. If it’s any farther, you probably won’t end up going because of your workload.
Good luck with the application process, you can find a list of snowboard-friendly colleges with varying levels of academic prestige on transworldsnowboarding.com.
What the hell is a “stone” for shaving or “beveling” your edges, and what company board has the most flex?
Sam, TransWorld directed your question to me because I ride a lot of halfpipe, and therefore the magazine is assuming I take care of my snowboard. Luckily, TWS is right. I’m sponsored by Swix, which makes the fastest wax out there and also equips me with the necessary tools to tune or detune. This is where your question comes into play, Sam.
There are different types of stones out there: regular, gummy, and diamond. Here’s a list of things that a stone can do: smooth out your edges by removing burrs, sharpen your edges, and detune your edges. Regardless of whether or not you’re a jibber or a pipe or park rider, or all of the above, it’s always good to show your board love. If your edges are burred, they’ll be way more likely to catch-so, Sam, go ahead and use a stone.
Win a free copy of Misschief’s … As If! The best letter from each month’s Truth Or Dare will receive a DVD of the Misschief girls getting wicked. You want a piece of this? Send questions to the ladies at truthordare@@hotmail.com, and make sure to include a return e-mail address.
Alexis Waite scored the freshest seats at the Reno home game. Go team!
Photo: Ryan Hughes