Name: Pauline Richon
Home: Martigny, Switzerland
Sponsors: Rossignol snowboards, Roxy, Northwave Boots, Drake bindings, and Level gloves.
Competition results: First place, quarterpipe, Air and Style 1999; first place, halfpipe, the Nippon Open in 2000.
In everyday life Pauline is a calm person who enjoys taking time to do what she wants and needs to do. Brave, smooth, and progressive are three words that describe Pauline on a snowboard. Many would say, “That girl rides like a boy.” Pauline, in actuality, is breaking the stereotype whenever she rides, and in doing so, shows that snowboarding is for everyone. She’s a girl and rides like a girl.
Pauline’s grandfather was attracted to the mountains, and her father is a doctor and a mountain guide, so it’s no wonder she loves the mountains so much. Aside from snowboarding, Pauline enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, and ice climbing. In fact, she was just in Chile, mountain climbing with her father.Pauline thinks it’s important to snowboard because you like snowboarding, not because it’s in fashion, because it’s cool, or because your girlfriend or boyfriend does it. She likes riding halfpipe, powder, cliffs, big air, boardercross-actually she likes riding everything. That’s probably why she rides the way she does today.
Personally she thinks the best trick she does is a backside 720 tailgrab on a straight jump, but the most difficult trick for her is a frontside 360.