This season, are you looking for more results in the contests, or did hitting the backcountry last season rub off on you?
All I want to do is go find and build jumps, ride powder, and take photos—that’s my main focus this year. Trying to get a filmer and just get cool shots. I will do the X Games, European Open, European X Games, and all of the big events and stuff, but I’d really like to focus on having a cool video parts and being creative.
How long have you been with Nitro?
I’ve had four pro models now. This will be my fifth year coming up.
Judging by your board graphics, we must know: Are you really a cat lady?
[Laughs] The cats come from one of my first boards. There was a graphic of a cat on there, and, well, I really like that graphic! We always had cats at my dad’s house. I like cats, but its not like I’m a crazy cat lady. Then again, they always kind of land on their feet, no matter how you throw them up in the air, and I think they’re really cool animals. We drew a cat, and I’ve tried to stick with it. Same as sticking with one team—it’s always been my goal to stick with something that works.
What is CherylMaas.com all about?
Just a little site for when people want to know something about me. I’m not big into blogging or anything, but I’m trying to give people a little update about what I’ve been doing. I’m not the biggest person who wants media attention, as I’ve said before, and I’m not just throwing myself out there. But I’m really happy with the fans that I have. It’s good to try and give them a little something back. But again, I’m a little more old school. I want to meet the people!
At the end of last year, you suffered a pretty serious heel injury. How important is it to have support from your sponsors during that time?
I think that’s the most important. You work for them, you know? You don’t want to let them down. You want to show that you were trying to give everything, and when you’re giving everything, you’re going to get injured once in a while. You get so motivated to ride when you sit on the couch!
It’s the hot topic of today, and I feel like I should ask you: What’s your take on slopestyle in the Olympics?
Like I said before, I’m not too big a fan of the Olympics—not by the way the whole “Federation” is. Maybe it’s just my country, but I have to work with the Ski Federation and it’s not focused on snowboarding. Maybe it’s gotten better since 2006, but that’s just my feeling. Then the Olympics themselves … when I was there, I did pretty well. I was excited, and wanted to run up to my parents in the crowd. [The Olympic oficials] stopped me, saying, “You can’t go into the crowd. It’s too dangerous.” I’m like, “What? Someone is going to attack me? Why?” Its super strict, and that super strictness doesn’t work for snowboarding. I mean, I probably would go if slopestyle was an Olympic sport next time, because I would be 30 and it would be fun to do a “last competition” like that. But for me, it’s not necessary at all. For snowboarders to show the outside world what we do is great, but the way they work? With their rules and the ways it’s judged? It’s too hard to work with that.
Snowboarders in the US are under the Ski Federation, too.
We should have our own Federation and our own rules. This is not skiing.
So … um … does the Dutch National Team perform drug tests?
[Laughs] I don’t know! I’ve never been drug tested. I don’t think the Dutch people smoke as much as those who live around Holland.
Not to be ignorant, but is there really a huge difference?
Well, the whole world thinks everybody is smoking weed in Holland, because it’s legal. I think the whole world smokes more than the Dutch people do themselves! For us, it’s legal; it’s not something “crazy special” that you do. Either you’re into it, or you’re not.
Fair enough. Well, last thing, and I gotta ask: How cool is Amsterdam?
[Laugh] Just don’t get lost! Although … I did hear that John Jackson got lost there during the Forum premiere. I heard he had a great time.