A few weeks ago we asked you to send in questions to Victoria. There were hundreds of questions that came in. Some we wished she’d answered and others that we’re quite glad she didn’t dignify with a response.
Here are the questions she chose to answer along with Victoria’s wonderfully honest responses.
Q. Why did Burton scrap the women pro models and opt for the single ‘Feel Good’ series? Poor sales? Can I expect a Jealouse model in 2001?Mike
The Feelgood series is a combination effort between Shannon Dunn and myself to make a quiver of the best boards we had ever ridden for women riders or smaller men. We both wanted to ride a variety of lengths, so we made three sizes that we could ride each in a variety of terrain¿from pipe to big-mountains. This way we aren’t limited to one board length, and don’t have to compromise performance. These boards are the best boards we have ever ridden.
Q. What are you currently listening to? What are your top ten albums?Bobbi
Lately I have been listening to these albums …
Huffy Lucman¿Deese Nuts
MC Shinious¿Live at the Tandoori Grill
Randy Compost¿Crust On, Young Ones
Cartwrong Sing-a-long¿Everybody’s Happy (Vol. three)
Eby Brohell and the New Brohomians¿Wiggle It
Iron Rooster¿Enormous eggs, Psycadellic Sqawk
Travexasaurusrex¿Take Us There
Vicky J¿No Hangups
Books on tape: Vicky J Talks for Four Hours Straight.
Q. Do you feel like your influence in snowboarding has made more girls snowboard more aggressively?
I am Grrrrrl. Hear me Grrrrrrrrrrrr (roar).
Q. You have been on the set of snowboarding for so many years, long before the solid gender integration pushed through¿props for staying strong. Did you find that being blessed with a beautiful look helped draw the eyes of the industry to you and your skills? Or did it get in the way of your robust riding style allowing itself to speak?Mac Denver, CO
My beautiful blessed bountiful bust helped draw the eyes of the industry, while my freight train curves helped derail all gender barriers. Sex sells, Buuuuuuddy.
Q. Just curious what some of Victoria’s favorite spots in Utah are for backcountry?
Joel The backcountry is dangerous in Utah. I try not to go there.
Q. What’s going through your mind when you’re hopping out of a helicopter and riding down some unridden peak in Alaska?
It should be more like “what is being deposited in my pants?” Excrements of fear and excitement. Sometimes I’m calm and relaxed, and sometimes I’m completely gripped. I try to start out on more mellow runs, and progressively step it up as my comfort level increases. This is very important because that way I can make relatively educated decisions and keep the risks to a minimum. It gives me a chance to check out the snow pack and warm up to riding more exposed lines.
Q. Also, I’m looking at making a severe career change¿from office computer fix it, to roaming snowboarder (not at all professional). Everyone keeps telling me that I just can’t do that. Got any tips?
I guess you could do whatever you want to, but it wouldn’t really be much of a career. The thought of being a non-professional roaming snowboarder might be better than the reality of it, depending on if you are some sort of trust funder or not, or how much you mind sleeping on peoples floors, really stinky laundry, and how good you are at timing storms and being in the right place at the right time. But it could be well worth it … maybe even the best time of your life.
Q. I was just wondering, as a girl that wants to be a pro rider in thefuture. What’s the most important thing to do to succeed in the world of pro snowboarding? Any tips or advice? Also, what’s the best and worst thing about being a pro?
The most important thing is to ride, rride, ride, and not be intimidated by anyone. Don’t succumb to some “cool dudes” playing “vibe-a-girl” and their critical looks. Ride in front of people, fall down, and fall down again. You’re the one that’s learning while they are gawking and judging. Also, ride only with nice people.
The best thing about being a pro is that Chocolate Santa comes to town about once every couple/few months. He makes you feel like you’ve been very good kid and leaves cool presents. The worst things about being a pro are that a) you really miss your doggie, b) you have a hard time holding down any kind of relationship, and c) all your friends live so far away.