Kimberly “Kimmy” Fasani
~ DC “This Is Snowboarding” – Kimmy Fasani Full Part Remix ~
Buy the ticket, take the ride…
When Kimmy Fasani was offered the chance to film full-time this season, that famous perma-smile might have widened just a touch, but she didn’t waste a minute. The truck was readied, the sled was loaded, and the dial pointed North in no time at all, leading the Mammoth local on a beeline towards Whistler, BC. But this wasn’t your normal crew she was about to join—this was Devun Walsh and Iikka Backström. Nor was this going to be the generic, short-term backcountry commitment to split up the annual riding cycle. Digging in her heels, Whistler was now home for the duration.
Meeting up to film with the likes of Devun Walsh and Iikka Backström is a daunting scenario for any seasoned pro—male or female—yet Kimmy sent the opportunity as she has time and again, returning from the Canadian white room with shots, footage, and a focus that’s prompted the snowboard world to do more than it’s fair share of pillow-talking as of late. Simply put, Kimmy’s been killing the game this season, and we’re all looking forward to what’s coming over the next ridge.
Regardless of how many times it’s been said, the old adage continues to be proven true: there are times in this crazy life when you really do just need to inhale that deep breath and make the unknown plunge.
…Into tits-deep powder in the Whistler backcountry. — AH
Hellooo, Kimmy Fasani. How’s the season going?
This season has been really fun! There’s been so much snow, a good amount of sunny days, and some pretty all-time crews.
The big news this year was your Double Back. Walk us through the day, how the decision came about to send one?
The Double Back was a trick I had been thinking about for a while, and I was just waiting for the right jump. In mid-January, I went on a trip with Cheryl Maas and Hana Beaman to Silverton, Colorado. As we were building the jump, I started thinking about how perfect it was was for that trick. The snow was so deep, the landing was wide open, and everything just seemed to be lining up perfect. I didn’t really tell anybody—except for the filmer—what I was thinking of doing, because I didn’t want to put pressure on myself! The next day, we woke up to crystal-blue skies and I decided to give the Double Back a try. After a couple tries and lots of hiking, I landed it. So Fun!
And then the gates opened. Cheryl would set a Double down as well, right?
Yeah; Cheryl was there the day I landed, and the next day we hit a different jump—she stomped a Double Back first try. She’s such a strong, no BS rider, and her web edit series that’s coming out in the Fall will be insane [“Open Air” – check the teaser HERE]. From the looks of it, Cheryl stomped a Switch Double this season, too!
Tell us a bit about your time spent filiming with Devun Walsh and Iikka Backström this season. What was going through your head when you first got the invite to join them in Whistler?
When I first heard that I was invited to ride with Devun and Iikka in the Whistler Backcountry, my stomach fell to my feet! I was so excited—Devun has been a rider I’ve looked up to since I started snowboarding—but the other part of me was so nervous, because I didn’t want to blow the opportunity by not being able to keep up. ~ [We’re pretty sure you “kept up”, Kimmy… ha]
How do you think you held up, filming with the boys? Did you get shots and stake your own?
Filming with the guys was pretty unbelievable. For the month and a half I was in Whistler, we only had about eight blue days, but we were still able to get some things done. Riding with them made me realize: if you’re in a good, trustworthy crew, you’re probably going to be productive. I think I held my own… [laughs] I only got stuck on my sled a couple times… Those guys were very patient and I am so appreciative for that opportunity—I owe them big time.
What are a few things that people don’t know about Devun and Iikka that they should?
Devun and Iikka would never admit this because they’re too humble, but they really are a big deal. Check it yourself at: PolarOpp.com. ~ [Webisode #1 from Devun and Iikka’s new film project, Polar Opposites, available HERE]
In your view, how is it different for women riders to film with other women as opposed to riding/filiming with the guys?
Riding and filming with women can be really productive if the crew is motivated, positive, and down to push each other. Riding and filming with guys is a completely different mentality. They don’t over-analyze features and hammer out tricks like it’s nothing—it can give girls the confidence to step up and push themselves.
~ It ain’t over… Much more from Kimmy on Page 2, so click on to the next one… ~
~ Standard Films‘ “The Storming” Radical Reels edit (Kimmy’s part begins at 1:15)
Along with Devun and Iikka, you’ve been supported by DC for a few seasons now, leading the women’s team.
Being part of the DC crew is pretty humbling. Everyone on the team is so sick and the company gives us the tools to go out and make things happen. I feel fortunate to have DC supporting me.
Yourself, Raewyn, and now Phoebe. Break down the women’s team for us.
The DC women’s team is small, but each girl brings something unique to the crew. Raewyn [Reid] is so sick at rails, and her style is flawless with everything she does. Phoebe [Novello] is a 17-year old, legit, well-rounded, new addition to the women’s program. The three of us together create a really entertaining group dynamic… [laughs]
Anonymously-submitted question time… “What’s it like being engaged to a man with two poles?”
I am a very lucky lady. Chris is an amazing guy, and we both understand the hectic nature of this crazy life we live. ~ [Kimmy is engaged to professional skier and Mammoth charger, Chris Benchetler]
You got the go-ahead this year to step back from the contest scene. How long have you been looking to film full-time, and what prompted the change?
Contests are great for some people, but I just get too nervous. I really love riding park and would love to do well at contests, but it just hasn’t been my cup of tea [laughs]. I thought I was in dreamland, thinking that I could join the limited list of full-time filming ladies… However, DC gave me that option this year! I knew that in order to make a decent video part happen, I would need to just focus on that one thing.
Umm… I just got word that there is a Kimmy Fasani App. Discuss.
[Laughs] Fantapper approached me and asked if they could give me a free web App! They were branching into the sports industry, and I just happen to be a snowboarder they picked. ~ [For the full Kimmy, Download the Fasani Fantapper App HERE]
Ultimate part song.
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Or, “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates!
K.F. Pro Model = “Knife Fighter”, “Karaoke Fiend”, “Kitten Fancy”, or “Killer Ferrari”? And why…
[Laughs] “Knife Fighter”, for sure. Don’t mess with me, or I’ll have to show you why…
Describe for us, your ideal day on a snowboard. Who, where, what, when, why, all of that good stuff.
The ideal day would involve a good crew of friends; a heli trip; deep, blower powder; sunny, blue skies; and no cameras—for at least one day! Soul shredding with friends is what snowboarding is all about. ~ [Amen, sister.]
Sounds like we’re all Caught Up! You’re a boss; any thanks or shout outs to send us off?
Sending prayers and all my love to Japan. Thanks to TransWorld, all of my Sponsors, Light Gives Heat, my Mom, Chris, Reese, friends, and family.