Tina Basich

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Tina Basich started competing in snowboarding contests in 1986 – long before most of us had even heard of the sport. Last year she published her autobiography ‘Pretty Good For A Girl’ which describes how she became one of the female pioneers of snowboarding with involvement in everything from competitions to board design and video games. She is also a founder of Boarding for Breast Cancer.

Below Tina answers the questions you wanted us to ask her…

Why did you decide to write your book?
I started to look over all my photos and journals, I thought it would be cool to do a book with all of the girls in snowboarding, and then it turned into my autobiography.

Did you have good notes/journals on your career? – you remember such great details and have some great photos!


I kept a journal, and I’m a crazy gal with a camera. I love taking pictures so I spent hours going through all of my photo albums and remembering all the great trips I’ve been on.

Why did you decide to put advice sections in it? – it was quite unusual to see them in an autobiography.
I have learned so much from travelling and all of my experiences in snowboarding and being in the back country. So I felt like I wanted to share those and pass them along to the next person that might be interested in it.

In your book you were constantly changing your focus i.e. from World Cup pipe competitions, to X Games big air to free riding. Where do you see your career in snowboarding going next?
I‚Äôve been getting into TV and movie projects. I have my TV show Called GKA, it’s on Fuel network which is a 24/7 action sports network. My show gives all the girls a platform to show what girls can do in action sports. It covers snow, skate, surf, moto etc.

How are you finding life as a TV reporter?
I’m learning a ton!!

Are you working on any other new projects at the moment?
I‚Äôm working on a movie project…in the works, can’t say yet.

Are there any ambitions you’d still like to achieve?

I feel like I’ve achieved more in snowboarding than I ever dreamed, this is my 18 year as a pro snowboarder, I never dreamed it would take me this far.

Do you still compete at all?
I don’t compete any more, I‚Äôm focused on other projects and if you are going to compete you need to do only that to stay on top. I have way too many projects going on to only focus on one thing.

How do you feel about the wonderful success of Boarding for Breast Cancer? – it seems to grow more and more every year.
It’s great to be a part of B4BC. It’s growing and we are reaching more people in other parts like surf and skate.

In your book you seemed to have reservations about the commercialisation of snowboarding – how do you feel about the direction it’s taking these days?
Everyone who was involved in snowboarding when it boomed was a little reserved about it. It was changing so fast we didn’t know what to think. But I embrace it, because more people are having fun with snowboarding and it’s changed my life and because it’s mainstream, I still can be a pro snowboarder and have this be my career.

Which are you most proud of – your achievements on a board or your achievements off a board?

Boarding for Breast cancer is what I’m most proud of.

Do you think female riders are getting the recognition they deserve these days?

I think girls are getting great exposure, and the levels of riding are stepping up, so the best it yet to come.

Who, in your opinion, are the most impressive up and coming riders at the moment?

I think Janna Meyen is the best out there right now, I just watched her at the X games, and she is such a solid rider.

You gave surfer Bethany Hamilton (who lost her arm in a shark attack last year) some snowboard lessons at the Queen of the Mountain competition – how was that?
We had so much fun, she is such a great athlete, she picked up snowboarding quick.

What’s the best piece of snowboarding advice you’ve been given?
Listen to yourself

Will you be working with Paul Frank again? The Sims boards you collaborated on was so cool!
No Paul Frank/ sims boards in the works. That was so much fun, I wish we could do it again.

What’s been your scariest moment on a snowboard?

Alaska, big mountains like that can take your breath away.

Where’s your favourite place to ride?
Utah and Alaska, on safe snowy day. I just got home from a trip to Utah , we had great snow and there were so many friends out there, we just had a blast riding around doing tree runs.

Is there anywhere you haven’t been snowboarding yet that you’d still like to visit?
I would like to go back to Europe, I haven‚Äôt been to all the huge resorts over there. But for now, I’m just wishing for snow in my home town mountains!

 

For more information on the Boarding For Breast Cancer Foundation and events taking place near you visit www.b4bc.org

 

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