At first glance, Nadja Purtschert may well appear to be all sweetness and light, but make no mistake - this girl is all business once she straps into her snowboard and drops in. Hailing from Rickenback, this Swiss Miss will knock your socks off if you happen to witness her riding on the mountain. After locking in some big results at Junior level, Nadja has recently graduated to the big time and is taking no prisoners. Purtschert holds it down in any contest she enters, and has been going after it on the TTR World Tour and the FIS Europa Cup circuit of late. And just like anyone else who has been fortunate to grow up surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps, Nadja knows a thing or two about freeriding and will always choose backcountry over the park and halfpipe after a heavy snowfall. After traveling to the US for the first time to snowboard, Nadja has now got a taste for the American dream and is hoping to spend more time over there during the coming seasons.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: That's hard to say, there was a lot of stuff going on. We had a really cool trip to Japan for the Junior World Championships. In the spring I went to the US for the first time and I was so stoked to ride Copper and Breckenridge. And when I came back to Switzerland I graduated from high school. It's been busy!
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: I love all the traveling and the fact you get to meet so many new people. You can go riding almost everywhere and any time you want. That's just perfect!
Q: Who do you enjoy riding with the most, and why?
A: Fabian Fassnacht. It's always fun to ride with him.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: Copper, Colorado! I went there last spring and it was amazing! The park and pipe were always perfect and it was even good for riding on bad weather days. After riding, you can go to the Woodward center to skate, snowboard on carpet and jump around on trampolines. It was just so much fun and it's impossible to get bored there!
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: I want to go to Copper again this spring and then to New Zealand in the summer because it's always so good for riding down there. In the meantime, I'll just be riding a lot in Switzerland. I'm also thinking about becoming a student again in the autumn, as well as snowboarding. In terms of next winter, I haven't really got any plans yet but it would be great to go to the World Championships again.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: The level is going up and up...
Q: Have you got any plans to film a new video part, and if yes, with which film company?
A: No, I don't have much experience in filming yet.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not riding?
A: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. It's always fun to go shopping with them, or to head out with them for a picnic, that sort of thing. We always have a ball when we play mini golf, go gokarting and skating. I've also been practicing my driving skills so I can get my license.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: My 7th place in the Halfpipe contest at the O'Neill Evolution.
Q: If you didn't ride for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I'd maybe try and be an actress.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Backside 540.