Where is your home town? What was it like growing up there?
I grew up in a small town called Someren, It was a nice neighbourhood and the whole family lived close. When I was 12, we moved to Nijmegen, Netherlands – that’s where I currently live when I’m home.
Who was your main influence in getting into snowsports? Was it a friend, parent, sibling, movie?
Definitely my dad, it was his decision to take us on a week trip every year to the mountains. My sister is the one who got me into freestyle!
Who sponsors you?
I’m sponsored by Yuki threads, Pimp Hands, Maim Sunglasses and beanies, De Mediahub, La Resistance and Saga outerwear, I also have some private financial support. I’m currently looking for a new ski and boot sponsor.
Who was the first sponsor you ever had as a skier? How did it make you feel?
It was a shop in Austria, Zell Am See called La Resistance (I’m currently still riding for them), It was a great feeling to have someone believe in me.
What was the tipping point that made you want to turn skiing into a career?
I love skiing, it’s all I want to do and having it as a career gives me the opportunity to ski in amazing places, travel and compete.
Who coaches you?
I’ve just had a coach since December his name Is Johnnie Mackey, so far it’s been working out great, he helps me progress a lot and sees the things I can’t see.
Having just missed out on competing in Sochi, when will you begin preparations for South Korea and what will they involve?
I feel like I’ve already started preparing for Korea, it’s nice to know I have 4 years. I’m going to keep on training and competing and try to get to that top level so there is no chance that I will miss out on that Olympics.
What is your favourite Run/Feature you’ve ever ridden, and what mountain was it on? Why is it your favourite?
I know you said feature but I gotta say that I really enjoy riding the Breckenridge Halfpipe, It’s so perfect and you never have to be scared to hit the deck.
What has been your most epic crash/injury?
In 2010 I had a crash that wasn’t very epic but I ended up fully tearing my ACL and partly my meniscus. But the other day I fell in the halfpipe.. on my face.
You’ve done a few seasons internationally… where have you been? And which mountain did you enjoy the most?
My first season outdoors was in New Zealand and I mainly skied at Snowpark, it was amazing having a full resort dedicated to freestyle, the atmosphere there was like no where else. I also did a season in Austria which was really nice but it’s nothing compared to the parks in America. I was very fortunate to be able to spend time in America and ski Breckenridge, keystone and Copper mountain and the parks there are so great. NZ will always stay my favourite though.
When you’re not skiing, what else do you like doing?
I’m pretty much always skiing! Haha or at least I try to. Outside of skiing I spend a lot of time in the gym getting ready for skiing. Spending time with my family and friends.
What’s your one piece of advice for skiers starting out?
Don’t give up, keep on trying, even if it doesn’t come easy hard work pays off.
Photography provided by Micah Emily Photography