Manuela Mandl has taken part in every Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) in Europe since 2011. Thanks to her superb 2016 season, she won the Freeride Tour Qualifier and secured her ticket for the snowboard Freeride World Tour in 2017. Her podium on the Chamonix stage (relocated to Andorra) was clear proof she wasn't there by chance. She's currently ranked the sixth best snowboarder in the world.
Julbo White Session: Volcanic Kingdom
One or two pros, an amateur and a dream destination – this is the idea behind the "Sessions". Together with her compatriot Flo Orley, she took Andrejc, winner of the 2017 Julbo White Session, to ride Iceland's volcanoes. Five of them (including the film crew) squeezed into an RV for four, and criss-crossed the island looking for the best slopes. The film of their adventure will be released in fall 2018.
"As a sportswoman with poor eyesight, I know how important it is to have good vision. I need a product that can adapt to the prevailing conditions. A product that matches my riding style. An unfussy product that's built to last. I've got all of that with Julbo. And I also really like the philosophy of the brand and the people in the company."