Look Who's Calling Laura Hadar
Aug 8th 2011Laura Hadar is a fascinating human being. Her raw, creative energy is infectious, and she is bold in a way that's not only ballsy bravado, but also feminine sheik. She was one of the first females to take her skills to the streets and has done it with fierce determination and an in-your-face attitude. She can hold her own with the boys, and this year, after a second-place finish at both the Snowbird and Crystal Mountain North Face Masters stops, she has also now proved that she's no one trick pony. After becoming Capita snowboards first professional female snowboarder and filming with everyone from Videograss to Peep Show, Hadar has nothing left to prove. But that doesn't mean she's done turning heads. Hey, how are you? I'm good. I'm in Hawaii chilling out with my girlfriends -- just having a little non-snowboarding vacay. It's my first one in a while. Did you travel a lot this last winter? Not a lot, really. I spent a lot of time up in the Northwest. I got two weeks up at Baker, which was awesome, then a couple weeks at Stevens. That was so cool -- the Northwest is so magical! They've got a good secret going on up there, huh? Yeah, we try not to let anyone know what we're holding. I know, right? I was thinking about getting a spot out there, but I want to hit some more street stuff, so we will see. I was surprised to see you at the North Face Masters. How were those contests? Those were so fun! I saw the one at Snowbird the year before because I was just riding around during it, because it was a crazy-good powder day. I saw Temple Cummins, Tom Burt, and Andy Hetzel, and I figured if all those cats were involved it had to be pretty cool. So I did the one at Snowbird this last season and did pretty well, and then I did the one at Crystal and did pretty well there. Then I did the Kirkwood one, but I suck under pressure. Wait -- you got second at two of them. You can't suck that much under pressure. [Laughs] Yeah, it's not too much pressure. You get up on the podium, but you don't have to be the winner. laura hadarTim ZimmermanYou can take a street girl to the mountains... So are you making the switch from street to big mountain? How do you feel about the differences in the two styles? Well, street riding is cool because you get to be in cities, you don't have to wake up super early, and you get to have late nights. Heading out into the mountains is so cool, though. It's so quiet and peaceful and it's something that's new for me, too. It's a different aspect of snowboarding for me, which is refreshing and super exciting. At the first Masters event at Snowbird everyone was taking pictures of lines -- I've filmed a line or two, but I've never taken a picture of a mountain and studied it. I bought a pair of binoculars and learned how to find different markers and everything which was really exciting. Do you think you will keep filming street stuff? I definitely still want to do street stuff, because I love the creativity of it. I love being in the city and it's easier then finding a good crew to get into the backcountry with. A lot of the boys who ride street dress like girls and want to be gypsies or pirates or something. I feel like you were the one who pioneered that style. Do you feel like you had something to do with that? [+] Enlargelaura hadar Tim Zimmerman [Laughs] That's awesome. I think Gus Engle and Eric Messier did that. They were the first dudes that I saw dressing like that -- I think I copped their style a little bit. Maybe I helped popularize it? That's super funny. I like that. I make fun of the guys who wear super skinny jeans and have super skinny legs -- that's gross. There needs to be balance. They should pad their legs so it looks like there's some beef under there or something. Yeah, they should wear football pads or something. So what's up with the new Capita video? Do you have a full part? Yeah, I have a full part. I'm so excited for the video. The Capita team is so stacked right now. We definitely have one of the raddest, most progressive teams out there. It's so sick that whole company just revolves around snowboarding. There are no skiers making big decisions; it's super grassroots. It's such a rad venue for snowboarding to show it's true spirit. I'm honored to be in the video.