Manuela Mandl

Manuela Mandl

First name: Manuela
Last name: Mandl
Home: Haus im Ennstal and Vienna/ Austria
Homeresort: Hauser Kaibling/ Austria
Snowboarding since: 2002
Year of birth: 1988
Favourite board: yavana 153/ fastec alu choice and coal xt 158/ fastec alu choice, cashew splitboard
Stance: regular; front: +13°, back: between +3° and -6°
Best results:
> Season 2012/13
> #3 X-Over Ride Kitzsteinhorn/Aut, *** FWQ Contest
> #5 Big Mountain Hochfügen/Aut, ****FWQ Contest
> Season 2011/12
> #1 ElDorado Freeride/Andorra, ****FWQ Contest
> #3 Big Mountain Hochfügen/Aut, ****FWQ Contest
> #3 La Clusaz Radical Mountain/Fra, ****FWQ Contest
> All Over Result FreerideWorldQualifier 2011/13: #3 Snowboard Women

- nickname: manu

- strengths: big balls:)

- weakness: grumpy when hungry

- fashion accessory: belt (one can fix everything with a good belt)

- color: blue

- food: pasta, dark chocolate, cucumber

- drink: espresso, water

- piercings or tatoos: no

- book: The Possibility of an Island – Michel Houellebecq

- music: birdeatsbaby, the clash, 

- best holiday location: Morocco

- best way to relax: sheep felt in front of an oven

- magazines: Whitelines, Brand Eins, Geo

- websites:,, facebook



If I cash 1.000.000€ in the lottery then...

I’d go to Alaska for one season, save some money and donate 50.000 to different environmental and human rights organisations.


Your house is burning...

First I’d grab my boyfriend and then the laptop.


An Affair to Remember...

The craziest week in my life I had in Oviedo/Spain couple of years ago. We arrived there with a camping van and there was the cities’ fiesta for the whole week. We got free drinks everywhere and I can’t remember too many details.


What means snowboarding to you?

When snowboarding I’m focusing on the present moment. I don’t think of daily problems, like paying bills or repairing the car. My whole concentration flows into controlling the board, find the line and enjoy the terrain.


Has your life changed beeing a snowboard pro?

Huuuh…I don’t really see myself as a snowboard pro. But I definitely travel more and do more kilometres in the car during winter than I used to. 


What kind of rider are you? 

I’m definitely freeriding most of the time. I try to escape the slopes and resorts through splitboarding. Boards I enjoy are both directional and fairly stiff, like the coal xt, because I just love going fast, or directional and playful, like the yavana, for powder days and easy freeriding.


What do you like most about Völkl Snowboards?

I appreciate the lightness and stability of the board and binding combination. And although I always thought I’m more the type for classical strap-in bindings, I really enjoy the fastec system. It just saves a lot of time and one can easily adjust all the different features.


The place to be?

My favourite mountain is Dachstein, just because it’s always a challenge, especially in the early season. But the place to be, with enough knowledge and cash, would probably be Alaska.


Your signature trick? 

That is probably a straight line:) I enjoy the speed one gains and the adrenaline kick, works best in spring slush or in powder and down a big face. 


What kind of style is up to date? What trick is done?.

In freeriding everybody tries to implement more freestyle tricks into their riding. Which is hard, because every take off is different and in contests you never know how many bomb holes are in the landing already.


Which trick do you want to learn next?

I generally want to improve my riding, drop higher, ride faster and more radical and at the same time still act playful with the possibilities of the terrain.


How do you motivate yourself and learn new tricks?

I ride as much as possible, but also take enough brakes in between, so that my body can recover. That’s something what I’ve learned over the past seasons: take breaks! I also do some stretching and do different sports over summer.


You had any dangerous situations on the mountain so far? 

I came into an avalanche last season. That was quite a shock. Since then I always try to be aware about my surroundings. How does the snow feel? Is there any wind impact? How steep is it? Are there any terrain traps? What does the avalanche report say? Do I feel save or do I have a strange feeling in the gut?


Highlights of last season?

Highlight was definitely winning the 4**** Freeride World Qualifier Contest in Andorra. At the El Dorado Freeride the riders get to the final face by helicopter, which was also my first helicopter ride ever.


Blue bird & perfect conditions – who should be in your riding crew? 

Actually I’m happy with my riding buddies.


The best Snowboard trip ever was...

Camping in the mountains and hike lines. It’s not really a trip, but wintercamping offers so much possibilities and is a real adventure without long travel times.


What stuff is in your backpack when you head up to ride or travel?

When I go riding I pack shovel, probe, water, food, mobile phone and a first aid kit. The avalanche transceiver I wear on the body.


What is your favourite contest & why?

My favourite contest is definitely the Big Mountain Hochfügen in Austria. The face offers a lot of possibilities, everything is very well organised and the resort itself is great. The other Contest I love is El Dorado Freeride in Andorra.


What do you do when you are not riding? 

In summer time I normally go surfing with my boyfriend and our van, in between surfing and snowboarding I try to study as hard and effective as possible. And then I stuff different jobs and internships in between to earn some money.


In five years I want...

to be a better snowboarder with improved mountaineering skills. And I want to have my architecture studies finished.



A ride a day keeps the doctor away:) 


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