Nikita Rider Vera Janssen
Name: Vera Janssen
Home: Kempen, Germany
Lives in: Whistler, Canada
Used to live in: Utah, Squaw Valley, Truckee, Reno, Mammoth, Austria…
Riding since: 1990
Sponsors: Atomic, Nikita, Deeluxe boots, Dragon, Ogio, Osiris
I wanted a wicked hot guy to do this interview with me… but I am so indecisive and I just had to have four wicked hot guys asking me filthy questions
Thanks Rob, Max, Ian, and Sam !!!
Greg Maxwell: What are your top 5 favorite bands?
Cradle Of Filth
Children Of Bodom
Greg Maxwell: What are your top 3 favorite songs?
Nymphetamine by Cradle
Duality by Slipknot
Instinct by Arch Enemy
Greg Maxwell: What are your hobbies outside of snowboarding?
Skateboarding, wakeboarding, traveling, reading, cooking, internet
Greg Maxwell: Who are you biggest influences?
Scotty Whittlake and Angela Gossow… the people I ride with… my parents…
Greg Maxwell: What are your goals in snowboarding?
I wanna get a sick video part in a guys movie with lots of backcountry footage…
Greg Maxwell: Where did you spend your last season?
I started out with some epic powder days in Austria, then went to Mammoth to move into my place there… After that back to the Alps for the European Open, a Dragon Team photoshoot in France, and my brother’s 21st birthday. After that wild party I flew to Mammoth and also hung out in Tahoe with the Nikita girls for a photoshoot. In March I drove up to Whistler and basically have been there since.. I like it more and more every day…
Greg Maxwell: What kind of sled do you have?
A 2007 M8 Arctic Cat 153”.... its a special edition Atomic sled and I absolutely love it! 157 Horsepower… Get your ski-doo out of my way!
Greg Maxwell: How was the snowmobiling in whistler?
Its so sick there! There are so many lonesome valleys and tons of sick spots. The Canadian wilderness really intrigues me and I love the feeling of standing somewhere far out in the backcountry and wondering whether any human has EVER stood right there before. I love coming over ridges and seeing down the next untouched valley. There are also so many spots to build jumps and drop cliffs - it’s just one massive playground. I can’y wait for the snow to fall so I can keep on exploring all these places!
Greg Maxwell: So you bought an RV. Where did you get it?
I found it on Craisglist when I first got to Whistler. My friend Greg drove me to Vancouver to look at it and I fell in love with it immediately. I bought it that same night and drove off with it the next morning. It wasn’t driving too far though - I broke down 5 times in the first 3 days… It took a couple different mechanics to look at it before I figured out what was wrong with it - just something with the fuel line. It has been driving great ever since and I love the gypsy camping lifestyle!
Greg Maxwell: Best and worst thing about the RV…
The worst is definitely that there is no electricity because I am too cheap to buy a generator. So I always have to charge all my electrical devices at friends’ places or AC outlets that I find outside of buildings…
Best thing is obvious: Always have your bed with you!
Sam Danniels: Pancakes or Waffles:
neither… I am not into doughy things… makes me tired just like noodles and bread do…
Sam Danniels: Favorite drink:
Water is awesome. I also love beer - I am German! Whiskey Coke is a good one for parties… drinking in general is good! I am really getting into Cesars these days - pretty Canadian, eh?!
Sam Danniels: If you died and came back as an animal - what would you be?
A Polar Bear maybe? or a Tiger or Lion?
Greg Maxwell: What are your plans for next season?
I try not to make plans because things always end up differently anyways…. but right now it looks like I am gonna be living in Whistler and trying to film as much as possible. I wanna get better on my sled and practice my backcountry skills so that I can comfortably go to Alaska hopefully at the end of next season!
Robert Brunton: Summer or winter - spring… but I like all seasons and especially the change…
Ian McClaughlin: favorite grab to bone out huge - indy feels great!!
Robert Brunton: How many miles have you put on your RV so far?
not too many, 700 or so?! I dont drive long distances - mainly just move it arond Whistler from one spot to the next so that no one gets tired of seeing my huge rig in their driveway…
Robert Brunton: Do you change your underwear every day?
Of course I do - but many look alike…
Robert Brunton: Have you ever banged in the gondola?
I wish I did…. but unfortunately no….
Robert Brunton: Favorite Canadian beer:
Kokanee and for those wild, cheap nights Wildcat… but Canadian whiskey is really good as well
Robert Brunton: How come you havent had sex in your RV yet?
I dont know… waiting for Mister Right I guess… damn I should just do it!!
Robert Brunton: Why are you so damn sexy?
Nikita clothes, Dragon sunglasses, and a whole lot of lust for life!
Robert Brunton: What do you like to put on your pizza?
Tons of veggies, Tomato slices, barely any cheese…
Robert Brunton: Who is your favorite filmer?
Rob Brunton of course
Robert Brunton: Whats the worst pick-up line you ever heard in a bar?
“Were your parents thieves? Because they stole the stars from the sky and gave them to you as eyes.” Heard that one a few times. Or this one:
“How much does a Polar Bear weigh? Enough to break the ice”
Its true though - if the chemistry is right it really doesnt matter what the other person says to get a conversation started.
Robert Brunton: Whats your favorite parking spot for your RV?
Easy Street and Alta Lake Road… great sleep spots!
Robert Brunton: If you were stranded on an island - what would you bring?
A wicked hot guy, sunscreen, beach towel, laptop, digi-cam, lots of books, seeds to grow coffee and weed…
Robert Brunton: What do you never leave home without?
Money, cell phone, gum, purse, keys…
Robert Brunton: Who is worse? Hitler or Bin Laden?
Hitler - I guess I must say that being German… but anyways… Bin Laden is innocent compared to this mad man!
Ian McClaughlin: What movie have you watched more than any other?
From Dusk Till Dawn and Grandma’s Boy
Robert Brunton: Why dont you drink enough water?
I forget about it unfortunately. I try to drink lots and I drink a few liters each day - but never enough.
Ian McClaughlin: Will anyone from your family ever read this?
If they get bored they might…
Sam Danniels: Sunny park or cloudy powder?
Depends on the park and the powder and the cloudiness. I would say park though - I really like sunshine…. and i the powder isnt perfect and untracked I am not really that interested anyways… I can’t stand tracks and bumps on powder days - it hurts my knees… I like the kind of backcountry where you just go into the untouched deepness and I have had many of those perfect days so that tracked, bumpy pow is of no interest to me…
Posted by Kelly Vance on 10/30/2008