Maria Kuzma

Maria was born in Brisbane and spent large parts of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia before settling in New Zealand. The crucial part for our story, however, was the time spent on the slopes of Fernie, Canada. While sister Janina perfected her skills on skis, Maria opted to snowboard. It was here she learned the art of riding the steeps of the backcountry terrain. Maria has since earned a reputation as one of the best female freeriders in the world. A winning 2018 season on the Freeride World Qualifier Tour will see her compete on the Freeride World Tour in 2019. As well as a successful sportswoman, Maria is a practising architect.

Disciplines: Big mountain

Hometown: Wanaka

Career highlights: Qualifying for 2018 Freeride World Tour; 1st place The North Face Frontier 4* 2018; 1st place Big Mountain Hochfugen 4* 2018; 1st place Nendaz Freeride 4* 2018; World Heli Challenge Champion 2009

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Maria was crowned World Heli Challenge Champion in 2009 and spent many seasons competing on the Freeride World Qualifier and Freeride World Tour before taking time out from competition to complete first her Batchelors and then Masters of Architecture. Maria is now back on tour, spending northern hemisphere winters in Europe. The 2016 season saw her finish second at both the Jasna Adrenalin 4* and Nendaz Freeride 4*.  During the 2017/18 season she won three four-star events and claimed one second place finish at a four-star event, earning her a spot on the 2019 Freeride World Tour.

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