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.
Disciplines: Big mountain
Career highlights: World Heli Challenge Champion 2009
Maria was crowned World Heli Challenge Champion in 2009 and has 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*.
Check out more of Maria's FWT results here, or follow her on social media.