It’s not hard to tell the riders who really care about snowboarding from those that don’t. From the beginning Desiree Melancon has been passionate in creating her own direction in snowboarding. From the spots and tricks, to the signature product and video projects there is no part of her riding that is left to chance. This also makes for a great interview.

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These last few seasons you’ve been involved in every aspect of your projects. Where does the drive to put so much on your plate come from?
Maybe it’s the control factor. With United Slopes, there were a lot of issues because I was so controlling over the way that I wanted to present that idea. I still feel really misrepresented as a snowboarder, so there’s this constant push to fix that and provide things that are honest and real. The only way to accomplish that is by taking on more. That means coming up with concepts, getting people to say yes, finding filmers who can commit for the whole season, making the plan, driving everywhere, telling the story, making sure we get B-Roll, checking the audio, checking the film angle at the spots, looking at every photo between hits to make sure it’s the right composition and then standing over the shoulder of my editors to tell them when something doesn’t feel right. You get the picture. I obsess over the act of snowboarding, and now I’m obsessing over the portrayal of snowboarding.

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Click to SNOWBOARDER MAG for the interview with Desiree Melancon

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