Naima Antolin is a fiery creator both on and off the snow. She approaches spots and tricks meticulously before unleashing her inner fire to burn them to the ground (in the nicest way possible). After a big year filming stand out parts in “The Uninvited 2” and “Semi Truck” Naima hit the streets, parks and pow during this challenging Covid season with the hopes of knitting together another banger part. We go under to get a glimpse of her season and what makes this snowboarding, crocheting, healthy living, fantastical Bend-ite tick.
Photos by Tim Zimmerman.
What do you look for when filming in the streets?
I’ve always been drawn to ice formations but they not always easy to find. Also finding spots with natural speed.
Three tricks or techniques that make riding a park more fun?
1. Really focus on the basics to create that solid foundation. Everything else will come in time.
2. Find friends you can laugh with when you fall.
3. Don’t forget to breathe.
5 tips to crocheting
1. Really study the basics
2. Practice and patience
3. Invest in some nice scissors
4. YouTube is a great tool
5. Learn around the different yarn weights
Favorite place to craft?
I like to bring crafts on hikes to craft with a beautiful view, I call it adventure crafts.
Top three places you would like to craft in Middle Earth and or Hogwarts?
1. The Shire
2. Rivendell for adventure crafts
3. The Burrow aka the Weaslys House
Tell us a story about traveling and filming during the pandemic
5 snowboarders that are inspiring you right now
2. Henna Ikola
3. Jess Kimura
4. Erik Leon
Who’s your It’s Tits MVP?
Ellie Weiler, if you don’t know her now you’ll know her soon.
What’s your mental process to get through a trick battle?
Well after getting over the fear and the frustration the next step is typically focusing on breath control.
Next three crochet projects you want to attack?
1. Patchwork tote bag
2. Tank top
Next snowboard tricks you want to learn?
Truthfully just every single variation of handplants. I just need to wait for my shoulder to heal up and I’ll be back at it.
Best places to eat in Bend?
3 things you like about Gnu Snowboards?
1. Extremely sturdy boards
2. Love the Magne-Traction
3. C2 tech is perfect for the type of boarding I like to do
Media to crochet to
I tend to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. You’ve got to check out this new podcast called Avatar: Braving the Elements. Yes it’s all about Avatar the last air bender….
The Bomb Hole is always a great listen
For books I’ve been loving the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
3 songs to snowboard to