With a wildcard in her pocket and a spirit filled with inspiration, Evelina Nilsson is ready for the Freeride World Tour again.
When we’re reaching Evelina, she’s in Saas-Fee with her brother waiting for the weather to clear up at the glacier. She arrived to Switzerland from a yoga teaching course in India a few days earlier, and by the sound of her voice it seemed to have been a very special experience. She’s filled with energy and the excitement for the upcoming winter almost shines through the telephone. Practicing yoga and being a professional skier might sound like two good complements to some people, but for Evelina it’s more of a unit.
"Yoga is a way to create a balance between your body and your soul. For me it all started with skiing, and being in the flow of state before I got introduced to the physical part, and a deeper spiritual track.
I like to dig deep into myself, and after this course in India, I’ve gained even more understanding about my own ability and how yoga can heel and help people. I’m super inspired to get rid of the ego, follow my own path, and to spread positive energy and love." Evelina has done two years at the FWT with a third place as her best result in Andorra 2016. Isn’t competing somehow an ego boost though?For me competing is more about getting to know myself better, than to compere myself with others. Freeriding has always been about following my inspiration and pushing myself to perform at my highest potential, and the competing form really supports that. I don’t have any goals when it comes to results, but I’m dreaming about being the best version of my self. At the tour we’re all helping each other to become better and better. I’m also very happy to have Hedvig Wessel there with me. I’ve known her since I was 14 years old, skiing moguls, and we’re always helping and supporting each other. How is your winter looking besides the competitions?Everything is really open. Hedvig and I want to travel together, and if I’m going to do film projects, it will mainly be in the end of the season. I don’t want to plan too much, just follow my flow, be free and keep it open. When did you here about the wildcard?
"It was quite funny, when I was competing in the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in May, Nicolas who founded the FWT was there watching it all. After my second run, where I crashed, he told me that he was impressed by my riding and that they were missing me at the tour, so I told him to give me a wild card, and he did. Not on the spot, but I more or less got it there and then, although the decision was officially made in July."How did you handle dropping out of the FWT 2017? It was a really hard feeling when I didn’t qualify for 2018, but I had to let go of the ego and do what served me instead. Being away from competing was a good chance for me to get back to the core of why I’m doing what I’m doing. In the same time the North Face-team contacted me and there I was filming and challenging my self in new inspiring ways again, which I’m very grateful for.It’s such a big hype about the competitions and that’s nice in many ways, but it’s also good to remember that it’s not the only way to go if it doesn’t inspire you. You’re the only one who knows which way is the best one for you! I feel like I’m on the right path for my self, and I look forward to see what happens next.