Thirteen years into her career as a snowboarder, Hana Beaman has grown from a contest rider to the best backcountry freestyler in female snowboarding. The Big Bear, CA native talks the early days of Grenade in the Mammoth Mansion, fear of missing out, and being comfortably scared.
A few months back I invited Hana Beaman to the Volcom Pipeline house on O’ahu, HI for a week of September surf. She declined because she would be returning from South America the day before we were set to leave and had a wedding to attend that night. She thought it would be too hectic.
Hours into the trip and mid-edit of this interview the texts started coming in: “How many boards are there?” “What are the waves doing?” After waking up jetlagged and hung over from the wedding, Hana booked a flight for Hawaii leaving just four hours later.
Impulsive and afraid of missing out, Hana has a wild inability to sit still…
When you think about female snowboarders who rip you think about Hana Beaman. No, scratch that. When you think about people who rule at snowboarding you think about Hana Beaman. She fucking charges. Lays it out there. Has huge balls and they are made of steel. She can huck the Mt. Baker road gap. Effortlessly. Large backcountry lines? Not a problem. She was the first and only female rider for Grenade. She drives a bigger truck than you, rides motorcycles, can shotgun a beer and possibly was a sledneck in her past life. The Olympics? She might go for gold and start another cold war with Russia. In an old sausage factory of stale weiners, Hana truly stands out and her influence on the last 10+ years of female progression in snowboarding cannot be understated. Most importantly, she is doing what we all love. Snowboarding till the wheels fall off.
So when did you realize you didn’t have any balls?
Probably when I was about four (laughing). I was like, “oh I am girl!”
How did you get addicted to the shred?
Oh man, I dunno? It was kind of like how kids go play soccer when they are little and just get into it. Snowboarding kind of became my after school activity and then I think when I was 15 or so i finally saw a snowboard video. I didn’t even know those existed, really. Whoa, thats crazy! People do this for a living? Thats kind of where my perspective on snowboarding came from, like “I want to do that! That’s my deal.” I got into the park. That was the hook.
Hana Beaman is bad ass. She rides a motorcycle, travels the world, & rides gnarly shit. Our new ‘Because of Snowboarding’ series launched today with Hana’s segment that gives you a short glimpse into her world. Learn why she loves snowboarding so much and what it means to her. We’ll launch a new segment every week on the ride site so stay tuned.
About the Series
The series features Ride’s Austin Hironaka, Hana Beaman, Alex Cantin, Marco Feichtner, Sebastien Toutant, and Jake Blauvelt. Video segments were shot around the globe, from Marco’s hometown stomping grounds in Austria, to Seb’s haunts of Mont Saint-Sauveur and Whistler, and Hana’s search of the next best line. Each short film is dedicated to highlighting a different pro rider, and captures the personal stories and intimacy each rider has with snowboarding.
Because of Snowboarding is directed and produced by Crispin Cannon and Shaun Anderson of The Solidarity Union.
Join Pro Snowboarders Robin van Gyn and Hana Beaman in Argentina!
We’re proud to enter our fifth season as South America’s Original Backcountry Women’s Program. Join the SGT Argentina pro coaching and guiding staff with Robin van Gyn and Hana Beaman of ESPN’s P.S. web series. Clients will ride with some of the industry’s top pros; all while experiencing the best of Argentine culture alongside other women and SGT’s co-ed Adult Sessions 3A & 3B.
While in Argentina you will be guided by SGT expert staff and pro skiers and snowboarders into one of the most incredible backcountry environments in the world. We will get you shredding some of the most amazing terrain you’ve ever seen, let alone ridden, and do it in a customized progression that allows you to reach a new level in your riding. SGT wants to pull back the curtain of intimidation and let you experience how the pros ride and be a first-hand witness to how the industry works. Live the lifestyle with the pros and instantly become better.
Considering how many boards are touted as having “all-mountain” capabilities, very few manage to live up to the name. Ride’s Farah ($500) is one of those rare all-mountain boards that actually, truly rocks on every part of the resort.
The Farah is a fast board, and not for the faint of heart. It flies down just about anything. I easily bombed across traverses that other boards got stuck on. Ride’s hybrid all-mountain rocker puts a camber zone underfoot and a little rocker at the nose. This keeps it super responsive with some of the best edge control I’ve encountered — even through the chop or on the ice. The early-season conditions we were riding in were far from ideal — ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon — but carving was a blast on everything.
Don’t forget, all-mountain includes the park too. Even though it’s a stiff board overall, Ride’s LSD (ladies-specific design) ensures that the board has just enough pop when you need it, so even park noobs will feel rad. — Karissa Bell