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Two Vailites on their way to Worlds

Tom Boyd

When Eden Roa Seria moved to Vail in 1999, she had never competed in a snowboard race.This weekend, Jan. 10-18, she will compete for the Philippines at the 2003 World Snowboarding Championships.”I was living in New York, working at the World Trade Center and working on the bond trading floor for Solomon Brothers,” she says. “I was snowboarding every weekend that I could, and I thought to myself, ‘Why don’t I do this for a living.'”That was 1998.By the time the World Trade Centers were destroyed, Seria was already an accomplished snowboarder, thanks mostly, she says, to Vail local and longtime U.S. Snowboard Team member Stacy Hookom, who will also compete at the World Championships, and her friend Chris Klug of Aspen, who won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Seria now races for her native country of the Philippines.Hookom met up with Seria and helped her attain her dream of becoming a professional snowboard racer. She loaned her gear and helped her with the basics of parallel giant slalom racing an Olympic event and the specialty of both Vail’s snowboard racers.The snowboarding world championships will be taking place in Murau/Kreischberg, Austria, and will include parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom, halfpipe and big-air competitions.”Right now I’m just trying to stay calm because I could get nervous and that could affect the way I train,” Seria said before leaving for Austria. “I also know it’s a kind of training day for me, and I want to learn from every race but that could all change two minutes before the race.”Seria is the first and only woman from the Philippines to compete in snowboarding. Among her other goals in life: she wants to one day climb Mount Everest.For information on the bi-annual World Snowboarding Championships log onto

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