Let’s start with the headline—Kimmy Fasani became the first woman ever to land a double backflip in both park and powder. It was a landmark achievement in the history of riding, but it was no surprise for friends and allies who have been trying to keep up with Kimmy since she won three consecutive USASA national championships while still in high school. It might be her fearless approach to flight, but this longtime Mammoth local is now solidly in the class of girls who are pushing the levels of women’s riding on film and in the backcountry. In 2011, Kimmy not only landed the double back off a fifty-foot booter but she also nabbed Snowboarder’s Ms. Superpark standout award, hung tough with a heavy crew of legends in the Whistler backcountry and was one of three pro women selected to film her own full segment for Standard’s TB20. Her resume includes a stack of published photos, a highlight reel of aerial footage and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, but what impressed us most was that she found the time to get married to longtime boyfriend and pro skier Chris Benchetler in 2011. In 2012 Kimmy continued to go big, heading to Japan to ride pow with the Burton girls, and linking up with Standard to film another awesome part. All while beating out Terje, Jussi, Jeremy, and Stephan at the TWS Shootout to become only the fifth female ever—and first in five years—to land the cover of Transworld.

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