It’s quite possible that Marie-France Roy was born in the snow, and if not, there was surely snow on the ground that day in 1984. In fact, Marie-France can’t remember an April 17 birthday without snow and ice all around her. This may not be a surprise, given that her hometown of Les Eboulements, Quebec is nearly 560 miles northeast of the winter-wonderland known as Montreal. “I come from a beautiful little town,” she says with a big smile, “and the natural thing for most kids is to play hockey, ski, and have giant snowball fights!”
Marie credits her two big brothers for getting her into snowboarding, a less popular sport in the relatively reserved county of Charlevoix, QC. “I remember my first day on the mountain with my Dad and brothers,” says Marie-France. “My Dad and I were on our skis, and my brothers had snowboards. I kept falling and thought what they were doing looked way more fun. So that was the end of my brief ski career!”
While following her brothers into snowboarding was natural to Marie-France, she’s anything but a follower. “MFR,” as she’s known to many friends, likes to create and maintain her own style, and is not one to walk in the footprints of others.
“It has always been important to me to be myself, and not what the industry or snowboarding scene wants me to be,” she says. “Hopefully I have a good long road ahead, and to be successful, I can’t ever forget who I was before my pro snowboard career began.”
Being grounded is what MFR is all about, and those who know her best know that Marie is just as happy to talk about punk rock or better methods of recycling as she is to explain how to land a huge Frontside 720.