- nickname: The Cat
- strengths: Style
- weakness: Big rails
- favorite trick: Switch bs 5
- favorite obstacle: Natural kickers in backcountry
- fashion accessory: Watch
- color: Blue
- food: Pasta & Pizza
- drink: Water! (and basically anything that’s not whisky)
- piercings or tatoos: None
- book: There’s so many.... Maybe “The Big Picture” by Douglas Kennedy
- music: “The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVxTsXRjNTw
- best holiday location: Somewhere with beautiful beaches and cliffs to climb nearby
- best way to relax: Lie down in the sun with a cool drink
- magazines: Not really
- websites: www.zapiks.fr for skateboarding and snowboarding vids
- must see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnydFmqHuVo
If I cash 1.000.000€ in the lottery then...
…I would go away, travel the world for a few months (or rather years). And then do it all over again!
An Affair to Remember...
I don’t know which question is the hardest: an affair to remember or an affair to forget... ;)
What means snowboarding to you?
In one word: FREEDOM
Snowboarding is to me the purest sport (no 2 skis, no poles or that kind of shit), just you and Mother Nature. From powder turns to massive jumps in the park, there are so many different ways to have fun, and push yourself at the same time!!
Has your life changed beeing a snowboard pro?
Beeing pro shouldn’t change the way you see and live your sport, and it hasn’t for me.
Of course you get the possibility to ride new spots, new boards every year, bigger contests and travel more, but the main purpose of snowboarding is having fun, whether you’re pro or not!
What kind of rider are you?
I’m definitely a pure freestyler. No matter the terrain I’m always jumping and doing tricks, everywhere! That’s why I love the Cashew, you can ride and land in switch in the pow just as if you were on a slope!
In park I need pop! A lot of pop! I want to get high, that’s why the squads are perfect, poppy and light!
Your signature trick & favorite obstacle?
I like doing frontflips. I do them everywhere, on the slopes, off rails, even with my hands in my pockets! That’s a funny trick because you don’t need anything to do it, just a small bump is enough! But I really don’t like doing it on kickers, that’s a loss of time ;)
Which trick do you want to learn next?
Doubles and switch bs rodeo.
The place to be?
I really like riding in my homeresort with all my buddies, shredding the powder and the slopes, inventing tricks...
When there’s no powder, any place with a good snowpark is the place to be!
What kind of style is up to date? What trick is done?
I like tricks where the last 180 is blind (bs 1, fs 3, bs 5, fs 7, bs 9... in normal stance and in switch) and I don’t like the others as much... I like to try every grab in every trick, but of course I have my favourites (fs 3 stalefish is certainly one of them)! Lately I’ve put double tails in my tricks, not the most stylish grab but definitely one of the hardest and funniest!
How do you motivate yourself and learn new tricks?
I’m not the kind of rider who spends his winter doing the same bs 7s mute on the same kicker all day long. I rarely do the same trick two times in a day, that’s how I keep motivated. And I try new tricks, new grabs, new lines... Watching videos can be a good source of inspiration for that!
You had any dangerous situations on the mountain so far?
My worst crash happened the first day of the summer holidays on a glacier. I was riding a kicker, had my speed set up perfectly for it. Last jump, the clouds came and the sun disappeared, I took the exact same speed and landed way too far, broke my board, binding and my back.
So be careful in summer, the speed changes so quickly! And never do the last jump!
What do you like most about Völkl Snowboards?
The first thing you notice when riding a Völkl board is the weight, it’s so light that it feels like you’ve forgotten something! Then the pop, a small Ollie or nollie and you get great air, making tricks as frontflips really easy. Plus fast bindings that get you the same tightness on your feet all the time and you get the best board on the market, and the most stylish with the bindings matching the board (and the streetwear).
Highlights of last season?
Last season was full of pow!! I can’t remember a season with as much snow as last winter... There was even a day where there was too much powder – literally shoulder’s deep – nothing was steep enough to get speed! Incredible!!
Blue bird & perfect conditions – who should be in your riding crew?
Among all the people I’ve ridden with along the years, there are 2 or 3 who should definitely be in my crew. Them, my homies and I, yeahh it would be awesome!
The best Snowboard trip ever was...
Probably in 2010 when I spent the whole season filming with one crew. There was no other plans than going where there was snow. That’s what made it so cool, it was always a surprise, and always a good one!
What stuff is in your backpack when you head up to ride or travel?
A second pair of goggles and gloves, sunglasses, camera (like GoPro or Drift), shovel and safety equipment if powder, helmet (which rarely comes out of the backpack), food and water. I think we’re good!
What is your favourite contest & why?
It would be a slopestyle contest on a good park, jam session, where you don’t have to wait 2 hours between each run, where nobody gets hurt... I don’t know if it exists! And of course I need to win ;)
What do you do when you are not riding?
In summer time I like to rockclimb. I do that more than anything else. That’s such a nice sport, and it provides good physical preparation for snowboarding! When I’m not rockclimbing I’m either skateboarding, wakeboarding or riding my motorbike (offpiste of course).
In five years I want...
To be happy, no matter what I do and where I am.
Have fun! That’s the only thing that matters...
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