How do your buddies yell at you? Any story behind your nickname?
For some of my friends, I’m “the cat”, cause I (nearly) always manage to land on my feet. They started calling me that after seeing me in a no-chance-to-land-position in the air, they hurried down the landing: “Oh man, are you dead??” “What? Oh no no I landed it”
For the others, I’m “Flo”. Never figured out where that came from...
What kind of rider are you? How do you see yourself?
I’m definitely a freestyle rider, I like riding backcountry kickers, parks, jibs and pipes (even though it’s becoming quite hard to find a good halfpipe today). But what I like most is to stomp some freestyle tricks on a natural terrain, like a good fs 3 off a lip, first track... I like creativity as well, to play with trees, barriers, rocks... can be so much fun!
What do you like most about Völkl Snowboards and what is the most important product feature for you?
Great pop, super light... There’s a board for every kind of riding. The Cashew is perfect for backcountry, the Jibster’s perfect for rails, the Prime’s perfect for the rest of the time!
How was your last season? What was happening?
The winter 10/11 was unfortunately the worst winter I’ve ever seen, simply no snow... So it was quite poor in unforgettable moments, having ridden mostly parks.
What’s your favourite spot / resort / mountain?
I really like my place actually, there’s a lot of funny things to do from the urban wall and wooden rail to the backcountry kicker. Not many people, so that even a couple of days after a snowfall, you still find some virgin lines…
In general, any good snowpark is fine by me.
How do you progress, learn new tricks? How do you train?
I just ride! I try new tricks all the time, and just changing the grab in a trick can feel totally different! I like doing tricks I’m not used to do. To me a good snowboarder is a rider who can stomp every trick with every grab, not a guy who has just one good trick and places it everywhere.
Any favourite/signature trick/grab at the moment?
At the moment my favourite trick is the switch backside five melon. Not a big rotation, so you have plenty of time in the air, you can turn it flat or corked... Such a good feeling!
You have for sure been on some roadtrips so far. Where is the best place to be and ride?
The best roadtrips are when you go to a place you don’t know, as long as you’re discovering something new it can only be good!! The people you travel with are also very important, maybe even more than the place you’re going to…
What stuff do you always make sure is in your backpack when you head up to ride or travel?
I always have my helmet on the bottom of my bag, even though it rarely comes out. An other pair of gloves and goggles, a helmet camera, something to eat and of course some water...
Name us your favourite music tracks/ DJs / bands and/or movies:
My favourite kind of music is definitely rock, and everything that’s motivating. The last movie I really liked was Inception and Shutter Island, I guess...
Name us your favourite magazines and/or websites:
I rarely buy snowboard mags, I have the feeling it’s always the same stuff inside. Especially the French mags, which are very poor... Some international mags seem much better (Playboard...)
Any favourite food and drinks?
I never say no to a good glass of wine...
What was your best experience so far in life? Why?
Travelling around NZ on my own for 6 months was definitely my best experience so far. When you travel alone, you meet so much more people than if you’re in a group!
What is your biggest dream?
Being able to practice my sports for a very long time, no injuries, no health problems.
Any rolemodels in your life or snowboarding career? Who do you want to meet?
No, not really, I’m not trying to look like any superstar as too many people do, I just wanna ride with my friends. If I had to choose someone to ride with it would be Devun Walsh.
What are your future plans – what’s up next in snowboarding and your private life?
Who knows? I don’t...
Be happy and live for yourself