- nickname: Dr. Roy
- strengths: Passionate
- weakness: Impatient
- favorite trick: 270 underground
- favorite obstacle: Monkeys
- fashion accessory: Swiss Watches
- color: Blue
- food: Italian
- drink: Water
- piercings or tatoos: Tatoos
- book: Platform
- music: Bravo Hits 23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_XaiGOU3Fw
- best holiday location: Home
- best way to relax: Hammock
- magazines: 7sky Magazine, Red Bulletin
- websites: www.slf.ch
- must see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRWYNUvGohY
If I cash 1.000.000€ in the lottery then...
I would wait until the € gains decent value, would exchange it to Swiss Francs, would fill up a chopper with my dad and some good friends and go shred some Alaska lines.
An Affair to Remember...
That is most probably when my shoes got stolen on a ladies toilet in Canada. Embarrassing.
What means snowboarding to you?
The world. I would have not been able to enjoy that many nice, lasting experiences and privileged moments, to meet all those positive people along the way and to make such amazing friends without snowboarding being such a substantial part of my life. To be able to enjoy and experience all this radness and beauty through this so called sport is such a privilege! Every day I am able to go out there, I wake up with a passion and a big smile on my face and I see it as a privilege to be able to say that I love what I do.
Has your life changed beeing a snowboard pro?
Well, I would not consider myself as being a 'pro'. But definitely the experiences with snowboarding being such a substantial part of my life are unique and unforgettable. I am very happy to be able to go out there, explore and enjoy such a privilege on a regular basis. It is a privilege to be able to say that I love what I do and even get supported along the way.
What kind of rider are you?
I see myself as a backcountry/big mountain freestyle rider. There is no better feeling than being out in the nature, sharing the surroundings and face slashes with some friends. On non-balls deep powder days, I love to shred the half pipe or a slushy park. For pretty much everything the rocker shape is my personal way to go.
Your signature trick & favorite obstacle?
Well, I just love high speed lines, powder turns with butter 360s and high method airs in the half pipe. Days when the shred feels right and playfully adapted to the present landscape I love most. Those are the moments I would most probably kill for.
Which trick do you want to learn next?
I would like to perfect my backflip and bring it into the backcountry lines.
The place to be?
My favourite resort is the Jungfrauregion and its surroundings in the Berner Oberland where I grew up. The reason is quite simple. For me it is not even about the resort itself, it is about the people I am able to ride and share the moments with and about how well I know the resort. In my view it can be awesome everywhere with a shitload of pow, but there is nothing better, than riding with your friends at a place where everybody involved knows exactly where to go.
What kind of style is up to date? What trick is done?.
As long as you are having fun with and love what you are doing, every style is up to date and no tricks are 'done'. But to be honest, I personally think these prima ballerina and knee hugging style of spins are gay. The 'spin to win' philosophy should be abandoned from all kind of contests and true style should become more valuable again.
How do you motivate yourself and learn new tricks?
I progress and learn new tricks pretty much every time I am able to be out there. Every second I am able to be out there riding, there is something new to discover, something new to learn, somehow something I am able to progress. Progression in my view never stops. As long as you are having fun with what you are doing, you will learn something and progress every time you are out there shredding. Off course I get as well inspired watching other riders doing their thing, learn from them and just try out new things I have seen along the way.
You had any dangerous situations on the mountain so far?
Well, yes. Due to the fact I spend most of the time in the backcountry, certain inherent risks are with me every time I venture out. Among learning how to access avalanche forecasts, read terrain and maps, and learn how to find safe routes to reach your destination, an accurate risk assessments together with the right equipment, appropriate rescue techniques practice and beacon usage as well as a smart decision-making are crucial factors in order to mitigate the risk out in the backcountry.
What do you like most about Völkl Snowboards?
For me it is the combination of the very innovative and reliable built boards, Völkl’s environmental friendly philosophy and the Völkl family. It is great to be able to be part of such an innovative, quality oriented company, which cares about the environment and their lovely family. I am most of the time riding the Cashew or the Cashew Split - an innovative, eco friendly built board with an excellent backcountry freestyle performance.
Highlights of last season?
What an epic season! There were tons of great, lasting moments. I had some amazing days, good sessions and unexpected late season pow resets with my friends in Switzerland. The trip to Canada together with Alex, Chris, Joe, Stani and Ueli was epic. I for probably the very first time did not injure myself. Therefore it was a successful season as well on the contest side with an ideal foundation for FWQ 13/14. Overall most probably the best season I have ever had – good times!
Blue bird & perfect conditions – who should be in your riding crew?
The people I ride with most of the time back home. There is nothing better, than riding with your friends on a blue bird & perfect conditions.
The best Snowboard trip ever was...
Fortunately I was able to travel and discover a few places so far. There are many amazing places to visit, to ride and to be. Every spot I have been able to visit and shred for sure has its credits and I love to see new places, experience new cultures and travel with my snowboard. But above all stands our shred mission to India in February 2011. This road trip was epic and altogether definitely one of the greatest snowboard trips I was able to do so far.
What stuff is in your backpack when you head up to ride or travel?
Transceiver, shovel, probe, sunscreen, sunglasses, bad weather goggle, hippie music, a spare pair of contacts, iPhone, food and water.
What is your favourite contest & why?
The Channel Battle in Meiringen-Hasliberg – because it is one of the remaining true rider events out there. One mountain, three riders, endless channels – good times!
What do you do when you are not riding?
Travelling, dating, surfing, biking, paragliding.
In five years I want...
…to live life to its full potential, stay healthy, meet all positive people along the way, discover new worlds and snowboard like there is no tomorrow.
Go out there and make it happen.
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