Kevin Klossner

Kevin Klossner

First name: Kevin
Last name: Klossner
Home: Bern, Switzerland
Homeresort: Elsigenalp, Switzerland
Snowboarding since: 2000
Year of birth: 1991
Favourite board: Coal Race 159
Stance: Goofy, +30°/+6°
Best results:
> > 1th at European cup, Puy Saint Vincent (FRA), Season 13/14
> > 2th at Swiss National Championship, Lenk (SUI), Season 13/14
> > 4th at European cup, Peyragudes (FRA), Season 12/13
> > 6th at Overall European Cup Season 13/14
> > 8th at European cup, Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA), Season 13/14

 - nickname: kev
- strengths: my positivity
- weakness: I’m hangry (a state of anger caused by a lack of food)
- fashion accessory: scarf
- color: navy blue
- food: sushi
- drink: water
- piercings or tatoos: none
- book: Illuminati by Dan Brown
- music: The monkey show mixed by Frank Caro
- best holiday location: there are too many to mention just one
- best way to relax: whirlpool session with some friends
- magazines: I don’t read magazines, sorry ;)
- websites:

If I cash 1.000.000€ in the lottery then...
I would go on a trip around the world and donate some money on a foundation. Everything remaining I would invest in stocks.

Your house is burning...

I would save my iPhone, my MacBook and as many snowboards as possible, then I would call the fire fighters and hope that not everything gets burned. ;)

Best Memories...

I was in Thailand for a month, there I saw the poverty of the people and I was very thankful to live in Switzerland. Imagine, there are five people living in a room that has the size of your bedroom. They eat their food, do their laundry and even sleep in this one room. It was really impressive to see this.

What means snowboarding to you?

Snowboarding, for me it’s freedom. You can take a timeout of everything that happens on top of our globe. For an example, when you are riding the fresh powder there is nothing else what matters, it’s only you and this awesome feeling of flying on top of clouds.

Has your life changed beeing a snowboard pro?
I’m not a pro today, but I like to see the different resorts and the different culture. What I don’t really like are the small rooms in hotels. 

What kind of rider are you?
I’m a snowboard cross competitor, I like the Coal Race for competing. I prefer camber because I like to make carving turns. When I go freeriding I take my Cashew with rocker shape for more uplift in the powder.

What do you like most about Völkl Snowboards?
I like the covering of the snowboards, because it is really fast and easy to take care about. For me speed is the most important thing due to the fact that it’s important in boarder cross.

The place to be?

My favourite place to be is in our chalet at Elsigenalp. It’s really calm there and you can forget all the stress you had in the city. In the morning you get up, drink your tea, put your bindings on and you’re on the slope.

Your signature trick?
My signature trick is a backside 360. You can make it almost everywhere and you can see the landing.

What kind of style is up to date? What trick is done?
I don’t like double corks, because they rotate so fast, you can’t see what they actually do. I’m more the guy who likes straight grabs or a one eighty. I think that the style and pleasure in snowboarding gets lost with these tricks.

Which trick do you want to learn next?
There is no special trick I want to learn, because in boarder cross the speed is more important.

How do you motivate yourself and learn new tricks?

Every morning I wake up and I know that I’m very lucky to have the possibility to live my life like this. On a normal day I can go snowboarding or make some physical training while others are working in an office. This fact motivates me to keep getting better. Physical training is very important to me to protect myself from injuries and be in a good physical shape for the competitions. It’s also one of the basic things to be in good shape when you get older ;)

You had any dangerous situations on the mountain so far?
I haven’t had any dangerous situation so far, but I recommend you to check the conditions of the snow before you ride the perfect couloir. It’s for your own safety and for the safety of the guys who have to rescue you.

Highlights of last season?
This was definitely my first place in Puy Saint Vincent (FRA). I was standing in the start gates; my head was empty, I wasn’t thinking of anything except to win this race. This brought me to the finals. After the start I was third but in the second bank I took the second position. I had so much speed, that in bank number three I overtook the last rider in front of me. This was in the middle of the course so I had still a long way to go to the finish line. I managed to ride calm so I won my first European cup race. =)

Blue bird & perfect conditions – who should be in your riding crew?
I am very happy with my crew I have, but it would be interesting to ride with one of the world cup riders to get to know them better.

The best Snowboard trip ever was...
Les 2 Alpes, we were there last summer. In the morning we went snowboarding and in the afternoon we took our mountain bikes. It was really cool because you can take your bike onto the chairlifts.

What stuff is in your backpack when you head up to ride or travel?

For riding: iPhone, a bad weather goggle, a second pair of gloves, something to eat/to drink and a screwdriver.
For traveling: iPhone, MacBook, Pass or ID, food and water, headphones, sometimes a book.

What is your favourite contest & why?

I don’t have a favourite contest. It’s important to me that there is a nicely shaped boarder cross, a good hotel and an efficient organisation.

What do you do when you are not riding?
I’m studying at University of Bern. So every semester I have to learn like anybody. When my exams are over I spend the rest of my time wakeboarding, playing beach volleyball or playing tennis. Whenever there’s a possibility I love to make barbecues lakeside.

In five years I want...
to be in the swiss national team competing world cups and participating at Olympics. Additional I want to have finished my Bachelors degree.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”