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Powder Perspectives with Ståle Sandbech

Nov 012017

 What comes to mind when you think of Stale Sandbech? It could be anything - A terrain park rider, a YouTube video sensation, an X Games medallist, an Olympian, or a dude with the sickest style. He’s all of that and more, and that's why we're so down with Ståle. He can shred anything and everything. At the age of 24, the Norwegian star has achieved more in his career than most people would ever dream of.

We recently sat down with Ståle to find out a bit more about what he's been up to and his thoughts on the future of snowboarding, check it out below.

 

Q&A

What's your favourite place to board in the world?

My favourite mountain to board is LAAX, Switzerland.

What are you doing when you're not snowboarding?

When I am not snowboarding I am normally back home in Norway hanging with friends, skating, sailing and other adventures. Whenever I get the chance to go surf I am down.

Are you filming anything right now?

I have Spencer Whiting following me around and we are trying to create a lot of content for social and Youtube these days and also have a few ideas for some bigger projects that might happen in the near future.

It seems that snowboarding is becoming more of a serious sport rather than kids just naturally coming off the mountain with a lot more serious training in gymnastics and foam pits. Do you like the direction that snow sport is going?

Totally, it is crazy these days and I think it is kind of sad seeing everybody getting more and more divided into nations traveling in national teams and not riding that much with just whoever you are down with. I mean it is a way of being able to travel with getting support, but for sure it is getting a bit too serious and not having the same raw charm it once had - especially if you look at contest snowboarding. And the worst is probably not seeing the riders on the snow anymore, cause they are at some secret facility riding a dry slope onto an airbag.

What do you see for the future of snowboarding?

I have no idea. Hopefully we can keep contest snowboarding interesting and keep getting creative with different courses and other ways of getting creative and new thinking than just spinning and flipping more. For sure that will happen as well, but hopefully it stays fresh and doesn’t turn into aerial skiing. On the other hand, you have the filming part and the fact that it is hella fun to go snowboarding with friends and enjoy the mountain which I think is going to stay rad and fresh forever.

Are there any new tricks that you’ve been trying to get down?

I have a few things in mind, just need to grow some balls to try them out.

Give us a story from your wildest moment in snowboarding?

I think my first year being a mascot for the Arctic challenge when I was 12 or 13 years old. Riding that 10m tall icy quarterpipe with all my biggest heroes in snowboarding. That was a crazy moment in my life. Life overload. Don’t remember much of it.

What person has most influenced your career?

Probably Alek Østreng who I have been riding with since day one. Also my big bro Frode who got me my first snowboard and told me what was cool and not.

What does the future hold for you as a rider and what’s your biggest goal?

This next season for sure I will be focusing a lot on the contests with X-Games and Olympics coming up. So a big goal would be to do really well there. And I would love to go on a few more backcountry trips and explore the mountains.

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