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Snowboarding – Freeriding
I love running, all mountain activities where I can go up hill. I also have a huge passion for films and documentaries.
I have been a professional snowboarder since 2001. During my successful competitive career, I won two world championships and I am the first European gold medalist in the history of the Winter X Games superpipe competition. In 2010, I did something that many thought was special. While still at the top, I decided to stop competing and move on to freeriding. For me, snowboarding has always been a tool for finding a connection to nature and freedom where only imagination is the limit. While competing I started to lose that original connection that took me to the sport at first. In my freeriding career I have focused on producing inspiring film and video projects that have reached million of exposures in the world. In addition to film projects, I guide my own backcountry trips both in Finland and around the world. At the heart of my lifestyle is movement, through which I find a connection to nature. With my own work, I want to highlight the different possibilities of moving around in nature and encourage people to believe their own story because by through that you can also find a real understanding of your own actions and motivations.
Craziest adventure so far:
Maybe one of the most crazy experiences happened in Svalbard while I was there to ride some coastal mountains lines. In this one certain line we'd been looking at for a while we realized that to get there we'd have to cross this point in the shore that polar bears use as their migration route. On our first attempt to go there we saw a huge bear crossing the point and we'd have to pull out from attempt. We tracked the bear from far distance for a while and saw it go away so we decided to give it another ago. While on this time, we made it to climb and ride the line. But during this mission I heard from the radio that there was another bear in the same spot crossing while we were on the wall climbing the line. The run down after that was quite easy:) Lot of logistics and safety measures had to made to get an experience like that. But when you go out with a good and experienced group of people you can enjoy the outdoors in ways that are sometimes hard to imagine.
Bucket list / Dream trip:
I would like to do a lot sustainable descents in the north and bring out the diverse possibilities of the riding in the Arctic Circle.
Why become a Haglöfs Ambassador:
First of all, I love the products and I love what the brand stands for. The values are the key always to the collaboration and I really wanted to represent a Nordic brand which understand the demands from the beginning all the way to top of the mountain.
Nordic Mimic and Roc Nordic.
Quote you live by:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt