Roope Tonteri honed his freestyle skills riding the bullet proof parks of Finland. From humble beginnings in his local village of Kouvola, Roope is now at home on the international snowboard circuit where he recently won gold in both slopestyle and big air at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championship.
After competing for ten years, Roope has confirmed his place as a serious competition contender, breaking onto the scene with a slopestyle gold at the 2011 Burton European Open. Roope has also claimed victory over his peers at the Nescafe Leysin Championships, the Billabong Slope-Style and the Burn River Jump. In the 2012-13 season he placed 4th overall in the TTR global rankings and is clearly one of snowboarding’s brightest rising stars. Roope’s ability to storm competitions has earned him the nickname ‘thunder’ and he’s also a dab hand on a skateboard, spending his early years surfing sidewalks and skateparks in his home town.
His laid back approach to snowboarding is summed up by his philosophy of having as much fun as possible, even when throwing down cab 1440s in competition. This ability to ride with style and aplomb earned Roope a part in the recent Burton team video 13 where he killed it alongside the likes of Terje, Danny Davis and Jussi Oksanen. An interesting fact about Roope is that his first phone was a Nokia 3310. Though nowadays he doesn’t just use his mobile to play snake and text his mates as he’s recently been hooked up with Nokia who are providing him with the latest smart phones so he can document his life on his blog. Roope says he doesn’t have any pre competition rituals but he does always wax his board beforehand and never calls one last run!