Xavier De La Rue is an explorer. He’s a true mountain lover who’s passion for powder has achieved world wide recognition. Considered as one of the greatest freeriders on the planet Xavier has won the snowboard freeride world championship three time sin a row. He’s also been awarded the ‘best line’ of the freeride world tour twice.
His first experience on snow came at the young age of two, and since then Xavier’s riding has reached ridiculous heights. Both metaphorically, as a freeride world champion, and literally (have you seen how high those mountains are?!). Xavier started competing in bordercross in 1993 and won the legendary Mount Baker banked slalom in 2002. This experience has provided him with the skills needed to take on some unbelievable lines whilst freeriding.
Recently he’s focused on getting balls deep in the backcountry and filming some epic footage. He features in the Relentless Lives of the Artists video and the Jeremy Jones Deeper freeride extravaganza. He’s also a regular in Standard films and has the ender in their 2012 video.
Xavier recently followed in the footsteps of real adventurers Scott and Admundsen and went down to the Antarctic in search of fresh lines. Over there he rode down an ice berg and he reckons that the Antarctic is the best place he’s ever ridden. In true explorer style he regularly climbs mountains with ice picks, ropes and crampons in order to access never-before-ridden fresh lines. He bases himself in Verbier when he’s not filming or competing and likes to return back to his native Pyrenees for the summer months. Where he climbs, surfs and rides mountainbikes with the same fast and furious style he has on a snowboard. Despite all the glory he’s gained from snowboarding, his dream is to become a Japanese pop singer.