The man, the myth, the legend. Many words have been written about Mr Håkonsen/Haakonsen (depending on how well you know your keyboard) since he first made his mark, dropping into the Stratton Mountain Halfpipe on a cold winter’s morning for Burton US Open in 1990. Unhappy with the role taken by the FIS ski federation, he famously boycotted the first Olympic snowboarding contest in 1998 when most people thought he was a shoe-in for the gold. In the eyes of many this made him (as one particular Burton ad campaign had it) “snowboarding’s conscience”. He’s still an outspoken campaigner about the issue, and we’re sure he’ll be the go to man for quotes about any FIS/WST controversy this season. Added bonus, he’s in the Jake Blauvelt movie, and Burton’s [Snowboarding] too.
Here’s a Terje Classic- First Decent: