WHAT’S UP Mike Austin

Mike Austin used to be a werewolf beut he’s alright nooooowwwww.

Where are you right now?

I’m just on my lunch hour from work .

When are you snowboarding next ?

Well on Tuesday I rode at Tamworth it was alright all the TSA boys were down Stu Edwards and the others they will filming for their new tour video. So i might ride some more indoor then I’m of coaching in august with Freestyle Concept camps.

What does coaching entail is it hard work or just a jolly?

Loic the camp organiser asked my advice and I said that if it would be best catered to individuals goals so after an hour or two of intensive coaching it would be good just doing laps and working on building people’s confidence riding together.

So quite a relax session style vibe?

Yeah, that way you can offer advice at the run in and encourage people who want to step up to bigger rails and hits, giving tips as you go.

When and where is it happening?

I’m heading out on august the ninth, a month or so to go yet, It’s in Saas Fee which has a massive glacier I have never been there before so I’m excited to check out the park. I told Loic i wanted to visit there so I am pretty stoked he sorted it out. I think because the Demonium chalet company is based out there and they are helping to sort the accommodation that probably had something to do with it as well.

What the accommodation gonna be like?

Well after speaking to Loic he told me that we will be staying in apartments of 4 to 5 so it will be pretty cosy , everyone who wants to focus more on the riding and less on the late nights will be well catered for.

Is there other stuff to do after snowboarding ?

Well it a new resort to me but I know there are all the usual activities, Trampolines, bikes, swimming skating and when the sun goes down there are some good bars to visit.

Is there going to be a international flavour to this camp ?

Last year there were a good few French guys there and Tonton Holland and Morgan Lefaucher are lined up to attend, offering their expertise so I’m sure that will draw in some Euro’s i know ill be stepping up for some tips off those guys. Let’s not forget Seb Kern will be there drawing in the British crowd as well.

Do you have tricks you want to learn when youre there?

Yeah I suppose 9s I guess front 9’s and rodeo 9’s
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Looks like Mike has them dialed already!

What factor sun cream will you be wearing?

Mate always have high factor sun cream on, also i will be wearing my Airhole bandana, they are a new company coming in to the uk basically funky designed bandanas with a hole where your mouth is for fresh air or i guess smoking, they were started by Kale Stevens and some of the Whistler boys, about two or three years ago.

So two weeks out there, then what plans for next season?

Well more than likely Morzine , although i got to find a new job or raise some money to finance a season not working, Which probably won’t happen so I need a new job.

Well cheers for chatting to us and have fun in Saas Fee.


Check out mike in Whitelines 2008 Jib Vid.
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