It must have been a nice feeling to be able to build yourself ‘a second’ career in snowboarding without the pressure you had before.
I mean yes, but I do still want to perform well and not put out content that doesn’t look good. But, now I don’t have that constant need to do something. Like when I was younger, every time someone else learned a trick I instantly had the feeling that I needed to nail it too so that I wouldn’t get left behind. Now, I can suddenly let go of all that pressure and enjoy riding.
“I’ve lived to the fullest and I mean, of course, some stupid things have been done throughout the years, but you learn from them. And I mean, shouldn’t you do a bunch of stupid things in your youth anyway?”
I mean, I’m almost 40, but I hope I can inspire people. My riding has become more relatable so I hope that people who watch my Instagram clips go like ‘hey, maybe I could give that a go too’ and that’s the vibe I want to create now.
It’s nice to see snowboarding progressing in a more relatable direction too.
Yeah and it creates this gap between the comp and the filming scene, I mean those tricks at the Olympics and the X Games are absolutely insane. Nowadays there are only tens of people who can succeed in those games, and that doesn’t exactly inspire people to give snowboarding a go anymore. I feel like our responsibility as snowboarders is to inspire people and get more people involved in it, and in some way, I feel like competitive snowboarding might even do the opposite.
I wish snowboarding wasn’t as serious as it is today. There could be so many fun competitions that young people could participate in. We’re actually working on this project together with the Vuokatti/Kasurila/Tahko resorts together with HP from Duudsonit (A Finnish equivalent of the bellowed Jackass show) and are about to put together this tour called the king of the hill. The idea here is to make the competition formats easier for people to approach. For example, have this small kicker of which everyone first has to spin a 180, then a 360 and so on, with 720 being the maximum amount you can spin if you really pus it. And if you fall, you’re out, and the one who spins the most wins. But basically with the idea that anyone can participate – you don’t have to be good at riding, it’s just about having fun.