I guess these kids all vibed off his energy and passion. And yours definitely seem to have picked up the riding bug.
Yeah. And obviously they have [riding] potential. But we’ve had so many questions like, ‘When did you start training your kids?’ or ‘When do you think kids are able to become pros?’ He always laughed at those messages. There were phases when Emma didn’t [even] wanna snowboard. She was like, ‘No I don’t wanna go.’ So she stayed behind, we went without her, and it wasn’t a big deal, you know? It was like, ‘Whatever, if she doesn’t wanna do it I’m not gonna force her, it’s supposed to be fun.’ And then she wanted to try skiing, and [Grilo] was like, ‘Yeah, go try skiing!’ [laughs] And obviously she sucked at it. But it was really natural. It was about having fun, and I’m trying to preserve that for the kids and maybe continue showing [his spirit] to other kids. [And] if I can do it – take three kids to the mountain, by myself – then I’m pretty sure anyone can do it.
That’s a lesson for all of us. I know I sometimes get frustrated if my own daughter doesn’t want to do what we’ve planned!
Yeah it’s tough. You have your own ideas. You plan your day around something, you take time out of other things and then you sometimes feel they’re screwing with you. Like, ‘Are you freakin’ kidding me, dude?’ But those are the tough moments where I always think, ‘What would he do?’ Cos my natural reaction would be, ‘You know what, you’re going! I took the time, you’re going!’ [laughs] But Grilo was so much more mellow, like, ‘Whatever, just let them be, this needs to be fun. There’s no point if it’s not fun.’ He was like that with everything. So I still draw my energy from him to this day.
“I still draw my energy from him to this day”
And obviously, [as] a kid, whenever you’re told you’re not allowed to do something – or that you have to do something – it’s not as nice as if you decided by yourself. I started snowboarding in 2018, so for Maxx, riding with me is boring. He’s at a level where riding with Grilo was super fun, and now when Clemens [Millauer] takes him, or some other pro rider, it’s a completely different energy for him. But I always let him. Like, ‘OK, if you don’t wanna ride with me it’s not a big deal, it’s fine.’ And now, for the past few months, he’s crazy about it. He’s asking me all the time, ‘When does Flachau open? When does the season start? When can we go shred? Are some pros gonna be there? Is Clemens gonna be there? Is Fischi gonna be there?’ He has these super cool people around him, he’s in nature, he’s doing this sport that his dad passed on to him, and he’s enjoying it. And I’m like, ‘If it stays this way I’ve done my part. I’m good.’ [laughs]