Part of the reason you’ll see a pro rider’s name on some shred gear is to give you an idea of what to expect from it. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the latest Oakley Stale Sandbech collection.
When you picture the Norwegian legend (who, frighteningly, is still only 28) at his best, he’s probably in a park. While he’s a true jack-of-all-trades – just watch his entry in last year’s X Games Real Snow for the proof – there’s simply no-one out there that bags better footy on an immaculately groomed booter. Edits featuring the RK1 crew, of which he was talisman, were almost enough to make you pawn your avy gear and buy a flight to your nearest freestyle Mecca.
“His gear, it follows, is tailor made for this mindset: bold, brash, pretension-free, and downright joyous”
Stale’s secret recipe is about more than just quality though, or even style; he always projects a healthy sense of not taking things, or himself, too seriously. Take this decade-old footage of him using his board to land a world-first triple underflip one minute, and flick a can of energy drink into his hand the next. And who else would overshadow their own Olympic silver medal by breaking out the best mohawk since Heikki Sorsa?
His gear, it follows, is tailor made for this mindset: bold, brash, pretension-free, and downright joyous. While his signature collection with Oakley has been pared back a little for 2022, there’s still a lot to get excited about.