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Darius Heristchian

14:31 10th February 2006 by Onboard Snowboarding
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Fred: Hey Darius, how long have you been boarding?

Hey Fred, I started 16 years ago with my best friends in my parents backyard. We used our old sk8 and foot straps (Air chamber). We were around 9 years old, trying anything we could on snow covered grass all day long and coming home all wet but smiling… just like now.
I’m still best friends with one of them, and a few years ago we started surfing together.

Micho: Hey there! I am from Latvia… As we have only small hills I wanted to know where you started to learn riding and where are your favourite places for jibbing? And do you know where is Latvia?

My first day was in megève which is close to Geneva. My mom chilled and rented me a board. My parents took my sister and me to the mountain during holidays. We went to les Arcs in France for a week, it was a great beginning. In the second year in L’Alpe d’Huez i met another kid my age. We talked sk8 and rode the rest of the week together. That was a big spark of motivation.

The Swiss Alps are my favorite spot for sure. They are so close to my home. As soon I was old enough to go with friends, I discovered Morgins (and its fatal forest) Leysin (and it’s exposure to the sun) and Verbier (and it’s freeriding) and Thyon had the best park of Switzerland back then. I still love these spots and recommend them to you.

And yes, Girts and Inars from Nidecker are from Latvija and they told me a bit about their country. I know there are more hills than mountains, guys there are motivated and from what I see the level of riding is growing fast. See you in Riga.

Nick: Yo Darius, I’ve always liked your riding since I watched that Cosa Nostra film back in the day. You rock, dude. But how come we haven’t seen much of you the last few years? Oh, by the way, that cover on last season’s Onboard was the best cover I’ve seen for a long while. Keep rockin’ in the free world.

Thank you for the compliments.

« Why Not » film company (who produced Dragon Dynasty, Cosa Nostra and Deep Freeze…) was my biggest interest. When they quit shooting it got really hard to film in Europe. At the same time the team manager left Nidecker. We tried to deal with few US film companies but it didn’t work out. The only crew shooting 16 mm in Europe was Absynth, we spent some days shooting together, but sadly none of my sponsors were collaborating with this company and the footage ended up in Special Delivery (Candide’s movie last year).

The past three years without a team manager were very difficult, I had to represent myself (which is good but affects your focus on riding). I had to juggle with my footage to have it somewhere, which was frustrating. To these bad circumstances add a series of unfortunate accidents that kept me away from the media and the contest scene for nearly two seasons… this is why I have not been shooting. Luckily I made it through and have decided to start again, this time with a project that allows endengered species and Underrated riders to produce parts for themselves to show their riding. Have a nice winter!

Ille: Good afternoon, Darius. If you could fire one person in the world into a big pile of cow shit, who would it be and why would you do it?

GWB, or Mme Biffrare, my old French teacher – a psycho who used to pull on my ear so hard that one of them feels bigger now!

Marcis: Hello Darius, we met last autumn at Budokan and you told me you have an idea of a project – today seeing the Thermos teaser I see its a real success, a real film! Impatiently looking forward to seeing the whole movie!

Hi man, the Thermos crew was stoked to read your words. It is a super 16 mm documentary that is a 2 years project and is 100% rider driven and produced. It will only come out next season. 2 years is the time we need to make something solid, the way we want it and to find sponsors that will follow us.
Thank you very much for your support. See you next fall in Diablerets.

David: Hello Mr Heristchian, I’ve heard that you were tripping in South America, is that right? How was the trip man?

Yeah man we went there with Matus(hubka), Jonas Hangström and Peter from Onboard and we met up with Mr. Lambert from Kosta5.ch. It was his second winter in the south and we shared some secret places together and visited great spots in Chile (Thermas de Chillan, Lonquimay) and Las Lenas in Argentina. Jerson, the lift operator, opened the Lonquimay ski lift for only us at 5am on my birthday; that was unforgettable.

Going south is a real adventure man. It was the strongest winter they’ve had in 20 years, and every move was a mission, with lots of unexpected happenings. Snowy mud roads, hard and changing mountain conditions and closed mountain passes. It was a great human adventure with a great bunch of guys.

Tony: If you weren’t you and you were some normal snowboard kid, which snowboarder from the all time list would you have liked to have been and why.

NICOLAS MULLER! Because he knows how to handle himself so well and I would love to experience this from the inside.

Mary: Where did you get your first snowboard and what was it? Also do you keep all your old snowboards for memories sake?

It was a Burton AIR 2,8 (the only board available that would fit me at the time, I was/still am pretty short) I had to sell it to buy the next one. Yes, I kept all my pro models and a few other boards I had a good time on. I must be a little fetichist, some of them are in the collection on the Pulp shop’s Ceiling in Geneva.

Martin: what would you prefer and why:
a) a newly shaped park
b) fresh pow
c) jenna jameson in a hot-tub

I am an epicurian, I like to take pleasure where I find it, so I would do it this way: Ride the pow to get to a backcountry kicker. Then ride down, passing through the park to have a few runs on groomed landings and on the way home fire off a massive powder spray Into Jenna chillin’ in her tub. That would be the best face shot she ever had. Big up Martin.

Simon: From what I know you have stayed pretty underground for the last few years. How hard is it to maintain a place in the spotlight of the media and the general public?

Hi Simon, that is a really good question. It is very hard, because in this world of disposable heroes, everybody likes you one day, and then forgets about you when you need support in your hospital bed. It is hardissimo. For most of the public (except for you and a few others) there’s one guy on top and the rest are just cheap sheep food .The masses are just witnesses, they don’t trust that you are good, they need to be reminded over and over again.

The public’s attention is captured by special features of ones’ riding and the volume of coverage. If you don’t have either of these, then you better be the Olympic champ. To keep the spotlight on you requires your will to earn attention from the scene, luck and the good will of the media. Thanks to all who remembered me while I was out of order.

Danny: How was it riding in the finals of the Air and Style against Gimpl, in front of his home crowd? Did we Austrians intimidate you?

It was one of the greatest days in my contest history so far. Gimpl had the audience in his pocket for sure.

But as soon as I did my intro jump I could hear the crowd was stoked with what I had to give, even though I was not a local. It boosted me to the finals with Ingemar, my all time Idol, and the local GIMP.

I was focused to the max but tired. I missed a bit of power and didn’t stomp my cab 1080. The crowd was more supportive of me than I expected, but nothing could compare to the noise they made for Gimpl. Yes, the Austrian crowd was impressive.

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