We’ve got together with Freddi Kalbermatten at this years Burton European Open. Freddi has stated himself as one of Europe’s best backcountry freestylers and in his third year with the Burton A Team he gives us a little insight into the present, past and future of the man who’s says little but speaks volumes with his snowboarding.
From: Saas Fee
Tell us a bit about your upbringing…
I was at a sports school in Brig, it’s like an ecole de commerce. The school was based on languages; English, French, German and Italian, maths and accountancy as well as economic studies. It’s a specialist school for snowboarding / sports. I also have a diploma now so I can work some other jobs if I needed to. Which I don’t!
So does that help with Arcus, you look after the books?
Not really, I could help but I don’t want to do that. I learnt the theory, it’s snowboarding for now; representing the brand, working on the signature line and looking out for team riders. I leave the numbers to the professionals! Ha ha.
You joined the Burton Global team three years ago, what has it changed for you in those three years?
Less personal time than before is a big factor. I have more experience in riding at a professional level, which helps with filming and shooting pictures. The more I ride the more efficient I become. I don’t learn anything new for being on the global team. I guess more respect and the product development side has grown. I get to ride the best places in the world and travel further and more often which is great. Thanks to Jake for that!
With a busy season of TTR contests, filming and general coverage, how do you plan out the season and what’s the priority?
Priority for me is a banger video part. For me it’s the most fun, freeriding in natural terrain. Usually I’m at home until after Christmas, then I check where the best snow is, this year it was Idaho for early season. It was not so good for productivity but great to get into it physically and mentally before needing to film full on. I’ve got heli boarding trips coming up that I need to be warmed up for.
Who are you filming for this year and what would your dream team be if you could have one?
Standard films again, 6th year I’ve been working with them. They’re good films for freeriding and natural terrain freestyle, which is where I want to put my energy. Dream team would be; Christophe Fritschi filming, Jeff Curtes photographer, Arcus team riders representing!!
Your sound track in last years Standard movie (Draw The Line) was Scratch Bastid, ‘I Ain’t Lazy’, were you making a statement?
It’s hard to find music today as most of the time it’s really expensive to license. If you do get a cool song, Standard has got to like it too. First time I heard this tune was at Beat Street Records in Vancouver and I liked it right away. Mike thought it was sick too and the guys at Scratch Bastid were super cool and made it happen. It fits. I don’t think I’m lazy at all as I’m always filming, it’s more than one statement, in the song he scratches Guru’s voice “you can say that I am sort of the boss”, ha ha.
When will we see a Freddi signature board?
I’m the wrong person to ask. I’m down for it anytime but I don’t think that’s my decision. I’m stoked on the Custom X I’m helping to develop, it’s pretty much the best board I have ever ridden because DCP and I developed it together. He first tried it after finishing on Uninc and that was the same time as I came off the Raven. We tried it at the same time and both liked it so much that we didn’t want to change anything with the construction. So we left it as it was and focused on the graphics / art work. It’s great in powder, very responsive on the piste and very light weight. Basically it’s a perfect all round board. For me it’s the 160 in powder and 158 park and pipe.
Any big ups Freddi?
Family, Arcus fam, Burton, girlfriend and my cats.