Interview with King of S.N.O.W. Winner

All photos: Samuli Ronkanen

You will most likely know by now that Martin Kalliola is the Horsefeathers King of S.N.O.W. 2010. If not you might want to stop by here and read about his victory first.

As a lot of people out there have been quite interested how he got there and who he is in the first place our friends from German Playboard magazine sent us an interview with him. Read on to learn more about the whats and hows.

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SHORTCUTS
Nickname: Mara
Age: 19
How many years on board: about 8
Sponsors: Contract Snowboards
Chosen Setup: Contract Citizen Shred, some bindings, 32 boots
Stance: about 59cm
Residence: Lapua, Finland
Trick: FS 2000
Spot: Home
Food: Mom’s
Drink: Dad’s
Music: Eurodancer
Car: My roommate’s grandmother’s Ford Fiesta ’89, haha

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Hey Martin, congratulations to the victory of the 2010 edition of the Horsefeathers King of S.N.O.W. How do you feel right now?
Stoked! Last year I was second and this year I won, so next year I´m aiming to be third to get the whole podium. Hehe. Did you had a good party with your friends? Hellyeah, we were at springbreak in Ruka so it was hell a party there anyway.

On what will you spend the 5.000,- USD cash?
Don’t know yet, so much to do. Surftrip to Bali would be awesome…?

You won four rounds out of fifteen. Means you received four Horsefeathers Prize Packages. How do you like them and what are you doing with so much stuff now?
I like the jackets, I have used one the whole season. Mänätseri borrowed one jeans I got, but I think it´s a neverback deal, haha.

Last year you became 2nd and now you made it. Do you want to participate next year, too, to defend your crown?
I dont know yet, but I think I got my goal though.

What was the worst and what was the best experience while competing at King of S.N.O.W?
The worst was propably the first 5 tricks because it was really cold in Finland and it was hard to talk friends into filming. The best moment was when we were filming the Cab 900 because the day was maybe the best shred day of the season!

Which one was the hardest trick to redo and why?
Handplant, because I broke my wrist just a couple of days before that round so it was kinda sketchy.

Did you learn any new tricks with the help of King of S.N.O.W?
Yeah, I learnt riding walls, never did that before.

What are you doing when you’re not competing at King of S.N.O.W?
Watching House, the coolest guy ever! I also tried to learn playing the guitar but, it didn’t work out so I changed to piano. But seems like piano didn’t work out either.

How did you get involved in snowboarding?
Local snowboard hero arranged a snowboard camp at a local resort for one weekend. I wasn’t really stoked to go there but my dad talked me into it, so I did it and I was pretty much taken after the weekend.

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What are you doing in summertime?
We planned a roadtrip to Folgefonna so it would be awesome to go there for a couple weeks. Otherwise just skating and chilling with homies. I also looked for a summer job because last year I didn’t worked at all, but it was my best summer so far though! Sunset at the lake with a beautiful girl and love in the air, what could be better?

What are your friends thinking of your victory?
Seems to be stoked I guess.

Who helped you out with filming and was it hard to get your friends motivated every week to film you?
No one wanted to miss a lap if there was good weather at the moment because of finnish dark cloudy winter. Otherwise it wasn’t a problem.

Did you promise your friends a small amount of the price purse in return for filming you? Or what was the deal?
Not really, we just filmed each others in turns. But I promised some benefits to those guys if I win. So now its on!

Any Shoutouts?
Check out our crew’s blog wnbcrew.blogspot.com. Wanna be movie coming out fall 2010, trailer on the blog soon! Thanks to everybody who filmed me during the contest, family, vuokattiboys, joupiskaboys, rukaboys, siirilänmafia, all other friends, sponsors, antti, simo, pekka, gb and everybody I forgot…

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