Finnish snowboarder Teo Konttinen is a tech machine, whose trick selection and unique style makes him one of the world’s most enjoyable snowboarders to watch. Typical of his spectacular video parts is Quiksilver’s 2013 movie Take It Easy with riders such as Jake Olson-Elm and Ian Hart, in which street rails are blended seamlessly into double corks in a variety of landscapes.
He has also appeared in a number of films for Pirate Movie Productions, beginning with Boardbagged 3 and Overseas (2008), followed by Jolly Roger (2009), Hooked (2010), Bottom Line (2011) and UNIQUE8 (2012). In 2012’s Behind the Spot, he tells the story behind the Joni/Vesa Kink in Helsinki, one of the biggest rails in Finland.
Teo was born in 1990 and grew up in Helsinki close to his local resort of Talma. He began skateboarding at four and snowboarding at six and soon made a name for himself on the Finnish scene winning contests in both sports, including the 2003 national skateboard championships. At that stage, even Teo himself didn’t know whether he was primarily a snowboarder or a skateboarder, but in recent years he has focused fully on the snow.
He certainly has a unique talent for spontaneous invention, which leads to creative moments of genius on his snowboard. He attributes his skills to the short local hills just outside Helsinki where, as a youngster, he could do endless circuits on the kickers day after day, yet he is just as comfortable on rails or even powder.