35-year-old Wolfgang ‘Wolle’ Nyvelt has established himself as one of Europe’s best all-round snowboarders, admired by fans and legends of the sport alike. Although he’s not much of a contest guy, competition highlights include first place in Air & Style at Jam Session and a fifth place at Toyota Big Air. You can also bet on seeing him every year at the Vans Wängl Tängl in Austria.
However, it is in films that he really comes into his own, in particular the 12 movies he has featured in over the years from Absinthe, including Now/Here, Pop and Dopamine. Wolle is also involved with the Aesthetiker crew. He is one of the leading representatives of Billabong in Austria and Europe, and is also sponsored by Salomon, Vans, Dakine, Dragon Alliance, Slytech and Planet Sports.
Born on 27th December 1977 in Salzburg, Austria, Wolle was introduced to the sport by his love of skateboarding – he began on concrete in 1991 and got his first snowboard a year later. He grew up in the town of Mayrhofen, and honed his skills at Penken in the Austrian Alps.
There is no doubt that Wolle is one of the most fluid and naturally talented riders around, and arguably the best binding-less rider in the world. In his preferred disciplines of Slopestyle and Backcountry, he takes his inspiration from other ‘sideways’ sports, most notably surfing – Aussie surf legend Mark Occhilupo is a hero and he was recently invited on a surf trip to Chile with pro surfers Ian Walsh and Shane Dorian.