After a couple of seasons battling with a succession of injuries, Marco Smolla is back, healthy and filming again with Isenseven. We caught up with him at the recent Twisted Tricks session in Tourmalet to see how his winter’s been going and what we can expect from this year’s Isenseven movie.
Onboard: So Marco, good morning.
Marco Smolla: Bonjour!
OB: Is this your first time in the Pyrenees?
MS: Yeah, it is. It’s nice here. Before I didn’t even really know where the Pyrenees were exactly [laughs], but it’s nice, it’s pretty close to the sea, I hope we can go there tomorrow.
OB: Is that the plan?
MS: If the weather turns bad, which we don’t hope for of course.
OB: So how’s your season been so far?
MS: It’s been good. Pretty glad that I didn’t injure myself again this year, because I’ve just had two years where I was injured. That was kind of my main goal for this year. So, yeah, it worked out pretty well.
OB: Did you manage to get back to the level you wanted after those two years where you had those physical problem?
MS: Yeah. It worked out pretty well. I feel all good again, I’ve gotten used to snowboarding and being healthy again.
OB: Which crew did you hang with the most?
MS: I filmed with Isenseven, that’s pretty much the riders I hang out with most of the time as well.
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OB: So where have you guys been?
MS: Where? Mostly to the Alps. Like mainly in Austria, sometimes Switzerland, now here in the Pyrenees and I’ve been to Finland in December which was pretty interesting ’cause we went there at the end of December when it’s the shortest day of the year so there was only two to three hours of sunlight a day. That was a new experience. I’m going to go to Spitzbergen next week, which is an island far north from Norway, almost at the North Pole…
OB: Is that where you have to ride with the guns and everything?
MS: Yeah, right because of the ice bears and you have to have a gun if you go out of the village.
OB: How do you feel about that?
MS: Err, I just trust our guide I guess, he knows about it… [laughs]. It sounds pretty scary but I’m interested to see how it’s going to be there.
OB: What was your best trip so far this winter?
MS: The Finland trip I guess. It was kind of the first trip this season as it was in December and, yeah, it was a cool crew with Tobi Straus and David Bertschinger from Switzerland and the photographer Lorenz Holder from Germany plus some other guys. We only went there for 10 days, it was super cold – like the maximum was minus 30 degrees [laughs] – but it was such a good experience. We did reindeer riding and husky riding and skidoos and everything. It’s a nice landscape up there…
OB: And can you give us any insight into what’s going to be in the next Isenseven movie? From what you’ve seen, which riders have been stepping up and pushing hard?
MS: That’s hard to say. I must say I haven’t really seen that much from the other guys yet. I guess Freddy Evensen is doing pretty good again, but like David Bertschinger, who’s new to the crew, he seems really talented. I think he just got in to the whole sponsor thing a couple of years ago, so he’s pretty new and he’s motivated. We can expect something from him.
OB: So a little break on the beach after this session?
MS: It’s not definite but I would like to! I’ve got my surfboard here and my wetsuit and everything, so if it works out I’ll try to catch some waves.
OB: Well, we hope you guys can do that. Merci!
MS: You’re welcome.