[Mons Røisland with a mouthwatering butter to double cork at last spring's Stomping Grounds Park in Corvatsch.]
Landing in 4th place in the Rookie category of our European Rider of the Year Awards is this 20-year-old Norwegian who's been turning heads thanks to that oh-so tasty cocktail of tech and style...
“Another Norwegian prodigy, whose tall stature makes his style stand out even more. OK, he's older than Marcus Kleveland. But you know, Schubert and Mozart also had two years' difference…"
– Youri Barneoud, Onboard
Sometimes a rider does something so outrageous you just have to bow down. So it was when 20-year-old Mons Røisland posted an Instagram clip of him hitting a sketchy little side-hit – the kind of jump most mortals would do a Method off (and a crap one at that).
Mons proceeded to launch into an impossible series of flips and spins that defies simple categorisation, but which he suggested might be a ‘Double Rippey’. The sheer G-force of this manoeuvre tore the goggles off his head mid-air, before he stomped it to flat and rode away with arms aloft and the disbelief of his homies still ringing in his ears.
Yes, it was shot on an iPhone. Yes, it was shaky. But pure talent doesn’t need a helicopter and a RED cam to shine through.
The craziest thing is, this is standard stuff for Røisland. A quick glance through his Insta feed or one of the MARMOR edits (that he's been putting out with homie Markus Olimstad) reveals him to be one of the most creative young riders in the game, with a killer bag of tricks that includes buttered takeoffs, late grabs, frontside spins off the toes and over-tweaked shifty 180s. A previous World Rookie Finals winner, he's also shown he's capable of being in the mixer with the big boys at contests of the highest calibre - watch out for those switch backside spins of his...
“The boy combines style beyond his years and cat-like board control," says Ed Blomfield from Whitelines. “What are they feeding these Norwegians for breakfast?"