[Above – Nothing beats a sunset in Folgefonna. Photo: Frode Sandbech]
In ten years time when we start asking the new crop of young snowboarders which riders influenced them the most, who they loved watching and who they wanted to be like, I have no doubt that a significant proportion will say Ståle Sandbech. He is, without doubt, one of the most stylish, technical and naturally talented snowboarders on the planet right now.
It’s been said so many times because it’s true but Ståle still holds the belief that while style is an individual and unique aspect of any snowboarder, there are some who push it in the right direction: away from aerial gymnastics. It comes down to creativity and passion, having the urge to experiment with a trick done in a different way.
The north half of the Americas might have Mark McMorris as their poster boy for contemporary snowboarding, but we have Ståle. Who else could film a five minute video part on just one jump, put out consistently insane edits and a full movie with his longtime homeboys the RK1 Crew, snag two cover shots on this fine magazine, release a full part with a ridiculously high standard of shots that damn near every single one could be the ender and still have time to compete at virtually every slopestyle and big air contest on all the different competitive circuits (not to mention win a shit tonne of medals at them)?
Ståle Sandbech can.
“THERE’S NO FORMULA IN SNOWBOARDING. YOU JUST GOTTA FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOURSELF. THERE’S NO RIGHT WAY”
[Below – Ståle keeps it lit up in Vierli. Photo: Frode Sandbech]