Gustaf Lundström is a young buck hailing from the northern reaches of Sweden. One of the latest of a long line of talented shredders to be spat out of Malung’s snowboard academy, the sure kid’s got some swag about his riding – as evidenced in his 2018 highlights clip above. As a rider who’s hitting the contest circuit pretty hard, Gustaf’s naturally got all the hectic spins and rail tricks you’d expect, but, refreshingly, he also seems to have inherited that Swedish affection for tweaking hard and experimenting with less run-of-the-mill grabs. With this in mind, we thought we’d find out a bit more about him…
You’re 20 and from Sweden. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Yes, I’m 20 years old and I grew up in a town up north in Sweden called Piteå. I’ve studied at the Swedish national snowboard academy in Malung for four years now, which I’m very grateful for. Without that school I don’t think I would be where I am today. When I’m not out snowboarding I like to go skateboarding, work out or just read a good book.
How’d you get into snowboarding?
I got my first snowboard as a Christmas gift when I was 10 years old. It was a pretty shitty board with the bindings in regular stance, and I’m goofy, but we never switched it up. I didn’t ride that much the first few years, but each year I got more and more hooked. When I got the phone call that I got the spot at the snowboard academy I knew that snowboarding was going to be my thing for the rest of my life.
Who were your heroes when you started riding?
I grew up watching a lot of Torstein Horgmo and Halldor Helgason. I think I started watching those two because I wasn’t really good at searching on the internet – I just went to Youtube and typed ”Snowboarding” and played the very first video.
Where do you mainly ride, and with whom?
During these past four years at the academy we’ve mainly been riding in Kläppen. Kläppen has one of the best, if not THE best, parks in the world. The lift is short and fast so you can take as many laps as your legs are able to handle. I usually ride with the rest of the students at the school and we have some gatherings with the national team as well.
“The feeling of stomping a trick when it matters the most is unbelievable. But you can’t forget to take the whole experience in.”
You mentioned you do a lot of contests? Do you do too many, or are you stoked on them for the time being?
Yes, I try to compete a lot during a season and I really like it. I love to push myself and put down the best run or jump that I’m capable of. The feeling of stomping a trick when it matters the most is unbelievable. But you can’t forget to take the whole experience in. When I’m out at a World Cup I really try to make a lot of new friends and embrace all the new places I get to visit, all thanks to competitions,
What’s most important: fun, style, creativity or progression? Or can you even combine them all?
I think everything comes hand in hand. If you have fun you can get creative and creativity leads to progression. But I think style comes from just riding your snowboard as much as possible. I can see in my videos over the years that I have developed a different style but without having to think about it. I think style can’t be forced.
Whose riding gets you most hyped right now?
Definitely Måns Hedberg! He got such a sick style and he always tries to put his on unique twist on his tricks. He’s always got a smile on his face and he has helped me a lot during this season.
Which other young bucks from Sweden should we look out for?
I would like to mention Jesper Landmark (19), William Mathisen (15), and Gabriel Almqvist (16). I love to ride with all of them; we really help each other to push our boundaries.
Who helps you do what you do?
I’m supported by Capita Snowboards, Union Bindings, Deeluxe Boots, Sessions Outerwear and Appertiff Headwear. I’m very proud to represent these five companies.