Riding with your crew, pushing each other and having a blast is one of the cornerstones of this fun old experience we call snowboarding. Now, since the democratisation of videography, more and more crews are producing edits from their exploits and some of them have gone beyond the traditional ‘bro-cam’ cuts to produce entertaining, imaginative, or just downright hammer heavy video content. We’re stoked on that, so over the season we’ll be throwing the virtual Shakas to some of our favourite Euro crews, and up this time is the Fat & Furious guys, consisting of Swedish brothers Abbe and Theo Hjellström and their buds. We hit up Theo for the F&F lowdown…
How old were you two when you started snowboarding? And when did you start filming each other?
We both were about eight years old when we started. Abbe is two years older than me so he started a couple years before I started. In the beginning it was all about riding, then we both started to compete a bit in some national competitions some years later. But we didn’t start to film until later still when our mother bought a camera that we borrowed, and we made season edits and some other crappy clips, hahah! Then three years ago we got a fisheye lens for Christmas, and that was the time F&F started.
You’ve had a lot of success with the Fat & Furious episodes, what made you want to make those in the first place?
We were sat in our cabin in Kläppen and suddenly Abbe said ”We have to start a web series!”. We did make a movie the year before with some friends, and we felt that we had so much more fun filming than we had when we went to competitions. We wanted to start something that we could put our own touch on, and show how much fun we have when we’re riding. So it all started as a fun thing, then we got our eyes opened that we really could make something out of it since some of the big snowboard magazines started to share our videos on their sites!
Who are your favourite people to ride with, apart from each other?
It’s always fun to ride with our nearest friends who really ride for it’s own sake. Like Simon Jacobsson who appears in some of our episodes. He has a unique style and perspective on how to ride a snowboard and that’s why it’s so awesome to ride with him. Others to mention are dudes like Johan Nordhag, Måns Hedberg, Karl-Anton Svensson, Ylfa Runarsdottir, Ludvig Billtoft, Niklas Mattsson… they are all so fun to go snowboarding with!