[Mobile: When not in and around IBK, the Sane gang are big fans of Bear.]
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 this time round it’s the boys from Innsbrooklyn: the Sane! Crew. We hit up Michi Schatz – aka the DON IBK – for the skinny…
How did Sane! start? How long have you been snowboarding together?
It all started in Innsbruck when a bunch of us started to study here and met the local part of the crew. We basically met each other while we were snowboarding, skating or partying and just connected. After time more people joined our group of friends and we wanted to get a crew going to start making our own videos and shit. Tobi came up with a name and a sketch and some time later we had our first self-made T-shirts and a full movie, SANESHIT. We have been riding together for almost 10 years now – pretty sick!
How did the Sane Rinn Jib Park get going in the first place?
The crew always wanted to have a park and after some scoping in the neighbourhood, decided that Rinn would be the best place for it. Lucky for us, the boss of the little lift is one oft the coolest dudes ever and so we got the GO. I [Michi Schatz] then organised some real ass shit DIY rails for the park and we started into the first season with two double downs, a donkey rail, two downrails, a C-rail, some pipes, boxes and a little kicker. This coming season will be our 9th.
Who are the OG members of the Sane! crew?
The OG Members are Tobias Winkel, myself, Steve Grumser, Phil Schorp, Benno Postert, Simon Pircher, Klaus Lotto, Thomas Fimmel, Christoph Geiger, Benno Bauer, Thomas Hörhager, Matze Reif, Dominik Brunner, Max Glatzl, Andreas Gell, Maxi Maisberger, Patrick Wegerer, Johannes Münch, and ARON Holterman. New crew members include Lorenz Vyslozil, Marvin Salmina, Lukas Brandauer, Flo Corzelius, Mario Käppeli , Steve Spiss, Julia Baumgartner, Peter Walchhofer and Ethan Morgan.
[THE DON IBK, OG Sane! massive and general man about town, Michi Schatz gets busy at the Pre 4/20 Session. Photo: Florian Trattner]