[Sven Thorgren. Photo: Oskar Bakke/Junkyard.com]
Sven Thorgren is like the younger, fresh faced brother of Ståle Sandbech. They’re not related but you might be fooled into thinking they are from their style on snowboard. Sven’s riding combines equal measures of amplitude, technical prowess, confidence and some unusual grab combinations. He flies off kickers and sticks to rails, is always trying to progress his riding to be become a more well-rounded snowboarder and is quickly gathering momentum, as well as podiums on the contest scene. Just like Ståle you might be thinking.
On a typically wet and dreary day in London we met up with Sven in between a physiotherapy session for his recently dislocated shoulder and a meeting with the Monster Energy heads to talk everything on the subject of progression. He might have felt out of place in a London pub, but talking about one of the most contentious topics in snowboarding didn’t phase him at all.
It’s great to see a young rider who is so amped to ride as best he can all over the mountain, have a shit load of fun while doing it, try to push contest riding in a positive direction and get rewarded with some well-deserved high profile podiums. Sven knows the game more than you could imagine.
Sven, what pushes you to progress your riding?
First off it’s fun. For me that drives me most; how fun it is. Then it’s just being creative and living the lifestyle. Progression is what keeps you going, it’s a really important thing, you get really happy when you land a new trick so that’s what I’m always seeking kind of.
You were out in Stubai early season with some sick conditions and a great crew. When you’re riding with your friends and everyone gets a bit amped up, is that what makes you try new stuff?
Yes, that’s pretty much all you need to have a good session. I was feeling really good in Stubai and I was just sending it without thinking to much about anything, so I just casually tried a triple backflip and got a bit too amped up, over rotated it and dislocated my shoulder. So only got two days over there.
“it will come to a point where you don’t want to progress just by spinning more and more and more and more, it’s not going to work in the long run”