Above Photo: Vianney Tisseau.
From his humble beginnings on the inclines of Alpe d’Huez in 1990, to today where he’s the guiding hand behind the Bataleon team, Julien Haricot has been a stalwart of European snowboarding for more than a decade-and-a-half.
L’Arrogant… How can you end up with such a nickname?
Before knowing Julien, I imagined I was about to meet some half-man, half-bear who would be able to shout at you like a second World War General while eating stones… So the surprise was big when I actually discovered a young gentleman that only a light wind could take off his feet. I cannot discribe him better than that: a gentleman, embodied in this feeble, reedy silouhette… Which can sometimes indeed, transform into a full-on Mr Hyde.
But let’s not go too far into the man’s remarkable abilities of a ‘nightlife performer’, it would first take too long, and Julien worth way better than this. He’s a man of avant-garde, a creative soul that captured the essence of our snowboard world. To know where you go, better know where you come from: he made this sentence his, and he is the archetype of what a snowboarder is, or should be: passionate, unpredictable, gutsy, innovative.
Julien is one of those guys you are happy to know, or even call a friend. He makes everyones’s life around him richer, because he’s not only a living snowboard history book, he is also a big, picturesque, open book. And I just can’t wait to read the 4th chapter…
– Leo Vuillemin, ex-Team Manager