Do you remember the last time you saw a 30-year old yummy mummy in high heels on the dance floor, legs spread wide like frickin’ Tina Turner, pumping away with her pelvis to some new version of Brian Adams’ Summer of 69? Most likely preformed by the worst cover band you’ve never heard. Après-ski. I loathe it.
Joacim Nyhaugen loves après-ski. He thinks it rules. But despite his affection for corny extra curricular activities, he’s an all-right chap. And on top of that, he is the most all-round, hands down, sickest young talent I had the opportunity to shoot with last season, if only for a few days. First introduced to snowboarding by his best friend and neighbour, they soon started building quarterpipes, rails and small jumps anywhere in the area that had the slightest slant. After a few years of hucking on the local hillock named Kirkerudbacken, he landed a deal with Flow, from where he eventually jumped ship over to his current board sponsor Bataleon. Living not too far away from Varingskollen outside of Oslo – sort of Norway’s answer to Talma but with way better wood runs – he soon hooked up with all the aspiring supernova’s of Norwegian snowboarding with whom he will soon be reigning the international scene.
Age: 19 years young
Sponsors: Bataleon, Dragon and Nike ACG
Home resort: Varingskollen, Norway
Contest results: 5th place Avoriaz quarterpipe contest. 11th place TAC
Regular or goofy: Goofy
Stance: Aaaah, don’t remember. I think its +15° front foot, and –12° back foot
What is your favourite trick and why? Frontside 720. I like the feeling of it when you are in the air.
Who do you hang with on the hill? Ulrik Badetscher, Ian, Larsi and Botner.
Which is the rider who has had the most influence on your style: I don’t have one specific rider who influenced me. All my friends are a good influence.
Do you have a favourite movie part? Nicolas Müller’s part in Vivid. David Benedek’s part in Lame. Andreas Wiig’s part in Derelectica.
What will you be doing in the 06/07?I’ll be going to Tahoe in the USA for the first time. And maybe some contests in Europe.