Nico Diaz combines a killer, laid-back style with a fine-tuned technique that makes snowboarding look way too easy. And while his main love and focus is definitely snowboarding, he’s become a keen surfer too. When he’s not doing either of those, he’s hanging out with his girlfriend Marie and playing computer games (namely Pro Evolution Soccer 6).
He also loves to shred Montpellier. Although he no longer skateboards, he’s back grinding the city’s handrails with a bigger board… and bigger tricks.
Recently, he also decided to leave the groomed snowparks of this world to spend more time in the wilder backcountry where he’s hoping to take his riding to the next level. Concrete, handrails, tabletops, waves – you name it, he’s out there.
Photo- Indy Bombdrop, Les Arcs
Name: Nico Diaz
Local resort: Les Arcs
Favourite resort: Les Arcs
Sponsors: Imperium, Von Zipper, Cell Division, Technine, CBL
Goofy or Regular? Regular
Angles: +18°, –9°
Favourite board: Centurion 53
Hobbies: Surf, skate, PES6, Holland
How long have you been snowboarding for? Since yesterday.
Why did you want to become a pro? To live the dream day in day out.
How did you start out? On a New Way board in Font Romeu with my parents on holiday.
How did you first get sponsored? It started at Boardeline when I left Montpellier to go to the Alps every weekend, all thanks to Bruno Carnet. Big up, Bruno!
Contest results: 1st at VZ Trials 2004, 4th at the Boarderline Cup 2005.
Best moment: When I signed with Imperium snowboards.
Worst moment: When my girlfriend injured herself.
Favourite trick: A ghetto-style BS 180 melon tweaker.
First published shot? Fluid (Photo Annual 2005)
What terrain do you prefer: park, pipe, rails or backcountry?
I love handrails but powder is the best.
Do you do a lot of contests? No
Music? DJ Adri, SWC, Imperium Mixtape (str8 from the Ghetta), underground hip hop.
Favourite film? The Shawshank Redemption
Favourite rider? Tonton Holland
Influences? Wu Tang and my friends