This Rigonator is none other than the English shredder Tyler Chorlton. Tyler exploded on the UK scene four years ago taking the men’s title at the Orange Brits. Since then, he has been doing well on the international competition scene and in 2006/07 filmed with Yeahh productions.
Sponsors? Bataleon, Loaded snowboardshop, Vans, Arcus, Oakley, Relentless, Easyleaf, Grandvalira, Ignite.
Years riding? The first time I ever stepped on a snowboard was 9 years ago, but 6 years ago was when I thought “Damn, this shit’s ace!" and got into it full on.
Height and weight? 175cm more or less and about 75kg.
Goofy or Regular? Regular.
What is your stance width? To be honest I have no idea. I have to be centered on my board and then it's all about feelin' it to get it right.
Describe your style of riding? Doggy style.
Angle of bindings front and back? + and –12 or 15 depending on my moods.
What is the board that you use in all riding conditions? Bataleon Evil Twin 59.
Please describe the board and its performance? Dude, that board's just badass! Take my word for it, it's epic. I'm also loving the FunKink as well – that board is dope-shred believe!
How many boards do you trash in a season? With my last sponsor I used to go through about 7 boards a season. Believe it or not, I have never snapped a Bataleon board. I've dented the edges beyond anything you can ride and put rocks through the base and dented up the top-sheet but never snapped one on a landing.
What bindings do you use? At the moment I'm trying out some Tech9 MFM pro bindings and I must say “I like". They're super light, simple, secure, fully adjustable and reliable. What more do you want in a binding?
Do you ride with forward lean or just take ’em out the box and bang them on the board? Yeah, I never ride with forward lean but I do spend a lot of time adjusting my binding to my boot.
What do you prefer, cap straps or regular toe straps, and why? Well really I don't mind. I always wear my toe strap over the front of my toes like a cap strap but as long as I've got the support on that spot, I'm all good.
What are your chosen boots? Vans BFBs or the Hi-Fax is a sick boot too.
Can you describe their performance and qualities? They are comfy boots that respond well. I dunno, dude, I just know that I'm quite picky about my boots but those two models really work for me. I tried loads of different boots before I found Vans.
What outwear do you pick from your sponsor? It's just usually what I get. I don't get to go through a catalog or anything.
Do you layer up with tech undergarments, fleece and jacket or just wear whatever comes to hand as you leave home? It's usually just a t-shirt and jacket, sometimes a hoody as well if I know it's gonna be baltic.
What is your choice, fingers or mitts? Fingers. Never tried mitts really.
What goggle model is your favourite and why? The O Crowbar because it's a real comfortable goggle and the peripheral vision is the best on the market.
Do you bother changing lenses or just ride ’em until the scratches resemble a New York street map? I travel with 2 lenses, one for sun, one for snow, easy!
Finally, backpack or not? Sometimes. Not if I'm just going for a cruise but if it's a kicker mission in da backcountry you gotta have one.
And what essentials do you never forget when going out for a winter shred? My fake bling.