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BLOWING UP

Axel Thelen

Axel Thelen. Photo: Matt Georges

Corked Cab 5. Photo: Matt Georges

Corked Cab 5. Photo: Matt Georges

So. Why snowboarding?
I just enjoy riding too much! You just can’t have a boring day if you are on the slopes.

Where did you grow up riding?
I rode my first years in Talma, a small ski resort near Helsinki.

What was the scene there like?
Rad! Sometimes sketchy as hell when it was is icy and cold, but we always got around it!

How did you score your first sponsors?
I guess it was when I got my first podium in the Finnish Champs in pipe, and then I sent a short tape to my local boardshop (Unionfive) and they sponsored me. I was sooo stoked!

Back 180 Japanese style. Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi

Back 180 Japanese style. Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi

Boardslide to back rodeo. Photo: Matt Georges

Boardslide to back rodeo. Photo: Matt Georges

At what point did you make the decision to turn snowboarding into your career?
I never made THE decision, one thing just led to another.

Whose riding stokes you out these days and why?
I like Jed Anderson a lot even though I don’t ride rails all the time, but I just like his rad style. Also Ståle Sandbech – no words needed.

Judging from how you sent it at our Send Off Session, you have no fear when it comes to riding. What is your biggest fear outside snowboarding?
Haha, good one! I Can’t stand dolls in horror movies!

If you had to choose between a banging video part or a major World Snowboard Tour win, what would you go for?
Video part for sure! People forget competition wins but banger video parts are never forgotten!

Photo: Matt Georges

Photo: Matt Georges

What do you and Axel Rose share apart from your first name?
Both can play guitar, I guess. Hahaha!

Park, Powder, Street, Contests, Filming – what describes your riding best?
I think I’m more of that park, contest and filming guy! But if I got the chance to ride powder all day I probably would take it. And street is also so cool! All of them describe me!

Who’s your crew to go ride with?
My boys from our snowboard high school.

What’s the best thing about snowboarding?
Getting to see the world and meeting new people. And of course learning new tricks!

What’s the worst thing about snowboarding?
I try to forget the bad things and focus on the good things. Injuries suck, obviously.

Hip hopping. Photo: Matt Georges

Hip hopping. Photo: Matt Georges

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