The newly signed contract extension marks the beginning of the next chapter of one of snowboarding’s most successful commercial partnerships. After signing with Rossignol Snowboards for the second time in his career some three years ago, the 24-year-old French rider was crowned 2006 Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Tour Champion and 2007 FIS Halfpipe & Big Air World Champion. Today, Crepel is widely recognized as one of the most explosive and publicized talents in professional snowboarding.
Speaking in Grenoble following his FIS World Cup Big Air victory, Crepel said: “I’m super happy to extend my contract with Rossignol Snowboards. They were my first professional board sponsor back in the day and we’ve developed a great relationship over the years. We’ve enjoyed a lot of success together since I re-signed three years ago, and I’m stoked to keep the momentum going with this latest contest win in Grenoble. With their products and support, I’m 100% confident that I can keep progressing and achieve even more in the future.”
Rossignol Snowboards Team Manager Matthieu Giraud is equally excited about the future, saying: “Mathieu is the perfect fit for Rossignol. His involvement and input as a professional rider is second-to-none, playing a key role in everything from product development to brand exposure via Standard Films video parts and incredible contest results. The whole team is really excited to keep working with him and we’re already looking forward to watching him push freestyle snowboarding to the next level.”
Looking ahead to this winter season, Crepel has fixed the TTR and FIS World Tour Championship titles firmly in his sights. As the first rider in the world to land the switch backside 1260° in competition, you can definitely count on Crepel to challenge for every podium and keep steering the evolution of freestyle snowboarding in 2008/09.
Outside of competition, Crepel will once again put time aside to film a new video part with legendary US snowboard film production company Standard Films. And with the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games already on the horizon, France’s no.1 rider is equally committed to a new training program geared towards winning halfpipe gold in 2010.
Mathieu Crepel’s sponsors include Quiksilver, Rossignol, Orange, Fiat Freestyle Team, Domaine Tourmalet.