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Toni Kerkelä Signs With Salomon Snowboards

New deal for Finnish street slayer

As if rupturing his colon in December 2016 wasn’t bad enough, Toni Kerkelä also found himself off the Rome team. Then back in July, by which time he’d made a full recovery, we spotted him tearing up the Les Deux Alpes glacier on a Salomon Huck Knife. His mini-movie Mosaic, a collab with fellow Finn Antti Jussila, showed the same. While there was no official confirmation, it looked like he’d found a new home.

Today, the deal has finally been given the rubber stamp. While he remains on Thirty Two boots, the artist otherwise known as T-Kerks will now be repping Salomon boards and binders.

“Despite the intestine-jeopardising nature of his urban output, he’s clearly having a blast”

He’s an absolute demon in the streets; it’s not for nothing that he was the only European rider to get an invite to X Games Real Snow 2017, where he finished second in the public vote.

Despite the intestine-jeopardising nature of his urban output, he’s clearly having a blast throughout, which is one of the reasons why his episode of HACKED was so fun to watch – and why he’ll always get our vote over the po-faced rail riders who act like cracking a smile might somehow allow their soul to escape out of their mouth.

Friendly neighbourhood Toni Kerkela fixes an elderly neighbour’s TV reception. Photo: Roby Bragotto

Salomon team-mate Chris Grenier was among the first to chime in. “Toni is a Finnish powerhouse that oozes board control and his style is on another level” says he. “He’s an incredible snowboarder and an even better human being. I think Toni still has a lot to show the world, and he is a perfect fit on Salomon.”

We’ll drink to that – kippis Toni!


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