Horsefeathers is proud to welcome Tadej Valentan on the international snowboard team.

Tadej’s riding has been well documented in various media over the years and you have surely seen his parts in the Alterna’s projects. It is a pleasure to join forces with such a talented and mellow personality.

Age: 26 Nationality: Slovenian Sponsors: Atomic, Horsefeathers, Deeluxe, Smith, Handmade Ltd, Tigas Shop, Frame skateboards Board sizes: 150, 156 Stance: 21, -9, 60+ Tricks: flat spins, long grabs, tweaks,... Best day: filming with buddies and getting bangers Worst day: getting hurt Favourite resort: Vogel, Slovenija Favourite backcountry: Coast mountains, B.C. Favorite country: Slovenija Food: Sushi Drink: Elder juice Music: Hip hop, electro, reggae, rock’n’roll, metal,... depends on mood Other Sports: Downhill, skateboarding Philosophy (if you wish): Survive. And enjoy. – just random Crew: Out of nowhere

How did snowboarding become such a big part of your life? When I was 9, I started to walk sideways so my parents got me a skateboard to make it easier for me. Not. But snowboarding followed skateboarding and I just loved it so much, I didn’t think about anything else anymore. You know, that typ, when family friends asked me, what about girls, I answered, Oh I don’t have time for this, I’m just snowboarding. Hehe. It’s been a lot of fun. I like the girls now too. I guess I’ve been lucky to be able to do this and I hope it lasts.

Is the fun factor sometimes pushed back by the need“ to shoot? Sometimes. It’s the conditions mostly that make it not fun. You don’t feel like hitting a jump where there’s most probably hard packed pow or ice down there, but you just try to be productive and hit it anyways. And if you’re lucky, it’s still fun.

What is a stronger driving force – the snowboarder lifestyle, or the need to push and progress? I just love to get tighter and brighter pants every year. Neon pink is my color this year. Haha. Defenitely push and progress. As long as I feel I can still progress and not loose the fun, I wanna keep doing it.

What do you do when there is a planned contest, or a shoot and you wake up with less energy than you need? Try to think about my other options, having a lousy job in an office, flipping burgers or work in a factory, so going shredding is not that bad anymore. Drink some RB, eat some candy, good to go.

How do you keep healthy and in top condition? I’m not doing any crazy training programs and I should stretch way more than I do. I’m fixing my body when it hurts and when it doesn’t, I enjoy it. But yoga is good every once in a while (read every day) and I do a lot of mountain biking in summer, I guess that helps too.

When and where was the best backcountry day ever? Ever? I couldn’t just pick up one. There were so many best ones already. They are just popping up again and again. I was really glad to ride with my buddies from home early this season. We just used to ride parks back in the days and than our ways separated in the last years, everyone did their own thing and this year we built a jump together. Slovenian mountain plus Slovenian buddies, that’s what I missed and that definitely made one of the best days for me.