The Swedish stallion is back at it and was riding like a man possessed last November at pre-season Stubai and their Prime Park Sessions…
Måns Hedberg – surely if ever there was a dude who needs to jump on the Big Shaq bandwagon and drop and edit called Måns Not Hot it’s this guy – is a Swedish rider in the vein of all good Swedish snowboarders, from Ingemar to Sörman to Thorgren, who is able to blend together style and tech as effortlessly as a cocktail mixer in one of their country’s ridiculously expensive nightclubs.
Måns has been stoking is out for a good few years now with appearances in some tasty edits, and is an alumni of our Hacked series for that matter – Måns’s Hacked is still one of our favourites to date – but last season he suffered what could have been a career-ending slam.
Back last spring he was invited to the 9 Royals in Watles, in Italy’s South Tyrol region, where – as ever – the shaping crew had pulled together a multi-hit obstacle of extraordinary magnitude. After a couple days of putting down the hammers as you’d expect, he landed a front 10 a little off and hooked the toe-edge of doom. This sent him into a high-speed headplant and the result was a broken neck, surgery and a host of rehab.
But Måns is built from stern stuff it seems. He came back strong – as the Euro glaciers opened their doors for pre-season he was back at it in Saas Fee and, shortly after, Stubai at the Prime Park Sessions there. This footage is from his sessions at the latter.
As you’d expect, there’s a healthy mix of hectic spins and more subtle style in here – as well as the elusive carving 360 – and even a cameo (and another epic carve) from longtime riding buddy Niklas Mattsson, which means when it comes to park riding this should tick all your boxes for a spot of mid-arvo web edit watching.
And stoked to see you back on your board, Måns!