Watch his full part above and check out his ‘blowing up’ interview from issue 139 below:
At a time when many riders are becoming increasingly specialized by riding contests or filming video parts, Martin made the choice of not choosing. Heiko Knauer, filmer and cinematographer for Pirate Movie Production, spent a lot of time last winter with the 22-year-old Finn, and reckons Martin is a sort of ‘grownbaby fighter’:
“He is tall and well-trained, he straight pulled two pretty nice tricks on the first spot we shot, and he did them until he got them nice. Martin is also a fighter: he tried a triple-down around 200 times. It was a gnarly spot, if you went off on the first down you fell down about 4-5m to a flat road. He tried so hard, two days in a row, but unfortunately although he just landed two but never really perfect. That is definitely a rebeat on this spot. This guy is a machine, and he just needs to learn how to feel when he’s tired. He can’t tell when he is tired, he always tries, even if it would be better to stop or take a day off.”
2003 in my local resort in Lapua, this local snowboard star arranged a snowboard camp for a weekend. At the end of the camp there was a competition between campers and I won it, that’s how I started. Big thanks to Ketoja family for arranging the camp back then! There was no kickers or rails in the resort that time, only pipe. So basically I am a pipe rider from beginning, but I guess it’s hard to see that nowadays.
3rd at Finnish open 2010, 3rd at Burn in Snow 2013, 2nd Xperia SNB Fest 2013, 3rd at Poney Session 2013.
Did you actually make a choice between contests and filming?
I actually moved into competitions this year after just filming two past years. Nuutti Niemelä became my roommate in Helsinki while ago and he does a lot competitions so I realized that those guys are traveling all over the world and having damn great time out there. In the beginning I thought contests suck, but this season I did several of them and it was a blast. I like to do both, filming and contests. I don’t want to focus on just one thing because then you stress too much about it.
If you had to choose between a banging video part or a World Snowboard Tour 6-Star win, what would you go for?
6-Star win I guess. I already have couple videoparts but not 6-Star win.
What’s your position towards the Olympics coming up next February?
Of course I’d go there, but you won’t probably see me there since I don’t even belong to the national team. Is this the point where people say “fuck FIS”?
Your impressions of shooting with the Pirates last season?
Of course it was bit different than I was used to. We always planned the next days or even whole week about what spots we are going to hit. We did a lot work in every spot to make them look absolutely perfect. Example it might took like three hours to built the spot and then three tries to get the shot. In short: we got shit done.
Did you feel more pressure shooting with a big video crew?
Well, first I thought I got to do crazy shit and fast. Then I got injured so I had to chill for a while. It was already beginning of April so snow was melting super fast from the streets. Because I got to film with the Pirates so late in the season so it was little stressful since I had just few shots before the injury. After all I got the shots what I wanted so it went all good.
Your highlight of the past season?
That slushy day in January/February at Serena when we were learning some flips. Everybody was just charging some doubles and the landing percentage was probably 10. So many hard slams and nobody got hurt, it was so entertaining! Also we were in Kuopio filming with Finnish Dye crew (Ville Uotila, Sami Luhtanen, Aleksi Kumpulainen) in December. I guess I have never had that much fun while filming than that week, and we also got things done. And also the chance to film with the Pirates was a blast.
Anything to say on the final cut of your part?
There is couple weird tricks you don’t see in every part.
Best thing about being a pro rider?
Well, this season I luckily won some money from contests so I didn’t have to do anything else than snowboarding. I guess that was a little kid’s dream back in 2003 so it’s been pretty awesome so far.
Any riders you look up to?
There are so many, but to name a few: Bode Merrill, Dan Brisse, Scott Stevens. And of course I look up all my friends. Example: my man Sami Luhtanen is a real commander and Markku Koski is still charging it super hard, plus many more…
What would you like to achieve next season?
If I get to film with the Pirates or some other crew from the beginning of the season I want to do a proper plan for spots and everything, then I don’t have to think about it during the winter. Shit goes down way better that way. I’m also going to do some contests, just depends where friends go.