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Aline Bock: Snowboard

Aline Bock: Snowboard

The winter season of 2008/2009 saw German snowboarder Aline Bock make her entrance into the Womens Snowboard leg of the Freeride World Tour. Her smooth and easy going style led her 2nd overall in the 2009 season. This season she is looking to step it up a notch and take the top spot……so long as it is all in the name of fun.

Aline Bock

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Website:
www.alinebock.de

Nationality:
German

Home Mountain:
Innsbruck/Nordpark

Sponsors:
Roxy, Völkl, Deeluxe, Ortovox

Favourite board:
The new Völkl Freeride Freestyle Board – Eco Cashew 157

Favourite spot:
Arlberg/Austria

What other sports are you into?
Surfing (Longboarding)

You are surfing regularly in summer these days. Is this something that you are looking to pursue further or something that something that is just for yourself?
I would love to compete in a Longboard competition soon and see if I can perform well….
That would be so much fun, I think… But I will take my time for that as I really try to never become last

Aline surfing at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Aline surfing at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

How did you first get involved in snowboarding?
My whole family (one sister and one brother) were somehow always into sports. My parents were ski instructors in former times, so we always went to the mountains to go skiing, biking, hiking  etc…
When I was 12, my dad bought me, my sister and my brother a snowboard for Christmas…we were all really excited…… I started snowboarding two years later (1997) and I loved it….!!! I always went snowboarding with the guys from my hometown Überlingen – unfortunately there were no other girls who wanted to hit some kickers. But I did not care, I was addicted and loved riding with the guys!!!
Since then snowboarding is a big part of my life (13 years now), a passion, a hobby, a job….
I  started with freestyle halfpipe competitions when i was 15 years old and changed to slopestyle some years later. It has always been fun to travel to different places and parks to meet other riders, to compete, take photos or film etc., but there was and is nothing better than a powder day with friends at home .
I never heard a lot about freeriding competitions  until I entered my first Freeride World Qualifier in Austria/Montafon 2 seasons ago. It was just too much fun riding some nice faces in perfect conditions. The fact that you can express yourself and your riding style being creative with choosing a line took my full attention. So here I am now, being a rider of the Freeride World Tour trying to integrate my  freestyle background in my runs. It went really good so I ended up 2nd at the overall Freeride World Tour ranking.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Do you think your freestyle background helped you on the Freeride World Tour?
I definitely think it helped me a lot as I love to jump off some cliffs and do tricks. My goal is to integrate more freestyle tricks in my runs in the future. In Sochi/Russia I just focused on some jumps in my run and I think it was the reason that I have won. So I keep on riding with the passion for some freestyle. I hope it will work out.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Will you be going on the tour again this year?
YES, that´s the plan for now

Any plans to compete in any freestyle or halfpipe contests again?
I think it is almost impossible to do both, as I have a really tight schedule with the tour. But I am totally fine with that, as a freeride competition is also a freestyle competition for me. -As long as I try to integrate some tricks in my runs.

What’s your Favourite Country?
As I haven’t discovered the world yet, I cannot tell…But I really like Portugal as I have spent some time there just now. I actually love the ocean and the beach, it motivates me a lot and gives me energy that I need to refill after a long season.
A country with a wonderful beach, no tourists and great waves gains definitely more points

Influences:
My family and my friends…

Motivations:
The ocean and some waves, the first snow in October and my friends who cannot wait to go riding again in Autumn… It also motivates a lot if I see some big fat snowflakes coming down on my face…

Plans for the future:
My future plans are competing at all Freeride World Tour Stops again. Plus there is an ALL GIRLS extreme sports movie planned. Fingers cross that we can make it happen.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Aline Bock, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Best Moment:
My parents surprised me at the Verbier Extreme -The final World Tour Stop – last year. I had tears in my eyes when I saw them… It was a great feeling to get their support!

Worst Moment:
Every injury is a really bad moment in my sports career!

Last Words:
Don´t take it too serious, it’s just snowboarding

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Matthieu Perez: Snowboarder

Matthieu Perez: Snowboarder

French snowboarder Matthieu Perez has been living and working his way around the European Alps all his life. Originally from a small town in the Pyrenees he now finds himself based in the snow sure region of Tirol in the Austrian Alps.

Matthieu Perez,

Date of Birth:
Somewhen in the mid 70’s

Nationality:
European

Home Mountain:
Pyrénées forever. Insane landscape and technical terrain

Sponsors:
Arson, Deeluxe, Arva, Shred optics, Pipolaki

Favourite board:
Capita Charly Slasher 164 aka the « Shovel » Best board in powder, it is surfing with a skate control, IT IS A MACHINE. So far the best powder board I ever rode.

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Favourite spot:
Domaine du Tourmalet, Pyrénées, France

How did you get involved in snowboarding?
I was a skier for many years, was skateboarding, my friends were snowboarding, I jumped on train and never left the path.

Plans for the future:
Being happy and make my life an artwork.

Favourite Country:
Planet earth

Influences:
My parents have been a source since the first day. My family showed me the community side of life, life showed me the rest. My grandpa was a ski pioneer in the Pyrenees and is still the reference for me. Snowboardwise, AK pioneers, Johan Olofsson and my riding partners played an essential role in growing my passion every day.

Motivations:
I like bad weather, low pressure brings me exultation and fills up my expectations.

Matthieu Perez, Powder turn on the ridge, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez, Powder turn on the ridge, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Best Moment:
Every morning when the sun rises.

Worst Moment:
Every morning I go to work.

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Matthieu Perez , St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Last Words:
Big up to the people who supports me, protect mother nature, enjoy the journey.

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Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Benjamin Herbert, Snowboarder

Athlete Profile: Benjamin Herbert, Snowboarder

Ben Herbert, Sonnenkopf, Austria.

Ben Herbert, powder turn, Sonnenkopf, Austria.

Australian born Ben Herbert is a dedicated board rider. Whether its on the big peaks of Alaska or the pounding surf of the Mexican pipeline in Puerto Escondido he is always pushing himself to go bigger and better. His travels in search of adventures have taken him all over the world but it is the Austrian town of Innsbruck that he has come to call home.

Date of Birth:
01.10.1973

Nationality:
Australian with an EU passport

Ben Herbert, Langen, Austria

Ben Herbert tearing through the trees near Langen Am Arlberg,Austria.

Home Mountain:
I live in Innsbruck and have the Regio card which offers access to a number of great mountains. Arlberg has been home for many years, as well as the Zillertal, so as a home mountain goes I have a huge backyard. Let’s just say Tyrol.

Sponsors:
Black Flys Eyewear, Never Summer Snowboards, Beyond Snowboard Bindings, Berghaus Clothing, Pull-in Underwear

Favourite board:
I love the never summer boards, they are so responsive and reliable. I’d say my 163 wide is my allrounder,and 168,or the rounded pin 172 for the deep powder days or the steep long lines.

Favourite spot:
Favourite spot is hard to answer. Anywhere in steep waist deep powder with friends around.

Ben Herbert, Sonnenkopf, Austria.

Ben Herbert tracking the untracked, Sonnenkopf, Austria.

How did you get involved in snowboarding?
I was living in Colorado in a place called A-Basin and it was freeriders playground. I was skiing at the time. I had a friend come from Australia and convince me to try the board and, well, never really looked back. After the season I then went to Europe and worked in St Anton, also a freeriders heaven, and fell in love with snowboarding.

Favourite Country:
When I’m not here in the mountains I’m always thinking of surfing somewhere warm and exotic ,the last years were spent in sumatra and .phillipines ,i enjoy the ocean very much,diving ,spear fishing ,and surfing .also in the mtns .biking ,climbing and rafting.

Influences:
I’ve been inspired by many great people from all corners of the globe; Chris McAlpine, Russell Holt, Brodox, Steve Trainor, Jeremy Jones, Tom Burt, Nicolas Muller, Alaskan Heli-skiing Company, Cats Trading, Tommy Brunner(RIP) and my awesome girlfriend Chistl.

Ben Herbert, Langen, Austria

Ben Herbert tearing through the trees near Langen Am Arlberg,Austria.

Motivations:
I get highly motivated when planning trips for each year. I love to travel and to combine this with the love of snowboarding is only a bonus.

Best Moment:
Too many to try to describe. Dropping into my first line in Alaska was exhilarating and words cannot express it. Everyday in the powder with friends are some of the best days of my life. Being on the mountain and sharing these awesome experiences with friends is priceless……cheers .

Worst Moment:
Injuries have and will always be a pain in the ass. I had a friend who broke his back many years ago. I was first on the scene and it was heavy. After two operations he was told by doctors he would not walk again,although the operation was successful. After 15 months he was walking again and after a few years was back on the board and surfing. For sure one of the worst moments I’ve experienced but with a happy ending.

Last Words:
I’ve enjoyed being in the mountains most with motivated people with the same interests and willing to push the limits,its been a pleasure. Thanks.

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Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Nick Hayter, Skier

Athlete Profile: Nick Hayter, Skier

British born Nick Hayter is an all-rounder on skis. He is unafraid to step up to the steep technical lines and big drops but it is his smooth fluid style that sets him apart from his British peers.

Nick Hayter St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Nick Hayter coming off the top, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

Date of Birth:
05 / 07 / 79

Nationality:
British

Home Mountain:
St. Anton Am Arlberg

Sponsors:
Scott, Sweet Protection

Favourite skis:
The Scott Stunt

Nick Hayter, Stuben am Arlberg, Austria

Nick Hayter entering the steep terrain off the back of Stuben.

How did you get involved in skiing?
I started skiing when I was 2 on family holidays to Switzerland. I didn’t have much say in it but have loved it ever since. I am very happy my parents got me into skiing though I am not sure that they are so happy about it anymore.

Inspirations:
Anyone who skis better than me or those who have been successful and made this lifestyle work for them

Plans for the future:
In the future I want to be able to ski more technically difficult terrain, stay safe, have fun and enter more competitions

Nick Hayter, St Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Nick Hayter launches off the backside of Rendl near St. Anton A.A.

Motivation:
I’m not sure what motivates me really. I guess I just love being up early and getting to ski all day with my friends. Always seems like the right thing to be doing.

Favourite spot:
A secret spot in the Arlberg, Austria.

Nick Hayter, St. Christoph Am Arlberg, Austria

Nick Hayter, St. Christoh Am Arlberg, Austria

Favourite country:
Switzerland is my favourite country because it’s where I have my earliest ski memories

Best moment:
It would have to be the days that you are not so sure about. Like the days when you think it has only snowed a little bit and you end up finding a proper little powder stash.

Nick Hayter leaping in Bachsiete in St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austri

Nick Hayter, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Worst moment:
Avalanches or injures. Both make me ask questions about the sport

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Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Jacob Slot, Telemarker

Athlete Profile: Jacob Slot, Telemarker

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot on Schindler, St. Anton am Arlberg

Ski-mountaineer Jacob Slot’s exploits have taken him to some extraordinary places from the minefields of Afghanistan to the high peaks of the Patagonian ice-cap. He has achieved numerous first descents around the world and shows no sign of letting up.

Date of Birth:
01/09/74

Website:
www.piltriquitron.com

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot throwing the Austrian powdernear Langen am Arlberg

Nationality:
I’m a Danish passport holder but I class myself as a world citizen.

Home Mountain:
St.Anton am Arlberg and entire Patagonian Andes.

Sponsors:
Arc’teryx, Crispi, Black Diamond.

Favourite set of skis:
Black Diamond Zealots.

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot playing in the Austrian powder, St. Anton am Arlberg

Favourite spot:
Hielo continentales Patagonico (Patagonian ice-caps)

How did you get involved in skiing?
I’m over 30 and I don’t really remember anymore how it all started for me.

Plans for the future:
Explore more unskied terrain and do more fly fishing.

Favourite Country:
Patagonian Chile and Patagonian Argentina. Why do I like Patagonia so much? ……….no se

Jacob Slot, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria

Jacob Slot playing in the Austrian powder, St. Anton am Arlberg

Influences:
History and my girlfriend. By history I mean what people have explored before, where they went and what they did. All this influences my projects and ideas.

Motivation:
My motivation is my passion and obsession.

Best Moment:
When you feel ‘flow’.

Worst Moment:
A few which belong to the sport; one big storm in Patagonia, one avalanche in Chamonix and when my ACL broke.

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Posted by Richard in Athletes, Skiing, Sport
Athlete Profile: Barbara Zangerl, Boulderer

Athlete Profile: Barbara Zangerl, Boulderer

Barbara Zangerl, Pura Vida, 8a+/8b, Magic Wood, Switzerland

Barbara Zangerl, Pura Vida, 8a+/8b, Magic Wood, Switzerland

Austrian Barbara Zangerl is rising at a rapid rate through the climbing world. At just 20 years of age she is setting the pace for all to follow. She recently raised the stakes again by setting a new route called Pura Vida in Switzerland’s premier bouldering area, Magic Wood. Pura Vida (8b) is considered to be the hardest boulder climbed by a woman  .

 

How did you first get involved in climbing:
The first time I got in touch with climbing was when my brother took me to the climbing hall in Flirsch. That was at the age of 14. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. In 2002 I first climbed on real rock in Switzerland and in Tyrol…… that was great, lot of new places , lots of rock. That was much better than climbing indoor. Since that trip I knew that’s my sport.

What’s your local climbing areas:
Galtür in the Silvretta Mountains, Austria and Magic Wood in Averstal, Switzerland. These are very special places not far from my hometown. Galtür is a very cool place in Summer. There is always a good friction and the landscape is beautiful. In Spring I am often in the Magic Wood.

Climber, Barbara Zangerl

Climber, Barbara Zangerl

Favourite climbing area:
In 2006 I was in South Africa, Rocklands. This is my favourite climbing area. There are so many cool boulders, it’s a climbers paradise. But I’ve found good boulder problems in every area I’ve visited in the past. I like different rock and different styles of climbing.

What motivates you to keep climbing?
Climbing is a lot of fun, you have to concentrate just on moving! I like playing with the rock!!!!!! Having a good time with my friends, being outside in the nature and looking for new boulders. I like travelling to find new boulder problems. Basically, when I can do something on my limit, and I’ve worked really hard for it, I feel happy. It’s just an amazing feeling when you manage a move that you haven’t been able to do before.

What other types of climbing do you do. eg alpine, ice?
I like bouldering, climbing routes and alpine sport-climbing but I’ve never tried ice climbing.

Barbara Zangerl, Zwiederwurtz, 8a, Galtür, Austria

Barbara Zangerl, Zwiederwurtz, 8a, Galtür, Austria

What are some of your major accomplishments?
First place: Melloblocco 2006, 2007, 2008
First woman climbing: Pura vida 8a+/8b,
Niviuk 8a/+
X-Ray 8a
Team work 8a
Dr.Pintch 8a,
Rising sun 8a

A bit about bouldering competitions?
I started in some competitions in Austria last year and I will start in some more competitions next year. Climb competitions are exciting. With competitions you have to give it your best at exactly one moment. But for me bouldering on real rock is more important and more fun

Barbara Zangerl, Too young to die, 7a, Galtür, Austria

Barbara Zangerl, Too young to die, 7a, Galtür, Austria

Plans for the future:
At this time I’m still going to school, a medical technical school in Innsbruck. I’m in the last class so next year I will be finished. After school I want to travel more and go bouldering.

Sponsors:
Adidas, Black Diamond, FiveTen

Posted by Richard in Athletes, Climbing, Sport