“Growing up in a mountain town skiing was almost inevitable, in fact you were actually forced to participate in winter sports one way or the other. I liked skiing but snowboarding fascinated me from the first time I saw a snowboard. I didn’t even see someone actually snowboarding just a shiny blue board that was probably the same age as myself standing in the corner of my dad’s workshop were he fixed skis and handed out rentals. I can’t recall what exactly made me want to ride it in the first place, but I guess the fact that it was all alone, shiny and I had never seen something like it before, made it somewhat mysterious. I asked my dad if I could try it some time, he said: “sure!”.