• GIGI RÜF

      • Interview

        What are your nicknames?
        Gigi, Gigismalls, Gigabyte, Giraffe

        What angles do you have your feet at on your snowboard?
        Front +18°, back +3°

        Favourite part about owning a snowboard company?
        Always the best boards.

        Plans for this winter?
        Release of Driven Movie, Minishred, learn some new tweaks and hike new terrain.

        Go to Slash board for this winter?
        ATV 10 Year Anniversary

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    • NILS BERGER

      • Interview

        Regular or goofy?
        Goofy

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Method

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        My home resort is Damuels/Mellau and that’s where I’ll be riding this winter.

        Slash board you ride for what terrain? Why?
        This year I’ve got a Slash ATV. It’s a good board for me because I don’t just shred in the park, I shred wherever I find a good spot that’s fun.

        What projects are in the pipeline this winter?
        My plan for this winter is to film good clips at spots that no one has seen before.

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    • DAN BARKER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        People have always called my brothers and I by our last name. I am the youngest, so I was always ‘Mini Bark’ or ‘Young Barker’.

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story 
        Well, I actually haven’t met him (I would very much like to). He is an idol to so many and has been for so long. Of course, I am beyond honoured and thankful to be a part of such an iconic brand / team.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular, but I try to ride switch a lot.

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Switch BS 5’s and BS rodeos. Love a good butter too.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I am very fortunate to have grown up in Whistler, BC, Canada. Our resort has so much to offer from a world class park, great amount of snowfall most seasons and lots of terrain; can go tree riding looking for cliffs and pillows, to searching for side hits and bombing runs by going as fast as you can builds for a great all-mountain experience/rider. So many talented people come to or out of this town and our backcountry is endless. Having a snowmobile here is a big deal.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I love the ATV because it’s a traditional camber board. It truly is an “all-terrain vehicle”- I ride it on any given day but mainly, it’s my park and rail set up.

        The Brainstorm is a great pow board because of its camrock structure. Last winter I started riding the Portal which has camrock as well, but the short tail allows for tight turns on steeper stuff and I’d never ridden a board with a shorter tail so it was lots of fun to get used to.

        The Aurora is the main reason I am riding Slash today. I bought one for racing because of its carbon, very stiff dual camber which allows for less drag under foot. Definitely the fastest board on the market.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        With the crazy world today, I would like to spend as much time in the backcountry as possible, filming, riding big lines, building jumps, and dropping cliffs, SLASHING POW!! It’s just the all-time dream of snowboarding in my eyes.

        Thank you for reading all,
        Tribe called Slash.

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    • JACCO BOS

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Wacko Jacko,

        Mr.Bos and my gf’s favourite : Kacco 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        KTO! I started riding on Slash boards through a local shop on a sponsor-less summer. I tested out everything but just simply fell in love with the Slash Happy Place (155W). It’s a totally different board than I had liked before but it just worked perfect for me and was super strong. So going to KTO, I heard Gigi would be there. I have to admit, I’m from a younger generation, so I didn’t really know what he looked like! But after 1.5 day searching and then a very awkward hello, we chatted a bit and got along soooo great. Gigi is such a likeable guy, and I love working for him and riding his decks 🙌.

        Regular or goofy?
        Learned it goofy, probably should have been regular 🤷‍♂️😂

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        To see: Backside double 10

        To do: Big gaps to bs lip

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Well, I’m Dutch… so no such thing as a home mountain! Ha! Innsbruck aka Patscherkofel & Nordkette are where you’ll find me this winter.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        For park/street/pow, I’ve found a magic stick that shreds all! The Happy Place is agile, responsive but forgives enough as well for rails and street. It’s not the softest but the way it flexes I haven’t managed to snap any of them, which is saying a lot with my board history.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I’m super stoked to be transitioning into a filming role more this winter. So you’ll see me doing my best to keep up with Gigi, with a camera in my hand! Stoked to share some more Gigi content with y’all!

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    • GREG BRETZ

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Hambone

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi for the first time was when we were on Nike. First time I rode with him was at the first JLA banked slalom. The course was super gnarly and real long. He showed up late for practice after getting hammered all night and boy, was he hungover. I think we both ended up blowing up on the course after grenading into one of the hairpin turns.

        Regular or goofy?
        There’s no correct foot forward for me.

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Method

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Mammoth Mountain.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        ATV until the end of time. Hands down best twin all-around board on the planet.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I’ve got a few house projects I’ve been putting off since my daughter was born so I’m going to plan around those.

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    • GEOFF BROWN

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        BrownTown, Brown Face, Spike, GBSnow

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Met Gigi at a tradeshow in Denver. He had the smallest booth in the entire tradeshow but the longest line. I expected him to be this wild guy considering how he rides. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he’s a quiet, humble, and friendly person.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Front 3, not too many things feel better than a solid poked front 3

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Whistler, BC

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Brainstorm for most backcountry and resort riding. This board is the absolute best thing I’ve ever strapped my feet to. On super deep pillow days, I’ll bust out the Portal or the Vertical depending how heavy the snow is.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        We’re working on releasing the fifth season of Out of Service

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    • KATLYN DAVIES

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Kat Dawg, Kat Man

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Back in 2020, I was working at a local bed & breakfast in Revelstoke called Valley Retreat where I was cooking breakfast for the crew. Gigi, John J and Victor were all filming for the movie Driven at the time. While the boys were getting ready for the day, I’d be doing my thing in the kitchen and talking with them about what the plans were for the day. On one of the last days, the boys were in town so me, Ryan (the owner of Valley Retreat) and some homies built a step down off the roof of the B&B for Gigi and the boys to sesh. It was super rad to watch them shred the line and get stoked on it.

        Regular or goofy?
        Always been goofy but love it switch it up 😉

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        I love a phat bs 360. It’s gotta be one of the best feelings. Keep it simple.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I’m from a small town in Alberta where I learnt to ski/snowboard. Nothing but manmade snow out there.

        I’ve been riding Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the past 8 winters and will be for the foreseeable future.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        For jibby park laps and slushy side hit days I’ve been rippin the Happy Place 156, it’s been a great all-around resort board. When it’s dumping or if ya want to get some mad turns in on some fresh cord The Vertical 157 is my go too.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Mostly to get out touring a lot more, been slacking on that as it’s too easy to hit the resort for some laps before work. Got a few ideas for some edits throughout the season. Keep it real.

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    • MANUEL DIAZ

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Ratoncito

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I was supposed to film with Absinthe in Juneau, Alaska, but I ended up snaking into his crew in Haines as they were flying with the pirates and had an empty seat, that was my first trip to Alaska.

        Regular or goofy?
        Gufi

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        bs 540

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Fare

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Natural, Brainstorm and ATV, for all types of terrain

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        ‘Driven the Movie’ by the pirates, and at present, 1 local project.

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    • BENJI EWENS

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Benj / Sketchy Benji

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I bought a Slash ATV in Austria and rode it for a season doing a few freeride comps. When Spring rolled around, I went to Kaunertal glacier for the Soul Shred event, and that’s when I noticed a guy wearing a hoodie with same design as my board. When I pointed this out to him, he pointed out to that he was the guy that made the board. For the rest of Soul Shred, myself, Gigi, and a few other Slash team riders spent the days riding together having a great time.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Miller flips

        Home resort, and resort riding this winter?
        Turoa Mt Ruapehu.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        The ATV all the way! Not only for the backcountry/ freeride comps but it’s also great for carving the piste and going large off of side hits, as well as having enough playfulness to have a good time in the park.

        What projects are in the pipeline this coming winter?
        Hoping to continue competing on the FWQ in order to make it onto the FWT

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    • BROOKS FINLINSON

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Finny/ Brooklyn / Krooklyn

        How and when did you first met Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        For a long time whilst I was coming up, I knew I wanted to be a part of Slash, so I started emailing Gigi all the Transworld edits I was featured in! After 2 years of watching me progress, both with my riding and style, Gigi put me on the team and invited me to come meet him in Mt. Hood for the Slash takeover week at High Cascade! From day 1, we ended up shredding hard all day and partying harder all night! Since then, we’ve been boyz and it’s been game on.

        Regular or goofy?
        Goofy! But because I’m ambidextrous, so most of my tricks are switch.

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Backside 720

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Snowbird! This year I’ll be riding there, as well as Park City and wherever else I travel.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Park/streets- I ride the Slash Happy Place 155w. That’s the board that made me want to ride for Slash; it brings you to a whole new level of confidence with how smoothly it bends on rails and how much flex it has with butters and park ollies! Truly the best park board out there.

        Powder- the Slash Straight 161. Has ultimate slash capability with amazing edge control! When you’re powering down a fast line or through bumpy chunder your guaranteed to stay on your feet and in control.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I’ve been trying to set up a new monthly web series with Justin Olsen featuring edits from Snowbird and Park City each month! Hopefully that goes through, and I might make some cameos in other edits/films as well! Either way, I’m always out getting shots.

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    • JORDON FRAGER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Fragnar

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        The first time I met Gigi was at LBS a few years back and man was it a hoot. A couple days after the banked slalom we all caravaned to Wenatchee for the dealer demo and one night we ended up at the Buzz Inn (always lends for a good time). It was a pretty mellow night until we started using the laminated menus as skateboards. We turned it into a skate contest by seeing who could stomp the most combos on and off of inanimate objects in the bar. We didn’t make a lot of friends that night but damn was it a riot. I’ll always remember that time.

        Regular or Goofy?
        Goofy for the most part but spend a lot of time regular. Switch pow riding is too fun.

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Hard to pick one but if I had to… Back Rodeo Tai-pan

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Steven’s Pass forever and always will have my heart. This year Snowbowl in Flagstaff has my ticket.

        Slash board(s) you ride and for what terrain. Why?
        Right now, I’m bouncing between the 154 Portal and the 157 Vertical. Portal for laying deep euro carves and flying through pow because it’s a full-on powerhouse with an insane sidecut and 20mm taper. Vertical for pretty much everything else because I can take it anywhere and it never fails.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        There’s nothing too crazy in the books because we just recently had a baby boy. Future ripper in the works! In cool news, I did get offered a side gig as a personal freestyle coach which I’m super pumped about. Hoping to at least take one big trip, but I have no expectations and I’m just happy to be taking turns at all.

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    • JOSH GALLEN

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        J, JGal, Bug

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I first met Gigi in 2003, when I was 9!  My dad was a cameraman for Absinthe. My whole family got to tag along the winter that they were filming for POP. We lived in Val D’illiez, Switzerland for the winter and rode the Portes du Soleil every day. One day, Gigi, Romain, and Trevor Andrews were hitting some jumps on the Avoriaz side. Gigi started bonking some roof a little way down. My introduction to jibbing, I think. I followed him down. He told me he’d give me a beanie if I hiked back up and got his backpack for him. I still have the beanie!

        Regular or goofy?
        Regs

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Back 7, or Frontside 180’s no grab – Nico style (I try)!

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Crested Butte, Colorado. I’ll be back there this winter!

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I switch between the Portal and the ATV regularly. I like them both all the time and anywhere!

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        This winter I’d like to film and produce a proper full part!

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    • SIMON HOLZKNECHT

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Holzi

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi for the first time in 1993 at a boardercross comp in St.Christoph in Arlberg. There’s too many good times to name one just one funny story.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Bs 180

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Arlberg maybe, gonna enjoy some Swiss pow.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Gonna shred the ATV and the Straight as I can use both boards for all terrains. Although, I use the ATV more on jumps and I prefer using the Straight on the deep days.

        What projects are in the pipeline for this upcoming winter?
        Nothing special right now. Mainly, I’m just gonna go out and have fun shredding.

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    • STUART INNES

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Stu, Magic Hands

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Hintertux opening; the weather was terrible, and every other board demo stand sacked it off and went home. Gigi, Roli, Jacco and me stayed in the rain/snow and wind trying to keep the tent up. We ended up shredding this PVC tube next to the stand and Gigi made us teach him the rail tricks that he didn’t know the names for, but he did them all first try. It was rad and despite being the legend he is he just hung out and messed around with us like one of the young guns.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Frontboard or Front 3

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I grew up riding dry slope, then when I was 17, I moved to Mayrhofenm and that’s where I’ll be based again this winter.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Slash ATV 154 – To be honest the name says it all, it’s an all-terrain vehicle and I hate having to choose what I’m gonna shred in the morning. If I go up with the ATV, I know I’m covered whether I shred jumps, rails or take some pow laps. In addition, despite what many other “rail kids” say, I prefer a stiffer board, even on the rails. My theory is if your board bends less you don’t get bounced around as much by rail kinks and it’s easier to stay balanced.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Hopefully a bunch of rail jams pre-season and then some pow jump and street rail filming? Exactly what project I’ll film for, is still being decided.

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    • JONAS JOHANN INSAM

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)
        Jonny, Johnson, Jay Jay or Karl

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi the first time when I was a little kid, because we’re from the same region in Austria and my dad, who has a board store, used to support Gigi in his early years, so I kinda knew Gigi from there. But at KTO a few years ago, I arrived at the Testival area after a heavy night of partying, when I saw somebody waving in my direction from around 20 metres away.

        It took me a second to realise who it was, but then he shouted: “Hey Jonny, you remember me? It’s me. Gigi!”. I was thinking like… Are you joking me? You are the damn legend up here and ask me if I still know you. It really showed me how down to earth this man is and I’m super thankful for the possibility to ride his boards.

        Regular or goofy?
        No, I’m not regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Bs 180 for ever! It’s a feeling

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I moved to Innsbruck last winter so I’m snowboarding around here mostly. Before that, my home resort was definitely in backyards of Brandnertal. I learnt how to snowboard there when I was 4 and it´s always a pleasure to come back home. Nothing but good memories.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I got hooked up by Gigi last year and my first Slash board was the Brainstorm 163W. It worked perfectly for me, but I always wanted something more directional, so Gigi came up with the idea to add another length to the Vertical that fits my size (I’m 197cm haha). So that’s how I ended up with a Vertical 167W. I take her for a walk in the backcountry in the morning. Then we have some fast and deep turns for lunch and end up in the park goofing around in the afternoon. We just work very well together. Thank you, Gigi, for being my wingman.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I don’t have any real projects going on. I’m just stoked to go shred again and have a good time. But I really want to go film some street spots with the homies and also hit some pow hopefully. We’ll see. Always with tha flow.

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    • WILL JACKWAYS

      • Interviews

        Nickname(s)?
        WillJ

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        On a Volcom team trip in N.Z; we rode together and hung out.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Riding powder with friends and a Method

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Cardrona / Treble Cone

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Slash Vertical 161 and Slash ATV 158

        I enjoy the ATV for everyday riding and then the Vertical when there is fresh snow around.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        This summer I’ll be based here in NZ and unfortunately won’t travel to the northern hemisphere, so no winter projects for me. I’ll enjoy spending time with family and will get stoked seeing other people’s winter adventures 🙂

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    • YUTA KOBAYASHI

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Koiya or Unagi

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        The first time I met Gigi was in Sapporo, Japan, about 19 years ago. I don’t think I remember Gigi, but I remember coming to Sapporo for some event and Gigi hiding champagne in his clothes. I met Gigi at the party the night after that. Our next meeting after that was when Gigi came to Hakuba on a Freeride World Tour.

        Regular or goofy?
        R

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Powder turn Powder jump and Front 7

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Hakubavalley

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I’m basically just powder riding at the moment, so I’m using a Slash Vertical. I’m looking forward to using a Slash Straight this year.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I stopped releasing this year, so I could continue to shoot for the full movie. And, if the project goes through, I may do a side project & hit up the park as well as using the natural terrain with my friends at Happoone on my home Gelande.

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    • ANTHONY LESSARD

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Tony, T-Rex

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Gigi and I have only talked on the internet so far, so I’m looking forward to meeting one of my favourite snowboarders 🙌

        Regular or goofy?
        Christmas 1991: My cousin and I got our first snowboards as a gift. Same board but one was set goofy and the other regular, I chose the regular! ✔🤝

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Frontside 360 indy

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Stoneham, QC Canada is my home resort, but I call Whistler, BC Canada home now.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        My favourite is the Brainstorm 157cm for park and the Brainstorm 160 for everything else. It’s an all-terrain board, you can do pretty much everything with that beast! I also use a Slash Aurora when I race or when I want to do some carving.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Film as much as I can in the backcountry, compete in banked slaloms and boarderstyle.

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    • DAVID LOIBL

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Dave

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi in 2012 at Alton Premium Board Store, since then I’ve been with Slash.

        We don’t live far from each other, so every now and then we meet up in Damüls or, sometimes we run into each other by chance in our region.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Front 720

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Damüls and Damüls

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Slash ATV (159w) in every terrain.

        The pop, precision and power of this board is everything I need.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Last year we had a movie project for Damüls, now we’re happy to be able to say it’s going to be a two-year project.

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    • SÉBASTIEN MÉTÉNIER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Snowbast

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Back during a winter without too much fresh snow, I was looking for an aggressive board and a shop (Backside) in Verbier gave me a Slash ATV.

        On the first try, I really fell in love with how this board worked so well on hard snow….and then when it starts to snow heavily, the ATV is fantastic in the powder too!!!! So, every winter I crack out my Slash ATV!!!

        Then, it was almost impossible to find Slash.

        It was just at the time when Gigi had to change factories to make his boards. So, one day in the extreme of Verbier, I was lucky enough to see Gigi. I was so happy that I jumped on him telling him that his boards are the best in the world… I think I was a little strong there and that scared him!! But he gave me his phone number and that at a later time, I was going to receive new boards. However, we had a problem – I didn’t understand anything when he spoke to me on the phone because my English is really poor. Luckily, I managed to understand that he was in Avoriaz, so I said to wait for me as I was only 2 hours away… Gigi come and got me as they were riding in Verbier. I came back with Gigi to Verbier where we rode some super cool lines and filmed to a board test. Gigi is really incredible to ride with! It was like a dream. I gave everything and when we arrived down the mountain, he told me to become a Slash ambassador.

        I’m so happy, it gave me a new boost after 33 years of snowboarding. I still have the same joy of riding and now even more with my Slash.

        Regular or goofy?
        Goofy

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Half Cab, 360 Mute, Hit a quarter to slash

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        My 2 favourite places are Las Lenas and Verbier.

        I’m now living in Verbier, and I love to go to small ski resorts like Bruson, La Fouly or Les Arcs

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I love the Vertical for all the terrains.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        This winter I’m in charge of the web TV of Verbier which gives me the opportunity to ride every day, at any time of day – even before or after the opening of the slopes!

        It’s so good.

        I also have a TV show being broadcast in South America and I’m going to do some reports in the ski resorts of the Alps. And of course, I will share the best moments of winter on the networks.

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    • CASEY MITCHELL

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Spacecase, Space

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I was gripping a skateboard on the street in Government Camp, Oregon. I was cutting up my grip tape in a weird way and someone walks up to me and says “ohhhh that’s cool”. I looked up and freaked out because it was none other than Gigi himself! I started riding for Slash, maybe 2 years later thanks to Gigi and Andy Glader.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Frontside 540 or 720 Tailgrab

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone, North Carolina but I’m currently at Mt. Hood Skibowl!

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Spectrum 157 for most things, ATV 156 for street, Portal 159 for pow plowing.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Filming with Chuuch and Sangwich as usual 🙂 And also filming some shit of my own!

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    • SAMUEL NELSON

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Nightmare Nelson, hopefully you’ll never meet him.

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        When I was Euro TM for Dragon so would be wayyy back, maybe the funniest story is probably Gigi’s drunkest story, so we’ll save that for the bar…

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        That I can still do… probably a big ol’ Back 1, or some kind of grab where the board comes to me rather than me have to bend down for it.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I’m based out of Morzine, France but hopefully I’ll get all across Europe for some slides with the Dragon team and industry people along the way.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Last year my Brainstorm Split got a lot of action, what with French lifts being shut. This year I’m looking forward to playing about on The Happy Place as it’s pretty forgiving for an old (try hard) timer like myself.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Still searching for that illustrious industry cover on Boardsport Source, there’s also a big Dragon deal in the works…

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  • BOARD

    ATV
    • KEALA KAI POLENDEY

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Suspectsketch, Suspect, Sketch, Kaiguy, Kaispice, Cookie, Kiki and Kai Kai.

        Regular or goofy?
        Goofy footed

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Layback back 3.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Timberline lodge; riding Timberline/Skibowl this winter.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I ride the Slash ATV for everything, from groomer to pow and from rails to jumps. It really does it all, the name speaks for itself.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I’m hoping to film with the Chuuch and Sangwich crew for another Sangwich DVD if there is one? I don’t really know, I just plan on having fun with my friends.

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      ATV
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    • LOUIS PURUCKER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Loui P

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        We’ve yet to meet properly. Over the years our paths have crossed every now and then; mainly in Wanaka in the mid 2000’s and at the Snow Park NZ days (R.I.P), however we still haven’t met officially.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regs, (for some reason it gets called Natural here in NZ).

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        This changes… depends on the day! Front 3s or wildcats just seem to be tricks you can do anywhere anytime, and I love that. Like, some bigger tricks definitely feel better, but it isn’t often the day for them. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find a spot to do a front 3 or wildcat on any day in any conditions.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        I’m currently based in the Club Fields in the South Island. The New Zealand Club Field experience is truly unique. Penkin, Mayrhofen, and Tirol are home to me too.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        The Vertical is actually an absolute beast, I enjoy riding it everywhere. The flex pattern makes it so pop-y. I ride it with my stance centred.

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    • JONA RÜF

      • Interview

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Since my first second of my life.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        180

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Damüls

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Happy Place 142 for park and powder

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Travelling to Baldface in Canada

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    • OSKAR RÜF

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Oski

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        At my birth

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Method

        Home resort or resort riding this winter?
        Damüls

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Splash kids board – it takes me everywhere because Gigi made it like that for me!

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Learning front flips!

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    • STEFANIE RÜF-KOHLER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Steffi

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I first met Gigi in kindergarten, when we were 5

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Riding powder

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Damüls / Diedamskopf

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Happy Place 46 (park and slopes) and Vertical Split 51

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Snowboarding as much as possible.

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    • TIMMY SCHRÖDER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Timmy Shredder

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Hintertux/Kaunertal Opening. I came up to the glacier with my old board split in half and old bindings mounted… Meeting Gigi, Holzi, Adi and Roli at the Testival, I had to try out every single Slash board and when I came back down, I really didn’t want to give any board back.

        After a big business meeting in Adis’ yellow VW van, I was sure: I wanted to be part of the team.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Method

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Arlberg

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Vertical for freeride: Best overall, any conditions, any terrain shred-gun.

        Vertical for touring: It’s the vertical and it splits, any more questions?

        ATV for park and everything else: Switch, Pow, Park and everything in between. All-Terrain Vehicle is a fitting name.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        Arlberg Film Project: The Arlberg, famous for its terrain, snow and many freeriders.

        In between untracked big-mountain lines and fields full of “wedel-turns”, we want to capture the essence of this beautiful mountain and why people like Gigi, Nadine Wallner, Mikaela Hollsten and Dino Flatz + me keep exploring here: The Arlberg-Effect.

        FWQ Episodes: Having done many seasons competing on the Freeride World Qualifiers, I teamed up with Nuria Castan Baron to get an insight into the competition world of the sport and show me what it takes to get into the Freeride World Tour. (Hopefully qualifying for the Tour will be a part of that!).

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    • RAPHAEL STIFTER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        AfroRaph, Raphdog

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I first met Gigi at the KTO Slash Testival booth. I was looking for a new board and wanted a Slash cause some friends of mine had one and were huge fans, so I went for it. After a little chat with Gigi about each board I chose to test the Brainstorm.

        BUT since I had no bindings, he simply took his, mounted it & wished me a hell of a ride with a big smile from one ear to another.

        I went for it and was stoked as hell, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

        Regular or goofy?
        Reggae

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Todeo7

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Serfaus is the resort where I got into snowboarding and still love it there. Long jib lines with kickers at the bottom and lots of sunshine. I’m living in Innsbruck now, so definitely will be shredding at Nordkette & Patscherkofel a lot.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        The Brainstorm is currently the board I’m riding cause it’s fulfilling all my backcountry & park needs in one board. I love how it floats in pow with its rockered nose and how it still serves with a pop-y response on the jumps.

        The Happy Place is the one I’m taking to the street missions and yes, it makes me happy!

        I also like the splitboard, there’s nothing like wandering through lonely places, aiming for lines and riding though untouched pow.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        This winter I wanna go explore the backcountry a lot more; there are still so many faces waiting to be ridden so I’m curious to see how many we’ll get.

        I’m also looking forward to hitting the streets with the boys. Jacco is always hyped to go for a shoot, and I’ve got a list of spots that need to be checked off. Let’s wait and see for where we get out to and what we create to share with you guys.

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    • JAMES SWEET

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        James Sweet or just ‘Sweet’

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi in London filming some bits for Dragon’s 25th anniversary, he sang them happy birthday!

        Funny story: Watching Jamie Lynn sing ‘London Bridge is falling down’ in the middle of London Bridge, except we were on a totally different bridge.

        Regular or goofy?
        Goofy

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        I love frontside air tailbones and stalefishes so much.

        Home resort or resort riding this winter?
        I don’t have a home resort, but recently I’ve been enjoying Ruka, Finland, and travelling to as many places as possible. My top two would be Jackson Hole, and Chamonix… for the speed and natural hits 🤍

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I ride the Vertical 61W for surfy fun and the ATV when I need to power up.

        What projects are in the pipeline for this upcoming winter?
        This winter I am supporting the UK’s Paralympic team through several contests and in my downtime, I’ll be filming clips and enjoying photography in the places we go…

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    • SHOGO TAKAI

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Shogo

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I met Gigi for the first time in January 2014. It was the time he came to Tokyo, Japan to present the 14/15 model. I changed my plans in a hurry in order to meet him. It was a long-time dream of mine to see him, so I was very ecstatic! It is a feeling very similar to going out on a date with a beautiful girl for the first time.

        We were scheduled to meet on the presentation site. But to my surprise, I met him at the Miyashita Park. It was a sudden meeting, so I was a bit tense.

        After a month, we met again in Mt. Baker, LBS. This time, I was able to relax and actually have a great time. I was given support by Slash as they were just starting their business. I was very thrilled and in high hopes that together, we would be able to create history together forever.

        I will be always grateful to Gigi. He has a great heart and is a true gentleman.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        My most favourite trick to do is a Tweak and Crail Indy.

        bs 180 is also one of my favourites.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        It really depends on the snow conditions either at the ski resort or in the backcountry, up mountains in the Hida area.

        Most of the time, I am in Nagareha or Hirayu Ski Resort.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I prefer Portal for powder snow. Portal makes the best buoyant and manoeuvrability. It is the perfect match for me and I’m ecstatic whenever I use it.

        Other snow types, I will choose the ATV. With this board, I can go faster because of its outstanding stability and ease of control.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        During the winter season this year, I plan to take videos and photos of my snowboarding activity and share it to SNS. Hopefully anyone that sees my videos can get excited too!

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    • OLGA TRUNOVA

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Ollie, like a trick

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        Ha, that is funny. I was at some art festival of extreme sports, and on my way out I saw a crowd of people, standing around a table, where a pro-rider was signing his pics. Back then snowboarding was new to me, only my second season and I didn’t know his name, so I wanted to go home. And then someone walked out of the crowd carrying an outstanding poster displaying style in the backcountry! I stood in the line and waited… only so I could get that poster, haha. And it has been hanging above my table all these years 🙂

        Regular or goofy?
        100% regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Air: Fs 3 Stalefish

        Rails: Fs Lipslide Pretzel Out

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        Roza Khutor used to be my home resort (Sochi, Russia), but now I am more focused on higher mountains, so I moved to Elbrus and am planning to spend most of the season there.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        Happy Place 146 is my perfect park board and it’s quite different from the Burton Feelgood I used to ride before. The differences are most felt on the rails, those flat zones under the bindings kinda stick you to the rail and any trick feels a lot more comfortable to do. Vertical 151 is my freeride board, it is pure love, the best board I’ve ever had!

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I am planning to do official freestyle competitions and also, try myself at FWQ for fun.

        Apart from that I want to continue my media project about snowboarding in Russia (trunova.net)

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    • ROLI TSCHODER

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Roli and sometimes Paznauner

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        I can’t really remember when I met Gigi the first time… I think it was back in my childhood when my room was poster-ed with his mag shoots and I got the movie “Walk the plank” from the pirates. Years later, I met him, and Holzi, at Stubai-Glacier and we went for a shred together. A couple of runs later, he asked why I was riding with a broken board and then asked if I would like to ride a fresh Slash snowboard. I was totally stoked!!! A dream come true 💯💥🍻✌️

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular since day one

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        Backflip and Onefoots are tricks for the soul and me. I also like Methods

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        My home mountain is Ischgl. I’ve been riding there since my childhood. Basically, I’m riding everywhere around the Alps, mainly Tirol and Vorarlberg. In the autumn and spring, I love riding Kaunertal and Hintertux, both in and out of the season.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        ATV: I use this board for every terrain and it’s super nice for carving and hitting big jumps.

        Spectrum: I use this in the park and on the powder

        Happy Place: I like using this for playful riding and it’s the best for Onefoots because all the little mistakes are forgiven

        Vertical Split: I need to get high up. Touring, exploring, adventures, and peaks. If you want to check it, out watch Rolyssee.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I haven’t really got a strict plan. I’ll do this winter the same as I did last year’s: Go shred every day and try to have as much fun as possible. We will also try to capture it on video or get some pictures.

        I will be at the Arthur Longo “Spot to Spot” SHE Event, Spring Classics in Kaunertal, and Soulshred hosted by Slash.

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  • BOARD

    ATV
    • COLIN WHALEN

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        Chollin or Coach Chollin.

        My lil’ sis calls me Bub.

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story.
        Before meeting Gigi, I met our regional rep, Dustin Anderson through my good friend Joey Carnera. I threw Gigi an email telling him how much I loved the boards and wanted to be a part of Slash and Dustin started hooking me up. Eventually, I met Gigi at the 32nd Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom where we cut out a quarter pipe on top of hemispheres with Jay Hergert and Andy Glader and had one of the most fun sessions I’ve ever had up there. We proceeded to wreak havoc all weekend while staying at a dark cabin off the grid about a quarter mile from the Canadian border. The funniest part was trying to play ping pong in a dark garage lit by headlamps. Don’t think anyone could remember who won.

        Regular or goofy?
        My first lesson, I was taught to ride regular, but I knew I was goofy. That made it super hard to learn how to turn on my toes, so I kept going heel side and just switching goofy to regular all the way down the hill. Then one day, years later, my back binding got loose and turned to a positive angle, making my stance double positive, and everything just clicked… and I’ve been goofy ever since.

        Favourite snowboard trick.
        A Fat Grasser or Frontside Air 360 off the toes

        Home resort and resort riding this year?
        My home resort is Mt. Hood Skibowl, but I’ve been at Baker for 8 winters now and don’t think I’m going anywhere soon.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        I have quite the quiver now and will take out each board at least once a winter. The 158 ATV is my go-to freestyle/resort board because of how stable and quick to respond it is. Super-fast edge to edge control and perfectly balanced swing weight.

        The 161 Vertical is what I take up high for deep and open powder riding. Never ridden such a fast and stable board. The camber in the tail can take some seriously harsh landings with ease.

        The 159 Portal comes out when I want to lay out some serious carves. That thing is so wide, and the progressive side cut just suits that board’s shape perfectly.

        Finally, the 159 Wide Straight is my storm boarding board. Super snappy and responsive with an amazing shape for free styling in the deep stuff and riding out of harsh landings. The Straight was also the board that introduced me to Slash. A classic, I’m so glad it’s back in the lineup.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        The main goal is to ride as much powder as I can and stay healthy. I’m hoping to get some days in with Jay at Alpental and some pow night boarding there too. I’m also planning a trip to eastern Oregon with some buds to go ride some powder at the end of February. Powder, powder, powder!!!

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      ATV
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    ATV
    • TOMMY (THOMAS) WOLF

      • Interview

        Nickname(s)?
        The Wolf

        How and when did you first meet Gigi? Tell us a funny story
        It was early season (November) a few years back. It was the first decent snowfall of the season, and I was heading to St. Christoph in Arlberg to meet some friends to go shredding. A lot of my local riding buddies happened to be there, as well Gigi. We were dropping off from a hotel roof, Fabian Fraidl was filming a street spot, and we were hitting a fun powder jump. Roli Tschoder tried some fs Double 10s. Wild!

        I was impressed by Gigi’s technical easiness and style when he was sending it on the jump. Very calm in the air. When speaking to him he was very humble and easy going. That day I only had my Äsmo (powdersurfer) with me and I even tried to send it off the jump as well. It was a blast. One of the best days.

        Regular or goofy?
        Regular

        Favourite snowboard trick?
        I love to watch spins that have a weird axis. Handplants are my favourite to do.

        Home resort and resort riding this winter?
        My home resort is Hoch Ötz. I’ll be moving around different resorts this winter and possibly spending some time riding in Switzerland again this season.

        Slash board(s) you ride for what terrain? Why?
        The ATV is really the board I was looking for. It performs so well in every kind of situation. I like to ride jumps, rails, powder, groomers, and I love that I can do all of those things with it. The flex is playful making it fun to jib and to do butters, it holds the edge very well while carving, and has good stability when going high speed.

        What projects are in the pipeline this upcoming winter?
        I am trying to spend as much time in the mountains as I can, and I’m a splitboard guide, so of course will be guiding some tours. Splitboarding is an awesome way to connect with nature and share the spirit of snowboarding.

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      ATV
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AMBASSADORS

  • Greg Bretz

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: ATV 158

  • Carson Wiser

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: Portal 154

  • Colin Whalen

    • LOCATION: Mount Baker, USA

    • BOARD: Vertical 161

  • Jona Rüf

    • LOCATION: Vorarlberg, Austria

    • BOARD: Splash 129

  • Kevin Holmes

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: Happy Place 55w

  • Oskar Rüf

    • LOCATION: Vorarlberg, Austria

    • BOARD: Splash 120

  • Simon Holzi

    • LOCATION: Vorarlberg, Austria

    • BOARD: Brainstorm 160

  • Steffi Rüf-Kohler

    • LOCATION: Vorarlberg, Austria

    • BOARD: Vertical 151

  • Will Jackways

    • LOCATION: New Zealand

    • BOARD: ATV 158

  • Mitch Cheek

    • LOCATION: Canada

    • BOARD: ATV 156

  • Séb Méténier

    • LOCATION: Verbier, Switzerland

    • BOARD: Vertical 157

  • Jamal Awugudallah

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: Happy Place 154

  • Loui Purucker

    • LOCATION: Minneapolis, USA

    • BOARD: Vertical 157

  • Brek Leines

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: Brainstorm 160

  • Dustin Anderson

    • LOCATION: USA

    • BOARD: ATV 158