Recently we relaunched Fresh off the Hill – "the podcast and animation series with the best snowboarders in the world!"
Alongside the release of the first ever episode of the podcast, we launched a new website complete with lots of new content including bio pages for each snowboarder. My job as the co-creator – as well as to conduct interviews, design, edit podcasts and promote the show – is to write the copy for the entire website and all related marketing.
Here, I've made a collection of the bios I wrote for each snowboarder. Check out the website at www.freshoffthehill.com
Like all French people, Arthur wears a striped shirt, leaves a faint scent of onion lingering in his path and has a curly moustache. Well he at least has one tattooed on his finger. One of the most stylish transition riders out there and currently enjoying somewhat of a purple patch for a guy that has been otherwise underrated for a while. But like the good man he is, Arthur keeps it real with a solid range of video edits (see the recent Origins by Transworld Snowboarding), podium finishes and a huge grin.
Ben is one of those kids who restores faith in the future of snowboarding. The older of two brothers (the younger, Gabe), who are both bound for shred stardom in its truest form, has been blessing our screens for the past couple of seasons with a smooth style of snowboarding that's already distinctive to him. His video parts in Burton Presentsand Peace Park show that Ben is someone with a genuine passion and respect for the full tilt of snowboarding, which we are all too happy to witness.
For many people, Danny represents the epitome of what it means to snowboard. A preacher of the relatively age-old proverb, "it's all about having fun with your friends" (or Frends, as it were), the grizzly-faced Burton rider, Peace Park founder and summer festival owner is a welcome reminder that snowboarding isn't all about being the best. But, with back-to-back X Games Superpipe gold medals, he's certainly one of them!
Danny is a true modern day Viking, partly because he just refuses to cut his long dark locks, and especially because he's been shredding troll-infested woodland and beyond as hard as anyone in recent snowboarding memory. But don't let the demeanour dazzle you – Danny loves his cute cartoon movies and picking berries in his spare time. He's also an amazing artist, having turned his hand to intricate drawings inspired by his stunning Norwegian surroundings.
Freddy the Fox has been on the scene for some time now, having risen to prominence over a decade ago. He is as good on a skateboard as he is on a snowboard, with his insane style complimenting both sides, especially when it comes to transition riding. He has represented a few different sponsors over the years with his enthusiastic energy on and off the snow; now as one of the headline team riders for Vimana Snowboards straight out of Freddy's hometown of Stavanger, Norway.
Ingemar is a cool and collected Swedish legend who, back in the day, went big! Probably his most famous moment came in 1996 when he pulled a gargantuan 8.5m backside air out of the hip in Riksgransen, which earned him a bunch of magazine covers and a whole lot of respect. He competed in snowboarding's debut Winter Olympics in 1998, and later co-founded Allian Snowboards and the streetwear brand, WeSC.
JP is like a rabbit out of its burrow, hopping from kicker to cliff drop and chewing wildly on trees, all the while having filmed for such revered movie productions such as Absinthe Films' Transcendance (2001) and Robot Food's Afterbang (2002). When not pretending to be a fluffy buck, the Norwegian co-runs Yes Snowboards, the company established along with fellow pros Romain De Marchi and DCP after they broke away from Burton's UnInc brand.
Marte is a smiley, down-to-earth kinda lady who has been ripping it up at her local hill of Hafjell, Norway for the past few years. She won Breakthrough of the Year at the Norwegian Snowboard Awards in 2011 and has been representing her impressive roster of sponsors with her smooth moves since then. She is now taking time to focus her creative mind on a product design master's degree in Oslo, but continues to shred on a regular basis and keeping it cosy on the chairlift!
Fun-loving Mikey reflects the whole mix of snowboarding. From popularising knee-buckling acid drops, landing heavy parts with Mack Dawg Productions and Kingpin Films, slapping some fish in his face, forming KidsKnow Productions (who made the awesome LoveHate and Burning Bridges), setting up eco-aware outerwear brand Holden, and chugging a few stouts while at it; the Irish-Canadian is an unorthodox professional in the best kind of way.
Bang Bang, the proud Oslo local and Burton Global Team rider, has been throwing down hammers for what feels like decades. He burst onto the international scene as a young, cocky teenager, appearing in the groms section of Standard Films' White Balance (2003), and has since been a major player, winning a clutch of competition titles and more recently filming for the Burton Presents team videos. He's also a mean guitar player and pizza maker.
Pat Bridges & Danny Davis
Pat is like the bridge between professional snowboarding and the rest of us. As the creative director (previously editor-in-chief) of Snowboarder Magazine, his network within the industry is even bigger than his beard. So of course he hangs out with the big guns such as his chairlift chum and fellow furry frend, Danny Davis — and his cuddly bear, Ted.
Terje Haakonsen & Danny Davis
What is there left to say about Mr. Haakonsen? The Sprocking Cat out of Norway has been killing it pretty much since he stepped on a snowboard back in the '80s. He destroyed competition throughout the '90s; starred in some of the most groundbreaking snowboard movies of all time; famously shunned the Olympics in 1998; and absolutely smashed the highest air record at the Arctic Challenge in 2007. With Danny Davis joining Terje on the chair, this is some heavyweight pairing!
Ulrik Badertscher & Kim Rune Hansen
In the wild monkeys and cats have a questionable relationship. In the human world, Ulrik and Kim Rune from Norway have an unquestionable friendship. But we did ask them some questions... about monkeys and pussy cats, and some snowboard stuff. They're two riders at the top of their game, pulling wild tricks and roaming the contest jungle.