Your boys AJ + Nate are back with this weeks The Not Snowboarding Podcast. This time around the guest is Antti Autti, holder of one of the greatest names in snowboard history. He’s not a shabby rider either…

 

“Episode #44 AJ and Nate connect with 31-year old Finnish snowboarder Antti Autti over Skype as he’s preparing to head to New Zealand for some backcountry shredding. Antti has been one of the main riders pushing superpipe progression over the past decade. He’s won tons of contests over the years including the X-games He also represented Finland in the 2006 Olympics where he very controversially ended up in fifth place after a nearly flawless run. We get into Antti’s thoughts on surfing and skateboardings recent admission into the 2020 olympics as well as his transition from competitive snowboarding to the backcountry.”

 

This episode covers:

Packing to head to New Zealand for a month in the backcountry.

Pow Surfing Skateboarding and Surfing in the Olympics

Mixed feelings on snowboarding in the Olympics

Heikki Sorsa’s mohawk

Stale Sandbech

The International Roller Sports Federation

Seven Springs Half-Pipe better than the Olympic pipe.

Both the US Open Laax Open having better set-ups than the Olympics

World Surf League Mick Fanning and the J-Bay Open

Anttie’s World Cup Banked Slalom Anttisworld.com

Transitioning from competitions to the backcountry

Blog posts: I am not gifted & Turning. Statements video series

Backstory to a line next to the tallest mountain in Sweden

Skateboarding in Finland

Cloudberries Nest Oil Company partnership

Listener questions: Mike Happy Bauer Uncle Rufus, Antti’s nicknames, Polar Bears, Advice for Antti’s younger self, Thoughts on the weather

 

Quotes from this episode:

“Surfing can handle this but Skateboarding might be in trouble.”

“Have really mixed feeling about the olympics…. with parks and pipes, there’s not that much imagination that they use. There’s actually not the all of the best snowboarders in the world there since each country can only have the top four.”

“Started in final and I only wanted to ride halfpipe… and the only way to get out (of Finland) was to do the FIS contests.”

“At the end of the day, I just want to snowboard.”

“Sponsors really need to find a way to promote their stuff at the olympics.”

“You have to put tape over your helmet because there’s a graphic (while competing in the olympics.”

“There’s always been major issues between snowboarding and the FIS… They ran the contests that I was doing really well… But it’s really bad when it comet to the the Olympics – they’re not using the top level guys to do build the pipe.”

“When the riders show up for a competitor like this – you need to have everything ready for them…. The weather should be the only thing that could affect the course.”

“US Open and the LaaX Open are made by snowboarders for snowboarders and you can tell.”

“Surfing already has a very established tour, the World Surf League… It just seems that it’s very clear in surfing – how they want to do things. I don’t think that people will give so much respect to the olympic winner.”

“I look up to how things are done in the World Surf League. It’s the most interesting tour in the worlds to me right now. You have no idea who is going to win because every wave is different.”

“They forgot about what’s super important in snowboarding – it’s the grassroots. There needs to be contests that are not so serious all the time.”

“I was living in this bubble that was like – I’m doing competions every weekend and doing good… Then you come out and you just want to…”

 

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