Osa

Osa

Who brought you into snowboarding? Have you given him any thanks for his influence?

I went to ski school and trained with a coach there. His name was Vladimir Vasilyevich Lopatnikov. I told him I was grateful, and I still respect him. And to real snowboarding I was brought by our local riders Maxim Balahovskiy (Baloo) and Sasha Moroz. They helped me to start my career in snowboarding. Especially Moroz. We are still good friends with them and I guess they know how much I respect them and for sure I’ll have a chance in the future to thank them..

 

Who was your local hero?

Baloo was my local hero. He is one of the first people, who started riding and jumping in Kamchatka. Well I guess you can say he was the one who brought snowboarding to Kamchatka.

 

Where and when was your first snowboard pic published? What trick was it? did you land it?

My first pic was publiched in a newspaper Kamchatka News or something. It was a picture from a local contest made by some of their journalists. The pic was so bad (you know, like when you can only see sky and a guy holding grab) that I couldn't figure out what trick it was, so can't really say if I landed it…

 

Where was your first video appearence with what music(local snowboardmovie...)?

My first ever video profile was in a local Kamchatka video “Made In China” and there was this pank-rock song “I’m a loser”in it – I don’t know the name of the band, but it was good punk-rock stuff.

 

How did you get your first sponsor?

My first ever sponsor was skateshop “552”. I think it was in 2000.. The guys from the shop were my friends. They decided that I was a gifted rider and presented me a board, and afterwards they gave me a discount for the equip in their shop. Then the 552 shop closed down and I started riding for Alliance board shop. That was a new step: I got boards and stuff for free from them. There were two of us riding for this shop – two rappers – me and my good friend Korova. And in 2003 Moroz and photographer Vitaliy Mikhailov brought me to the Burton office in Moscow. I got lots of new stuff and money for the trip to Austria. That was the first time in my life that I saw that much money.. So I went to Austria to ride and there I met Yuri Kolobov – general manager or Burton in Russia – and after that I got my real contract with Burton.

 

Would you still ride as much as you can, if no one would support you (no sponsors, no filmers and photographers) ?

For sure, I would still ride as much as I can! But I wouldn’t try that many new tricks I guess.. Just taking it easy and ride for myself. Now when I’m representing a brand I have to push myself to the new level of riding all the time, because there are so many talented kids nowadays..

 

What is your favorite moment on the mountain?

My favorite moment is when it is good weather, warm, no wind and I’m riding just for me – then I’m totally happy.

 

What is the worst time during the time on the mountain?

Worst moments are when you get injured or when there’s bad weather and you can’t find a backcountry spot for the trick u want.

 

How important is the time on the mountain for you?

That’s the most important for me! Being alone in the nature, far away from all the stress and fuss of the city..  sooo good.

 

How important is music for you on a snowboard movie?

For 100%! if that's the music that rider chooses himself, the music helps to show his personality as well as his riding. It shows your mood, your style and your ideas.

 

Favourite videopart, ever:

RDM vs JP Solberg battle in Futureproof.

 

Why?

Well… ‘cause they are killing it!

 

Give me your percentage of importance of the following factors to go snowboarding:

Beeing in the nature: 30%   
Having a good time with your friends: 20%
Doing your job: 50%

 

How did you get in contact with the PiRATE project?

I guess it was Dimi who promoted me.. I have known Pirates for a while – some time ago they came to film in Kamchatka and we rode together. And I’ve seen them in Europe as well.. And this year I was offered to film for their project, and that’s sick!

 

How important is it for you to be a part of it?

That’s VERY important for me – that’s my first European video ever, and for I’m super stoked to have a chance to work with Pirates! And I’m really stressing about filming a good part. Also I just love the vibe that this crew has. Everyone seem to be good friends.. It is such a pity I don’t know English well enough to communicate with everyone properly! I’m now studying English, so that next season I can talk!!

 

Credits:

to Lord, Mom, Dad and my sister! Also all the people I know, everyone who helps me! And BIG thanks to Burton for giving me this chance to travel the world! and to Electric and DVS! Thanks to the whole world! Peace!