Hailing from Oslo in Norway, Fredrik Evensen has not only made his mark on the international freestyle scene but has also busted down the door to the world of freeriding. The young Norwegian is equally at home throwing down in the backcountry and on rails as he his threading technical lines down pristine mountain faces. Using his board as a vehicle for self-expression, it's plain to see Fredrik is all about having fun when he rides regardless of whether he's shredding with friends or competing in some far-off land. That unique sense of creative spontaneity makes watching Fredrik ride his snowboard a real joy to behold. The extent of Freddie's natural snowboarding talent is underlined by his versatile riding style, which has seen him compete at the highest level while also turning out banger video parts and photos season after season.
Q: When did you start snowboarding and why?
A: I started snowboarding when I was around 10. I remember I found a used skateboard at a yard sale and started skating around. Right after that I wanted to try snowboarding as well. We found an ad in a newspaper for used snowboard and that's how I ended up here.
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: The thing I've been valuing the most the past year is that I've been lucky to stayed injury free. Knowing that I can snowboard every day without pains is worth more to me than anything else.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: Being able to travel anywhere we want and ride some of the best terrain in the world is so awesome. Some of us is being told where to go and what to do, and that probably fine for them, but I'm lucky to have the freedom to choose my own plan, and it feels so good when I can combine that with being productive as a rider.
Q: Who do you enjoy riding with the most, and why?
A: I have always been stoked on riding with my friend Erik Botner. We used to film with the production, but the last few years we been on different productions. This year we started up our own movie project where we will release videos online from our different trips. Its been going great and we like to bring in other friends to join on shoots.
Q: Which snowboarder inspires you the most?
A: I always been a big fan of Terje Hakonsen. It's kinda mandatory since I'm Norwegian. I don't think there is anybody better than him all round on a snowboard. Its sick to see that he still enjoys snowboarding even after all these years. I hope I manage to last as long as him.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: Lately I spent some time up in Mount Baker in Washington. I feel like the terrain really fits me. Its a free ride mecca with the coolest terrain inbound a ski resort in the world. it also has a lot bigger terrain if you hike out from the ski resort. Another good thing about Baker is that they have a few good sled zones if you wanna go snowmobiling.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: I want to ride as much as possible. I would like to improve my free ride skills so I one day can take the step into big mountain riding. I love making kickers in the backcountry so Ill definitely try to make a few big ones this year.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: I think competitions are at a level that I never would have imagined 5 years ago. I never been more impressed by the guys doing contests than I am right now. Its gonna be exciting to see where it goes in the future. I hope the next step for snowboarding would be to unite all the different contests into one main tour that would decide one tour champion. It looks like there is too much traveling back and forth and too many event these days for riders to really showcase best possible snowboarding. With snowboard sales going down and skiers beginning to take over the terrain- parks its important that everybody in the industry starts working together so we can make snowboarding exciting and easy to understand for the mainstream.
Q: What do you do for fun when you're not at the snowboarding?
A: I like to stay home with my girlfriend in Oslo. Its so nice to be home during the summer. I like to go surfing, but I haven't been able to go as much as I would have wanted to last few years.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: I had a few good contest results a few years ago, but that's not what really sticks. Everybody can have a good day at a contest, so to me its not that special. I like to think back at all those epic days I been able to have in the mountains. I remember one trip specially. I went to Lyngen, Norway on a trip with Pleasure magazine. It was a free ride story in the mountain up there. I was there with Christophe Weber and David Benedek. It took me a while before it really hit that I was actually on a trip with these guys. Its the guys I idolized when I started my snowboard career. its kinda unreal to meet people or go on trips with riders like that. 5 years ago I went to Canada with O'Neill and I was riding with Jeremy Jones and Seb Toots for the first time. Its amazing when I think back at all the things I been able to experience trough snowboarding.
Q: If you didn't ride for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I think I would worked with some kind of construction. Probably carpenter or something to do with wood. I love using my hands and creating something. I really want to buy an old house one day and restore it.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Methods and cab 5 in powder. Just straight airs and ollies are also underrated. Its easier to enjoy being in the air if you don't spin.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: I listen to a lot of different thing. Mainly old classic guitar tunes. When I snowboard I like something a little faster. Usually techno or house music.
Q: Has snowboarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?A: Luckily I never had any really serious injuries. I ruptured my spleen once, but I didn't really understand how serious it was until a little later so it wasn't such a big deal. I had a few bone fractures and things like that but never any problems with me knees or back. Which I'm really grateful for.
Ive been in Japan for 10 days already. gone by so fast.
The first weekend I did a my traditional SlopeStyle contest in Niigata.
Conditions were perfect and I felt really good going into the Semi- Finale.
Unfortunately I went down hard in the first round and had to be removed from the course by the medical staff. After being checked by doctors and resting for a couple hours I felt way better, but I still spent the next 5 days getting massages and trying to stretch my back and next as much as possible.
During those days we traveled from Niigata and up north to the North Island to our destination of Asahikawa. We meet up with the hole Head Team and started shooting the next day. I still took it pretty easy due to some small back pains, but still managed to get a few photos.
Then we got a day of rain and the next day cold temperatures. All the nice powder turned into this super depressing icy layer.
We moved out to Niseko which is closer to the coast hoping that a low pressure system moving in would bring some snow. It sure did and we had a super fun day today. We had to take it easy since some places the snow wasn't that deep and you would hit the hard crusty layer underneath. But we had a super productive day with a lot of fun and some nice photos. Hard to beat that..
Im staying here another 4 days then I go back to Austria and keep on filming for isenseven.. (check out the new 2010 teaser www.isenseven.de)