Stefano Munari

Stefano Munari


Despite sharing his name with what appears to be very mediocre Italian DJ, there's nothing remotely mediocre about this young Italian rider's snowboarding. In fact, put those two guys side by side, and you'll soon realize that Munny, as he's known to his friends, is far superior when it comes to spinning. A dab hand in the kitchen, Munny possesses all the ingredients needed to make a real impact at the top level of international snowboarding, including a bucketload of determination and lashings of talent. Very few riders have the skills to hang with the likes of Andy Finch and Risto Mattila in the Halfpipe, but that's exactly what Munny did when he won the Highest Air award during the O'Neill Evolution in 2008. A veritable master of transition, Munny lays it down in the park on an almost daily basis. When not traveling around Europe to compete and score the best snow conditions, Munny often rides Livigno in the Italian Alps. According to the man himself, there's nothing better than riding a perfectly groomed park with good friends before finishing the day off with a hearty Italian meal and a glass of red wine.

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Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: It's always a great feeling to learn a new trick, especially after recovering from an injury.

Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: Snowboarding is my life and I think being able to make a living through my passion is just the best thing in the world.

Q: Who do you enjoy riding with the most, and why?
A: I like to ride with my friends in Livigno. We're always motivated and we push each other.  

Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: In America, for sure, because that's where the best parks in the world can be found.  

Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: I'll be competing in quite a few TTR contests this season and I'll also try to film a lot. I'm planning to go to North America in April to shoot and film, and will then head south to New Zeland in the summer for training. After that, we'll see!  

Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: I think it will definitely continue to evolve but maybe not as fast as it has done in the last few years. Riders are already throwing down really technical and big tricks so it's going to be very difficult to take it much further.  

Q: Have you got any plans to film a new video part, and if yes, with which film company?
A: I'll be filming with Snowbox, a very good video production company from Italy. They've been making big strides every year and I'm really looking forward to my new video part with them.  

Q: What do you do for fun when you are not riding?
A: I really like to do a whole bunch of other sports like windsurfing, mountain biking and skating. I also love to travel a lot with my girlfriend and visit new places.  

Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: A couple of my biggest achievements include winning the Highest Air awards at the O'Neill Evolution and at Rock the Spot in Bardonecchia.  

Q: If you didn't ride for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: I don't know. I trained to become a chef so maybe that's what I'd have become! I really love cooking when I'm on my own and when I've got other people around me as well.   

Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Any trick that is slow and stylish, and pretty much any powder line.