Best Trick is
more about the one
trick that you do and it’s like Bingo.
You could have a
good day and you
get lucky or you have a bad day and
- Andreas Wiig
2 8 SKINNIEMAGAZINE.COM | JAN. 2007
While Wiig has been hitting the slopes for years, the victories in last year’s X Games have propelled the snowboarder to a new level of fame. But Wiig acknowledges that with the success comes a whole new set of challenges. “I feel like there’s more pressure,” he explains. “There’s more talk about it because of the interviews and people expect me to do good this year.” Even with the wins, Wiig remains humble and acknowledges the difficult level of competition he faces each time he enters a competition. “I only won one year so it’s not like I’m supposed to win every year,” he relates. “I feel the pressure, but I still feel like an outsider and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because that’s not going to make it any better.” Wiig explains that the success he had at the X Games has not fully alleviated his perception that he’s viewed as a bit of an outsider when it comes to the top tier of professional competition. “I guess it’s just the feeling I’ve had over the last couple years,” Wiig explains. “Maybe it’s more of a feeling I have myself, but maybe after this season people won’t see me as an outsider anymore.” Still, always one to turn a negative into a positive,Wiig cites, “I feel like maybe that’s the best attitude to have because you always want to do something more and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Wiig’s drive and passion for always taking things to new heights is nowhere more evident than in his long climb to the top of the professional snowboarding mountain. Growing up in a small town outside of Oslo, Norway, Wiig began boarding when the sport was practically nonexistent. “It was more like a toy that no one really thought was really going to go anywhere,” Wiig states, explaining the lack of support for snowboarding in his community. “It was a small thing with maybe like five to 10 riders in the local resort that actually snowboarded. It was a small tight group that was just stoked on shredding and it was kind of a cool thing to be able to be a part of that group.” While it would seem like the cold climate where Wiig grew up would be advantageous because of great mountain runs, the truth is that was far from the case.
“Where I grew up, the mountains are only a thousand feet long with maybe just one jump and no rails,” Wiig says, explaining the excitement he felt at first being able to shred on American snow. “The parks over here are insane compared to us. That’s why I became really stoked when I came to the States.” Having to overcome bad conditions, though, is something that Wiig considers a plus. “It helps because I’ve been able to ride bad conditions and when it’s good I’m super stoked. I think that’s an advantage, and it’s good because I’m not always used to riding in perfect parks. It’s a good thing for motivation.” When Wiig first hit the States, his foray into professional riding came in a crash, literally. “When I was 19 I was finishing school in Norway and I worked my ass off to save up money to travel over to the States and I bumped into a photographer who was actually filming for Mack Dawg,” Wiig relates. And when he says “bumped” he really means it. “I accidentally crashed into him and that’s how I met him. After that he wanted to film me for a couple of days.” While not the ideal way to begin a career, Wiig made it work and ran with it. “He filmed me and then there were some rumors and suddenly a bunch of sponsors were calling me out of the blue,” Wiig says. “So it all happened in a crazy way and really, really fast, going from totally unsponsored to being pro.” Wiig adds with a laugh, “it was a lucky crash, you know? It’s kind of crazy because that’s the first time they noticed me and I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t crash into him.” Wiig’s professional career has taken him to the top, and while the snowboarder was equally dominant in both the Best Trick Showdown and the Snowboard Slopestyle last year, he has a strong preference for the downhill Slopestyle event. “I prefer Slopestyle because you have to be a better rider overall,” Wiig states.“You have to be able to jump, do rails and sometimes there’s a quarter-pipe in there, so it just shows more of your style riding when it comes to a lot of different stuff.” He also says, “Best Trick is
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