I am a professional snowboarder, a passionate surfer and my soul craves new experiences, travel and adventures. It is no surprise then, that I need to be outdoors in the mountains or at the ocean where I can meet other people with the same passion for sports, nature and the environment.
Everything happens for a reason, good things fall apart, so better things can fall together!
I grew up in Uberlingen by a big lake (Lake Constance) in the south of Germany right next to the boarder of Switzerland and Austria. At the age of 19 I moved to Innsbruck, Austria to study Sports Management and graduated in 2009. Until now I have not found a more stunning place to live, which is why Innsbruck is still my home base and has been for over 15 years. I would really like to live by the beach one day, but until then, I am more than happy to live in Innsbruck and its beautiful surroundings.
1994 was the first time I stood on a snowboard. My whole family skied and my dad thought it would be fun for us to try something new. A few years later I had already competed in snowboard freestyle competitions, but most importantly I had also discovered the pure joy of free riding in the backcountry.
In 2008 I started competing on the Freeride World Tour, claiming the Vice World Champion title in that first year and two years later claiming the World Champion title.
Since then I have been focusing on big mountain, backcountry film projects, running splitboard / safety snow camps and traveling to the most beautiful free ride resorts on the planet. Nevertheless, there is nothing better than a good powder day in the mountains with friends.
Splitboarding for me is a new way of moving and exploring the mountains far away from the crowds. It has given me a whole new horizon and many unaccessible lines that I see from the slopes are now accessible.
I equally love to go surfing and enjoy time at the beach. Surfing always gives me energy and refills my batteries after a long winter season. I also discovered mountain biking two summers ago! Snowboarding, surfing and now biking are a big part of my life. All three sports make me really happy and get me so excited even after many years of practicing. There is so much more to explore though.
Proudest Career Moments
1* One of my greatest achievements was winning the Freeride World Tour in 2010 without even planing to ever ride in free ride competitions. It kind of just happened without me knowing or realizing what was going on!
2* After myself and Lena Stoffel’s 2015 “WAY NORTH” film project (shot in Norway), we searched more distant horizons for another meaningful and unique film adventure, worthy of a sequel to “WAY NORTH”. Fully equipped with our split and surfboards, we set off in search for Japanese powder snow and perfect waves, with the underlying intent to learn, understand and communicate the reality of post-Fukushima life in Japan.
The new film project and sequel to “WAY NORTH” titled “WAY EAST” took us on a several thousand kilometre journey of surf, snow and camping around Hokkaido. We travelled to both the mountains and to the ocean and covered some of the least-visited and undiscovered corners of Japans north island. Moreover, myself and Lena Stoffel produced the film ourselves, so there is a great sense of pride that comes along with this project, as well as it being one of the best and most inspiring adventures I have ever had.
Ideas / Plans For The Future
I will definitely focus on filming projects in the future. After Way North and Way East, I am already thinking of where to go next. Also I will still run my splitboarding camps in the alps as well as a new project called SAFE ON SNOW www.safeonsnow.org Safe On Snow is a women’s avalanche clinic for those who want a supportive, fun and educational day in the mountains.