24/08/2010 | by Uli Köhler
If you ain’t seen this yet, where have you been?! Shit’s nuts.
Triple trouble straight from the horse’s mouth.
Unless you’ve been broing down with Bin Laden, you’ll have already seen Torstein Horgmo single-handedly dragging snowboarding kicking and screaming into another dimension. Scratch that, we reckon even Osama’s checked out the Norseman’s triple dipper by now.
Seeing as we’ve just wrapped up an article on progression for issue 116 (out end of September) and interviewed Torstein for the piece, we thought we’d share with you what he was saying about the Stomp that Echoed Around the World. Read on…
Onboard: How did you arrive at that point when you were like, ‘Right, I’m gonna have a pop at a triple’? How long had you been thinking it was doable?
Torstein Horgmo: I’d actually been thinking about it for a couple months, ever since I got back to Norway from the season in the US and I hit this pretty big jump. I was doing some double corks and noticed I had a lot of time in the air, so after that shoot it just got stuck in my head kinda. I did not know for sure it was doable though.
OB: Did you take many beatings?
TH: Yup, I landed on the seventh try so all the other six were pretty much legit bails.
OB: Can you describe your feelings when you rode out?
TH: Ahh bro, I was hurting pretty bad so when I actually landed and rode out it felt like everything just released, no pain anymore and not a single worry in the world. Just happiness, I guess.
OB: What’s the motivation for rider like yourself to push the your and the sport’s boundaries so dramatically?
TH: That one was all personal, man. Like I said I’d been thinking about it for a couple months, kinda getting pissed at myself for thinking about it so much. Losing sleep and shit. I just wanted to get it out of the way, just curious to see if it was doable at all.
OB: How’s the feedback been?
TH: Oh man, it seemes like people are hyped dude. I’ve been getting more “congratulations” than after any contest I’ve won. Kinda weird if people looked at that as a competition type of thing…
OB: What do you make of where technical kicker riding is at right now? 6 or so years ago it was all about having the four 9s, now It seems you ain’t nobody unless you’ve got a couple doubles on lock…
TH: Thats just for contests man. Personally I think a switch back 12 is way harder than any double cork. Yet I think 3s and 5s feels way better, it’s all about style. Then again, jumps are bigger and riders are good enough to make 10s and even some 12s look good too. Heh, complicated stuff…
OB: What’s next… ha, the eternal question. But for real, you cant go quad can you? Bigger jumps? More airtime? Wingsuits?
TH: Fuck wingsuits, man, that shit looks so scary. Mad respect to those guys though!