01/12/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 117, November 2010
For this month’s 13 for luck we tracked down young german ripper Marco Smolla in his beloved hometown of Munich. For the first time in three years the bavarian steered clear of severe injuries and locked down a solid video part in Isenseven’s latest banger Don’t Panic.
You’ve been really unlucky over the past few years and tore your ACL in both knees. How did you manage to stay healthy throughout the season?
This year I took things rather easy, which included turning down hitting a kicker when I wasn’t feeling it – it’s quite hard to take decisions like these. My long lay-off, however, taught me that this is the only way to make it through a season in one piece. You might even end up with more coverage when you risk less and therefore don’t suffer that many injuries…
What’s best about being able to ride again?
Being able to ride again! With trips across the Alps, to the Pyrenees and to Spitsbergen all in this season you hit the ground running.
Which trip stood out in your opinion?
The trip to Spitsbergen was an extraordinary experience. Being only about 1000 kilometers away from the North Pole the island consists of nothing but snow, rocks, and ice. The island is fairly isolated and during the winter; the only way to get there is by plane. Just 2000 people live in the only two villages. During our stay we took our skidoos and a few tents and went on a three-day trip to an abandoned Russian settlement. It was like travelling back in time: all those Communist buildings from the 70s are still intact, and there is nobody around to stop you from entering and having a look around… Add seals, reindeer, and good friends and you will get an unforgettable trip.
This winter you filmed for IsenSeven again. Are you happy with your performance?
You’re never really satisfi ed, because you always know you could have done better. At the beginning of the winter I focused a lot on photo shoots. When the season came to a close I realised that I have a lot of FS3s and BS180s on tape, since these are the tricks that look best in a photo, but I hope it will be enough to make a good part. The main thing is that you get to see how much fun I had this winter!
In January you used a winch to go shooting in downtown Munich. How did it feel to shred the sights of your hometown?
Those three days were awesome! I went to uni in the morning and afterwards went riding until three in the morning. We had a great crew and Red Bull helped us being super efficient during the shooting. Check it out yourself on YouTube under ‘Marco Smolla’s Winch Weekend’! You seem to dig this whole Bavarian thing: we’ve seen photos of you snowboarding in Lederhosen.
How did that come about?
On a Sunday night I had been at a friend’s BBQ. From there I went straight to the Stubai Valley for a shoot. The next morning the weather was so good that I just kept wearing my Lederhosen throughout the day…
Do you have any routines you go through prior, during or after riding?
Nope, rituals are not my cup of tea.
If you could choose, who would you take on the perfect snowboard trip – and where would you go?
Christophe Schmidt, Fips and Tobi Strauss to Alaska in a campervan.
What can we expect from you in the coming season regarding films, contests, and trips?
Once again I will focus my energy on fi lming and photo shoots. I haven’t really fixed any trips as this depends on the snow conditions. I just hope for great snow in the Alps, which would mean a lot of time in powder this winter.
You are doing a degree in physics. What is so special about physics?
Physics is all about fi nding the general laws and concepts of nature. It is all based on the assumption that these concepts can be applied to any other place in the universe. Also, the sheer number of complex concepts that have already been found and that are proven by nature is very
We heard some crazy story about fi nancing a trip to Mexico. Can you tell us a little more about it?
Through friends I heard about a clinical trial on some new diarrhea medication. We took part in it, got vaccinated twice, and now “must” go to Mexico for three weeks. We are a group of seven people and will be able to spend a regular vacation there – apart from the fact that we get blood samples taken three times during our stay. In return we will get 1,500 euro each, which will cover most of our costs. I am not really concerned about anything because the trial has been going on for a year and I know a lot of people who have already taken part in it. It is just a nice paid vacation!
Is it true that you are into pub facts of all kinds? Here is ours: There are one million ants for every person in the world. Which one do you know?
It is roughly ten times more likely that you’ll get killed by a coconut than be eaten by a shark.
If there was one word of wisdom you could pass on to an ambitious young snowboarder, what would it be?
Go riding because you like it and not because you want to get sponsored. If you are good enough things will work out anyway.