Air + Style Beijing Highlights

Check some action from Air + Style Beijing and the fun that went down behind the scenes.

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Mark McMorris is Back on Board

Mark McMorris is back on his snowboard and straight up ripping the Stomping Grounds park at Saas Fee. Alongside him is Sebbe De Buck, Mikey Ciccarelli, Stale Sanbech, and Torgeir Bergrem.

Video by Russell Chai. Additional filming by Marcus Skin, Finn Laver, and Nate Lav.

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Triple Corking Corvatsch with Stale Sandbech, Torgeir Bergrem, and Marcus Kleveland

One epic day in the life.

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Blue Skies, Park, and Pow at Corvatsch with Stale Sandbech and Torgeir Bergrem

Stale and Torgeir score an epic session at Corvatsch.

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Stale Sandbech and Torgeir Bergrem – Spring Laps at Corvatsch

Park and pow under a bluebird sky in the same day is what goes down at Corvatsch in the month of April. Follow Stale Sandbech and Torgeir Bergrem around the resort in this edition of StaleLIFE.

Video by Gimbal God.

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The Norwegian Snowboard Team is Back Down Under

This Norwegian crew is totally stacked. Marcus Kleveland, Stale Sandbech, Markus Olimstad, Mons Roisland, Torgeir Bergrem, and Isak Ulstein have been Down Under making the most of the off-season at home.

Video by Glenn Pettersen.
Additional footage from Gimbal God.

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The Out Takes – Behind the Scenes of Gimbal God’s Latest Edit

The Out Takes is a behind the scenes look at what goes when Gimbal God‘s got a camera, or two, in his hand. Have a look at couple close calls that happened while filming the most recent edit with Stale Sandbech, Torgeir Bergrem, and more.

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The Out Takes with Gimbal God – Episode 3

Outtakes from the latest Gimbal God edit.

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Perisher and Thredbo with Sandbech, Kleveland, Bergrem and More

Stale Sandbech, Marcus Kleveland, Torgeir Bergrem, Sebbe de Buck, Ulrik Badertscher, and Andy James in full attack mode out in Perisher and Thredbo. The level of riding seen here is second to none.

Video by Spencer Whiting / Gimbal God.

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Flawless in Australia – Stale Sandbech, Marcus Kleveland, Torgeir Bergrem and More

High-caliber snowboarding at Perisher and Thredbo.

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One Line with Torgeir Bergrem – Perisher

A zesty little triad on Perisher’s three jump line.

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Torgeir Bergrem – One Line at Perisher

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Torstein, Stale, Silje, Marcus: Norwegian Names to Know for 2018 Winter Olympics

Stale Sandbech took silver in Sochi. What will he do at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea? PHOTO| Chris Wellhausen

Norway, similar to Canada, lacks a viable threat in the halfpipe (save for Ståle Sandbech, the Viking wünderkid, who very well might be focusing his efforts solely on slope and big air), but their ammunition in slopestyle and big air for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea is unmatched by nearly every other country except Canada. Basically, when it comes to non-halfpipe events in Korea, we believe the odds-on favorites for podium positions are those two countries. Their talent pool is deep, ranging from slope and big air veterans to current superstars at the top of the competitive arena to up-and-comers who will ensure that Norway is a veritable powerhouse for years to come.

We can’t wait for the team uniforms. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Qualification Process:
Norwegian culture is that of efficiency and minimizing confusion, and that’s exactly what they’ve done with their team’s selection and qualification process. They are allowed four spots for the men and slopestyle and big air are viewed as one team, so they will definitely have four men competing in that. As of right now, Silje Norendal is a lock for the women’s side, but it remains to be seen if more women will make Team Norway for the 2018 Games. As for how these riders are selected, the higher-ups of Team Norway simply select the riders based on who is riding the best at the time and who they believe will have the best chance of taking home a medal. Oh, how nice that must be…

Favorites in Slope and Big Air

Ståle Sandbech had a good Olympic debut in Sochi.

Ståle Sandbech:
The reigning Olympic slopestyle silver medalist and the most decorated competitive athlete in Norwegian history, save for Terje Haakonsen, Ståle Sandbech is both a household name in our sport and one of the favorites heading into the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. What makes Ståle so dangerous is his ability to adapt. Look at Sochi for example. Ståle’s first run was chock-full of double and triple corks because many riders assumed that’s what the judges would want to see, but as soon as the US’s Sage Kotsenburg dropped in and kept his spins flat, Ståle switched up his run and did the same, earning him a silver behind Sage. Many believe that Ståle is the most well-rounded slopestyle rider on the planet and he’s got chops in big air, as well, making him a double threat in Korea.

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Stale Sandbech on his way to the podium at Sochi. Will he return in the 2018 Winter Olympics? PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen


Marcus Kleveland and Seb Toots will likely be seeing eachother in the Olympics, only flying different flags. Check out our 2018 Winter Olympic predictions for the Canadian snowboarding team here!

Marcus Kleveland:
Possible the odds-on favorite (save for Mark McMorris) to take home gold in both slopestyle and big air, Marcus Kleveland is on an absolute tear right now. He won the overall Air & Style big air title by placing somewhere on the podium of all three events and he won slopestyle gold and big air silver in Aspen at the X Games, making him not just the rookie of the year this winter, but possibly the best contest rider of the season. Marcus learns tricks on a daily basis, seemingly every time he straps in, and heading into Korea he will be more motivated than ever to show the world that this is his time, which should scare the shit out of every other men’s competitor at the Pyeongchang Games.

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Just another Kleveland skyline. Marcus Kleveland. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Will Torstein Horgmo lead the charge of Team Norway? PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Torstein Horgmo:
Torstein is heading into Korea with a point to prove. At the 2014 Sochi Games, he broke his collarbone in practice, and thus flew hom without getting the opportunity to compete on the Olympic stage, and there’s arguably no better rider on earth than Torstein when he’s riding with a chip on his—ahem—shoulder. He was the first rider to ever land a triple cork in big air competition and he has the heaviest array of trick of just about any rider alive. Don’t count Torstein out as an underdog on the Norwegian team simply because the other members are a little bit younger, because there’s no doubt that they all still look to him to lead the charge of Team Norway.

Torstein Horgmo at the 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. PHOTO: Mary Walsh

Torgeir Bergrem:
Torgeir Bergrem is one of the most consistent big air and slopestyle riders on the planet, and if he puts down the run in slope or the trick in big air that he’s capable of, there’s no doubt that he can land on the podium. He had three impressive showings at the Air & Style this past season and proved that he can hang with the world’s best and there’s little doubt that he’s gonna learn some new moves before Korea and unveil them on an international level, and we can’t wait to see what he does in 2018.

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Mons just missed the podium with a 4th place finish at the 2017 Burton U.S. Open. PHOTO: Mary Walsh

Mons Roisland:
Mons is a sleeper, and we’re not just saying that because of his demure demeanor and relaxed persona, but he is oft overlooked by many a snowboard pundit simply because the Norwegian team is so stacked with talent. This kid is absolutely unreal and his switch backside spins are nearly unrivaled by his competitors. He’s an equal threat in both disciplines, so don’t be surprised if he not only makes the Norwegian team, but also if he makes waves in the snowboard world by flying home with some hardware around his neck.

Fridtjof Tischendorf shocked everyone at SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s Superpark 21 this year, everyone except for Halldor Helgason. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Fridtjof Tischendorf:
Better known simply as “The Fridge,” this kid is inhibition-free, as wild as they come and insanely talented. His bag of tricks is absolutely insane, too, and that’s not even in reference to the fact that this kid ALWAYS rides with a backpack on. He’s loose, and a definite wildcard/underdog to make the team, but after his showing at Superpark 21 where the only place he sent it harder than on the hill was the bar, we are officially rooting for The Fridge to make his Olympic debut. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

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Silje Norendal rides through the rail section at the 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen


Silje Norendal:

Silje Norendal is a top five slopestyle competitor for sure. In fact, she’s one of the greats in female competitive snowboarding, and one of the only women on earth who can claim that they’ve beaten Jamie Anderson at a world-class slopestyle event. She could do well in big air, but we don’t see many girls challenging Hailey Langland at this juncture, however, Silje could most definitely walk away with a medal from Korea.

Odds-On Chances to Medal
Very, very good. Granted, that medal would come in slopestyle and big air, but with riders like Marcus, Torstein, Ståle, Silje, Mons and Torgeir, there’s an Olympic medal in there somewhere, regardless of who makes the Norwegian team. There is a very high chance of seeing one of the aforementioned riders on the podium, and in our opinion, there’s definitely also a chance to see double golds in slopestyle and big air by one of those names as well.

Park and Pow with Stale Sandbech and Torgeir Bergrem at Corvatsch

The scenery from the Alps, especially Corvatsch is breathtaking. The views in front of the lens are just as sweet. Stale Sandbech and Torgeir Bergrem give us a take on the classic park and pow mix.

Filmed by Gimbal God.

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The Stomping Grounds – Corvatsch Spring Session 2017

A healthy sized jump line and some of Europe’s heaviest rippers meet for The Stomping Grounds session at Corvatsch, Switzerland. Triple corks, double corks, and even singles were performed and executed near perfection as the positive vibes flowed. Fridtjof Tischendorf, Mons Roisland, Stale Sandbech, and Torgeir Bergrem are just a handful of the standout riders that made an appearance.

Featuring Fridtjof Tischendorf, Mons Roisland, Stale Sandbech, Torgeir Bergrem, Spencer O’Brien, Alberto Maffei, Seppe Smits, Jess Rich, Markus Olimstad, Chandler Hunt, Per Iver Grimsrud, Tiarn Collins, Billy Morgan, and Jonas Bosiger.

Film by Marcus Skin and Boen Ferguson.
Edit by Marcus Skin.

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The Stomping Grounds – Corvatsch Spring Session 2017 – Featuring Fridge and his backpack.

All stars on a Swiss jump line.

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One Line With Torgeir Bergrem – Corvastch

One line with Torgeir Bergrem as he laps around Corvastch in Switzerland.

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Torgeir Bergrem – One Line at Corvatsch

A wise snowboarder once said, “Go fast like a race car.” The wise one is Torgeir Bergrem, and he put this mentality to the test during a line at Corvatsch. It works for him. Compare Torgeir’s line to Stale Sandbech’s right here.

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Stale Sandbech – One Massive Line at Corvatsch

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Stale and Torgeir at Corvatsch

Climate change is no good, but if it brings some unexpected pow, might as well enjoy it.

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