14. How do you see the future of splitboarding?
To me splitboarding is the progression of snowboarding. Snowboarding started from skateboarding and surfing, that has a deep history and culture. We know that surfing was a Hawaiian tradition, it was a kings’ sport and it evolved over a long period of time. Then skateboarding came and it really exploded the progression of surfing. When snowboarding started, it arrived with everything from skateboarding and surfing. That combination of interests of surfing and the technical advancement that skateboarding brought to the table. It literally blew up. I mean, what you could do on a board back in 1950 and today, is amazing. You would not even dream that it is possible. So skateboarding took a lot of that technology, progression and brought it into surfing. Snowboarding took that same kind of progression into the mountains.
The mountains had been skied forever. That culture is ancient as well. It was started by hunters and trackers. People just needed to get from point A to point B in the mountains. Doing it on skis was the most efficient way to cross the snow. That evolved from necessity like hunting and met the sport that was for fun. So the practical sense of skiing evolution has met with the boardsports evolution and progression. Now it’s kind of connected. Splitboarding is going back to ancient roots and applying fun to it. I see that in snowboarding there are so many more opportunities now. It has gone back to the roots and come back. You know, there is history behind it. Everything that has been done skiing you can take from that and build the sport, it opens up so many opportunities in the mountains, opportunities to explore, to travel, to get around, to be efficient. So much more is now accessible for snowboarders, more than ever. Splitboarding is growing as a sport but at the same time, it is going back to the roots in a sense. Snowboarding is reconnecting with skiing.