Big Mountain, SWE
Daniel is the first snowboarder on our Big Mountain Team. We are looking forward to following him through the season. We know he will give his opponents a hard time out there!
Date of Birth:
11th january 1980
Gothenburg, Sweden. During the winters Engelberg, Switzerland
Major interest/hobby apart from snowboarding?
Other sports such as wakeboarding, mountainbiking, climbing and running
What, in your life is most awarding?
Doing fun outdoor things with good friends
What gives you energy and lets you think about other things than snowboarding?
I like thinking about snowboarding
What do you do to unwind?
Read a book in the hammock
What is your favorite city to visit and why?
I´m not much of a city person. I rather enjoy the mountains and the sea.
Where do you preferably spend your time off?
In the swiss alps, in Bohusläns archipelago (west coast of Sweden) and around the fjords in Norway
Why do you ride?
Because it makes me happy
What started you snowboarding?
I was on a skiing trip to Sälen with my soccer team in 1992 and rented a snowboard. Got hooked instantly
I can be a bit too stubborn sometimes
Most important people in your life and career?
In life, my girlfriend Åse Marie and my family. In my career, photographer Johan Hellman was very good help in getting the career started. All good friends I ride with who help me push the limit and progress as a rider
I first tried snowboarding 1992, but didn’t start riding more frequently until 2002 when I did my first winter season in the alps (St Anton)
Best part of snowboarding?
Riding powder with friends
The risk of injuries
Worst moment in career?
Breaking my board the first turn of the Big Mountain Championship in Riksgränsen 2006
Best moment in career?
Getting invited to the Freeride World Tour 2008
General career goals?
To be able to make a living as a full time snowboarder
Smoked salmon, fruit, icecream, cashew nuts and dark chocolate
I like reading lots of different types of books. The latest books I have read are written by Camilla Läckberg, Kajsa Ingemarsson, Khaled Hosseini, and Stieg Larsson
The Cure, Suede, Money Brother, Bright Eyes, Kent, Timbuktu, Soundtrack of our Lives, Anna Ternheim, Hello Saferide, Bob Dylan, Hellacopters, Johnny Cash ect
Best idea of having good time?
Lying in bed at night with a beautiful woman and looking out the window at the snow that is dumping. And thinking about all the powder you´re going to ride the next day…
Favorite place to travel to?
I would really like to go to Japan for snowboarding. Hopefully next season
Most respected snowboarders?
Johan Olofsson, Jeremy Jones and Terje Haakonssen
Other most respected athletes?
Carolina Kluft and Ingemar Stenmark
Favorite spots and resorts?
Engelberg, Verbier, Val´d´Isère/Tignes and Las Lenas
Advice to beginners?
Have fun riding and you will progress fast
Wakeboarding, mountainbiking and climbing
Occupation If I was not a professional snowboarder?
Well, off season I work as an engineer
A training week?
It depends on the season. During the winter I snowboard 5-6 days a week. In the summer I mountainbike, wakeboard, climb and run. As it gets colder, darker and more rainy during the Gothenburg fall I tend to spend more time at the gym and less on outdoor sports
I believe that the key to successful results is to enjoy your training. Variation makes training more fun and doesn’t let your body get used to a certain type of load. Alternate both type of activity and the intensity of the activity. Use your creativity
3rd spot at Arctix Tamok Challenge 2007
10th on the world ranking 2007