Q&A – Heikki Sorsa, Wille Yli-Luoma, Jussi Oksanen
Honestly, have you ever gotten burnt out on snowboarding?
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“No, not really. It’s always fun to go snowboarding! I was over riding halfpipe for a while, but I’m getting back into it! I like riding all kinds of stuff, and I was just in the halfpipe too much before the Olympics, so I burnt out a little bit. But I never got tired of going snowboarding!”
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“Yeah, several times. The first was when I was nineteen and I switched sponsors. I had so much pressure on me that I started thinking the whole thing was dumb. I wanted to quit, but instead I switched sponsors again, and this time I had more supportive people behind me and no pressure. Snowboarding suddenly got fun again.
“If I film too much, I get burnt out, so I try to snowboard as much as I can when the cameras aren’t there. Too much traveling and bad conditions can also wear you out. When that happens I go home and sleep in my own bed for a few nights and I’m recharged.”
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“This year I got burnt out from trying to film month after month and getting absolutely nothing, from early January until the end of March. That’s when it gets tough-when you’re trying so hard to make it happen and you just keep getting shut down. At the end of March I had a few amazing days in Whistler followed by an Alaska heli trip where we got some really good riding and filming. That’s when you know that it’s all worth it!”
Photo: Andy Wright