Photos: Scott Sullivan
Wolfgang ‘Wolle’ Nyvelt has been shredding for a long time. He’s been filming for Absinthe since day one, and has been a staple on the Salomon and Billabong teams. But what you may not know about Wolle is his passion for the pow surfer. Every year, Wolle, and his friend Steve Gruber hand make Asmo powder surfers for their friends, and other powder enthusiasts. We thought that was really cool, and wanted to find out more. So we hit up Wolle.
How did you become involved in riding a Noboard? When did you decided to take the bindings off of your snowboard?
Salomon put out a Powder snowskate in 2002 and that’s kind of where it started for me to shred without bindings. Also it was the start of the shaping thing, as it came with a regular skate deck, and I wanted something wider and longer so I started building my own concrete molds to build the top decks. After a couple years I got more into the surfside of things and wanted to experiment more with the original fish shapes of the early days of snowboarding like the wintersticks. That’s when my good friend Steve Gruber came into the mix and we started building powsurfers. We thought those boards didn’t really need bindings at all anyways as they are made and designed for floating on, and slashing pow!
Head to the next page to see episode two, and to find out more about the Asmo…