In a development that’s been in the works for a while, the Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate announced that it has stepped up Marius Otterstad to its pro team. An original member of Rome’s AmArmy since the launch of the brand, Marius is a stand-out in a new generation of Norwegian rulers who have emerged over the last two years.

From the first time that Rome rode with Marius at Mammoth back in February of 2002, it was clear that his riding is impossible to ignore. It’s big, fast, fun, and smooth. The kind of explosive, loose, almost-reckless shit that scares you and stokes you to go snowboarding at the same time.

This past season was a break-out year for Marius. It started off strong with a victory in a big air contest in downtown Oslo and ended on a high with the Best Trick at the Arctic Challenge. In between, he toured Europe and the US, filming and riding in slopestyle and pipe contests. In January, he got first in the park run-to-pipe run Leysin Open in Switzerland, winning him a Ticket-to-Ride from Terje for the Arctic Challenge. Then, based out of Mammoth during the middle of the winter, he took his amplitude and style to the Vans Triple Crown at Big Bear and claimed second place in both the slopestyle and pipe. Back home in Norway in the spring, he finished in second behind Daniel Franck in the national championships.

For the last week of June, Marius will be doing some snow shredding on his Anthem 58 in Mt Hood, where he’ll be filming with Justin Hostynek for Absinthe Films. Then it’s off to Australia and the South Pacific for the Summer X-Games and a little surfing.

Look for more to come from Marius soon. In the winter of 2003-2004, he’ll invade the US again to film a video part and ride in contests.