Gigi dropping cliffs, not bombs at Hochjoch Montafon, Austria. Photo: Marcel Lammerhirt

Gigi dropping cliffs, not bombs at Hochjoch Montafon, Austria. Photo: Marcel Lammerhirt

ProForm: Gigi Rüf
This mountain dweller has spent eighteen some years bounding through big backcountry mountains. Here, Austria’s favorite son sheds light on the gear he takes to shred the locales where powder is plentiful.

Age: 27
Sponsors: Volcom, Dragon, Union Bindings, Nike Snowboarding, Nixon.
Years snowboarding: Eighteen.
Roots: Au, Austria.
Home: Bregenz, Austria.
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 140 lbs.
Stance: Regular. My front binder is angled fifteen degrees and the back is at zero.
Forward lean: None.
Personal settings: I set my front binding back a little bit.
Tuning techniques: I detune the edges on the tip and tail and sticker it up.
Most important part of your setup: A speedsuit.
What’s your riding style: Austrian-autical.

Gigi Ruf. Photo: Frode Sandbech

Gigi Ruf. Photo: Frode Sandbech

Board: Volcom Team (N/A)
Boots: Nike Snowboarding Zoom Force 1, size nine ($250)
Bindings: Union Contact ($180)
Jacket: Volcom Variable Gore-Tex ($335)
Pants: Volcom Magma T.D.S. Gore-Tex ($470)
Goggles: Dragon DX Gigi Pro Model ($100)
Gloves: Volcom DG Leather $90)
Beanie: Volcom Two Tone, $24.
Pack: Volcom Fixed Wing Heli, $90.