Torstein Horgmo Pro Spotlight

Torstein’s new documentary, Horgasm: A Love Story is now availible! We figured what better way to stoke people out than putting Tor’s Pro Spotlight online. Check out the interview and then download the movie! You can get it on iTunes here:

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Words: Hondo

You might think that Torstein is Mr. Popular and that everything was handed to him on a silver platter. Well that’s just not the case. While he’s got some serious hype right now, back in the day he was often picked last…

PHOTO: Frode Sandbech


Torstein is so down to give back to his fans, and in turn you’re down for him: He’s consistently the most-searched rider on, and he’s won our Readers’ Choice award the past two seasons. We figured what better way to interview the man of the people than with the people. So we got you to ask him whatever you wanted on our Facebook fan page. And you didn’t hold back—there were more than 650 questions, making it our most commented post. After scouring the list, we mixed a few of the best questions with some of our own. Oh, and one of you who got your question picked wins Torstein’s 2013 DC board. 


TWS: For two seasons you’ve been working on a documentary. What’s that about?

The documentary, which we’re calling It’s a Love Story, has been cool. We might change the name, but that’s what it is right now. My friend Toby [Froystad] followed me everywhere for the past two years. So we have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff as well as video part footage. The real footage is going to DC for their new movie Must Be Nice, but there’s also going to be actual snowboard shots in the documentary. The documentary is going to have everything: all the bangers, all the B-shots. Toby does his stuff differently than most. I can say for sure that it’s not going to be a slow 60-minute documentary. You’re not going to be guessing if I’m dead or anything based on the music. It’s going to have a fun, fast-paced vibe.

You landed a triple cork in the backcountry two seasons ago. Why didn’t blow it up online like when you landed the first triple cork in 2010?

[Laughs] I don’t know. This time I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. When I landed the first triple cork I had four angles on the jump and I felt like putting it out right away. It turned out to be a good thing, too. Last year I just didn’t have the time to put it out there. The contest season was super heavy, and I didn’t have too much time to film street stuff. I wanted to focus on getting backcountry stuff that I felt like I could hold on to for a year and save it for the movie. I didn’t want to blow it out.

You’re really into music, and sometimes deejay contest after-parties. Will you ever pursue music more seriously?

No, I don’t think so. Music is strictly a hobby. It can take up a lot of time, but if I’m not injured, snowboarding is always the main focus. It just helps me relax when I play around with beats and bass lines. Sometimes I’ll just deejay by myself with the headphones on, mixing tracks together and looking for new music on the internet. It’s a big part of my life.

Are you worried about not making the cut for the Olympics since the Norwegian slopestyle team is so stacked?

Yeah, I don’t even know if I’m going to make it. It’s pretty intense. I haven’t thought about it too much. I managed to get through last season injury free, and now I’m just winding down. And honestly, I’m not too good at thinking far ahead. Right now the Olympics still seem like they’re really far away. But I know once the season starts again I’ll be ready for it.


Frontside 720. Pemberton, BC, Canada. PHOTO: Colin Adair

What are your thoughts on the FIS courses?

I just hope there’s still going to be room for creativity in the courses. Hopefully there are good options for jibs and not just one single line that everyone has to take.

When you started snowboarding did you think you would have the chance to be in the Olympics?

[Laughs] No, not at all. That was not why I started snowboarding. I started because I saw some snowboarding videos, and I liked how cool those dudes were. I just wanted to do the same thing.


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