Any self-respecting rider is aware of Andreas Wiig’s precise, machine-like efficiency-”Mandreas,” simply stomps everything. Here’s something you don’t know: Twenty-four-year-old Andreas has snowboarded half of his life away. From his preteen development with neither park nor pipe, Andreas followed the lead of Norway’s megastars Daniel Franck and Terje Haakonsen with a one-track mind: technical domination. After eight years of devotion the young Viking landed Stateside, and it was all over. Andreas hit hard, quickly emerging as the workhorse of cinematography-he’s proven tireless with unheard of consistency, both in contests and the backcountry. So, its clear “The Machine” is one of the most skilled riders out there … but who is he?

Explain the creepy oxygen-mask opener, dude!

I was standing in front of the Carson oil refinery with an oxygen mask to make a statement: We all need to think about clean air and global warming. To do our jobs, we drive these huge trucks and snowmobiles around. It makes me stress out and think about what each of us can do to be more responsible-carpooling or whatever.

I’m not better than anyone else-we all get dragged into the same mentality. You feel like you’re just one more person, so who cares if you drive solo everywhere or cruise to the grocery store around the corner when you could have ridden a bike.

When we’re in the backcountry, it’s almost like we all take those beautiful surroundings for granted-that it will remain pristine like this forever. But the winters are already getting warmer and shorter, and if we keep on polluting, things will only continue to change for the worse.

Let’s talk snowboarding. You have just about every trick in your Derelictica movie part-two 1080s, switch nines, et cetera. What tricks didn’t you get?

I wanted a switch backside rodeo nine. I tried it a couple times, over rotated, and crashed pretty hard. So I’ve got to get that one next year. I also really wanted a Cab 1080 in there right after the front 1080-I didn’t get it. It’s weird filming in powder. You want to make sure you lock down something for your movie part, but at the same time you need those good shots that stand out. A lot of times you choose the safe trick just to get something on film that day. It’s going to be worth more to have fewer tricks and more technical stuff in the future. If people see a Cab 1080 in powder, they’re going to remember it.

How does that translate to your goals for next year?

Well, I don’t need to film all of the same tricks because everybody has back sevens, front sevens, and Cab 540s. I’m going to try to focus on producing shots that stand out.

My video parts up ’til now have been jumping and some rails, so mixing those elements into backcountry lines are the next step. And I was thinking about that last winter, too-it’s funny how the winter just goes by. You’re getting all of your tricks on film, then in May I’m like, “Shit, I should have ridden some lines!” And the winter is over. Huge lines are new to me, so I’ll have to ease into them next year-that stuff is pretty gnarly.

You rotated off some big rocks this year-walk me through your switch 360 off the DCP cliff at Sonora.

We went out there, and the snow was really stable and good. Everyone was like, “This is the day to try the DCP cliff.” I didn’t really think I was going to land anything. I just tried it once and got it-lucky!

Did you warm up with a straight air first?

No, we never warm up. We never do a straight air. If you have a four-man crew and somebody does a straight air, it leaves a bomb hole in the landing and it’s just not worth it. But if he tried a seven and holed up the landing, it’s okay somehow, because at least he tried to get something sick on film.

How’d you come up with a switch backside 360 versus a Cab 540?

I don’t know … ’cause a Cab 540 would have been more of a stock trick. I wanted to see if I could land something dope.

Wereou spooked?

It’s always scary the first time you drop in. Devun Walsh taught me not to think about how far down you’re going, because you’re never more than six feet out or away from the face anyway. I always try to think about that and it makes drops way less scary. Three feet of deep powder helps, too (laughs). I had problems with cliffs the year before. I wasn’t used to going so slowly. I was used to jumps-on cliffs you need to wait longer to spin.

Who influences your riding?

I’ve always been pumped on Jussi Oksanen. And not just his riding but his personality as well-he’s always been himself. He has so much control when he’s spinning. Anybody can do a seven, but it’s about doing it the right way-maintaining control-so I’ve always watched Jussi to see what he’s doing. His part this year is super sick. I talked to him a couple times, and he was like, “We’re just having fun riding. We went to Europe and rode for a couple weeks.” He was just cruising around having fun, and yet he turned out this bangin’ movie part!

You’re the perfect pro snowboarder. How frustrating was it not to have a board sponsor?

It was really stressful last year because I was riding for Jeenyus and I felt everything was set and agreed upon. And I had all these other offers that I turned down. We worked on the deal for so long-then one day they were like, “Never mind, you’re cut.” I really felt stabbed in the back. I’d never had that happen before. It was difficult, but I wasn’t going to let anybody take me down. I just used it to get more motivated. I was like, “F-k it, I don’t need a board sponsor. I can still make a fine living without one.” Snowboarding is more important! I just rode my friend Sean Johnson’s Stepchild boards instead.

So then you kill it some more … and still no love?

I know, I know, but at the same time the board market went down something like 30 percent last year. A lot of brands had to cut their team budgets, so it’s been tough to add new riders. And there was some love, but I didn’t want to jump on the first thing that came my way, either. I have a really cool project in the works now. I can’t tell you too much about it yet, but I’m a part of a new board company called O-matic. It’s not quite 100-percent on, but everything is pretty set up and it’s really fun to be involved in something fresh!

Nice! Did you ever buy into the “Andreas doesn’t have a marketable image” stuff?

Sure, I have felt that way before-then I’d go to an event and all these kids would come up to me, hip-hop kids and rockers. It just goes to show that the most important thing is your skill on a snowboard. And that image stuff is easy to work on compared to riding. I think I did a better job of getting my personality into Derelictica this year.

You’re a low-key guy.

It comes down to the way I was raised-to be down-to-earth. I’m not buying into all that surface shit. I’m good at what I do-that’s it. Sometimes people expect more from you, but I won’t go out and film myself partying to show people I’m some gnarly dude-even though I’ve partied just as much as all of my friends.

You made about 50K in contests during 2005. Which events did you enter and what were your results?

I did pretty well last year. The first contest was The Session at Vail, and I got second in slopestyle behind Shaun White-so there’s no shame in that (laughs). Then I did the Vans Cup At Northstar-at-Tahoe and got third in slope, then fourth in slope at the Gravity Games. Then I got third in slope at the U.S. Open. I felt like I was getting good results, but not really putting it all out there so I was stoked to win the Abominable Snow Jam event in Oregon. It was sweet to close out the year right.

What do you do with all of your money, ’cause it’s not being spent on Jordans, sports cars, and gambling?

Well, I’ve been buying some places back home … I’ve got a couple places.

How many exactly?

Four, but a couple of the homes aren’t built yet. I’m doing the real-estate thing like a lot of people. I bought a new truck in the States and an Audi A4 wagon back home, so I’ve been spending some money on cars this year! But I’m thinking about selling the Audi already since I barely spend any time there.

Do you spend much time in Norway?

Last year I did, but there are more tours and responsibilities I have in the States every year. It’s turning into a full-time job with design and stuff. I have a binding with Agency, and I help design the BFB, or the Best F-king Boot for Vans. Then I have the board thing … So basically, I live in the States these days. I was kind of stuck over here dealing with this court stuff for a while …

Huh? Court dates?

I didn’t tell you about that? I got wrongfully accused of beating some people up, so I’ve had this whole court deal going on. I would have gone home, but I had to stay in California for the last couple months getting this court stuff settled. I met up with guys in San Clemente and I didn’t know it, but they had just beaten up some Marines and one of their girlfriends! The next thing I know, we’re lined up in front of a police car and these wasted people were like, “That’s the guy! That’s the guy that hit us!” I was accused of assault and battery-and of punching a girl in the face!

Did you show them your hands or anything?

Yeah, I was like, look at my hands, but they picked me out of the lineup so … because I’m from Norway on a visa, my whole career was at stake. If you have one thing against you, it’s like “peace out.” I was really thinking things were about to change! So I got a lawyer and tried to do it by the book. We went to court and the case was so stupid, but it still didn’t get dismissed. So I had to take a lie detector test with the top chief police officer guy in California-it took three hours to prove I was innocent. I passed the test, went back to court with the results, and now I’m free of all charges. So now I know how it feels to be innocent in the penal system here (laughs). I thought I’d be home in Oslo just partying-but no.

Dang, well there’s your new bad-boy image, Andreas. Two years ago you broke some fool’s arm and now you’ve beat up a Marine and punched his lady in the face!

Yeah, I’m gnarly. I’m into the gnarliness (laughs)!

You’re going to be collecting checks now! We’ve got to come up with a new nickname for you.

I’m just stoked everything worked out. It could have been a very bad thing. So I spent all this time and money, like seven grand, to prove my innocence, but that’s how life goes sometimes.

You don’t get a rebate or a refund?

Nope, it doesn’t work like that.

I heard you’re single and prowling the OC now?

Yeah, I was with my girlfriend for four years, so it’s been interesting. It’s a totally new experience for me-there’s a little more partying going down. There’s nobody I have to call, I can just do whatever I want. It was hard to have a normal relationship when I was always on the road. But I want to say my ex-girlfriend was always really cool about it-she’s wonderful. So right now Scotty Arnold is my wingman-we’ve just been hanging out in Newport Beach, and it’s been nothing but good times. It’s cool because I’ve never, like, lived that life when I was traveling.

So where do two single young snowboard dudes with lots of time on their hands meet girls in the OC nowadays?

Myspace.com. Just log onto MySpace (laughs).

Spit your sponsors.

Vans, Grenade, Agency, Planet Earth, Vestal, Electric, Active, O-matic.

Pull Quotes

“Let me start by saying Andreas is my favorite rider. He’s so good at snowboarding … he rubs off on you and you start to think you’re capable of stomping anything. He can seriously do any spin off any jump. The funny thing about Andreas is how serious he is. He can ask the most serious question and somehow it’s always funny. Maybe it’s his resemblance to the Terminator or the fact that he lt yet. I’m doing the real-estate thing like a lot of people. I bought a new truck in the States and an Audi A4 wagon back home, so I’ve been spending some money on cars this year! But I’m thinking about selling the Audi already since I barely spend any time there.

Do you spend much time in Norway?

Last year I did, but there are more tours and responsibilities I have in the States every year. It’s turning into a full-time job with design and stuff. I have a binding with Agency, and I help design the BFB, or the Best F-king Boot for Vans. Then I have the board thing … So basically, I live in the States these days. I was kind of stuck over here dealing with this court stuff for a while …

Huh? Court dates?

I didn’t tell you about that? I got wrongfully accused of beating some people up, so I’ve had this whole court deal going on. I would have gone home, but I had to stay in California for the last couple months getting this court stuff settled. I met up with guys in San Clemente and I didn’t know it, but they had just beaten up some Marines and one of their girlfriends! The next thing I know, we’re lined up in front of a police car and these wasted people were like, “That’s the guy! That’s the guy that hit us!” I was accused of assault and battery-and of punching a girl in the face!

Did you show them your hands or anything?

Yeah, I was like, look at my hands, but they picked me out of the lineup so … because I’m from Norway on a visa, my whole career was at stake. If you have one thing against you, it’s like “peace out.” I was really thinking things were about to change! So I got a lawyer and tried to do it by the book. We went to court and the case was so stupid, but it still didn’t get dismissed. So I had to take a lie detector test with the top chief police officer guy in California-it took three hours to prove I was innocent. I passed the test, went back to court with the results, and now I’m free of all charges. So now I know how it feels to be innocent in the penal system here (laughs). I thought I’d be home in Oslo just partying-but no.

Dang, well there’s your new bad-boy image, Andreas. Two years ago you broke some fool’s arm and now you’ve beat up a Marine and punched his lady in the face!

Yeah, I’m gnarly. I’m into the gnarliness (laughs)!

You’re going to be collecting checks now! We’ve got to come up with a new nickname for you.

I’m just stoked everything worked out. It could have been a very bad thing. So I spent all this time and money, like seven grand, to prove my innocence, but that’s how life goes sometimes.

You don’t get a rebate or a refund?

Nope, it doesn’t work like that.

I heard you’re single and prowling the OC now?

Yeah, I was with my girlfriend for four years, so it’s been interesting. It’s a totally new experience for me-there’s a little more partying going down. There’s nobody I have to call, I can just do whatever I want. It was hard to have a normal relationship when I was always on the road. But I want to say my ex-girlfriend was always really cool about it-she’s wonderful. So right now Scotty Arnold is my wingman-we’ve just been hanging out in Newport Beach, and it’s been nothing but good times. It’s cool because I’ve never, like, lived that life when I was traveling.

So where do two single young snowboard dudes with lots of time on their hands meet girls in the OC nowadays?

Myspace.com. Just log onto MySpace (laughs).

Spit your sponsors.

Vans, Grenade, Agency, Planet Earth, Vestal, Electric, Active, O-matic.

Pull Quotes

“Let me start by saying Andreas is my favorite rider. He’s so good at snowboarding … he rubs off on you and you start to think you’re capable of stomping anything. He can seriously do any spin off any jump. The funny thing about Andreas is how serious he is. He can ask the most serious question and somehow it’s always funny. Maybe it’s his resemblance to the Terminator or the fact that he can’t make out whether people are joking unless they laugh. My favorite thing about him is that no matter how serious or overwhelming shredding can get, Andreas is always having fun and a blast to be around-even though he only understands half of my jokes.-Danny Kass

Andreas is a snowboard machine from the future, sent back in time to show us all how to stomp.-Eddie Wall

“‘Kevin, Eddie, we build powder kicker today?’ This was the only thing Andreas could say in English during his first year in the States.”-Eddie Wall

“Andreas has worked his ass off to get to where he’s at-he’s dedicated his life to it! His bag of tricks is endless and he stomps everything. He’s a humble guy and a true friend.”-Eddie Wall

“Andreas is single now, so if you’re a girl, watch the f-k out!”-Eddie Wall

“Seriously, that Andreas is a bad mothaf-ker! He’s one of the strongest riders I have ever seen without question-it’s ridiculous! It’s a trip how quiet and modest he is for bein’ that dope. He don’t even say much, ’cause he just lets his ridin’ speak for him-straight ill!-Marc Frank

he can’t make out whether people are joking unless they laugh. My favorite thing about him is that no matter how serious or overwhelming shredding can get, Andreas is always having fun and a blast to be around-even though he only understands half of my jokes.-Danny Kass

Andreas is a snowboard machine from the future, sent back in time to show us all how to stomp.-Eddie Wall

“‘Kevin, Eddie, we build powder kicker today?’ This was the only thing Andreas could say in English during his first year in the States.”-Eddie Wall

“Andreas has worked his ass off to get to where he’s at-he’s dedicated his life to it! His bag of tricks is endless and he stomps everything. He’s a humble guy and a true friend.”-Eddie Wall

“Andreas is single now, so if you’re a girl, watch the f-k out!”-Eddie Wall

“Seriously, that Andreas is a bad mothaf-ker! He’s one of the strongest riders I have ever seen without question-it’s ridiculous! It’s a trip how quiet and modest he is for bein’ that dope. He don’t even say much, ’cause he just lets his ridin’ speak for him-straight ill!-Marc Frank