The History of RK1 : Insight Movie
“You always gotta build your own stuff. That’s the name of the game.” – Len. Rider: Alek Oestreng. Photo: Daniel Tengs.

Four Friends From Rykkinn: The History of RK1

Alek Oestreng, Ståle Sandbech, and Olav Stubberud grew up together in Rykkinn, Norway, along with Len Jørgensen just down the road. They rode their local hill together every day until the lifts stopped turning, each determined to etch out a living through snowboarding. Back then, Alek would write “RKN” on his skateboard as an abbreviation for Rykkinn and “N” in Norwegian sounds a lot like the word “one” in English. It was decided: RK1 was the name of their crew.

Born of self-reliance, RK1 comes from an environment that forced them to shape their own features. “If we came out of a resort that had everything, we would have just ridden that. But we had to build our own stuff,” recounts Sandbech.

A lot has changed for RK1 since their childhood days in Rykkinn, while much has remained the same. Each member of this crew has seen success within snowboarding, and respectively busy schedules mean the boys don’t ride together every afternoon like they did growing up, but RK1’s bond persists along with their love for snowboarding—especially its creative element. So, every spring Alek, Ståle, Len, and Olav get together for a park shoot on a course they design together that’s exactly how they like it: a little bit weird.

By now, creativity has become second nature to RK1, and the crew agrees, “Snowboarding is not something you should do by yourself.” For RK1, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Supported by: Rome Snowboards

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“That’s what snowboarding is to me, it’s something to do with friends. The same kind of weird people that don’t want to do the normal sports. You just wanna go out there, no rules, just find your own way.” – Ståle. PHOTO: Daniel Tengs

About Insight

Insight is a multifaceted project about the personalities and places that comprise it. Each rider involved was selected because of their quest: a unique desire to achieve an individual goal is what unites this eclectic collective. The title of the project is quite literal. The goal of Insight is to delve into the lives of those involved, exposing the particular motivations each has to strap in—be it atop a stairset, powder field or couloir. Featuring: Victor De Le Rue, Red Gerard, Jason Robinson, Victor Daviet, Elias Elhardt, Dylan Alito, Bjorn Leines, Josh Dirksen, Toni Kerkelä, RK1, and Bear Mountain.

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