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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/
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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…
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 TWSNOW.com, 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.
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.
Check out the rest of the interview on the next page!
Chris Letterle: As a child, did you always want to be a snowboarder?
I didn't find snowboarding until I was around 11 or 12 years old. Before that I tried soccer, basketball, a lot of different team sports that didn't work out. Like, for soccer I played goalie, but it wasn't because I wanted to. It was because I was picked last and that was the only open position. So you can get the picture of what school was like. But then I found snowboarding, and I made a whole new set of friends. We all met on the mountain, just kids from different schools. After that I took the bus to the mountain every night, and it was the best vibe ever. I got hooked and that was it. Finding snowboarding was a serious life changer.
Todd Mcadam: What's your biggest career achievement?
Winning the Readers' Choice award for the first time. That was a big one because it seemed like it was a result of starting up my site [torstein.net] and putting a lot of riding out there. It was cool seeing the fan base build and was a statement that the site was working. Winning that award was really motivating to keep going and keep giving back, but winning it again this year was just unbelievable.
Kris Mosdale: How did you come up with the game In Your Face?
Damn, I can't remember how I came up with it really. I think I was just cruising one day, trying to play a SKATE type of game that wasn't just hiking a rail. I wanted to try a game where you could use the whole park and finish it a little bit faster. The name had a little bit to do with the spray too, you know? Honestly I didn't plan on keeping it going after the first time, but kids were super down with it. They hit me up all the time on Facebook, telling me that they're playing it and how it makes them better snowboarders. I think that's super cool.
Frederik van den Berg: How much has your online presence pushed your career? Is it another source of income, something your sponsors want, a fun pastime, or is it merely a PR tool?
Well, you might have noticed that I don't have many logos on my site or in the videos. I'll wear my sponsors' logos or have stickers on my board, but the site is all me. The first year I paid Toby, my filmer, out of my own pocket. That wasn't something I called my sponsors to do. The site came out of something that I felt was missing when I was growing up, just a way to give back to the kids. I wanted to try it and see what the response was; if it was a positive response, and I was getting inspired, I'd keep it going. And now 90 percent of the kids that hit me up when I'm on the mountain usually refer to the videos on my site. Like one in 10 will yell from the lift something like, "Yeah triple cork Torstein, yeah!" But the other nine will yell something like, "Truck that rail" or "What's up with Nicole, man." That really stokes me out.
Charlie Cilensek: Do you ride a rocker board or a cambered board?
Strictly camber. Except I did try a flat board at the end of the season, and I might try that out next year. But for the most part I need a cambered board. I like to ride a smaller board in the park. I ride a 147 to 150, and I try to ride that for everything. Sometimes when I need more support I'll ride a bigger board like a 154.
Mat Huber: Do you still name and treat your boards well?
Yes. Well, Nicole and I had a complicated situation after last season. We were on a break. She's going to come back soon I hope. Frank is an old buddy of mine, but I don't think I'm going to be cruising with him for a while…
Ryan Gormley: Do you think riding with a solid crew helps you push your riding, or do you prefer to ride alone?
A solid crew. Definitely a solid crew. It's the shit. Going through the season, filming those video projects, and doing all of those contests, I get to ride with a bunch of different people from all over the place. It's awesome.