Billabong Storms NZ: Erik Christiansen Interview + Photos

Tell me about a memorable moment for you from the NZ trip.

Pow turns, flat whites, laughing with everyone, and getting a quick tour of the New Zealand law system. I got in a fight with a bouncer and ended up having to buy him a new shirt and watchband, plus donate to babies born without anyone to be responsible for them--like if the mom is a crackhead or something. I had to borrow money from everyone to pay it because I was broke at that moment. The officer reduced it to the least possible amount for me, and I don’t have a criminal record down there--or anywhere for that matter--so that helped. On all the nights down there, the parties were going off, I even saw the gold-medal man getting a little crazy, and I now have even more respect for him.

Was riding in New Zealand what you were expecting?

I expected it to take longer to get there. Everyone talks about how badit is, but I thought it was mellow. I slept the whole time.

Sum up the heli-boarding day--the guides, the snow, the rock garden, et cetera.

It was my first time heli riding. I was freaked out a bit, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The guides were mellow. They showed us where to go and not to go--mostly where not to go, so it was fun to pick out and do what we wanted.

Tell me about the food on the trip.

The food was amazing! I don’t recommend eating Indian hot at the Indian joint, because I did and I felt it for the whole trip. I can still taste it when I think about it.

Tell me about the views--especially Trebble Cone.

The views were amazing. You could see for miles from the peak of Trebble Cone--the blue from the lake going into brown and then to white as it hits the snowline. Such a dope setting for a movie.

Tell me a bit about riding at Snowpark.

Snowpark was a pretty dope setup. It was probably one of the best parks I’ve ever ridden, and it also had a fun lodge to hang in after your day of riding. New Zealand really seemed to have it all. Snowpark was fun because it was a super good park, and Trebble Cone had long steep runs with little gullies and hits everywhere. I can’t even imagine how fun it would be on a pow day. Then there is the heli riding with amazingly long runs with tons of options. Yep, I’d like to go back this summer.

Tell me a little something about kia birds.

They eat your bindings and steal your shoes.

Tell me a little about Kale pissing in random places

Kale doesn’t give a f--k! Pisses anywhere he wants. Watch out!

Tell me about Air Hole testing.

It’s a ninja mask for your face, kid. They work perfectly!