What The Pros Are Rockin’
Name: David Benedek
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 165 pounds
Home: All over
Roots: Munich, Germany
Sponsors: Salomon, Bonfire, Anon, Ratiopharm
Stance: Regular, with twelve degrees of angle on the front foot and negative-nine on the back. I don’t know how wide it is—whatever seems right. I ride as centered as I can. Sometimes it ends up being a tiny bit set back.
Board: I ride the Salomon Prospect 157—pretty stiff but a really stable freestyle board. It’s a little long for me—being not very tall—but it works perfectly for powder. In the park I use the Prospect ’54 sometimes.
Boots: The Salomon Dialogue. It’s a pretty soft boot. I hate to break in boots so I’ve always liked softer ones, but lately I’m getting a little more stoked on stiffer boots as the jumps are getting bigger and bigger.
Bindings: Salomon SPX Pro
Superstitions: I hate the feeling of riding a handrail without having my edges being detuned, but that’s as crazy as I get.
Riding style: Oh, it’s wild, that’s for sure. Wild and unleashed—those are two terms that immediately come into my head when I think about it.
Quote: “I’m addicted to speed and the feeling of being upside down moments before detonation.”
What’s in David’s photo:
Board: Salomon Prospect 157 ($400)
Boots: Salomon Dialogues ($220)
Bindings: Salomon SPX Pros ($220)
Jacket: Salomon Optic C10, Rock Print ($210)
Pant: Salomon Optic T20 ($220)
Goggle: Anon Figments($70)
Gloves:Bonfire 10R ($51)
Photo: Trevor Graves