Eero Ettala 20th Anniversary Snowboard Interview

Eero Ettala fa parte di Nitro Snowboards da oltre 20 anni e siamo veramente profondamente onorati che abbia trascorso la maggior parte, se così possiamo dire, dell’intera sua carriera insieme a Nitro. Eero è uno degli snowboarder più influenti di tutti i tempi, con alcune delle video part più innovative con MDP, Standard Films e di web series davvero pionieristiche, con parti straordinarie nelle produzioni video Nitro, in produzione di film sullo snowboard e la creazione del suo documentario con Pablo Films – ENTER.

Mentre faceva tutto questo però Eero è stato soprattutto e prima di tutto un vero sostenitore della passione e della gioia dello snowboard attraverso la sua progressione e l’amore infinito nel supportare i nuovi rider e la comunità dello snowboard in generale. Un trasmettitore di passione e amore che ha contribuito a portare “lo snowboarding” dove è oggi.

In segno del nostro riconoscimento per questo grande snowboarder ed essere umano, abbiamo realizzato una nuova versione della suo primo, iconico, Pro Model con Nitro, come edizione speciale per il 20° anniversario di questa lunga storia che ci lega. Siamo onorati, lo ripetiamo e lo ripeteremo all’infinito, di avere Eero Ettala nella famiglia Nitro e siamo così felici che lui e sua moglie abbiano ampliato la loro famiglia che abbiamo creato alcune tavole Nitro 20th Anniversary da 86 cm in edizione limitata. Ora, padre e figlio, potranno raidare insieme sulla stessa tavola

Ci siamo seduti con Eero e gli abbiamo fatto alcune domande sull'iconica "Burger Board”.

What was your inspiration for the original Pro Model Graphic - The Burger Board?
I was looking back to the graphic now it is pretty funny, actually. You get your first pro model, and you can design anything you want in the world for the board graphic, and then you end up choosing a burger. Makes zero sense. But at the time, I was 21 years old and loved the American fast food scene, especially burgers. So when the Nitro designer asked me what I liked in life and what would be a good inspiration for my first pro model graphic, I just ended up saying a burger, Haha.

What was your favorite trick you filmed on it, and what movie was it in?
It must have been the double backside rodeo 1080 up at Mt.Hood for MDP's Follow me around.

Did you ever think you would have a 20th-anniversary Release Snowboard come out?
No! It's crazy thinking that one of my boards is getting re-released when I'm still actively riding, especially repping the same company for all these years. It shows the loyalty that goes both ways!! I'm so honored for this gesture from Nitro.

How and why do you think you have been able to stay in the professional snowboard world for so long?
Purely just for the love of snowboarding and being able to work with such amazing companies. They have had my back for all these years. I've tried to stay relevant in the scene by being out there riding as much as possible and having fun on the board, and I think that people can relate and get inspired to go shred...if that 37-year-old fart is still shredding, so can we!

What is your favorite part about this snowboard? What does it mean to you?
The fact that Nitro has valued my career this much to honor it with surprise like this. It really warms my heart.

Also, do you think you will have a 40-year reissue?
Hahaha. It is totally up to you guys. That would be a sick milestone to reach. I would be 57 at the time!

Last question how and where are you starting the season?
I'm currently getting in the first jibs and turns of the season up north of Finland in Ruka! Feels so good to be back on board and especially seeing that burger graphic between my bindings.