|Name :||Xavier DE LE RUE|
|Nickname :||Xav' / The Butcher|
|Date of Birth :||01/07/1979|
|Home resort :||Saint Lary Soulan, Pyrénées, France|
Vitals & set ups
Riding since: 1996
With Rossignol since: 2006
Other sponsors: The North Face, Swatch, Relentless, Nissan, Dakine, ABS
Boards: Experience 167
Bindings: Experience Magtek
Regular / Goofy: Regular
Favorite resort: St Lary, verbier…
Dream resort: Antarctica & Alaska
Safe trick: Straight down
Favorite music: Sad emotional music…
Favorite magazine: Psychology mags. It’s nice to see how twisted we are
Favorite snowboard website: Meteochamonix.com
Favorite non snowboard website: Camptocamp.com
Best memorable session:
It was a trip to Antarctica with Jeremy Jones for Relentless movie, lives of the artists, we weren’t expecting much and we did get sun every day and breathtaking landscape. A unique experience I had tried to have a year before and that didn’t happen at that time. The second try was the good one and I shared that experience with tow good friends, Tero Repo (photographer) and Guido Perrini (filmer).
Best Line up until now:
Lost in between Canada and Alaska, we rode peaks and faces I thought were unreal during our camping trip in Alaska, go check Deeper movie to see what I’m talking about.
Philosophy: Life is about experiencing things … find your own way, keep searching, never give up … you'll find happiness.
What inspires you?
Nature - it's vital to my mental sanity.
World Champion on the Freeride World Tour - 2010, 2009 and 2008
Best Line (Ski and Snowboard) of the Freeride World Tour - 2009 and 2008
Swatch ONeill Big Mountain Pro - Overall Winner in 2009, 2nd in 2008, Winner in 2007
Freeride World Tour Verbier Extreme (CH) - Winner in 2009 and 2007
Winner of the Freeride World Tour in Tignes (FR), 2009 and 2008
Freeride World Tour in Sochi (RUS) - 2nd 2009 and 2nd 2008
Freeride World Tour in Squaw Valley (USA) - 3rd in 2009
SBX FIS Vice World Champion in 2009
Oxbow Back to the Powder in Tignes (FR) - Winner in 2008
Boarder-X World Championship - Winner in 2007
X Games Boarder-X - Winner in 2005
Gravity Games Boarder-X - Winner in 2005
Mt Baker legendary banked slalom – Winner 2002
2010 - Deeper by TGR
2010 - The Storming by Standard Films
2010 - Follow me down by Relentless (Lives of the artists 2)
2009 - Black Winter by Standard Films, Lives of the Artist by Relentlessentergy.com
2008 - Aesthetica by Standard Films
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003 - Nuit de la glisse
2004 - The ultimate round
2009 Snowboarder Magazine Big Mountain of The Year
Awarded for Standout part of the year at Transworld Rider Poll Award 2010
Cold Smoke Award 2010: nominated for Best Line
St Lary Freeride Film Festival 2010: Lives of the Artist awarded Best Shooting and Jury Special Prize
Goals in snowboarding:
Live Fast and die old!
I started doing a bit of everything in snowboarding; I won plenty of snowboard cross. Once I got the chance to start filming I understood really quickly that it was what I wanted to do the most. Now I’m trying to push my limit and big mountain riding the way I see it. The pedal to the metal and full on. Life is good and I can combine my love for nature with my job. My goals are to keep on exploring and to chase the most perfect snow and faces that can be ridden.
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