XAVIER DE LA RUE
"Lord of the Steeps !"
Date of birth: July 1, 1979
Born: Bayonne, France
Residence: Saint Lary Soulan, Pyrenees, France
Height: 5 ft. 9 in
Nick Name: Xav/ The Butcher
Favorite Mountain: Mont Blanc
Favorite Food: Japanese, Italian ( in Italy )
Favorite Snowboard Website: Meteochamonix.com
World Champion Freeride World Tour: 2010, 2009, and 2008
Winner of Freeride World Tour Extreme Verbier: 2009 and 2007
Best Line (Ski & Snowboard) of the Freeride World Tour: 2009, 2008
Winner Boarder-X World Championship: 2007
Winner X games Boarder-X: 2005
" 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 of 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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Hailed as the world's most extreme snowboarder, the X-Games' Gold Medalist has turned his attention from competing in boardercross, and free riding, winning the last three years at Verbier, Switzerland, to shooting films with Jeremy Jones in Chamonix, France, and creating innovations that could have a profound impact on backcountry safety. In this exclusive podcast interview, Xavier de le Rue shares his near death experiences when he got buried by a massive avalanche, how he deals with fear, and rides the gnarliest lines on the planet.
You got to take risks to reach the next level of riding, find new kind of spots, play with the terrain and use your creativity. Xavier de le Rue doesn't see the mountain like you and me. Without a decent snowfall in weeks, Xavier kept himself busy anyway this past month in the Alps. In these conditions sluff and ice make for some radical lines. Witness Xavier de le Rue as a big mountain jibber.
"Better try and crash than think you could do it and not give it a shot!"
Every year pro snowboarders are judged by their peers on their video part in one of the big snowboard movies. This is the story of one of those riders.
"It's a bit icy here. I really feel like I should take it easy because I, if I end up on something like the top, I'm just going to go down straightaway ... Alright guys, I'm on blue fucking ice. I was close to going down. I put my ice screw in, I'm safe. Give me two minutes to figure it out but I need to get out of here. I only have one ice axe so I'm a bit fucked."
Line of Xavier De Le Rue, winner of the Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2011 by Swatch in snowboard.
"That face is so intense ... when you strap in, it's still just you and your skill level and what you want to do. I feel scared every time! Every time you drop in, even if you've been there and done that, conditions change so much that still you don't have room for a single mistake."
Last December, team snowboarders Xavier de le Rue and Lucas Debari set sail from the Falklands, through the Drake Passage and around the Fjords of the Antarctic peninsula in search of the best lines to ride on the continent.
Xavier de Le Rue, considered by his peers as the best big mountain rider, reveals himself intimately and exposes his feeling about his life, reasons he keeps on getting the motivation to push his own limits and why snowboarding represent his reason to be.
When you think of the gnarliest snowboarder on the planet, usually one name comes to mind. That name is Xavier De Le Rue. Xavier has done some of the craziest, and steepest lines in all of snowboarding. Hang onto your seat while watching this, because it's definitely intense!