Switch, Regs. Switch, Regs. Stomp.
For Iikka Backstrom, a day spent filming in the backcountry is about as close to powder skateboarding as one can get. A former urban-riding come up, Iikka flipped the night sessions and staircases of the streets for the hills and drops of the Whistler Backcountry a few years back, maturing under the guidance of The Boss himself, Devun Walsh. After his part in TransWorld SNOWboarding’s 2010 film, "In Color", prompted endless cries of “Wait… That was switch??”, Iikka and Devun teamed up full-time this season, debuting to immediate success their new blog and Webisode series, Polar Opposites. Taking another page from Devun’s wise book, Iikka sums up his love for the snow as simply as his mentor: “Snowboarding? It just… it just makes me smile!”
Says Iikka: “DC helps me feel really good and carefree while on the snow—they bring out my better side!”
Pow Board: DC MLF Iikka Pro 158
Rail Board: I don't...
Park Board: DC MLF Iikka Pro 154
Jump Board: DC MLF Iikka Pro 158
Pow Boot Model/Size: DC Rogan
Favorite Outerwear: DC's 15-20K waterproof gear.
What I Like in a Snowboard: Sitffness.
What I Like in a Boot: Softness.
What I Like in an Outerwear Kit: Waterproofness.
2010/2011 Riding Crew: All my boys. Mostly with Dev!
2010 Film Credits: TransWorld SNOWboarding's "In Color"
2010/2011 Filming For Next: Polar Opposites
2010/2011 Contest Results: ...What?
Pre-Shred Rituals: Coffee, food, drive.
Post-Riding Refreshments: Marinating.
Parks in 2011: Superpark.
Feel-Good Grabs: Stalefish, Indy, Method.
Resorts, Worldwide: Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Mount Baker.
People To Ride With: Friends.
Favorite 2010/2011 Snow Films: "9191", "CHEERS", "In Color".
Snowboard Films, All-Time: "Decade", "Afterbang", "The Resistance".
Riders in 2010/2011: John Jackson, Jake Blauvelt, Gigi Rüf.
Riders, All-Time: Jamie Lynn, Terje Haakonsen, Mike Ranquet.
Off-Season: Skate, surf, guitar, fishing.
Hidden Talents: Soccer?
Best Part Of The Current DC Team: Homies.
Why You Ride For DC: It's fun!
I’ve Used “LOL” During Online Conversation: Oh yes.
I’ve Done a “Sex Change” More Than Once During a Rail Session: ...?
I Saw Harry Potter in the Theaters: Yep! Got tricked into that one... Had no idea what it was all about, and it was the most brutal movie theater experience ever.
I’ve Grabbed Tindy, and Lied About it Later: Nope.
A Silent Claim is Still a Claim: Somewhat.
I Rode Step-Ins: Yep, one day on a rental board,.
I Can Name at Least Ten of Devun Walsh’s Video Parts: Maybe.
I Play an Instrument/Make Music: Yes, guitar.
I Like Drinking White Wine: No.
Snowboarding Will be in 3D by 2015: Who cares.
I’ve Had a Teammate Carry Me Home After a Long Night: Plenty of times,
Snowmobiles are Better Than Helicopters: Yes.
I Voted in the Last Election: No.
I Can Name at Least One Slayer Song: No.
I Used To Rollerblade: No.
I Can Skate Better Than Iikka: WTF?
If I Could, I Would: Um...
If I Didn’t Have To, I Wouldn’t: Pay taxes.
Snowboarding Should: Be fun.
Snowboarding Should Never: Be not fun.
At The Resort, I Like To: Cruise around.
At The Resort, I Can’t Stand: Lift lines.
I Can Always Be Found At: www.facebook.com - Thanks, Zuckerberg!
You’ll Never Catch Me: Rollerblading.
I Snowboard Because: It makes me smile. It makes me feel really good and carefree... It brings out my better side!