This time we take a trip to the right side of the pond and head over to Europe and catch up with Flow Snowboarding European team athlete Mario Wanger. We learn everything from what part of Austria he is from, to the football (soccer) clubs he supports, to what tunes are blasting through his ear buds and even his strong affinity for one mountain here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Flow also asked Wanger if he had any goals going into this next winter and his answer gives you a peek into the modus operandi of his approach to life. Wanger replied, “Having as much fun as possible… always.”
Where were you born Mario?
Where is home for you now?
I live in Aschau. That is located in the Zillertal Valley.
Where was the first place you ever went snowboarding? What year was it?
That was in Zell am Ziller just 5 min from my home. I guess that was in the year 2003 or 2004.
Did you ever go skiing before snowboarding?
Yep, I did. But I totally sucked. Haha!
What would you consider your home mountain to be?
I would say Mayrhofen, Penken Park.
What is your current snowboarding setup preference?
Hylite Focus Boot, BlackOut or WhiteOut boards with the NX2 bindings.
What kind of music do you listen to when you’re snowboarding?
I’m listening so much, but right now I would say ASAP Rocky and Santigold.
What are your summer activities like? Do you continuously ride the glaciers in the Alps a lot, or do you take a break in the summer to explore other activities?
I’m hiking a lot in the mountains. Skateboarding, training, partying, swimming, work outs in the gym and some soccer… and fast cars! A little bit of work too. So, no snowboarding in the summer.
Soccer? Yes, Europe and their football. What European clubs do you support?
I like Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid as well, because they just have all the best players in the world. Haha…
Have you made it over here to North America to ride? Where all have you ridden here in the United States or Canada?
Yep, I have been to North America three times. It is always a pleasure. Two times I went to Mt. Baker to film some backcountry stuff. That place is so damn sick. I also went to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, but the weather sucked the whole time I was there.
What is your opinion of the resorts and lifestyles in the US as opposed to back home in Europe? Are there any differences or similarities between our two region’s lifestyles?
I don’t think so. I know a few guys from the US through riding. It is pretty much all the same. Except for the jibbing guys. Haha…
Where was your favorite place to snowboard last winter?
That was in Arabba, Italy. It was such a good time riding all the deep powder there.
Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?
I wanna go back to Mt. Baker again if they get enough snow.
Where has been your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?
Greece was pretty nice, but Egypt was not bad too. There are too many nice places.
Any final words to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or customers reading this interview?
Flow is sick!
A lot of great riders spend their time in the Alps. Have any of you gone to Europe to snowboard yet? What resorts have you visited on the other side of the pond? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. We want to know where you guys and girls have traveled to #FindYourFlow.