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Arthur Longo

Arthur Longo resembles those pros from the late nineties. He’s so over the top, you can hardly relate to him. But when he opens his mouth to talk, he seems so natural and pure you can only appreciate the huge gift mother nature gave him. He can ride everything with style: halfpipe, backcountry, jumps… He can handle them all with a unique grace which shows how deeply in contact with the mountains he is – like a surfer with water. Despite his fame, he’s humble. All he wants to do is riding with his friends and giving back some of this energy to snowboarding.

Hey Arthur, where are you right now and what are you doing?

I’m driving to Chamonix to meet with the Volcom crew, we’re staying there for ten days.  Chamonix is one of my favorite spots to ride. I’ve just left Arlberg in Austria, where I was staying with my friends Blake Paul, Jake Kuzyk, Tanner Pendleton and Oli Gagnon. Jake and Tanner are shooting a movie, so we were there trying to get some shots, but we mostly enjoyed the snow brought in Austria in the last two weeks by some snowstorms. It’s the first pow of the season for me and it’s amazing to get that feeling again.

You traveled a lot last winter, filming on a pretty wide range of terrains. At the beginning of 2018 we saw you mastering the side hits, then the backcountry with Vans in Landline and later on in Together Forever. Which are your plans for the incoming season?

I don’t really know yet what I’ll be working on this incoming winter, but we’re thinking about something with Volcom, even if I can’t say much about this right now. Moreover, Jake and Tanner are working on a new movie for Vans, so I will be filming with them as well. Well, you know, there are a lot of filming plans going on, but in the end you never know where, who, when and how it’s gonna be like. My main goal is filming as much as I can and have a good time.

There are a lot of filming plans going on, but in the end you never know where, who, when and how it’s gonna be like. My main goal is filming as much as I can and have a good time.

Which was the purpose of Caboosta Gondola chill approach? Easy riding seems to be the next big thing: are you down with such statement?

Caboosta Gondola was more of a cultural trip. When you’re filming a movie, you usually focus more on getting the perfect trick in the perfect conditions, forgetting about what’s surrounding you. When you’re on a journey, you have to lower your expectations, ‘cause you can’t always be in the perfect spot at the perfect time. So you simply enjoy the ride. We filmed it at the end of the season with slushy snow, so our best option was to focus on chill riding. I think a good video doesn’t necessarily have to feature the latest or biggest trick. I don’t know if it’s a statement, but all we wanted to do was going somewhere and do something, travelling with our friends. And we think many people can relate to that.

Will we see you tearing down the walls of a halfpipe again in a competition?

I did it for a long time, way more than I expected, but I don’t think I will ever do halfpipe competitions like I used to. I spent so much time training to reach that level, that only when I stepped away from it I realized how crazy it was, while when I did it on a daily basis it was quite normal for me. I still love it, though.

Let’s go back to Side Hits Euphoria for a minute: how did the idea come to film just natural hits?

I’ve had the idea for SHE (Side Hits Euphoria) in my mind for a very long time. I was used to it and I still feel like it’s quite my thing. Sometimes it’s more exciting to watch riders cruising around hitting mini features, instead of doing crazy halfpipe run. I don’t know. I tried to register kind of stuff more inspired by skateboarding and DIY. Plus, it was pretty easy and fun to make. I’m really stoked for it! 

How was winning the Standout Performance of the Year at TransWorld Riders’ Poll 20 with Oliver Glitter?

I can’t believe it: it’s a really big recognition getting that award. Thanks to everybody that made it happen. Pretty cool!

What do you think about the Filming vs Competing thing, having done them both for quite a long time?

They’re so different. I’m glad the contests exist and I’m also glad I competed for a long time. The contests push the limits and raise the bar of technical level. Filming is more about creativity and not only about performance.

What does make French riders so special? I mean, beside the crazy amount of quality mountains they ride.

Actually, I don’t know. I know for sure we are super lucky for the mountains we have. Especially those on the west side, where we have so many good resorts. Going on sky holidays is rooted in French culture. In my case, I’m pretty lucky because I was born in a ski resort with a great snow park, Les Deux Alpes, so my approach to snowboarding had been pretty easy.

What does snowboarding need right now?

It would be great if snowboarding got cheaper: lift passes, gas, accommodation, food… It’s all so expensive that only few people can afford it without a support.

Where do you think it will go in the next few years?
Wherever it’s going, I hope it will keep on growing, and that the new generation will be able to push further. I also hope snowboarding will be less led by business, but you know we all need that part to keep the ball rolling. I think it will get more sustainable, that’s for sure.

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