MM - The best resort you visited?
TH - Mt Baker was good. Lots of snow.
MM - Best trip?
TH - To Jackson Hole. With Bryan and Sebu.
MM - Any hotel you like to mention?
TH - Mm, the one in Ischgl - Elisabeth. At breakfast they had a separate omelet buffet. Champagne too…
MM - Competition?
TH - The best pipe was in Japan.
MM - Is that's what makes a good competition?
TH - Uh-hu.
MM - Anything real boring happened last year?
TH - We went to Alaina Lodge in Alaska and it was all ice.
MM - How long were you did you stay?
TH - A week.
MM - Shit happens huh? Switching subjects - Some rumors have it you've tried to prove the weakness of the judging system during the past winter, riding real well but still not winning because you didn't do enough spins…
TH - Well, nothing's working. A lot of people get ripped off.
MM - What changes should be made?
TH - The whole format. We should do heats, I believe. Also there's a lot of waste of time - pre-qualifications, ladies etc.
MM - OK. So we're in Riksgränsen now - how's your stay been?
TH - It's been really good this year.
MM - Where have you've riding today?
TH - On "The Roof".(Steep terrain accessed by helicopter only.)
MM - Shooting for the movie you're making? Actually, could you tell the whole story about the project? I've heard so many rumors about it, I have no clue what's going on myself.
TH - We've been to Japan, Switzerland, Jackson, Riksgränsen…
MM - …, but isn't it going to be a movie about you?
TH - Uh-hu, it's going to be a profile movie about me. But Johan, Sebu, Bryan and some others will be in it as well. Twenty to thirty minutes of snowboarding. Shot by Seone (Dave) mostly. It's a Volcom film, so Vecco Productions are editing it and so. Gonna be a lot of pipe in it since we've had some bad luck with snow conditions.
MM - I'm sure it will be pretty decent anyway. (smirk) Any more projects like this one in the future?
TH - Don't know. I never want another deadline, that's for sure.
MM - Where's snowboarding heading in the future? Where are we going? Will people specialize themselves away from the fun?
TH - There are not too that many riders that can do it all today. Most are riding just one thing already.
MM - Who can do it all, in your opinion?
TH - Noah (Salasnek), Peter (Line), Johan (Olofsson), Jim (Rippey)… Out of the ones I've seen.
MM - Who are up and coming?
TH - There just new names in the pipe - Fins. But that's isn't really much either since they are all doing the same moves: A frontside 360 and a 720. There are a lot of old and ugly moves hanging around, but that's probably because of the format of the competitions.
MM - Who aren't following those tracks? Who's pushing it?
TH - Daniel (Frank), Ingemar (Backman) and Brushie.
MM - Gonna compete a lot yourself next year?
TH - I don't know. Perhaps go to the five biggest events…
MM - Any plans for the summer?
TH - Go to Hood maybe. Good pipes, but lots of other things as well.
MM - Spend some time at home, in Norway?
TH - I planned to this winter, but there wasn't very much snow. Maybe next year.
MM - Heard you're going skiing tonight. Correct?
TH - Yeah, see you up there.
Name: Terje Håkonsen
Residence: Yttre Vinje, Norway
Sponsors: Burton, Oakley, Volcom
WPT Standing 1996: 6th