Snowboarding is gettin’ HOSTILE!!!December 7th, 2010 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
We’ve been waiting him for a while here on Candiesmagazine.com, a dear friend and also a true snowboarder, the kind of man who puts a lot of passion and deeply believes in what he’s doing! Exactly the kind of person that we admire the most! This guy has recently become the Team Manager of Hostile Snowboard, a newco that’s working really well and promises great things for the future! It’s time to let the man talk, Marco Comisi!
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Hostile Snowboards was born in 1999 from Gianni Roà and his son’s mind, who were the owners of the Roà Sport store in Mondovì (CN). They have been deeply believing in snowboard since the very beginning of the 90s, when boards had a pointed shape, gloves were till the underarm, beanies till the bottom and the fluorescent riders were yelling iuhuuu iuhuuu while jumping a mini bump !!! Then, in 1999, after having grown a lot of experience in this field, they decided to create their own company, in memory of their great friend Max. So in a few years they created HOSTILE, a brand that today stands in a prominent place in the Snowboard world, and not only in Italy!
How did you come into Hostile? And how did you shift from “simple” rider to team manager?
Years ago, attending their snowboard shop I knew their super cool projects and so I began testing all their new creations and riding for them giving them my impressions; tens of Hostile boards passed under my feet!!! Every year I’m more pumped, I’m never sick of snowboard and I’m always looking for snow, rails, boxes. Snowboard – and everything concerned with – are my obsession.
Now, Andrea gave me this new role in Hostile and I want to organize tons of things: photosessions, epic days in powder, street sessions and also easy jibbing days and, of course, I’m going to follow “my athletes” through the coolest contests.
Oh, well, obviously I also keep shredding, mostly on boxes and rails, that’s where I have the most fun! I’ll keep testing boards, boots, bindings, protections and snowwear of the next collections.
[First two pictures: Marco Comisi, shot by(in order) Marco Cavallero and Hostile]
The concept behind the brand has evolved a lot during these years! What are your plans for the future?
The Hostile staff is very careful about every innovation in the snowboard world. In the last years important changes have been made – and novelties have been brought – in the board shapes and in boots and bindings’ materials. Thanks to the work of expert hands and minds, and thanks also to the tests of the athletes, Hostile Snowboards has evaluated and chosen the most important changes to make, changes that are in line with those of the main worldwide companies.
In short…also Hostile Snowboard has his Penis Rocker (banana) camber and also the Super Penis Rocker (gullwing)!!! We focus on lightness and strenght for what concerns boots and bindings and everything winking to the more fashionable fashion.
In Italy we have maybe a lot of everything but definitely not much important snowboard companies. What do you think you can give – more or differently from the others – to those who choose to ride with your products?
Men, women and children, beginners, freestylers, freeriders and snowboarders of the sunday: the 2010-2011 collection meet the needs of every rider. I’m sure that a lot of international companies would die for having in their catalogue a Pimp Me Penis Rocker or a Thunder, very technical and resistant boards, with an incredible shape and super cool graphics and at a price affordable to every wallet.
We saw a lot of new in the Team too! Who are the Hostile riders for the upcoming season?
It’s a high level team!
Alessandro Bruno is powerful and very technic, he’s really huge on big airs and rails and he does everything with a natural and unique style, he’s always sure and solid…scandinavian style….
Luca Quaglia is sort of a loose cannon, able to amaze me with crazy flips and heavy rotations, he’s a bit crazy…otherwise…he’s a skimboarder!!!
Andrea Montecchi is a super stylish jibber, his style comes directly form the purest skate, he’s always hanging around looking for street handrails…our Magoon.
Simone del Moro is a great rider, he takes parts at various contests with good results, he can close tens of tricks, riding with him is always funny and if you suggest him a new trick, he try it immediately…like when you’re playing playstation…
In January we’re going to welcome two young riders, we’re looking for them around Italy and possibly we’ll choose a guy and a girl.
And last but not least, there’s a sensational new entry, an international cooperation, but it’s too soon to tell it everyone…..ehheehehehh! Stay tuned eheh eehh
[Rider: Simone del moro, photo: Marco Candellone]
The Hostile boards graphics are really funny and in cartoons style, we like them a lot. What should we expect from the under costruction “Artist” page on www.hostile.it?
Yeah, this year graphics are very easy and funny, they’re really loved. The graphic of the Pimp is the one that I love the most: a green lawn where you can stick various stickers that are supplied with the board: flowers, worms, butterflies, a dog poop and so on… Talking about the future…a team of solid designers, who already worked for some important realities in snowboard world, are working hard to ultimate the graphics of the next collections and to further update the brand image. Heavy stuffs…
Do you have a favourite home spot? Where do the Hostilers usuallly ride?
We often ride at Prato Nevoso (CN), but we travel a lot: Bardonecchia, Cervinia, 2 Alpes and also the North-East Alps. Simone del Moro is often riding in the Center-North Italy too. Moreover, we have a lot of friends supporting us also in Sicily.
A lot of people come to our Alps, but we still have not a lot of snowparks and spots, comparing with the European cousins. What advice would you give to the director of an Italian ski resort?
I like the idea of a lot of small rails disseminated around in the slopes of a resort. I think that the Bear Mountain Park in California is the best model and everyone who runs a resort should follow its exemple. Not too many jumps (some yes, of course) and a lot of easy and funny structures.
[Rider: Luca Quaglia, photo: Claudio Sasso]
You’ve been riding around for a lot of years. Have you seen some changes in the scene over the time? Do you think that snowboarding is always the same fun as the beginnings or is it becoming too serious?
I have always more and more fun! 12 years ago I was sliding road barriers, while now companies build amazing rails and boxes!!! I think that snowboard should become even more serious than nowadays in Italy, it should be like it’s in the rest of Europe, where more money is invested and there are huge structures. Abroad, in fact, the athletes can train in a proper way and prepare to the most important contests, while here everything is still left back and the Italian pro snowboardes have to leave their country to train.
We’ve seen some tunes around on the web. When are we going to see a full team video?
We’re planning to film a HD megavideo with the cooperation of some great filmers. Starting from December…lights, camera, action!
[Rider: Alessandro Bruno, photo: Hostile]
The rivalry between snowboarders and skiers seem to be finally faded, now we ride as brothers in any park. Are we ever going to see a Hostile Skier Squad?
Hostile has already created a ski line for the freeskiers and we’re soon going to see the presentation of the new graphics for the next season! Long live the twin tip skiers!
What’s your set up for this season?
Board: Hostile Pimp Me PNR 148 o 152
Boots : Hostile Rider 41
Bindings: Hostile Excuse
We’re going to meet you soon for the next hot news! You have the last word:
Thank you Silvia and thank you Carlo, you are great!
Good mountain to you all, we’ll meet anywhere there’s some snow and something to invent! Oh yeah ciao
Thank you Marco! Check out the new Hostile decks & all the goodies on www.hostile.it!YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: SNOWBOARD