I´ve been competing, travelling, filming snowboard flicks, and doing product development with all the companies I ride for – especially for Burton with their powder boards, bindings, boots and their AK clothing line.
When I don´t snowboard, I play football, skate and surf – pretty much anything for a good time. For me it is essential to be active and using my body in various activities; otherwise, I feel I´m losing my life drive. Food is of course an important factor of life. I don’t count calories, but chemicals when I eat.
My bio in Natalie Langmann´s version:
When it comes to progression, creativity, and style, it is safe to say that the life and times of Norway’s Terje Haakonsen are an intangible part of snowboarding’s storied history. Opting out of chasing his childhood dream of a soccer career, he burst onto the snowboard scene in the late 80s, won multiple World Championship Halfpipe titles throughout the 90s, invented his own signature trick (the Haakon Flip), starred in some legendary flicks like Subjekt Haakonsen, and left a huge impact on snowboarding by becoming vocal about riders choosing not to revolutionize the sport by going for stock tricks and safe runs in contests. He chose to push snowboarding on his own terms by pushing himself in contests and putting down his best runs, and when he felt that going bigger with more style wasn't making enough of a difference, he dropped out of the pipe and started accumulating first descents throughout the big mountains of Alaska, Russia, Canada and New Zealand.
Besides having some of the best handplants, methods, and McTwists in the game, most cite Haakon’s greatest influence on snowboarding to be his choice not go to the 1998 Olympics for halfpipe when at the time he was favored to bring home a gold medal. Many perceived this to be him boycotting the Olympics, but ask Terje and he’ll explain the reasons why we need to take ahold of own sport with rider-run contests and forming a world series in order to define a real world champion. Shortly after the Olympic hoopla died down, armed with such ideologies, he co-founded the Ticket To Ride series (now the World Snowboard Tour) and started his own event, the Arctic Challenge. By demonstrating his consistent ability to see the bigger picture, to change formats, by bringing key players and the snowboarders that are considered to be the best in the world together to discuss what can be done to make events better, and by inviting those without knowledge and in need of a different perspective to see firsthand what goes into the Arctic Challenge, it is of little wonder that well over a decade and a half later, people still ask for his opinions.
Despite all the attention, Haakonsen retains a sense of humility, and continues to prove that he isn’t slowing down in the slightest: whether it’s winning the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom seven times, nailing the highest air at the Arctic Challenge to date, winning third amongst the best backcountry riders in the world at Travis Rice’s Ultra Natural in 2013, splitboarding into Norway’s wilderness with Jeremy Jones, putting out solid backcountry parts in numerous shred flicks, snagging first at LBS’ 2014 Fakie race with a backpack on, or poaching and partaking in a method train down the 2014 US Open halfpipe – all the while surfing, being a dad, doing some yoga, playing some football, and eating some good food – it’s evident that the Sprocking Cat has still got it.