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Michael Wigley

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Hometown?

Whitby, Ontario, Canada

How did you get into Snowboarding?

I started snowboarding in the flats of Ontario, moved to the mountains 10 years ago, got bored of ski hills, started splitboarding! Splitboarding is everything for me, walking in the mountains, enjoying the elements, discovery, self discovery, the views, friends, eating food, and choking on pow. Enjoy the moment.

What is your favorite shred spot?

Kootenay Pass, BC

Backcountry, Park, or Street?

Backcountry

If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Craig Kelly to just meet the legend that he is and enjoy some time in his world. Tom Burt to discuss his mathematical way of destroying lines throughout his years. Jonavon Moore to chat about his life politics, where he is now, and what he's been up too. Bonus Person: Travis Parker to talk life.

What are your goals for this season?

Spend many nights camping in the backcountry via snow caves, huts, and tents in BC. Spend 6 weeks with 40 tribes backcountry in Kyrgyzstan as their host and fingers crossed get a first descent, as well ride many new lines in one of the furthest mountain ranges from an ocean. Visit Europe, either Austria or Norway and tick off the 5th continent I'll splitboard in. Plan traverses in the spring in the Canadian Rockies as well as tick more lines off. Possibility of chasing corn on the volcanoes of the US. Head back to New Zealand for their winter and continue chasing turns all year. Month 25 splitboarding currently.

Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Travis Rice, just for how he's taking control of his career and creating his vision. Very powerful rider, smart, creative, and looks after his homies! What a dude!

What are 3 things you like to do outside of Snowboarding?

Travelling, kayaking, hiking.

Who are the top 3 bands/artists you're into right now?

Arcade Fire, Of Monster and Men, TV on the Radio.

What sets you apart?

Love and dedication. With splitboarding and backcountry snowboarding you don't spend much time actually snowboarding. Plenty of sacrifice to hike out lines and to have them in proper conditions. It's a meditative pastime with great rewards, you need to be on it when conditions are on. Creativity will set your lines apart.

What advice would you give kids that want to make in your sport?

Enjoy the moment, enjoy being out with your friends, being in the mountains, and how much fun sliding a piece of glorified wood down a snow covered slope can be. Not to mention snow, a thing that falls from the sky for several months and builds the most playful playground on what will otherwise would be death. So much fun, just enjoy it, crush, and don't forget to send it.

Other sponsors / supporters?

Tribute Boardshop, Ranger Backcountry

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