Eric Willett is quickly becoming a staple in the slopestyle scene. He consistently places among the top three in every slope contest he enters. This year he took top honors at the Dew Tour in Vermont, placed second at the O’Neill Evolution in Davos, Switzerland and nabbed third at the Euro X Games in Tignes, France.
Willett has some of the best frontside double-corks in the game, which sets him apart from the pack. We caught up with this clay-spinning, horse-cooking, 24-year-old Colorado native at the Vans Wangl Tangl in Maryhofen, Austria for ten lesser known factoids about the rising star.
1. Breckenridge is my favorite resort to ride, because they have their park set up early in the season; it’s maintained really well and they have the biggest jumps.
2. I think the Olympics is good for snowboarding, even if some people hate on it. It gives our sport more recognition.
3. I was really into ceramics in school. I did it all four years and wish I could still do it. I’m actually thinking about buying a pottery wheel.
4. I’ve traveled internationally five times since December for snowboard contests, including to China, and Europe.
5. Once, when I was in Davos, Switzerland, I ate horse and ostrich that you had to cook yourself. At the time, it didn’t dawn on me how weird it was. I just ate it.
6. I like traveling, but I hate that there are so many contests in Europe. It would be nice to have more in the US, because there are so many good mountains.
7. Andreas Wiig is my favorite snowboarder because he’s who I’ve always looked up in comps and in videos. He’s a really rad guy.
8. I just got engaged and I couldn’t be more stoked.
9. Luckily, I haven’t been injured too much. I haven’t had an injury that’s taken me out of snowboarding.
10. I’m insta-dicted to Insta-gram, I try to ‘gram once a day.
Follow Eric: @Eric_Willett
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