Oskari ‘Okko’ Raitanen Interview

Loveskiing Oskari Okko Raitanen InterviewThe Loveskiing team caught up with Oskari “Okko” after his recent success in Andreas Håtveit’s Backyard Battle, where he finished 2nd. Okko is part of the Nipwitz film crew who state “ski movies are boring as hell and we want to change that.” Bring it on! Last year Nipwitz was awarded the 2010 Best Webisode award in the International Freeskiing Film Festival in Annecy, France. Make sure you check them out… www.nipwitz.com.

Okka was a prominent rider in the Red Bull Playstreets urban skiing competition finishing 3rd in 2008. The Red Bull Playstreets made a welcome return after a 2 year break this season.

Enough chit chat from us, now it is Okko’s turn to talk…

The Interview

Where does your passion for skiing come from?
I’ve been skiing since I can remember and I think the passion originally came from the freedom of our sport; no coaches, no stress, just you and your friends pushing each other.

What skis do you ride?
I usually ride the Atomic Punx 173cm with an FFG16 binding. Sometimes when I get to ski pow I use Atomic Bent Chetler in 183.

How did you get into slopestyle?
My home resort has a variety of rails and some kickers so that’s what I’ve been riding all the time. I’ve tried to ski pipe but it just hasn’t worked out 😀

What advice would you give to young aspiring skiers out there?
Keep on pushing yourself, but only to a point where you can still enjoy it. Oh and don’t forget to hit the gym and stretch a lot. To have not been stretching when younger is something I really regret much!

What is your favourite trick?
That must be backflip, so sweet to bust a few backies in a spring-mushy park!

Hardest trick?
Harderst I’ve done is prolly switch rightside 10.

What is your personal skiing highlight of your career?
Personally I think that whole last season was a highlight when we were filming Nipwitz (www.nipwitz.com) for the whole season.

What do you think about the news that half-pipe skiing is now an Olympic sport?
It’s great for our sport. I won’t definitely be competing, but it will be sweet to see who will get to represent their countries and cheer for them!

Who do you think is going to be the next big thing in skiing?
A Finnish kid called Antti Ollila is gonna blow up even more next season. I’m hoping to see more guys popping up through filming instead of competing.

You had a great performance at Andreas Håtveit’s Backyard Battle finishing 2nd, congratulations. What did you make of the format used in the final?
Thank you, I’m very pleased of placing 2nd there! The five-minute head-to-head knockout heat thing was the best quali system I’ve experienced. It was great to have about eight runs to show all your different lines and tricks.

What is your favourite resort to ski?
That must still be my dear home resort Laajavuori in Jyväskylä, Finland. It’s always a good time when I get to ski there with my buddies!

Ok so the Loveskiing team are hitting the après ski with you. What should we expect and where will we go?
You should come to Ruka Spring Break next weekend! It’s the biggest spring skiing party weekend in the history of mankind! Lots of skiing, artists, crazy Finnish girls and saunas!

Backcountry, park or urban?

What do you do to relax?
Facebook! Haha I just watch snowboard films and go partying with my friends.

Spirits or beer?
Beer, preferably served icy cold in a 33cl bottle.

How do you celebrate good results?
Usually there’s a party after a comp so I’m there celebrating either good or bad results 🙂

Finally, which three words would you use to describe Loveskiing?
Updates, Videos, Fun!

Shout outs: My family, friends, Matti Räty and Sponsors: Atomic, Rip Curl, Edoggo clothing

Loveskiing Oskari Okko Raitanen Interview

Nipwitz One

Have a look at one of Nipwitz video blogs and if you like it check out the Nipwitz website for more.

Nipwitz Two

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One comment on “Oskari ‘Okko’ Raitanen Interview
  1. stokeski says:

    Awesome interview and the Nipwitz trailer is definitely one stoked video… sick!!!

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