Victor Daviet made a name for himself on the European scene when he was riding for Rip Curl with his good friend Victor De Le Rue, in the early 2010’s. The 27 year-old who made Annecy his home has focused on backcountry snowboarding and he has delivered solid parts over the year. We met him a few moments before he took part to the Sosh Big Air organized in his home town during the High Five festival.

Victor Daviet – © JH

Hi Victor, how come we see you on this big air event? This must be a strange feeling…
“Yes, it’s been a while! I used to do some contests and some big air world cups though, so it’s not totally unknown. But yeah… It’s been five or six years since I did not do this kind of contest. So it’s going to be unusual and that’s cool, especially because I live 500 metres from here. From the top of the platform, I can see my flat, so that’s dope!”

It looks like you ride for 686, now?
“Yes, it’s been one week! It’s not even official, but it will be soon. They focus more on mountain, adventure clothes now. It fits well with what I do, so it’s nice. Their products are really tech, with more and more Gore-Tex.”

Over the last few years, you’ve shot with most big video production companies. Where can we see you this year?
“I filmed for Transworld for the second time. It’s definitely one of the biggest productions today. The film’s called Arcadia and there’s a sick cast, including Halldór Helgason, Tor [Lundstrom], Kevin [Backström], Jesse Paul, Victor De Le rue and Red Gerard, the “new” Shaun White. He must be 16 or 17 now, but like Shaun White, he’s been 12 years old for 10 years, haha! We rode together a bit and he’s super cool. He’s really talented. He’s getting started in backcountry and he’s killing it.”

So how does it work, shooting with Transworld?
“Well, they have their filmers… Usually, we spend most of our time in Europe but last year, there was no snow there. So I rented snowmobiles and played it the American way. That was a real experience – a cool one. Here, in the Alps, we are used to walking to the spots. You go to a ski resort or to a pass and then you start walking. We are used to this. But in this case, it was a totally different process. You wake up at 6 in the morning, get your snowmobile ready, take care of all mechanical aspects… And driving a snowmobile may sound fun in theory, but it’s not that easy! When there is deep snow, you get stuck every half-hour. It’s quite complicated! So, yeah, that was an experience. To be honest, the result is not the best part I have filmed in my life. It was a difficult season. We had to get used to this new way of organizing. We had some bad weather and I hurt myself a little… But I made really incredible trips. I went to Israel. In Montana, we rode with buffalos. It was amazing! Then I went to Canada. There were some crazy pillow zones. It’s a dream, for a European rider. We also went to Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.”

You did not film with French production Almo, this year?
“No, not this year. They made a movie with Thomas Delfino called Storm Trooper. I’m eager to see it, I’ve heard a lot about it because we spend a lot of time together.”

So, what’s the plan for this season?
“Things are getting dealt with right now. I’ll shoot some video parts and I’ll try to do several projects like the one I did in Israel. It was a bit of an adventure and I really liked this kind of vibe, it was really cool.”

A bit like what you did with Loose Change the year before?
“Yeah, we went to Turkey. It was awesome. I love going to somewhere unexpected. We’re planning a trip to Iran with Salomon and I’m sure it’s going to be cool. I’d like to do more of those unusual trips that are not only about landing tricks. You make a video part, but you also take time to discover the local scene, the local culture, try to surf, to go around. That’s better than going to some place, not talking to anyone and going to ride.”

You’re part of an impressive generation of French riders, with people like Arthur Longo, Victor De Le Rue, Thomas Delfino, Valérian Ducourtil… Do you feel like there’s an upcoming generation after yours?
“To be honest… There’s one good guy coming over. It’s Seb Konijnenberg and he’s jumping tonight [Ed note: Konijnenberg came second]. He’s really strong and he makes good in international competitions, where you have to be really technical. Currently, he’s doing contests and he films a bit. He’s a young blood, and he’s really cool, really nice. There’s a few others but I don’t know them well. Jib-wise, there’s the Workers… But you can also see newcomers popping out of nowhere, we just don’t know them yet!”

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