If it’s any country that is going to show you how to snowboard in style then it’s Italy. Born 1989 in Merano and thus close to the South Tyrolean ski resorts, Omar Visintin fell in love with snow sports quickly. He made his first turns on skis at the age of two before changing gear just four or five years later when he saw a few guys snowboarding. “I definitely wanted to give it a try and couldn’t stop it anymore.”

Just six years later, being twelve years old, Omar competed in his first snowboard cross races (GS and SL) knowing that there was more to come for him. “I wanted to be a pro snowboarder ever since”, he recalls. He became older and more experienced and in 2004 the guitar playing sport enthusiast, who is into kite surfing and skating too, debuted in the SBX Europa Cup at Mölltal glacier finishing in 88th position.

Five years later, he won the Junior Worlds Gold medal at Nagano, Japan. In 2012, he crowned himself the national champion and also claimed his first World Cup win at the 2013 season’s opener at Montafon. Just a few months later he wrapped up his so far best winter with a third rank at the World Cup finals at Sierra Nevada.

I met him in Andorra with another win under his belt. He was so sweet indeed.