“I ride Spark because it is easy to use and very solid; I trust it on every type of terrain and feel comfortable searching and pushing my limits on big mountains.”
Luca Pandolfi, 40, is a native Italian but has adopted the French Alps as his home. After a few years in Verbier and Gressoney, he moved to Chamonix where he has made a name for himself tackling some of the most extreme terrain in Europe. He continues to seek out new technical routes and extreme ascents, pushing the limits of splitboarding. Luca is credited with numerous first descents and he recently returned from Nepal, where he was filming Higher with TGR and Jeremy Jones.
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 22 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 5 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. I have been riding the Burner, but I will be riding the AfterBurner.
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. I ride Spark because it is easy to use and very solid; I trust it on every type of terrain and feel comfortable searching and pushing my limits on big mountains.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. About 70% of the time I spend on the mountain is splitboarding.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. I think splitboarding “saved” snowboarding in the last years, allowing snowboarders to move easier in the backcountry, have a deeper contact with the mountain, explore wild areas and escape the crowds.
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. Any day I can spend on the mountain, feeling free, moving easily in the backcountry, and going wherever I want is a perfect day.