“Splitboarding has changed my view on how we can travel in the mountains, there are no limits. Spark R&D helps make this possible!” 


Hometown: Farellones, Chile
Currently resides: Boulder, CO, USA | Patagonia, Chile| Wherever the Tent is Set
Current sponsors: Climate Reality, Trew Gear, Nanga Chocolate, Gordini Gloves, Discrete, Zeal Optics, Spacecraft Collective, Arbor
Bindings: Surge

Rafael was born in Paris, France, and grew up all over the world. He has always been active in the outdoors but didn’t actually begin snowboarding until age 17. Now 23, he has been snowboarding double seasons between the Northern and South Hemispheres for five years. Rafael splits his time each year between his homes in Chile and the United States. When Rafa is stateside he resides in Boulder, CO where he is pursuing three separate degrees at the University of Colorado. His plans for the 2017/18 season include trips to five challenging ranges around the world to finish up the first documentary he is producing called Connections Film.

Q & A

My most epic splitboard adventure so far has to probably be snowboarding in Kyrgyzstan while filming for the Connections Film project. We recorded multiple first descents on 15k - 18k foot peaks deep in the Kyrg backcountry.

The biggest thing is premiering my documentary Connections Film. Finishing my university degrees, and traveling to remote mountain ranges for splitboard missions is also going to be pretty sweet!

Curiosity to go beyond and explore the unknown.

The environment inspires me, how things have come to be. This is one of the main reasons why I splitboard - to inspire other people to get out there and to get to know the environment one on one.

I ride Spark R&D because I trust the gear with my life. When exposed in dangerous terrain I feel sturdy when touring and riding. The gear is very strong and I haven’t had any issues with the bindings or any other gear while putting it to the test on all types of terrain and weather.