There’s always a bit of movement before the new season and much like any transfer window or draft pick in any sport, the movers and shakers always create a bit of noise. Here we’ve got three new faces joining up with NorthFace: Tom Wallisch, Nick Martini and Mike Riddle.
Tom completely reinvented what it meant to slide rails on skis and quickly became the ‘it’ kid of slopestyle skiing. 2009 was a pretty good year for Wallisch with a fair amount of podium finishes and claiming the crown for the number one ranked slopestyle skier in the world. In 2010, Tom won gold in the slopestyle at the European X Games and grabbed first place at the Snowbasin stop of the Dew Tour.
At a tender 20 years, Nick has proved himself to be a heavy hitter in the freestyle world after finishing sixth in the Dew Tour Slopestyle, fifth in the Dew Tour Rail Jam and tenth overall in 2009. After a lengthy spell away from skiing with his injury, Nick’s recent return and signature with NorthFace is sure to make an impact this season. When he’s not competing, Nick is busy filming with Poor Boyz Productions and running his own movie company, Stept Productions, with his brother Alex. “When I was given the opportunity to work with The North Face I couldn’t have been more excited. The fact that The North Face is dedicating so much to this side of the sport is great.”
Mike has to be one of the hardest workers in skiing that we’ve seen for a long time. He’s got some natural talent and if you twin that with the hardwork he’s doing, he’ll be going places before you know it. He’s had some impressive results over the past few years with a first place at the 2009 Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, fourth at the Euro X Games and fifth overall in the 2010 AFP World Rankings. He’s known in the superpipe world but we’re starting to see more of him in slopestyle and this year will be his best (that’s just our prediction!).