World Champion snowboarder and French athlete Mathieu Crépel was invited to take part in the Arctic Chal-lenge at the tender age of 15. He went on to win the Crystal Globe competition, becoming the first of his nationality to earn a half pipe world title. At the 2007 World Championships in Arosa, Switzerland, he became the first person ever to land a switch backside 1260 in competition, distinguishing him from all other snow-boarders in history. He also represented France at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Mathieu Crepel is a real-life « waterman »: aware of Nature, water cycles and the seasons, his passion for surf has become as im-portant as snowboard and he now splits his time between mountain and ocean, snowflakes and waves.