After Austrailian Native, Russ Henshaw stomped the Triple Cork 1440 off the 80ft table yesterday in Åre, Sweden at JOI (Jon Olsson Invite) he took a few minutes to answer some of my questions.
TSM: How old were you when you started skiing?
Russ: I was 3 or 4 years old on a family ski trip.
TSM: What was the first mountain/hill you went to?
Russ: I think it was Thredbo in Australia.
TSM: First pair of skis?
Russ: Not sure as they were race skis.
TSM: When did you realize skiing was going to be a major part of your life?
Russ: as soon as I clipped into them for the first time
TSM: What mountain do you spend most of your time at?
Russ: Perisher in Australia as its the longest I’m in one spot. Other than that it might be Breckenridge.
TSM: How often do you make it back home?
Russ: Maybe 2 months every year and the rest of the time I am traveling for competitions.
TSM: It’s hard to believe you had a major surgery during the summer. How did you get back into prime shape so quickly?
Russ: I worked as hard as I could for 6 months straight. I was in the gym 6 days a week twice a day with physio on top of that as well.
TSM: Put your skiing style into words if you can?
Russ: FUN. I have a lot of fun when I ski and I hope that shows when Im skiing
TSM: Any pre competition routines/superstitions?
Russ: I just need to be skiing with music and then I’m fine.
TSM: Night comps or day comps?
Russ: Both are super fun. Night is cool because the light is consistent, only thing that sucks about them is its way colder haha!
TSM: Favorite comp of the year?
Russ: Probably JOI. It has a perfect jump and a sick atmosphere.
TSM: Winning a contest, what’s that like?
Russ: Unreal. Feels so good to know you did everything you could to win.
TSM: Favorite trick to throw?
Russ: Either a cork 360 or a flat 540.
TSM: What’s going through your head when your double corking off of a 70ft kicker?
Russ: Nothing haha! I am listening to music and not focusing. Because if I focus I end up screwing the trick up!
TSM: Tips for the young shredders out there?
Russ: Just have fun. If you’re having fun and loving it, good things will happen.
TSM: Any Shout outs or thank yous?
Russ: I want to thank my girlfriend Laura for supporting me along with my parents and then also all my sponsors: Redbull, Volkl, Adidas, Leki, Dalbello and Perisher.
TSM: How do fans get in touch with you?
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