Kim Boberg is on the rise. The phenom out of Älvdalen, Sweden continues to prove that he’s got the skills to pay the bills in both the backcountry and the streets. Boberg dropped jaws with his segment from Armada’s 2014 flick Oil and Water and has big plans for film segments this coming season. We recently got the chance to catch up with Kimbo to get the scoop on his future endeavors, recent injuries, his childhood and more. Check it out below.
First of all, congratulations on such a sick segment in Oil and Water. Like the rest of your Armada teammates, your skiing is so damn creative and f*cking awesome to watch. You stoked on the final product?
Thank you. That’s very much appreciated! Yes, I’m really stoked on how the whole project came out. It was the best project to be apart of. Our whole crew was involved from start to finish; we got to see the shots along the way and do some editing with it, which was really good for our motivation. When you can actually see what you have done and what is missing for your segment, you get more control over the shots you have worked so hard for the whole season. It was definitely a really fun project. I have to thank Armada, Corey Stanton and Mike Hornbeck for putting me up on it.
You broke your jaw at the end of last season. How did that happen?
It was the last trip of the season up in Riksgränsen, Sweden and the last day of the season too, actually. Taylor Seaton and I built this jump over a pretty big rock, and the last half of the in-run was really flat, so we were losing a lot of speed. It was too windy to hit it when we were done building the kicker, so we waited for the wind to calm down for two days. We got up there and both knuckled pretty hard on our first hits, but then we both cleared it a couple of times and got some shots. I wanted to give it another try, but caught a little too much head wind on the in-run, knuckled the landing and slammed my knee into my face. I heard it crack, that sucked. I had surgery and got twelve screws and two plates in my jaw. I had to eat soup for two months. It all really sucked, but I’m glad it didn’t happen in the middle of the season.
How was your summer? What kind of “off-season” activities did you get down on?
Summer kind of sucked. I started it of with a broken jaw and ended it with a broken leg [laughs]. But, I had two great weeks coaching at a camp on the Juvaass Glacier in Norway. We had bluebird skies and awesome shred everyday. After that, I was pretty much just working and skateboarding for the rest of the summer. I managed to end the summer with a broken leg, right when I was done working; but that is feeling very good again, so I’m stoked for the winter to come!
Who do you plan to film with this season?
Mike Hornbeck and I are putting something together this season. I for sure know that I want to produce a new segment for a project this season. I hope I get to shoot some more with Ante Olofsson this season as well. He is a really good friend of mine and he has a great eye for cool shots. It’s always a blast filming with him.
Any big projects in the works?
I plan on flying over to The States in January to team up with [Mike] Hornbeck for a few weeks. We’re going to film some urban features for our project. I’ve never done that before, so I’m stoked to go there and hit spots with him for a while. I’m also putting together an event at my home resort, Kläppen Snow Park, in April with real spring vibes.
Between yourself, Casabon, Henrik and the rest of the group, the entire Armada crew is an incredibly creative bunch of skiers. What is it like when you session together?
It’s awesome; everyone has their own look on things and we’re constantly stoked on each other’s skiing. This year was the first time I shot street with Phil [Casabon], and my mind was blown. He is the most badass urban skier that I know of. He gets every trick so damn quick! [Laughs]. When I got to Estonia, I had shot street for a couple of weeks back home and got a few shots, but Phil had already produced three segments for his movie. I couldn’t believe he had gotten all of that stuff done, but now I know that he is the best. Shooting with that kind of crew is good for motivation. They definitely make me go harder [laughs].
Where or who do you look toward for inspiration in your skiing?
Everywhere. Friends, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, nature, music. I get inspiration from a lot of different, random things.
You have a unique balance in your style to shred both urban and backcountry. Which do you prefer?
Thank you. That’s a hard one. I feel way more confident hitting urban, since I have done that so much more than skiing backcountry. I can’t really choose one. Both are fun in different ways. There is probably nothing better than tree skiing.
What’s your favorite trick from your segment in Oil and Water?
Probably the wooden down rail with the gates. Mostly because that was the first handrail I ever hit when I was fifteen years old. That was the only rail we had here in my hometown. It was really fun to go back and hit that again.
The video footage of you at your 6th grade graduation is pretty damn funny. Looked like you really enjoyed singing that song. Do you remember that day well?[Laughs] Yes, I remember it because I was angry at my mom for not letting me wear my Converse shoes that had flames on them. I had to wear sandals if I was going to wear the skull shirt or something like that. I had to compensate. I hated sandals and I still hate them after that day [laughs].
What do you hope to accomplish in the coming 2014-15 season?
I want to make a really cool segment. I hope that I get to do the tricks I’ve wanted do do for a long time. I want to stay healthy, learn a lot and have fun while filming my new segment.
The upcoming 2015 Photo Annual of FREESKIER features a story that highlights your trip to Tallinn, Estonia, with Hornbeck, Casabon and Chris O’Connell. Can you recount some of your favorite memories from that jib mission?
The Tallin trip was really interesting, we had a few different places we were trying to go to, but Tallin had the most snow. Of course, it started raining once we got there, and we had to collect snow to be able to hit any spots. One of my favorite moments from the trip was probably one of the days when we drove for about six hours to check out a spot. We didn’t really find any spots, but O’Connell built a kicker all by himself over some kind of metal sculpture that looked like a fish. It was amazing to see him be so confident about the spot. It was totally worth the drive.
Are there big plans for another Armada full-length movie?
Not at the moment. It would be really fun to do another one though!
Final thoughts or shoutouts?
Shoutout to my friends, family and my sponsors for all their help. Props to Armada, Tyrolia, Monster, Xtravel, Oakley and Full Tilt. Also, shoutout to my friends at home in Rivervalley for helping out with winch driving and everything else while we were shooting last season.
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