Tan Lobby, Boyd Easley, JF Cusson, JP Auclair, Julian Regnier, Anthony Boronowski... What of the big names of the skiing freestyle and all members of the team Armada, the new brand lançée officially this fall... It not in rift of course more to shake the small world of the skiing... Beyond the rumors, we wanted in to know more in interviewant THE French member of the team, Julian Regnier. To the result, not poorly of responses but also a lot of questions;) THIS rather exclusive one, in any case reactive and this is on skipass.com...
Julian salvation, can you to present yourself in some words? Therefore hum hum... I Julian m’appelle Regnier, j’ai 23 years, I was born to Chambéry and j’habite currently between the Plagne and Whistler (Canada). I skis since 21 years and I am equally dyslexic.
Can you to light up us on the history Armada?
With my friend JP Auclair, there was a long time qu’on wanted to do our clean drunk one. Me I felt really qu’il was necessary to do it, otherwise th others were going to do it and I believe that I really have not been able supporter to see something as that to create itself without there to be associated. Then every day the question returned “it is necessary to do it, it is necessary to do it” but as of the young stupid one one did not know how or where or nothing. All that l’on wanted at first c’était to be autonomous in comparison with our objectives, our products, our picture and to go out of itself the rigidity of the big ones drunk. One felt also as l’industrie needed dune marks that fully would represent our discipline without concession. Then with all that in head and while knowing pertinemment that l’on had or the maturité or the competences to take only the project decided us to associate us with some persons, and from there one began working seriously.
Exactly, one knows that climb a skiing new brand requests a lot d'investissements... Everyone questions itself today on the armada financing, have you something to this subject?
I believe that l’on had an unbelievable luck to find a financial one. Some does this are crazy of skiing and they knew us already to the breadth of the video and magazines, then when they knew the composition of the team that convinced them. This are English, not really people that gravitated in the environment of the skiing before, but of the fascinated that ski a lot to Verbier... And in contrast to this that some were able to say or think, there is not any marks behind Armada, or Burton or another. Julian by Elina, Whistler
To which not at all the team is it implied in the development of the products and in the corporation itself? One well heard all implied ones in the development of the skiings. Personal j’ai an interest stronger than d’autres wrinkle for the technical questions, but everyone makes a will and everyone has his word to say on its cravings and expectations. Otherwise one has all a small salary to travel and live our life and if Armada walks the things will walk for us also.
Exactly which is the organization of the team and your place in the latter? For have done it not poorly years with Rossignol, I naturally am implied in the technical development of the skiings, the definition of the shape. But good, this is not no more more more very more difficult: the skiings of freestyle usually remain rather basal and walk very well as that. JP Auclair follows the technique of enough near also since it lives just to quoted of the factory that produces our skiings. At last, a To Tan, that is the most media one of the team, preserves a role to wrinkle 'vedette' of which one awaits of course not poorly podiums.
The all is framed by Erik Eiberg, the team to manage, former bosseur that was not poorly behind the movie camera the latter years (Royalty with the 3 Phils, Stereotype this year)
Since one is in the world of the picture, it is a name that returns not poorly, this the one of the photographer Chris O Connell... Chris is the one that found the financial ones. The past one about thirty, it had also envies for him to do something of nine. Even if it is not the employer on the paper, this is not poorly the case in the facts.
Labels, from the top down: JP Auclair by Elina, JF Cusson by Julian, Anthony Boronowski by Julian.
Anthony Boronowski by Elina, Mt St Helene
Julian by Elina, Whistler THE SKIINGS
Can you some to say us more on the produces developed to this day?
We this that l’on wanted all to the basis c’était a basal great skiing, without bla bla, not any AVENUE or of link that do not serve to nothing, just a skiing that be great solid, because qu’on torments them our lath... and a skiing 'versatile' but that c’est the vocation of the twin tip then c’était very hard. For the robustesse one chose for a kernels drinks: simple c’est is effective. I skied for Lacroix to my beginnings and always j’ai a lot regretted one the skiings in conception sandwitch. I believe that our product are really reliable.
Certain persons already evoked a strong resemblance with the Scratch. ..???
The skiing resembles really to a Scratch, it is clear. I really a lot worked on the Scratch with David (editor's note: Oxherd) and Bobsled (editor's note: shaper snowboard of Rossignol) and when I had the luck to be implied in the project armada, everyone fast granted to say that the skiings of the future would resemble that. It did not be necessary to look for to all price to do radically different while I knew that this skiing type walked and that it corresponded to my cravings. According to me, a good pair of past skiings today by straight or inclined fields, and does any mark has not the monopoly the over! After this is a question of médiatisation, thus Scott also did it but this is passed a lot more unnoticed one... Leave a famous brand to participate in the creation of a new one represents a big wager... Which was your principal motivation to jump the step?
The big ones drunk unquestionably really helped me in my traverses athletic, but I think that to leave d’un moment they n’ont more known to reply to my expectations than this be at the level of equipment (the Scratch BC for example that did 4 years than I requested them), but also at the level of their investment in our sport. They allowed this sport to blossom but I do not believe that they be ready to some to do their battle horse, it suffices for celà to look at their budget distribution. That said c’est on that c’est a big wager but when you look at the current position and that you seen that the big brands clean house in their team, you say yourself that nothing sure n’est in any case.
All the armada wrinkles wrinkled previously for big brands, think you that your skiings bring new responses in comparison with the products of industrial ones that profit nevertheless expèrience years and of research budgets consequent developments?
Not j’ai poorly helped the development with my former brand and I believe that thanks to that between other they arrived to do an excellent ones produces Freestyle. We our product are reliable for there is the whole team behind and that l’on can be reactive great. Now, as I already said it, do skiings c’est not difficult: we one n’a not our clean factory, the technology one buys it to people that know to do and that are on the same length d’onde that we. One will try to do to advance the skiing has our manner. At last with regards to the budgets research / development in the big brands, they before all destined to improve the performances of the race skiings.
JF Cusson by Elina, Whistler The tariffs and an eventual French distribution are they set up?
Not again but one there works sharply. For the tariffs, one will be competitive.
One does not rediscover in the team that of the legends of the skiing freestyle, one imagines that your former sponsors have of the to welcome the new one with a lot of pleasures... Which was their reaction? Which are your relations today? Me I know that that did me a little a heart ache to leave Rossignol, of them quoted to leaves a meeting with David and Jp (editor's note: Martinet) I had not again this that proves well all the interest qu’ils carry me. But good they have doubtless d’autres cats to whip and me also.
Which are the projects of the team for this winter? Will have we the occasion to cross you in Europe and particularly in France? One has all of the different objectives. For my party, I will go on Whistler in order to film my segment for the film of Johnny and I also will go to the World-wide one. But c’est the first season: one will set oneself up, seen that the budgets are not extravagant one counts on the personal motivation, it n’y has not any organized trip for example. One will do that surely next l’année.
The word of the end? I am really happy that all that realized itself, I believe that c’est really a beautiful project, and I will work strong for that that walks.