First and foremost Xavier de Le Rue is a mountain lover. This remains at the core of all he does. In his heart he is a freerider – and spends his time riding powder whenever conditions allow. His love and skills for both powder and big mountain riding have achieved worldwide recognition.
His two recent awards from the snowboarding scene demonstrate this: “Stand Out of the Year” from TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Rider Poll during SIA at Denver, and Snowboarder Magazine’s “Big Mountain Rider of The Year. ”
Beyond the reign of public opinion, Xavier’s incredible success in competition – winning multiple snowboard cross world championship titles and X Games gold medals – cannot be ignored.
Xavier was the snowboard Freeride World Tour champion three years in a row, and was twice awarded ‘best line’ of the Tour (snowboard and ski).
His snowboard racing and freestyle background combined with his love for the mountains gives him the feeling and technical abilities he needs to ride natural terrain to the fullest – whether its pillows, mini gulfs, cliff drops or tight couloirs.
With snowboarding, true recognition comes through filming freeride action. This has been Xavier’s main focus over the last four years since the start of his web series Timeline that has led to a series of widely recognized films. For Xavier’s most recent projects, the Timeline crew has traveled to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Swiss Alps in search of the perfect steep lines to ride in full- Alpine style.
When not on the road for competition or filming, Xavier is based in Verbier, Switzerland during the winter. He returns home to the Pyrenees for the summer months. In these off-season months, he enjoys spending time with family, climbing, surfing and mountain biking.