Bjorn KAUPANG 2
Profile
Nationality : Norwegian
Currently living in : Haugastøl, Norway
Date of birth : 12 December 1985
Discipline : Snowkite
Favorite spot : Hallingskarvet/Haugastøl
Favorite move : Switch frontmobe
Inspirations : It's changing all the time, but for the moment I am reading up on old Norwegian polar explorers. They spent their whole life exploring cold places, without knowing what risk they took and what they would find. The trips we do today in the same places seem extreme, but with all the tech we have today it's a lot safer than what it was.
Major accomplishements

6 X World Champion Freestyle Snowkiting

3 times winner of Red Bull Ragnarok

You get one life, make it count !

One sentence about the products that you are using
Every year I get blown away by the versatility of the Bandit kites. I am sure this year will be no different! Works for everything I do, Freestyle, travelling and backcountry riding.


How did you get into kiteboarding ?
I started snowkiting at the age of 14. (almost 20 years ago). I was flying trick kites and figured I could use a big one to pull me on snow.

I have been skiing all my life, so to combine it with the traction of a kite was natural for me. Luckily the kites quickly got a lot better/safer than in the start, so I manage to survive the first years!


What do you do before getting in the water ?

I guess you mean snow? Snowkiting is all about the conditions, and when you live in Haugastøl you quickly become picky about the conditions.

So the first thing I do is to check the weather forecast. So we go to the right spot, and bring the right gear. (powder skis, skis for travelling and right size kite).

Tell us about your best kiting / SUPing / Surfing memory
It’s hard to pick just one. I have so many good memories that are all so different. But kiting trough the night in -30 in Greenland when we did a South to North crossing was pretty epic. Super long and hard day of kiting, but the reward of an epic sunset when we finally stopped kiting after 230 km travelling was pretty much as good as it gets.

Your worst wipeout ?
I have been lucky to avoid serious injuries, but I have a few concussions  after some hard hits to the head. I have learned my lesson and stopped doing freestyle when its icy landings.


Who you would like to say thank you to ?
Too many to mention everyone. But these days it has to be my girlfriend Karoline and my son Mats for being patient enough to let me go ride when I want to !

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