Victor de le Rue crowned World Champion 2019 following a challenging run under the scrutinizing eyes of his brother, Xavier de le Rue, in Verbier.
Constantly testing the limits of what is possible and experimenting with adrenaline-soaked new ideas, Victor has made a name for himself as one of the most original and exciting talents in freestyle snowboarding. Although he is known for his backcountry adventures, he is really an all-rounder, capable of holding his own in freeride or freestyle or showcasing his ability on rails or in parks. This winning blend of skills is what sets him apart and his talents unite to deliver eye-catching results in whatever he does.
Birthdate: 8th June 1989
Hometown: St. Lary, France
Homebase: Val Thorens / Capbreton
Favourite Book: The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Favourite Meal: I like local food wherever I am. I like to experiment and feel the culture.
Favourite Music: Jefferson Airplane
Favourite Movie: Any movie with Jean-Paul Rouve
Best advice ever received: My brother always warned me to stay away from cornices.
How do you fight fear or doubt? Sometimes you have to put fear away but you need to know if the conditions are just sketchy or if there is really a big risk and decide what is best.
Words to live by: “Try your best, you’ll see what comes out.”
Favourite other fitness exercise: Surfing
I always like to take … The North Face Inferno Minus 29C Sleeping Bag on expedition
Voted French Rider of The Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and recently named one of Snowboarder magazine’s Riders of the Year, he has wowed the snowboarding community with his attention-grabbing roles in movies like Dopamine and Heavy Mental. In Origins he unleashed some memorably epic lines and one-foot tricks in Alaska.
The younger brother of big mountain legend Xavier, Victor has adopted his brother’s daring approach but added his own freestyle colour. He’s happiest when in front of a lens, travelling the world and producing features in beautiful locations few people have seen before.
Growing up in the French Pyrenees with three older brothers and a sister who were all snowboarding fans, it was inevitable that Victor would follow the same journey into the mountains. He can remember asking Santa Claus for a monoski for Christmas when he was six (luckily the man with the beard knew he really meant a snowboard) and he loved it so much he kept it by his bed. Seeing his brothers come home from competitions with big smiles on their faces inspired him to work hard to perfect his skills.
He originally started competing in boardercross and freestyle and went on to become French junior champion in boardercross, slopestyle and halfpipe. At the age of 18 he was proud to place fourth in a World Cup for France. But he decided to follow his heart and focus on filming where he felt more able to express his passion for originality and adventure.
In the future Victor wants to continue to make movies that are different and exciting, injecting his own personality and ideas and visiting amazing new places to create spectacular footage. His goal is to push his skills to the maximum so fans who watch his movies never forget what they’ve seen.