Pål Sørensen. Never heard of him? Until last season, nobody would have blamed you. Pål is a twenty-one-year-old guy from Oslo, Norway who works in a warehouse packing books all summer. He could be the kid next door—listening to music and being into skateboarding, surfing, and spending way too much time on Facebook. He could, if he wasn't one of Norway's most promising up-and-coming snowboarders. In 2009 he not only won the Arctic Open and thereby qualified for Terje's Arctic Challenge (where he earned a remarkable sixth and seventh in the highest air competition and the main event, respectively), but he also turned heads at SNOWBOARDER's Superpark 13 when he raised the bar at the hip. Literally. For 2010, it's worth to keep his name in mind, for sure. -Anke Eberhardt
Pål Sørensen. Who the heck are you?
Your worst nightmare, ha ha. No, I am just a normal dude from Norway who has a passion for snowboarding.
Three good reasons why you think people should keep your name in mind?
Because I 1. Shred harder, 2. Work harder, 3. Party harder.
Number one might be true. Your hip riding at Superpark was outstanding and you didn't do too badly at the Arctic Challenge, either. Are transitions the love of your snowboarding life? How do you feel on other terrain?
I like jumps better than hips, and would ride powder instead of pipe every day if I had the chance. But I really like riding hips and transitions, as well; it's fun because of the hang time you get when you go high.
“Pal is the quiet type, and one of the few young kids these days that lets his riding speak for itself.” – TJ Schneider
Your name is a beautiful example for Norwegian letters. How do you explain how to pronounce it right to foreigners?
In Norwegian my name sounds like Paul in English, so that one is easy. And for my last name I just say Sorensen or Soerensen—that's almost similar to how we say it in Norwegian.
Besides snowboarding, what else do you like to do?
I hang a lot on Facebook. I skate and listen to music, and surf whenever I have the chance.
Come on. Facebook, surf, and skate? That's like, EVERYBODY. Isn't there anything special that we should know about, like a collection of kitten T-shirts?
Ha ha, I guess that's pretty normal stuff, but I'm just a normal guy. When I was a little kid I was really into sailing—I had a small sailboat and I sailed around in Norway. I still enjoy sailing, but I don't have as much time to do it these days.
What's your plan for the next couple of winters to make sure that nobody's going to ask this stupid "Who is Pål Sørensen" question ever again?
My plan is to 1. Shred harder, 2. Work harder, 3. Party harder.
This content was originally published in the January 2010 issue.