#myLOTW series 4: Inspired by a rivalry, fuelled by environment
A master of many boards, our next team rider up to the plate follows the French seasons, from ocean to mountain and back again, epitomising our own continual search for the best that nature has to offer us.
As many little ones from the continent, he was thrust into the ocean from a very young age which drove him to a lifestyle where he could never stray too far from the water (whether it be the waves, or the frozen kind elevated thousands of feet).
Say bonjour to Baptiste Springinsfeld, aged 19, and according to him "full of good vibes."
"In the winter, I roam the Pyrenees in search of good snow and steep terrain. And in the summer, I surf beach-breaks around Hossegor [in France] searching for good waves and big barrels."
"What I like about those sports is being close to the nature: for me, it’s the best way to enjoy what she’s offering to us. The mountains and the ocean are a gift for us and riding is my way to thanks nature for this gift."
Baptiste firmly believes that surfing and snowboarding are fundamental in defining our relationship to climate change. The enjoyment we get from what Mother Nature offers, the diversity and epic-ness of the spaces we partake in these boardsports, cannot continue without respect for the climate crisis.
It's the relationships that Baptiste has with his brother, and other fellow boardriders, that are strengthened by these environments.
"But that’s also why we must take care of our planet ! If we want to keep shredding, we must reduce the impact of our sports and our lifestyle as much as possible!"
And without the environment in which we can challenge ourselves, we'd be lost for what to do.