Everyone wants to ride like Arthur Longo. His seemingly effortless flow, super-calm aerial style and ninja-like board control combine to make this mellow Frenchman one of the strongest riders in the game. And on top of raw skills, he attacks all types of terrain with the equal ability, making him one of snowboarding’s most versatile. From competing in pipe at the Olympics to casually crushing progressive park events to turning side hit blasting into an art form, Arthur makes next-level riding look like a walk in the park.
WHAT BOOT DO YOU RIDE?
I love to ride the V-66 these days; this model is so good and feels right, even on the first day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VANS SHOE?
I'm into all the Classics, but I love the new Chima Pro.
WHAT’S YOUR SET UP?
Volcom boards made by Capita and Union bindings.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
In 2012 I went to Alaska with Gigi; I stayed there for five weeks and felt amazing. Not only was the snowboarding perfect, but also the lifestyle that came with it. I'm really looking forward to going again.
WHAT IS THE BEST STORY YOU’VE EVER HEARD?
I have one in mind. I wasn't there, but my friends told me the story. They were basically partying at home and one of them scored a chick. He went to her place and started to do what a girl and a guy do, when the boyfriend of the girl got there and started to beat my friend. He kicked him out with only his shorts and shoes. After that, he went to where he was supposed to stay and discovered that he was locked outside with no key, no phone -- nothing. So he decided to go to my place a few miles away, as it's always an open house. He hitchhiked and a guy took him in, thinking he was so miserable. This time, he found that my door was locked too, so he was trapped outside once again and could only get in next door, which was the laundry room. The only clothes he could find were my mom’s pajamas! He put them on and took the bus back to one of my friend’s places, where he could finally get in ‘cause the parents were going to work.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
I'm pretty lame at backside rodeos.
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
You want me to tell a long story again haha.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SNOWBOARDING?
Movies, reading, surfing, traveling, concerts, photography, soccer, paragliding and drawing.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
It was from a French author and I'm pretty sure it's not translated because I wanted to offer it to some people. It’s an amazing book called Cendrillon by Eric Reinhartd.
FIVE SONGS THAT HAVE TO BE ON A PLAYLIST?
Arcade Fire- "Reflektor"
Jacco Gardner- "Clear The Air"
Phamtogram- "Don't Move"
Foxygen- "In the Darkness"
Tame Impala- "Elephant"