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1st European Open Pipe 2009, The FullCircle Project
Date of birth
Surfing, mountain biking, and guitar
Follow your passion.
An east-coast native and Volkl team rider since 2003, Matt Philippi enjoyed his best competition season in 2009. He won the European Open, claimed 2nd at the US Freeskiing Open, and finished the season ranked 5th in the world on the AFP Halfpipe list.
Philippi has since shifted his focus to bigger mountains and deeper snow. Now concentrating on backcountry jib skiing, Philippi’s goal is to put together a film segment that displays both his passion for the mountains and his ability in the air.
In addition to skiing halfpipes and fresh snow across the globe, Philippi started The FullCircle Project, a community service and skiing trip. Last summer, Matt and some other Völkl riders helped rebuild Chile after a massive earthquake and tsunami, which struck in February 2010, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. In 2011, the crew is heading to the highlands of Peru to plant 1,000 fruit trees and to install the necessary irrigation as part of a sustainable agriculture project. Check it out at www.TheFullCircleProject.com!
What is your favorite ski in 2012/2013 Collection?
Why do you like this ski?
I love the Shiro because it is incredibly versatile… I choose this ski whether I am skiing 3 feet of fresh snow, backcountry jumps, big cliffs, and late season corn skiing. It is light, fast, and strong.
I skied it everyday this season... except when I was in the park. It is my ski for 3 cm of snow or 3 meters. This ski has a perfect rocker profile. It is wide enough to float,but it is still nimble. It is strong, but light. The new graphic is pretty sick, too.
What other skis in the 2012/2013 collection do you ride?
Can you tell us a little about each pair of skis, and about what sort of conditions you use them for?
I use the Chopstick when I am skiing switch in fresh snow. The symmetrical construction allows me to land jumps and cliffs switch and ski away comfortably.
What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use the Jester pro and the Duke for touring. I mount the Shiro at +2cm from the Volkl Reference and I mount the Chopstick at the Freestyle Volkl Reference.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
Favorite skier: Candide Thovex
Ski hero growing up: Candide Thovex
Ideal day in the mountains: A storm day at the resort… dark, cold, and windy with no one there but my friends.
How would you describe your style: Changing
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career.Winning the East Coast Open in 2004.
Favorite place to ride: Solitude, UT
Best snow trip: All winter long in Utah this season! Fresh snow everyday!
What age did you start to ski: 2
What cant you live without: Coffee
Favorite phone App: Topo Maps
Goals and plans: Film a strong movie segment next winter and continue to put together another awesome trip for The FullCircle Project