One To Watch In Snowboarding: Benni Fridbjornsson Is The 11 Year Old Who's Ripping Up The Rule Book
Remember the name Benni Fridbjornsson, so you can tell your friends you knew it first
"You know you're getting old" said Mpora's nanna once "when policemen are getting younger.". This is the same nana, it should be added, that also claimed to have been an integral part of the capture of the infamous Red Barron during World War II, which the history buffs among you will appreciate is questionable at best.
Nanna never mentioned snowboarders, but It cannot be denied that the age at which groms are getting really, terrifyingly good is plummeting. In the good old days, when the internet was all fields, and you could leave your browser open at night, snowboarders were well into their 20's before you'd ever hear of them (one Shaun White being the exception that proves the rule).
But, in the past 10 years or so, top level snowboarders are getting younger and younger and younger. back in 2012 Mark McMorris won his first X Games gold aged just 19 (he's already won a silver a year earlier). Marcus Kleveland was stomping Quad Corks at the tender age of 16, and had got triple corks on lock at just 13.
And the trend doesn't look like ending any time soon, as this new video proves. It features Icelandic mini ripper Benni Fridbjornsson absolutely destroying everything he touches.
Now, it can be tempting to get carried away when you see some young kid snowboarding well, maybe landing a sketchy back seven and claim they're the future. However, our boy Benni is something else. He's already got backside 1080's dialled, and he floats 360's with the kind of style most people don't even get close to after 20 years on the snow.
And then, just to make EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD feel old and rubbish, Benni starts hitting up street spots like most elleven year olds would hit up a sweet shop.
Thinking about it, Benni's Icelandic. Killing it. Super stylish. Seemingly has zero fear either on or off a snowboard. And has a hook up with DC Shoes? Does that remind you of anybody?