Valérian
 Ducourtil

Valérian
 Ducourtil

Von: Annecy
 Age: 29

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05/08/87

Place of Origin: French Alpes (Grenoble)


Current Residence: Annecy

Stance: Regular

Other Sponsors: APO, BURN, VANS, VZ, NIXON, Les Arcs

Vale is our French workhorse, always up for getting the shot and never giving up… This untypical, grève-free ethic has not gone by unnoticed, quite the contrary.. For the last 2 years, Vale has deservingly been topping the exposure meters of French snow mags. Filming with close friends Gerome Mathieu and Tyler Chorlton, Vale has delivered outstanding parts with “What We Want Films” for the last two winters, and he will work with them again in the 13-14 season..

What was your first snowboard: An old Sims with a swallow tail and I had wind surf foot strap for bindings! Thanks dad for making this happened.

What was your first snowboard movie that got you hooked: After Bang from the RobotFood crew.

Scariest moment of the season: First shooting day of the season. We were in Switzerland with the What We Want Films crew, very nice conditions, sunny and 40 cm of fresh during the night before. We decided to start with lines, so we hike up with my friend Matt Schaer and we opted for different lines. He went first and after a hit, half of the face started to slide down and I couldn't see him very well but the guys told me with the talkie that Matt was in the avalanche but hopefully not all covered. He managed to get out after a few minutes. But when you are up there and don't see very much what's happening it's so sketchy.. Then it was my turn to drop and I was so stressful for the first line of the season. Everything went right but still it was so scary.

Best trip: Last year (March 12), I went to Whistler for my first time. We were at the best place at the best time! It was FULL of snow with a reset almost every day. And it's crazy up there how fast the weather changes, some days it's dumping during the morning so you ride pillows in the forest and then it's blue bird for the afternoon and it's time to go hit kickers and step down at the glacier. And it was also my first time riding a snowmobile and honestly I loved it! The first day it was a pain in the ass because I got stuck so many times that I wanted to leave the sled and go hiking .. But then you start to get it and you don't want to walk anymore! Thanks to Martin Gallant aka The GodFather who has been the best guide you can ever have during the all trip!

One item you always have in your snowboard pants: Wax! It can save your day.

Besides snowboarding: Take time with my friends, girlfriend and family! This is the only thing I miss during winter. And I love to go surf, play golf and as a frenchy "Pétanque"  is my hobby number one.

Future plans: I'm having a very nice life right now, so the plan is to carry on!

RECENT NEWS + VIDEO

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Volcom Snow's The Launch - Watch Now!
Last month our Volcom Snow ams, better known as the Stone Army crew, loaded up the RV and charged up to Bear Mountain for Snowboarder Magazine’s ninth annual The Launch 2016 presented by Volcom. The Launch is an assembly of age 21 and under riders handpicked by the Snowboarder Magazine crew for a 4 day media shred frenzy, and this year it was brought back to the San Bernadino mountains and constructed by the Bear Mountain crew full of endless rails, transition and kicker possibilities. Despite some windy, blizzard, and sometimes great conditions the boys were on fire with non-stop bell-to-bell action! When it was all said and done, Brock Crouch was awarded Standout and 10 yr old Aussie Valentino Guseli took home the Super Grom award for charging almost every feature in the park! Benny Milam was amongst the very few to step to this massive gap to boardslide (photo: Tom Monterosso) Gabe Ferguson kicking out a grasser with a perfect tranny finder (photo: Tom Monterosso) 10 yr old super grom Valentino Guseli FS air over the gap (photo: Tom Monterosso)
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Triple Volcom podium at the 2016 Riksgränsen Banked Slalom
Our boys did decent up in Sweden.. First out was Volcom lifer and local legend Björn Lindgren in qualifiers, taking top honours with Terje close behind in 3rd place.  Then, on finals day, Arthur Longo was the fastest of all, claiming the top spot in the Senior Division, while Terje won the masters division, with Bjorn Lindgren hot on his heels in 2nd place and 3rd fastest overall. Congrats boys!   Winners: Women Masters - Cecilia Larsen 1,19,308 - Sweden Women - Irene Zimmermann 1,16,636 - Switzerland Real Masters - David Ny 1,17,989 - Sweden Masters - Terje Haakonsen 1,06,781 - Norway Seniors - Arthur Longo 1,05,905 - France   Pics: Transitionmagazine   To see more pics and videos look up transitionmag on Facebook. Or check in here for updates: http://www.riksbankedslalom.com     And for a POV clip through the course, courtesy of our good friend Pontus Stahlkloo, check this: https://vimeo.com/166824528
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One run with Marcus Kleveland at the Launch!
Our camera wizard Seth Huot followed Volcom snowboarder Marcus Kleveland for a top-to bottom run during the Launch at Big Bear earlier this spring. Marcus sends it, delivers and truly makes snowboarding look like a video game. Enjoy
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Austrian Rider Roli Tschoder stretches his back leg over the Kaunertal access road
  Here’s a short edit showing how amazing the conditions are up at Kaunertal Glacier right now, only 40 minutes from the Volcom Snow Team house. There’s hardly anyone around, aside from the like-minded, the park is in mint condition, you can ride from 3200 to 2000m and there’s even pow on offer. Way better conditions now  than in December/January.  Roli from Ischgl certainly has his priorities straight.. But unless you can ride like Roli, the we recommend you spare the stretching until you’re safely back on the ground again.  Now run to the hills… Pic and edit by Flo Achenrainer
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Retrospection video by Olivier Gittler and Arthur Longo
If you plan on only seeing ONE snowboard video this year, then here you have it. Volcom lifer Olivier Gittler and his trusty collaborator Arthur Longo just put together a full length edit of all their Instagram short clips from the winter past.. In it you’ll see their unique take on snowboarding. And as you’ll watch you’ll slowly realise that “higher and further”’ isn’t always the goal. That it is just as much about the right turn at the right place at the right time. Or a backflip? And another backflip.. Backflips are never wrong. At times it might even look like the boys are bored with their day job (?!?) as they seem to be surfing more than snowboarding. But why not? Therein lies the beauty of this edit.. Get out off the park and look at what’s hidden behind it.  Or even IN it, as you follow our friends and their friends, finding park lines yet to be thought of.. Or making their own park outside of the park.. This is truly beautiful Olivier .. Please do even more of what you’re already doing.  Filmed on location in Les Des Alpes, Kitzsteinhorn, Chamonix, US Open, Arlberg and more Music: Leopard Ale IG: @leopard_ale
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VOLCOM BANKED SLALOM KITZSTEINHORN 2016
The 3rd edition of the Volcom banked slalom at Kitzsteinhorn was another one to put in the books! It all started with a good snow dump before the weekend that made shapers shovel extra hard, but also stoked out some early arrival competitors with some powder turns. It continued with two consecutive days of sunshine, allowing everyone to shred the snowparks in between race runs with the best conditions you could get. This year’s course was again just over 1min, so legs, hearts and breath were reasonably tested, but depending on your finish time your ego could be severely tested, especially if you’re a seasoned guide from Chamonix or a quad-corking park ripper and you get beaten by a 17 years old girl, which can happen in this kind of event. Some legends and pros were on the start list along with locals, speed freaks from all over Europe and snowboarding enthusiasts which made for a great mix of people and a great weekend! Check out the photos and full results below! The day ended with the Volcom Castle Rock Out, a massive party at the medieval castle of Kaprun, starting with The Black Tambourines, playing their party fueled garage rock from London, and continuing with headliners Mozes And The Firstborn from Netherlands, partying with everyone while playing and finishing with DJ Stephan Rathgeb who kept the spirits high and Austrian refreshments flowing all nite. Finish line photo VernonDeck Million thanks to everyone who attended the events and even more thanks to the ones who helped make this happen: the resort of Kitzsteinhorn for all the support and its shapers, Extra shapers from Montafon, Bulgaria and other resorts that helped finish up the course, Rosmarie and her staff at Active Leitner’s hotel in Kaprun for being the best, Misha and the Burg crew, and all the Volcom staff. Video from Revival agency and all photos from Vernon Deck and Martin Hermann (see captions) view from the starting gate photo Martin Herrmann Legend Peter Bauer ready to send it photo VernonDeck The two parks were on point and everyone was shredding around - here is Levi Luggen in the Pipe photo VernonDeck   Rowan Coultas_Fs360 photo_VernonDeck Sani Alibabic flying over the whoops photo Martin Herrmann Marcus Kleveland photo Martin Hermann Arthur Longo waxing his shred stick photo Vernon Deck bluebird at the start photo Martin Herrmann Champions crew at the start Levi Luggen - Markus Keller - Rowan Coultas - Ludgwig Biltoft - Markus Kleveland photo Vernon Deck Levi Luggen on it photo Martin Herrmann chillin with Arne Strate photo Martin Herrmann Chloe Sillieres and coach Michael David on top of the podiums photo_VernonDeck   Heavy French crew crushed it - here Vaelrian Ducourtil - Olivier Gittler-Pj from fluofun-Arthur Longo and Vincent Auque kicking it Here is the UK crew representing Rowan Coultas-Paul Buckland-and James Stentifordphoto Martin Herrmann Line at the start photo Martin Herrmann Ludvig Biltoft took the 4th place photo Martin Hermann Ludvig Bitolft and Markus Kleveland photo Martin Herrmann shapers finishing the course on Friday - hard work photo Martin Herrmann mandatory Schnapps at the top photo Martin Herrmann Sveti waxing up photo Martin Herrmann Volcom Europe's boss Joost Grootswagers at the finish line photo Martin Herrmann We had locals Gerald Ackerer and Gerhard Oger Voithofer cooking burgers for all photo Martin Herrmann French team party first raw photo_VernonDeck Mozes And The First Born photo Martin Herrmann Mozes and the Firstborn photo_VernonDeck photo Martin Herrmann 2 photo Martin Herrmann Remi - what the hell am I doing here photo Martin Hermann the party was on! photo Martin Herrmann Results all results and times in the end: Overall: 1st-Michael David - Spot at 2017 Mt Baker Banked Slalom! - 00:01:02,90 2nd-Pontus Stalhkloo - 00:01:02,92 3rd- Arthur Longo - 00:01:03,27 4th-Ludvig Biltoft - 00:01:03,82 5th- Levi Luggen - 00:01:04,38 Girls: 1st-Chloé Sillières - 00:01:07,67 2nd-Conny Bernert - 00:01:09,76 3rd-Ana Rumiha - 00:01:10,75 4th-Kathrin Gappmayr - 00:01:10,80 5th-Aline Bock - 00:01:11,59 40&over: 1st-Pascal Imhof - 00:01:04,87 2nd-Ivo Gmur - 00:01:04,93 3rd Peter Bauer - 00:01:05,13 4th Christophe Lind - 00:01:05,84 5th Rene Bruner - 00:01:06,91 Industry: 1st- Friedl Kolar - 00:01:06,36 2nd-Oren Tanzer - 00:01:08,48 3rd-Remi Lamazouere - 00:01:08,57 4th-Michael Azenberg - 00:01:09,86 5th-Mathieu Siboni - 00:01:10,95 CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE TIMES AND RESULTS: Open Girls Industry 40&Over
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