2010: The ‘Stompermatten’ has returned to ride with Absinthe after a hiatus and we’re glad to have him back. Saas Fee’s favorite son, Frederik Kalbermatten is considered one of the most dynamic riders in Switzerland’s of long-standing legacy of smooth operators. Schooled in the high alpine of the Swiss Alps and confident in all-terrain, FK made a name for himself on the World Cup halfpipe circuit and began filming with Absinthe at the very beginning. He appeared in our first film Tribal, and continued on delivering solid, precise freestyle action in Transcendence, Vivid, and Saturation. In one word, FK describes himself as “mellow,” but you’d never agree when you watch him ride. He literally attacks the fall line, combining his high-speed freeride approach with technical trickery. The only hint of anything “mellow” about FK’s riding is his enviably lazy and relaxed aerial style. Off the snow FK is just as dynamic. He is working hard to grow his streetwear brand Atreebutes—with his partner and fellow Absinthe rider, Nicolas Müller—into a sustainable, recognizable international brand. Fredi is also a DJ, for the past few years he’s been mixing up some tasty hip-hop, drum-and-bass, and most recently Dubstep sounds. He’s been featured at Switzerland’s foremost summer shred event, the Freestyle.ch and last winter he even DJ’d in Kamchatka, Russia in the middle of an Absinthe filming trip.
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