Trygve has been a part of the Oslo scene for years and we’re stoked to share his story. He tells us about his early days of skating, his racing philosophy, working for the NDSF and his fondness for beer.
Halla TJ, how are you?
Halla! I’m doing fine!
How was your weekend?
It was awesome! 3 days of skating in the sunshine with all my friends. Lots of hard skating and insanely high levelled skaters!
Where are you from?
I’m from Oslo, Norway. VikingLand!
Do you own a dragon?
Sure! Alex Hørthe. Hehe.
What got you into skateboarding?
We were three good friends who started together. We are all competitive people and loved the feeling of adrenaline and speed. I was previously an active alpine skier, but unfortunately had to give up because of a badly broken leg. Longboarding was a perfect replacement!
Skateboarding has been kinder to your leg?
Who were the 3 amigos?
Alex Hørthe, Johan Simonsen and I.
Who is the skating dragon?
Alex is a good friend! He and I have always competed whatever the case! In a very good way. He is a ginger and has a temper, hence the dragon.
Who else was riding in Oslo back then?
I started with Alex Hørthe and Johan Simonsen, but it was not long before we met the rest of the gang. Torbjørn TB Sunde, Morten Beckstrøm, Alex Lyngaas, Adrian Paulsen, Jørgen Egeland and Fredric Jacobsen.
What did you guys get up to then?
Everything was about trips with the guys, partying, ski, surf, skate. Everything that could give us an adventure and stoke.
Where did you go on trips?
We travelled especially to the western part of Norway. Where the larger mountains were, and to the west coast for surfing.
What do you enjoy about being on the road?
There’s something new all the time. New place, new experiences and lots of memories!
Is there a big community in Oslo?
Yes! The majority of skaters from Norway are located in Oslo. And we grow more and more each year.
When did it start to grow?
I think it exploded in 2010.
What led to the explosion?
It was perhaps because the King of the Hill Boardshop began to organize events and competitions. People got to see what this was all about and were interested in testing it out.
How can you tell an Oslo skater from the rest?
Now there are two types of Oslo skaters. Freeriders and racers. There is not much difference between us and other skaters from the rest of Norway.
Which is Trygve? (I spelt your name right without cheating!)
Haha! Yeah! It is not a very easy name to understand for non-Norwegians. Even the Swedes struggle sometimes to understand my name.
I’m definitely a racer. Love freeride too, but my passion for skating is racing. Love to compete that way!
Does your name mean anything?
It comes from the Old Norse word “tryggr” that means “reliable” or “trustworthy”.
Has he had any personal impact on you?
Yes. I lived almost next door to his store. So I hung a lot with him. A good friend and great guy! Unfortunately, after he had to close down the shop we don’t meet often anymore : (.
When did you first skate outside Oslo?
I think this must have been the end of the 2008 season when we went to Stadt (West Coast) to join a competition. It rained, but it was a very cool trip!
What drove you to competitive skating?
I’m a very competitive person! So to be first and best at something is of course an amazing feeling. When I began to climb up towards the podium in competitions, I realized that there was no turning back. This was awesome!
What’s your race strategy?
After much skiing I’ve got a good push. My strategy has previously been kicking out first and then just stay there, but I realized this weekend that I had to change my tactics a bit. I didn’t weigh enough to keep the lead all the way so I had to begin to draft people. I don’t like to be behind so now I have to start with hard training to gain weight to get me first again. Hehe.
How was 2009 for you?
2009 was the year where I began to understand the game. There was a lot of travelling with the guys, we pretty much skated every sunny day. I had become comfortable with leathers and just wanted to skate faster and faster.
What is the truth to the game?
Of course, it’s primarily about having fun! But it was not until I was really confident in my skating that I began to understand more about how to get better. It is all about being confident in myself and my riding style.
What gave you confidence?
Love at first ride?
Did you do much skating in 2010?
I’ve never skated as much as I did then. I was a student and had plenty of time.
Was all your skating in Norway that year?
No. That year, the boys and I rented a car to join the Euro Tour. We skated Almabtrieb, Graveyard Call and Padova. In addition to that, we went along with Jacko, Louis, Corey, Scoot and many more to the French Alps. There we were introduced to something that was completely new to us. We learned more in those days in the Alps than what we did in a whole year. It was AWESOME!
First time in Europe?
Nope. I do a lot of skiing, so I’ve been in the Alps a few times before, but never thought about the opportunities to skate there before.
How did you do in your first ever IGSA race?
The first IGSA race I attended was in Eastbourne in 2009, where I ended up among the top 32. In Almabtrieb I was unfortunately crashed out in the second round. Was not too stoked then, but had a very cool first run.
What was the spirit at the event like?
It was a very good atmosphere among skaters. Everyone was really stoked to be part of the World Championship. It was also very exciting to meet all the big names that we had only seen in movies and on the Web.
Who were you most stoked about skating with?
How did getting to skate with those rad internationals influence you?
It was incredibly fun to learn from the best. I spent a lot of time just lying behind to observe what the guys did down the hill. During that trip I changed my skating style completely based on what I had learned. This opened up many new opportunities for me.
What opportunities came from those days?
Before, sliding was a bad thing. It only happened when you had too much speed into a turn and slid because of it. Having learned to brake with slides, we had the opportunity to skate brand new slopes. At that time we were just looking for long straight runs, but after we learned to control slides it changed into a desire for hills with lots of turns.
What’s the typical Norwegian hill?
Stalheimskleiva! Hehe! This hill is probably one of the most extreme, but we have a lot of steep roads with a lot of turns here.
Do you have a favourite run?
The Anaconda. Also known as Donald In Norway, but of course Col de la Bonette in the French Alps is my number 1.
It was first called Anaconda by the locals (due to all the turns), but there were some who called it Donald because it is road No. 313 Same number as Donald’s car… Lame!
How was your 2011?
It was a pretty bad year for me. It rained on almost all the competitions I attended. I also had a lot of injuries that season. The only thing that was a little fun was that I placed top 16 in Insul.
What’s the worst injury you’ve had?
I’ve hurt myself a lot in life, but fortunately I have not had any serious injuries during skating. The worst has probably been minor neck injuries during a slam in Voss.
Do you have a favourite competition?
Almabtrieb. Without a doubt!
Did you race it this year?
Hell yeah! Of course I was more comfortable with the speed compared to last time, but a lot has happened with wheels, the board and skills since 2010. So to skate it this year was insanely fun.
Did you do many races this year?
Unfortunately I could not participate in as many competitions in Europe as I had wanted but had attended most held in Norway. This year I participated in 7 competitions in Norway and one in Germany. Hopefully I will participate in several international competitions next year.
Is there a Norwegian championship?
Yes. It is still under development, but it is getting very good!
How are the gangster races different from the continent?
We have a very relaxed vision for the sport. As Adam Persson says, it’s a completely different feeling to skate Norwegian competitions. It’s all about having fun! It’s not the same pressure as in other competitions.
You must be stoked about having a local IDF race!
Oh yes. I hope we can get it arranged in one of the hill on the west coast. I want to show what Norway really has to offer.
How different would it be?
The roads we want to have competitions is unlike any other competitions that I’ve seen before. The hill where the competition would have been, had most likely been surrounded by great mountains, giant waterfalls and majestic scenery.
Sounds like another Voss?
Hehe! Yeah. We have many places like that here.
Do you organise any events?
I am vice president of NDSF (Norwegian downhill skate association). I am involved in helping out, but have not arranged any self yet. I want to skate in the competition, I have no time to arrange it. Hehe!
It would be rad to have a Scandinavian championship.
Oh yes! I know there are no plans for it. So we have to wait and see. Maybe in 2014.
When did you first get involved with the NDSF?
It was in 2010. I had been working with events and competitions before and wanted to take part in helping the sport to grow.
Why was it important to be a part of it?
I thought I had experiences that could make our competitions better. I knew that we needed contacts and support for this to happen, and this was something I could help with.
Will we see collaborations between the NDSF and Longboard Sweden?
Yes. We worked a little together this year, but there will be a greater cooperation in 2014.
Have you skated outside Europe?
I have unfortunately not had the chance to do so, but I hope I get the chance sometime in the future.
What do you ride?
The landyachtz wolfshark, bear presisons and hawgs wheels.
Are any of those your sponsors?
Yes I am skating for Landyachtz longboards, Bear trucks and hawg wheels.
KOTH was unfortunately closed for good. : ( But I still represent the name!
What do you do when you’re not skating?
I am very fond of beer. Hehe! There is a lot of partying, but the job takes a lot of time. Besides it will be to spend time with my girlfriend and training.
Have you won the Kozakov party?
Hehe! Finished second in 2011. Alex in the first place.
Pick 3 numbers between 1-40.
1 – What would you do if you were President?
20- If every job paid the same amount, what would you do?
Be a skater!
Whats the weirdest thing you ever put in your mouth?
Haha! This is a trick question! Hopefully nothing weird.
It’s been so much fun having this conversation with you, catch you on a hill somewhere!
Thank you! It has been really nice! It is an honor to be here! I hope I see you you in Voss 2014!!
Any thank yous?
Thank you to my team who have helped to make me the skater I am today! Alex Hørthe and Johan Wendt Simonsen.
And of course all my sponsors!