Rene Rinnekangas snowboarding in the streets on his Rome Artifact style=
Rene Rinnekangas jibbing the tree
Rene Rinnekangas in the streets on his Rome Snowboard

RENE RINNEKANGAS

WHO THE HELL ARE YOU AND WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
Hello! My name is Rene Rinnekangas, 21 year old snowboarder coming from a small hillbilly town from Finland.

WHICH FOOT DO YOU STRAP IN FIRST?
I think I strap my left foot first. I think it comes pretty automatic because I’m regular. I can barely jump on a chairlift if I have only right foot strapped haha.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SNOWBOARD MEMORY? IT CAN BE ANYTHING; FIRST STREET RAIL, BEST TRIP WITH THE HOMIES, WATCHING A SESSION GO DOWN...
Ahh this is a hard one! I think there are so many good trips and memories, so it’s really hard to pick one. I think one of the nicest trips was my first time in X Games Aspen when my brother and friends were there too! First, I was lucky to end up 2nd in slopestyle and then the same night we played a gig with Kätfish up in the mountain! Still can’t believe what went down that day. I think it’s the best day of my life!



WOULD YOU RATHER: HAND-DIG A QUARTER PIPE, BUILD A LOG JIB OR SHAPE A BANKED SLALOM COURSE?
All three opinions are really good but I think I would hand dig a quarter pipe. I really like to ride transitions. Getting air under my feet and try to learn some magic Alek Østreng handplants!!!

IN YOUR OPINION, WHOSE STYLE HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND HOW?
I really like to watch those riders who can ride everything. My brother Riko has been a big idol for me always but I think Alek has influenced me a lot lately. I love watching his snowboarding and all the crazy moves he can do with amazing style! There are so many sick riders that I love to watch!

IF YOU COULD GO BACK TO ANY SESSION, ANY FEATURE, ANY DAY ON SNOW AND JUST TELEPORT THERE TO SHRED, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I would go back to Peace Park! Just getting invited there and riding with all the sickest riders. Uhhh It’s a dream. Still means so much to me! Thank you Danny for being a rad dude and doing good things for snowboarding! First time in Dew Tour. That was the trip I met the Rome guys for the first time and just getting invited to ride modified superpipe in the contest for team Rome meant so much and still means! The whole week was amazing and everyone rode so good that week and we end up winning the team challenge! one of the sickest weeks ever! Thank you, Matt and the whole Rome family, for the support and Love!

FAVORITE UNEXPECTED PIECE OF GEAR YOU RUN DAILY?
Hmmm… I think I still have the same one dollar in my pocket from my first trip to the US haha.

SHOP RENE'S SETUP

Speed Freak

$459.95

Ravine Select

$629.95

Artifact

$399.95

Black Label

$549.95