First and foremost Xavier De Le Rue is a mountain lover and this is at the core of all he does. In his heart he is a freerider - and spends his time in the powder whenever conditions allow. His love and skills for both powder and big mountain riding have achieved wide recognition, and Xavier continues receiving major awards from the snowboarding scene year after year.
Being incredibly successful in competition - winning multiple snowboard cross world championship titles and X-Games gold medals - cannot be ignored. Three years in succession Xavier was the snowboard freeride world champion, and was twice awarded 'best line' of the freeride world tour (snowboard and ski). This snowboarding racer and freestyler background combined with his love for the mountain give him the feeling and technical abilities he needs to ride the natural terrain to the full - whether pillow, minigulf, cliff drop or tight couloirs.
With snowboarding true recognition comes through filming freeride action. Xavier was eager to also invest time and energy in this side of the sport, and has received deserved success and respect for his movie and film parts. Xavier has been involved in a highly anticipated freeride film 'Deeper' where the riders access their 'playground' using only human power. During the 2009 season Xavier focused on big and steep faces in the Chamonix area, and was on expedition to the Antarctic filming for a documentary "Lives of the Artists" (by Relentless) - it left a deep impression "it was the trip of a lifetime, everyday we rode peaks and landscapes I would never have even expected to see".
Based in Verbier, Switzerland during the winter when not on the road for filming or competition, Xavier returns home to the Pyrenees for the summer months. It’s important for him to spend time with his family, and enjoy climbing, surfing and mountain biking. Xavier's specialty is to 'charge', to be fast and furious while riding the big mountains - but it is his love of the mountains that drives him.
Birthdate: July 1st 1979
Home: Saint Lary, French Pyrenees
Favourite destination: Antarctica
Favourite Mountain: Mont Blanc region
Favourite Book: 'Let my people go surfing' by Yvon Chouinard
Favourite Films: Nikita by Luc Besson
Favourite Food: Japanese, Italian (in Italy)
Greatest Fear: To lose faith in the future
How I Relax: The only way is to sit down on my couch after a sick day outdoors
Philosophy: Life is about experiencing things à find your own way, keep searching, never give up à you'll find happiness
What inspires you? Nature - it's vital to my mental sanity
Words to live by: better try and crash than think you could do it and not give it a shot