Who says you can’t have smooth and defined moves as an extra tall rider? Obviously not Mikkel Bang, who walked away with first in the 2008 New Zealand Burton Open Slopestyle, was the winner of the 2008 Nissan X-trail Nippon Open ParkStyle, and took second in the 2007 Nokia Air & Style. Born in Oslo, Norway, Mikkel is gaining both European and North American recognition. However, like any young guy, when Mikkel isn’t on the mountain; he gets stoked on good friends, sports, family, parties and girls. And while Mikkel is often seen as one of Burton’s young, up-and-coming snowboarders, he never takes the sport too seriously. As he has been caught saying on many occasions, “Snowboarding is all about having fun”. Any of his backcountry footage is a real treat, too.