For a period of his early career, Richard Permin hovered under everyone’s radar. A King of Style win and a podium finish at the Big Mountain Pro changed all of that. By late 2008, the then-23-year-old had arrived. It wasn’t long after, however, that he mostly turned his back on park competitions and the need to make podiums, opting to focus on traveling the globe in search of the best powder and backcountry terrain he could find. For the past four years he’s been filming extensively – often with Sean Pettit, in Japan and the Whistler backcountry – with Matchstick Productions for a movie project due to release in Fall 2014.
The now 28-year-old Frenchman was actually late in getting into the Freeski game. He first got on skis at the age of three and began racing at 15. It wasn’t until he was 18 that he made the transition. Nowadays, however, the focus is backcountry, backcountry, backcountry.
Q & A
How did you start skiing? How old were you?
I started skiing at 3 years old and I started racing at 15 years old. At 18 years old I started to do freestyle and now big mountain.
If you were not a pro skier, you would be?
Probably working somewhere but not with the same passion I have with skiing.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced?
Riding the epic face of verbier extreme!
What is the best advice you've heard?
Go for it!
Where is your favorite place to ski?
Haines , Alaska
Do you have any other special talents? Hobbies?
I love to do skate , wakeboard and surf.
What are your goals for 2010?
To have a good final ranking in the freeride world and have a great part in movie .
What are your strengths?
What are you working on?
My new skis.