Bjorn Leines grew up in the great Midwest; Big Lake, MN to be exact with his partner in crime and pro snowboarding brother Erik Leines. Learning to shred in such a notoriously flat region of the country, Bjorn honed his skills in pipe and park initially, joining the Oakley family in 1995. Bjorn burst onto the scene with numerous top five finishes at several major contests and multiple standout video parts.
Bjorn made a name for himself by being a very diverse rider, from rails to pipe to park to backcountry. Bjorn’s style is best described as super clean, but uniquely strong which allowed for him to be the most photographed rider in 2000 and earned him the last part in Video Gangs in 2003, as well as Volcom’s newest video “Escramble”.
Bjorn is responsible for pushing all the different disciplines of snowboarding. At the beginning of 2000 rail riding was just coming into it’s own, and Bjorn was at the forefront of that progression. A great example of that progressive style was showcased in winning the Red Bull Heavy Metal contest in Portland, OR. Just as his rail sessions were being documented in videos, so was his backcountry exploits. Charging first descents and gaps, Bjorn was documenting what was and is truly possible in open terrain.
Currently, Bjorn resides in Utah with his wife and child. He and brother Eric have started their own glove company called Celtek. In addition Bjorn now leads the charge of Rome SDS as one of their top riders, so be on the lookout for Bjorn’s next big move.
Q & A
If you were not a pro snowboarder you would be
An engineer maybe
Ace Venture Pet Detective
If you could be someone famous, who would you be
What are your favorite songs currently loaded onto your Thump
What is more important to you than snowboarding
Family and GOD
Who / What inspires you
Peaceful Warriors and Truth seekers
Holy Cross hip hop label
To me, Oakley is
Thinkers outside of the box
Do you have any other special talents (music / write / draw / paint)
Design Snowboard stuff, gloves and boards
What move / trick are you working on
Any last words
Seek freedom from desire.
When did you start your sport
13 years old
Favorite TV Shows
5 Items I can't live without
Kristin, Beart, Micaiah, Bible and Coffee machine.
Party animal or mellow TV on the couch
Mellow book on the couch