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Iikka’s youthful appearance and demeanor can easily fool you. A young buck, surely—green, not hardly. Iikka is the consummate young veteran with years...
Iikka’s youthful appearance and demeanor can easily fool you. A young buck, surely—green, not hardly. Iikka is the consummate young veteran with years under his belt and a wealth of experience and professionalism. He’s been a movie star and comedian for so long it’s amazing he’s still on the ups. Yet upwardly mobile is where you’ll find him: stepping up his game in the backcountry, and forward into the realm of pro-model products and snowboard movie fame.
As a youngster he learned his craft alongside Finland’s highly touted kicker crowd. Seamless style was born along with lethal rail skills as he lapped the Talma Park late into the night. Under the tutelage of icons including Jussi Oksanen, Joni Malmi and Willie Yli-Luoma, Iikka was soon in full bloom. While many athletes’ rise, fall, and burnout under the circumstance, Iikka continues to shine bright—steadily remaining enthusiastic and optimistic rather than steering the course toward jaded veteran.
Living the good life with a house at the beach in Southern California alongside Monster athlete Eero Niemela and their fellow Trulli Clansmen Lauri Heiskari, he’s got plenty of reasons to be happy. The kid’s either skating, surfing, or internationally globe trotting with snowboard in hand. Whistler, Montana, Scandinavia, or Chili—somewhere Iikka is laughing and getting it done.
With a reputation forged on style and rail skills, Iikka has headed for the backcountry—choosing hiking and heli over concrete and handrails. “I don’t want to spend two months of my year riding rails when I can go make turns in powder” relates Backstrom—true indeed. Iikka expounds in an interview with TransWorld SNOWboarding “I wasn’t really enjoying [rails] that much anymore so why push it? I want to enjoy snowboarding. I got really into riding powder and that’s all I care about. I do miss the fun rail trips though …”. Heavy metal aside, his future looks soft and white—as Iikka puts it, “Now I’m mainly just hitting really big jumps and natural powder features.” With Canadian legend Devun Walsh as a mentor in that department, Iikka’s punting world class maneuvers over massive sticks and stones. Change is great
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