Russ is much more than just a damn good contest rider. He is one of the coolest young freeski stars, and this has to be taken literally.
To describe the young Australian Russ Henshaw seemed quite easy: the contest high-flyer from Down Under. But this over-simplification came to an end last year! Nowadays, Russ is much more than just a damn good contest rider. He is one of the coolest young freeski stars, and this has to be taken literally. He is a winter kid. For him finding something to do in the summer is easy: „I ski! Because it is winter here in Australia!“
Besides his really impressive range of good contest results – he himself describes the success at the Jon Olsson Invitational 2009 as his career highlight – Russ is also riding for Matchstick Productions, a leading ski video production company. He scored his first full segment in last year’s „In Deep“ at the young age of 19 and continues to headline their cast in 2010. However, this is no surprise as he either sticks a trick or works on it until he lands it every time. This is daily business to Russ, working on his skills, performing his tricks to absolute perfection. After all, he has the necessary time to improve the details, as Russ enjoys the winter for almost 365 days per year. Either somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere or at his home spot in Thredbo, Australia.
What Marker bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use Marker Jester Pro's. I like to mount my ski's 1 or 2cm back from the middle of the ski.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
I have my din on about 12
Favorite skier: Sammy Carlson
Ski hero growing up: Jon Olsson
Home mountain: Perisher Blue
Height: 6ft 2inches
Ideal day in the mountains: Sunny, Slushy park with good rails a good jumps
How would you describe your style: I'd like to think smooth. I try to make technical tricks look easy and I hope it looks that way.
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: Was 2nd at the US Freeski open in 2007. It was my first ever international slopestyle podium
Favorite place to ride: I like riding at my home mountain and then when I am away breckenridge is one of my favourites as well
Best snow trip: I have honestly never had any luck with back country trips. I always have shitty snow and it is super annoying haha
What age did you start to ski: When I was 3 or 4 years old
What cant you live without: My laptop. Its a must have for Facebook, twitter and watching videos
Goals and plans: I would like to keep competing for a while longer and then move into the back country and focus on filming a lot more.