Meet Aspen Spora, the 11-year-old ripper everyone is talking about

By: Freeskier Magazine
July 17, 2012

Words by Brody Leven
Photo by Ren Rob/O’Neill

When I was eleven, I was eating crayons and dirt. He, on the other hand, enjoys sunflower seed cheese, prefers beet-kale-carrot-apple-celery juice to soda, and fancies his organic veggie burgers bun-less. He once told me that hot dog buns taste like candy.

I hung Vincent Dorian posters over my bunk bed and watched Evan Raps on VHS. He has Tanner Hall giving him high-fives at Woodward Tahoe and is hanging out with Tom Wallisch at X Games.

I attended my ski hill’s annual gear swap so my parents could buy me the previous year’s jacket at a discount. He receives next season’s gear from O’Neill, Armada, Oakley, Dalbello, Marker, Contour, Sweet Protection, and A-Line Insoles. Free.

Aspen Spora is a prodigy. A handful of his web videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. During his tenth winter on Earth, he foreran the X Games superpipe and The North Face Pipe and Park Open Series courses, and filmed with Warren Miller Entertainment. His social media following exceeded that of most established professionals before he was old enough to have a computer.

What exactly is on the mind of the youngster with the long golden hair, bright blue eyes and the jacket that covers his knees? I caught up with him this week in Whistler to find out:

Brody Leven: What’s happening in the wonderful world of Aspen Spora?

Aspen Spora: I’m hanging out in Whistler with Team O’Neill and skiing at Camp of Champions. We are making the O’Neill Experience, a video series about the team. But my favorite part has definitely been paintballing with everyone.

BL: Do you remember the first time someone recognized you on the hill?

AS: At Whistler. Two days ago.

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