KAREL VAN GOOR
PROFESSIONAL SBX – SNOWBOARDCROSS
21st World Cup snowboardcross – Bansko 2018 (BUL), 19th WK snowboardcross – Sierra Nevada 2018 (SPA), 4th Europa Cup snowboardcross – Colere 2017 (ITA), 3rd Nor-Am Cup snowboardcross – Tabor Mountain 2016 (CAN).
I am a 22-year-old professional snowboarder. I was introduced to snow and mountains from the ripe age of 1. My father was always a very keen skier, and he definitely carried his passion over to me. When I was 11 I switched from skiing to snowboarding and haven’t looked back since.
After a successful start to my career in snowboard-cross, with a 7th place at the Junior World Championships and a 19th in the open men’s World Championships, I am now looking ahead towards the 2022 winter Olympics.
During my competition career, I of course sustained numerous injuries, and those experiences have taught me that I need to take care of my body. With Xion gear I can have the confidence to push myself to the limit on the mountain, while being protected as much as possible.
“The xion back protector is a whole new world when it comes to protection materials. It is so comfortable you seriously forget you’re wearing it. It doesn’t hinder any movement at all which is key, yet it is there when you need it. I never ride without it.“
– Karel van Goor