“I’ve known him since he was a kid. The backpack is his trademark, he’s been wearing it for the last three years. Nobody knows what he brings along — maybe it’s his lunch? Maybe he brings his cat along?” –Stale Sandbech
20 year old Norwegian snowboarder Fridtjof “Fridge Street” Tischendorf qualified for the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships slopestyle finals in Vail while wearing his signature accessory….a backpack.
Summit Daily reports Tischendorf always rides with a backpack and was evasive when competition announcer Henry Jackson grilled him about it:
Jackson: “What’s in the backpack?”
Tischendorf: “I don’t really use shampoo that much.”
Jackson: “Stop trying to deflect the question.”
Tischendorf: “I can tell you one thing that’s in there. A hundred-dollar bill.”
Tischendorf then let Jackson hold the backpack to confirm it contained something…
JACKSON: “I can feel the weight, it’s definitely not empty. That’s going to be the most-asked question of the U.S. Open — What’s in Fridge Street’s backpack?”
His longtime buddy and fellow country man Stale says Fridge Street is pretty adamant when it comes to the back: “Sometimes, in an (International Ski Federation) contest, they tell him to take the backpack off. Even then, he might refuse.”
You can watch the 2018 Burton U.S. Open slopestyle finals today at 2pm local time HERE.