Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Currently resides:  Andes Mountains, Chile | Girdwood, AK, USA
Current sponsors: Smith Optics,, Gordini Gloves, Cardiff Snowcraft, Sierra Nevada
Bindings: Surge ST Pro, Dyno DH

Rafael grew up all over the place. He has always been active in the outdoors but didn’t begin snowboarding until he was 17. Now 26, he spends nearly every month in the mountains. Rafael splits his home between Chile and the United States. He combines his education in environmental sciences with his career in the mountains to make forward-thinking film projects with his company - Connections Movement. His newest film & environmental projects include - Tupungato & Korovadu.


Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

My most epic splitboard adventure so far has to probably be snowboarding in Kyrgyzstan while filming for the Yūgen project. We recorded multiple first ascents & descents on 15k - 18k foot peaks deep in the Kyrgyz backcountry -->


What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

Curiosity to go beyond and explore the unknown.


What inspires you?

The environment inspires me, how things have come to be. This is one of the main reasons why I splitboard - to inspire other people to get out there and to get to know the environment one on one.


What are you most excited about for the 23/24 season?

I'm looking forward to many sunrises and sunsets on top of powder-covered peaks, good turns with friends, progressing my snowboarding, and successful film expeditions.

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

I ride Spark R&D because I trust the gear with my life. When exposed in dangerous terrain I feel sturdy when touring and riding. The gear is very strong and I haven’t had any issues with the bindings or any other gear while putting it to the test on all types of terrain and weather.