“Splitboarding has changed my view on how we can travel in the mountains, there are no limits. Spark R&D helps make this possible!” 


Hometown: Farellones, Chile
Currently resides:  Andes Mountains, Chile | Whitefish, MT, USA
Current sponsors: Xdubai, Trew Gear, Gordini Gloves, Zeal Optics, Weston Snowboards, Climate Reality
Bindings: Surge Pro, Dyno DH
Rafael was born in France and grew up all over the world. He has always been active in the outdoors but didn’t actually begin to snowboard until he was 17. Now 26, he spends nearly every month chasing snow and adventure in both hemispheres. Rafael splits his time between Chile and the United States, where he just completed his degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado. Rafa now calls NW Montana home and is enjoying all the epic backcountry adventures in his backyard. 

Q & A

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 -->

Curiosity to go beyond and explore the unknown.

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.

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.