At 16, Bene tried freeskiing and was an instant convert: “Freeskiing sets no boundaries to my creativity. I can totally express myself,” he claims. But the most important thing for Bene is enjoying his skiing, especially since he’s found that fun and success tend to go hand in hand. For instance, his fifth place at the freestyle Red Bull Linecatcher event in 2010 allowed him to meet up with the best exponents of his sport and pit his skills against the elite.
Since then, Bene has gone on to become a solid presence in the freeski community. In 2012, he picked up two awards along with the rest of his Nothing Else Matters crew at the 12th annual Powder Awards in Aspen, Colorado. And in 2014 he took part in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
He might be highly ambitious, but he’s learnt to know his limits and weigh up the risks – a lesson learned the hard way after he damaged his cruciate ligament, which sidelined him for two seasons early in his career.
Bene is not willing to restrict himself, though; he’ll try everything from halfpipe, to backcountry to park. But he finds the most rewards in kicker jumping, jumping over Flat 5s, but always working on doubleflips – in both directions. Ever the perfectionist, he claims: “If I do something, I do it right.”
To keep fit, Bene works out at the gym, on a trampoline and, in the summer, can usually be found on a water jump. When not on skis, he is still in motion, either surfing or skateboarding.Read more