Chopo Diaz-Panda Athlete/Chilean Superstar
Panda Poles athlete Chopo Diaz is not only one of the most talented skiers in South America, but he is genuinely one of the most humble, friendly people a person might ever meet. He has tallied several 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes on the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and has become somewhat of a superstar in his home country of Chile. With all his accolades, he is a driving force in the world of big mountain freeride skiing and generates more excitement than almost all bull riding competitions on the planet, combined. It is an honor to have such an amazing athlete and personality riding with our ski poles, especially when he is shown with them in magazines and on billboards across his home country.
Here, Chopo stands proudly with a Subaru and his beloved Panda Poles.
Chopo gets some hang time in Washington this last season and doesn't think twice about snagging his poles in the trees
Another shot of Chopo doing what he does best: Finding transition...
Chopo will be competing alongside Panda team manager Oakley White-Allen in the first ever Swatch Skier's Cup this September and we expect nothing but the most impressive display of big mountain freeriding ability.
We wish both Oakley and Chopo wishes of safety and stoke in this upcoming competition. Go get 'em boys.
Photos by Claudio Vicuna