Profile Homies – Anthony ‘TonTon’ Holland(C), Jules Reymond and Nico Tille
(Homies Manager: Nico Droz)
One of the most recognized crews across Europe, the Homies have been putting it together and putting it on the ground for years now, producing a sublime French Connection across the Southern Swiss Alps and well into France. This year saw the release of their latest video ‘Homies Grounds’ which is yet another chapter in what is always an impressive output.
Homies manager and all round good guy, Nico Droz, took a bit of time putting the team together this year with the cunning and guile of a fired up José Mourinho looking at a Real Madrid squad. His preference for this year was to lean on experience and team work, rather than other options of fresh faced raw talent in the waiting.
No surprises in his choice of Homies Team Captain, Anthony ‘TonTon’ Holland. Apart from being recently married, he has been fired up all season claiming a qualification spot for the World Snowboard Championships and fine tuning his skills in the best snow season at his home resort of Leysin, Switzerland. TonTon’s knowledge of the Wängl Tängl, it’s set up and system, is second to none having competed at the even more times than any other rider outside of the Ästhetiker organization crew, and in many cases more. Last year he Captained the ‘Welsh Airforce’ team who were will on the way to claiming a possible podium position, before an injury cut their team to two, but they powered on anyway just for the love of riding the supersized Vans Penken Park.
If there was any proof that age is simply in the head, TonTon, for shits and giggles, landed all four 10′s in a relaxed training run recently at home. He told us by phone, “Dammit, I’m going to be the first rider to do a switch b/s 10 at the age of 40!”… Knowing TonTon’s determination and love of snowboarding, we can only wonder if he will go 12!
Teaming up with the cheeky dark horse of Jules Reymond, they have a spark in their forward line not many teams will boast. Absent from the contest scene for a couple of years while on filming duties with Absinthe, Jules’s command of the unexpected, his propensity to surprise, and his ability to pull off the impossible – all the while with an infectious grin broadly across his face – regularly leaves the defense bamboozled with his Ronaldo like footwork and subtle skills. There is no doubt with Jules Reymond, you are going to learn to expect the unexpected with daring and bravado… and a polite shake of the hand. Jules’s personality is infectious, which is translated into his riding style. Smoke and mirrors, tastefully counterpointed the stomp and thump… He would scare most people if he just could get that smile off his face!
Making up the third rider in the Homies team is former ‘Welsh Airforce’ ripper, Nico Tile. Never the one for glory or fanfare, Nico is the business – point. Similar to a Paul Scholes, you hardly notice the control and command that Nico puts down all over the field in a quite yet dominant fashion, there is one thing we can tell you – he’s as hard as nails! Nico spends almost as much time at home in Leysin sitting in a cat building the very structures he is going to hit once he exchanges the pisten bully for his board, often exchanging them again once he’s tested what he’s built to fine tune his latest kicker creation into the perfect launch zone. The communication between his lifelong riding partner and Captain, TonTon, is all but telepathic, and that is reflected in their almost mirror like ability to adapt and control the timing and tempo of any combined feature they hit. Substance, not flowers is the name of the game, and Nico is about as solid as the Great Wall of China!
If this line up is not formidable enough, sitting in the wings ready to dust off his riding gear is the legendary Nico Droz who is enjoying a season riding with no commitments. “I’ll let the boys warm it up…” said Nico when announcing to us his team, “But, if there is any injury… well… let’s just call it a come back!” he concluded with a cheeky smile…
Team Homies represent everything that a crew team should – talent, friendship, a love of snowboarding and the passion of shredding it all as a crew. Discount them at your peril, celebrate with them and their unique approach to you pleasure. The Homies are coming home to the Vans Wängl 10gl…