By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

FAMOUS for being the youngest ever person to land a double backflip on a snowboard, meet 10-year-old Eli Bouchard – the next big star in the world of snowboarding.

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Videographer / director: Marc-André Lavoie
Producer: Danny Baggott, James Thorne
Editor: James Thorne

The talented youngster can leap up to 50ft in the air with ease, gliding over the most challenging slopes and regularly defeating competitors much older than him.  

Eli, from Quebec, Canada, travels more than three hours every weekend to train with his coach Max Henault, who says the boy’s abilities are unlike anything he has seen at that age.

And two years ago, when Eli landed the double backflip, he became recognised internationally and has now amassed more than 46,000 followers on social media.

Eli told Barcroft TV: “When I snowboard, I feel free. I forget everything. I feel like an eagle.

“When I tell people I hold a Guinness World Record for the double backflip, no one believes me.

“But when they see my videos, they have to. I was very happy to achieve this.

“You know, I do some pretty incredible tricks. I often fall, but because I know my limits I’m rarely injured.

“My future goal is to be the youngest winner of the X Games and to win the Olympics.”

Eli trains around eight to 10 hours each week, in and around attending a school that specialises in sport.

And his parents, François Bouchard and Natacha Theriault, both realised the importance of starting their son off early with his training.

Eli said: “I began snowboarding when I was one and a half years old.

“My parents put me on a snowboard.

“As I became quite good, I started taking lessons and getting coached. That’s how I got to where I am today.”

Whilst Eli’s parents support his dreams and ability, they maintain that his happiness is most important. 

François, a keen snowboarder himself, said: “If Eli ever decides he wants to do something else, I’ll be the first to understand. My focus is Eli and that he’s happy with what he’s doing.

“We discovered his talent when he was very young. We saw that it was natural so we invested in it.

“The whole family went on trips, to help him develop.

“If he doesn’t land a trick the first time, he’ll land it the second. He never loses his cool and never gives up.  

“He now trains with athletes who have been to the Olympics and he can land the same tricks as these Olympians.”

And Eli’s coach, Max Henault, also recognises his talent for the sport and has big hopes for his future.

Max said: “His edge control and board control are exceptional.

“Eli is very quick to learn new manoeuvres. At only 10 years old, he has a great mindset to train, develop and learn new things.

“Eli has everything we hope for in an athlete, to eventually compete in the Olympics.

“I am very confident in Eli’s future success.”

To follow Eli’s journey, you can follow him on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/eli.bouchard/?hl=en