Tao was born in Dakar, Senegal, but grew up in the Austrian region of Vorarlberg. A self-confessed ski addict, he started off his early ski career on the race circuit and then became a certified instructor. At 16 he switched smashing gates for freeride competitions and fell in love with the sport and the community. He has been collecting points on the freeride circuit since 2015, progressing from the Freeride Junior Tour to the Freeride Qualifier Tour. During that time he was lucky enough to compete across Europe, America and Oceania, winning the FWQ Mount Olympus Freeride 2* contest in 2019. In 2020 he qualified for the Freeride World Tour where he placed fifth in Fieberbrunn then fifth the following year at Ordino Arcalís. Currently based in Innsbruck, Tao’s goal is to continue travelling the globe in search of the best mountains and greatest lines the planet has to offer.