Forrest Shearer / International Team
Home ZoneWasatch, Utah
SponsorsBlack Diamond, Bluebird, Clif Bar, Elemental Herbs, Guayaki, Karakoram, Patagonia, POC, Sambazon, Sanuk, Tiny Empire
2013 Season Highlight
Season highlight was riding some backyard lines in the Wasatch and revisiting some snowboarding history - Farmer chute and another fun line. Also traveling to Europe this past winter was amazing. Got to visit the Italian side of Mt Blanc and Dolomites region of Italy. The Alps are incredible mountains with such rich history. Was also insane to get to ride with Luca Pandolfi, a legend.
Favorite Jones Boards
The Carbon Solution 61 is my go to board. It’s easily adaptable to any terrain and I rode it on heavy lines in Utah and in Italy last winter. The Aviator 61 is my favorite solid board in the Jones line. The Aviator is super high speed and responsive with a snappy flex and an insane shape. I took the Aviator all around the world this year and it handled everything - Utah, Europe, Chile, New Zealand. I also rode the Ultracraft in Utah and the PNW. The Ultracraft is the future. If I'm doing a big tour day and weight is an issue, I'm taking the Ultracraft.
Why do you snowboard?
For the freedom of it. It’s all about the moment when you combine your own energy and the energy of whatever it is your snowboarding - riding your home resort, the park, or the backcountry. When you’re in that moment nothing else matters. I also enjoy how snowboarding brings me into the mountains and tunes me into the natural environment around me.
If you only got one pow day for the entire next winter, where would you ride?
Oh man, too many options here! I'm going to go with a zone in the front range of the Wasatch that doesn't get filled in a lot. Snow would be bomber and would have my splitboard so I could do laps all day, ticking off line after line. That would be a good day!
What does your dream line look like?
My dream line would be sick face with good snow and a stable snow pack there would be a couple deep surf slash pow turns up top into a rad spine line with maybe a cliff air after it then there would be a good natural tranny to hit with a good landing to go as big as you want then maybe a fun highspeed run out to go fast on. I would get to the bottom and watch my friends shred it too.
What is one lesson every beginner splitboarder should know?
Take an avalanche course. Be friendly. Most skiers think snowboarders are reckless but actually were nice people. And lastly, have an open mind. When the mountains speak; listen.
What video projects will you appear in this season and what mountain ranges or lines are on your radar?
I will have a couple shots in Absinthe films’ new release “Dopamine” and also shots in Sweetgrass' "Valhalla". Should be good. As far as mountain ranges go, I'm open to adventure - "The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page."