Favorite Quiver of boards
Hovercraft 156 Split, Mountain Twin 159, Flagship 161, Solution 161
Was really stoked on riding the Hovercraft 156cm this year. I was hooked on this board it just rode like no other board I've ever ridden, I could not stop riding it.
Found myself taking it out on most days and it charged in all conditions.
The Mountain Twin 159cm is my ideal board for freeriding natural terrain. I started my season off on the Mountain Twin riding Snowbird, getting spontaneous on the jumps and finding combo lines where I could do some turns then maybe a cliff or air half way down. Was able to look at zones, use my imagination and turn it into natural terrain park.
Got to take my Flagship 161, Solution 161 up to Alaska this year and they both were perfect boards to have for that type of terrain - big mountains and high speed riding.
Camping out on the glacier the Solution handled everything I encountered from firm wind blown scoured runs to deep snow riding 40+ degree lines.
Why do you snowboard?
For the freedom of it. Its about the moment, when you combine your own energy and the energy of what ever it is your snowboarding -
riding your home resort, the park, or the backcountry. When your in that moment nothing else matters. In snowboarding your own form of self expression comes out
with your style and creativity there is no right or wrong way to snowboard everyone does it differently.
I think it brings me closer to something more natural. For snowboarding it's the mountains, being in the outdoors, and getting in tune with the environment around me allowing me to have a better appreciation for snowboarding and what I cool life we live. Surfing you get that similar feeling of being in the ocean and having that greater connection to it. I don't think I would have that connection to the outdoors if I lived in the city worked a desk job and played video games all day. I love snowboarding.
What is your goal in Snowboarding?
To keep driving towards being a better snowboarder. To learn and observe more around me and use my snowboarding and what I know about the mountains to make a positive impact to help improve our environment so we can keep snowboarding in the future. Exploring new places to snowboard in the world.
Evolve the sport and keep trying new ways to slide sideways on the snow and sharing my stoke with others.
How do you train for snowboarding?
Staying active doing anything athletic or working outdoors.
Snowboarding takes a lot of commitment of being in shape and keeping yourself injury free. I try to live by the " health is your wealth" motto
and I'm conscious about what I eat and the companies I support. Try and stretch everyday when Im done with snowboarding and I try do a lot of yoga in the off season
to keep my body flexible. Surfing, skateboarding, biking, and rock climbing are all things that help improve my snowboarding.
What will you do after snowboarding?
Probably snowboard until my body wont allow me to do it anymore. Hopefully that means I can snowboard until I'm 90.
Would like to continue to be a part of snowboarding and give back for all that snowboarding has done for me. Want to be able to take people snowboarding in the mountains and show them how much fun it is. Develop new ideas for riding mountains and the progression of snowboarding.
Why do you love to freeride?
Riding everything on the mountain is so rad, wether its a open pow field, a natural transition to catch air off, sick lines on a mountain face.
There is no restrictions where freeriding is at right now. Anything is possible in the mountains, there's always a fresh canvas to ride and usually no one way you have to ride it.
You can get creative and interpret it your own way, you know. Just have fun with whatever the mountain has to offer.
What's 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.
When did your start splitboarding? Do splitboards work? Has splitboarding changed snowboarding for you?
I started splitboarding after going hiking for years by foot, snowshoe, and snowmobile. It felt like it was time for me to try something totally new and fresh.
Something that would help me learn more about the mountains and keep evolving my snowboarding. Splitboarding opened up a whole new perception for what I could do
on a snowboard and where I could travel in the mountains. All of a sudden places that looked to knarly to get to or because of being off limits became doable.
I haven't looked back since and now spend a huge part of my season splitboarding everywhere. Checking out new zones and riding insane terrain that I never thought existed.