Forest Bailey interview

Ted Borland

Ben Ferguson

Haines, AK. p: Phil Tifo

Ben Ferguson snowboarding

p: Oli Gagnon

What are some snowboard films that resonate with you from before you were a pro snowboarder?

Lame and Afterlame are two movies I will always love. My dad was super into snowboarding and would play one or the other every Saturday morning before we would go snowboard. I remember being 9 years old, munchin’ egg sandos, watching those movies and getting all stoked to go ride with my buddies.

How did you hear about the film and how did you get involved to work on Resolution?

Pat Bridges hit me up. We had a couple long phone calls and a couple short ones. I’ve worked with the SNOWBOARDER Mag crew before, and have been stoked on the last couple movies so it was kind of a no-brainer. Plus, it just seemed like a good crew of dudes to shred with.

How was your approach to filming for Resolution different from other projects you’ve worked on in the past?

I haven’t done much filming before but mainly the stuff I’ve done has just been with Burton and mainly in the park. So this year it was really rad to get out in the backcountry with a bunch of dudes that I haven’t got to snowboard with very much.

Ben Ferguson snowboarding interview

What were some of the highlights of your winter?

Lots of highlights. One of the coolest trips I got to go on this year was to Japan with the ledge Dave Downing. We ripped pow, ate tons of ramen, and had some epic party nights in Tokyo. Japan is amazing, definitely one of my favorite places I’ve been to. Other than that, probably the 3 days I got to ride in Alaska. We pulled off a crazy day-before strike mission up there. Getting yourself to Haines, AK is a pain in the ass but we pulled it off and got some amazing days in up there.

What were some of the lowlights of your winter?

I had a damn good winter this year. All in all it was epic, but man, being in the right place at the right time is tough. I had tons of crazy travel days and a grip of down days in Alaska. This year in April I flew last-minute by myself to Juneau, AK to meet up with Mikkel and Jake. I landed late at night, got myself a Big Mac and a shitty hotel and passed out. The next day I got a call from the boys telling me the mission was canceled. I jumped the gun and ended up spending a day losing my mind and getting annihilated at a bar with some suspect locals who didn’t like my hair. Later that night I jumped a flight back to Seattle spent the night there and flew home in the morning. Those were three of the longest and most pointless days of my season.

What was the craziest thing you saw in the streets or the backcountry while filming?

I saw way too much crazy shit happen this year. The first face we all rode in AK broke on us. Jake dropped in first. I remember peeking over the edge to watch his first couple turns. He laid into a frontside hack and the snow immediately broke away in front of him. I was tripping. He made it out fine and the avalanche wasn’t very big but that was the first time I’ve ever seen one, and it made my guts churn.

Ben Ferguson snowboarding

Haines, AK. p: Phil Tifo

 

Max Warbington

Are you happy with the amount of footage that you’re sitting on?

Not that stoked on the amount of footage I got. I think I’ll always want more but it was kinda tough for me to film as much as I really wanted to this year. I had a couple of contests and other various obligations that made it difficult to be in the right place at the right time. Also, I’m kinda haunted by the stuff I almost made that was almost epic.

Who was your main crew this winter?

I didn’t have a main crew this year. I kinda bounced around to a couple of different crews this winter. I did get to ride with a bunch of rad people though. Had a couple rad days with Jake in BC. Got to ride with Austin Smith, Lucas Debari, Mikey and Mikkel in AK. Spent some time with Travis Rice, Pat Moore, Cam FitzPatrick, Gucci Bryan Iguchi and Lando Mark Landvik in J-Hole. Went to Japan with Downing and met up with the homeys Taku and Shota. Other than that I got to spend a lot of time with Danny Davis, the kid brother Gabriel, Scotty James, Chase Josey and all the homeys at the contests this year.

Was it a challenge balancing various contests and filming for Resolution this winter?

Yeah, it was kinda gnarly trying to both this year, but it was worth it.

What do you enjoy more: filming a video part or competing?

Filming and competing both have different things that make them rad and different things that make them suck at times. They’re really fuckin’ similar in a lot of ways, too. Either way I get to travel around to some rad places with good homeys and ride my snowboard. There’s not nearly as many girls around when you’re filming but your chances of riding pow go way down at a contest. So there’s a couple trade-offs. I enjoy both right now.

What do you think is more challenging of those two and why?

They’re both hard as fuck to do but filming, you end up working way harder. And when I say working I mean doing stuff other than snowboarding to get the job done. You dig a lot. Digging out blocks, digging out snowmobiles digging landings, digging run-ins, digging fire pits. You dig a shitload! Plus, snowmobiling is insane! It takes so much work to get one shot. If you do all that work and don’t snowboard the way you want to it can be demoralizing. Competing is not easy but I think filming is way harder. That’s what makes it rad.

Do you get more nervous dropping into the X Games finals or a big mountain line in Alaska?

I think the feeling you get before dropping into an X Games finals run and an Alaska line are very similar feelings. I’m a nervous wreck before both. I try to keep cool but on the inside I’m pissing my pants. The big difference between the two is I know exactly what I’m doing in a halfpipe run before I drop in. I know exactly how the walls feel and I’ve landed the run before (usually). It’s more of a battle with the adrenaline. I gotta reel myself in a bit sometimes. Otherwise, I go into this blind fury and destroy myself or fuck up on something stupid. For me in Alaska, the hardest part is figuring out where the hell I am and where the hell I’m going. At the top of an AK line you have a good idea about where you’re going, how the snow is and what’s behind that blind roll. But it’s insanely hard to know for sure. That’s why every line I rode in Alaska was insane to me, because every time before you drop you got the what-ifs in the back of your mind. The what-ifs make me really nervous. Once you finally overcome all that and drop in though, it’s the same feeling. Your head goes quiet and you’re just snowboarding off of instinct, like it’s what you were supposed to do. If it all goes well and you make it to the bottom on your feet and the run felt good it’s the same amazing feeling.

Ted Borland

Photo: Oli Gagnon

Ben Ferguson snowboarding interview

Ted Borland and Max Warbington

Whistler, BC. p: Oli Gagnon

Ben Ferguson

Haines, AK. p: Phil Tifo

Do you think there will ever be a time where you choose one or the other and if so, which would you choose and why?

Yeah, for sure I’ll choose eventually. I like the hectic battle of trying to compete and film, but it’s not easy. When you’re trying to do both you’re making sacrifices on both ends. For the most part the dudes I compete with don’t film at all. They put all their time and energy into riding halfpipe. They’re not riding pow and building kickers in between contests. They’re constantly chucking in the dude tube. That’s kinda a big advantage for those guys. Then, on the other side of things your video part suffers because you can’t put all your time and energy into that. One day I’ll be done doing contests. One day I’ll chase pow all winter. For now though, I’m gonna keep having fun doing contests.

Describe filming in Alaska as best you can.

From my experience in Alaska this year I can only describe it like this: It’s a Category 4 clusterfuck of adrenaline, panic, insane snowboarding, best-turns-of-my-life-fastest-I’ve-ever-gone shitstorm…with long, stretching fronts of cabin fever and alcohol poisoning. I only got three days on snow in Alaska this winter but they were some of the funnest and heaviest days of my season. I’m also a fan of the Fog Cutter’s saucy bartender.

Do you feel that growing up riding Mt. Bachelor helped or prepared you to ride in terrain like AK?

I’m not sure if growing up riding at Bachelor made much of a difference in AK. Bachelor taught me a lot, but I’m not sure there’s much you can ride to prepare yourself for Alaska. It’s a whole different game out there. Those are real mountains. Hell of a lot bigger and steeper than anything on Bachelor, that’s for sure.

How did you link up with a Harley-Davidson sponsorship?

My good buddy Ryan Runke helped me out a lot with the Harley-Davidson hookup. They were a big sponsor of the X Games this year and were looking for a boarder to represent. I just started getting into bikes a couple years ago and I think they were stoked on that. All I had to do was film a little video for X Games, slap a sticker on the board, and they were stoked! Hell, I’d put the sticker on the board for free. Harley’s a badass company to partner with. It’s a real American company that makes badass American motorcycles and takes pride in doing so. I’m stoked! They even gave me a brand new bike to thrash around on. She got a 110 Screaming Eagle on her. The thing rips.

Whose part are you most looking forward to seeing in Resolution and why?

That’s a tough one, man. I’m really excited to see my man Mikkel Bang’s part, though. He’s one of my favorite people to snowboard with. I’ve gotten to ride and hang out with the Norseman a decent amount this year. He is a savage viking destroyer on a snowboard with an easy, calm and controlled style that I try and emulate when I snowboard. I’ve seen a couple of his clips and they are heavy. Him and Blauvelt are the two dudes whose footage I can’t wait to see. Blauvelt has his shit dialed. That being said, the crew this year is heavy and I think any one of the dudes could have a fucked up closer part.

When was the last time you hit a street rail?

Ha. Never.

Would you go on a rail trip with Louif, Frank and Grenier?

Haha, yeah, I think I would. I have never filmed in the streets before, though. Not a single handrail. I’d be a good shovel boy and hype man but that’s about it. Those guys are on another level! I’d be completely out of my element, just like a scared little girl at her first frat party. Maybe after watching Lou, Frank and Grenier put down a couple bangers I’d be stoked enough to step to something. I’m sure I’d learn a lot and see some rad shit go down. Plus, they’re rad dudes that I would be stoked to get to know a little better. Sign me up. Let’s fuck them streets up!

Have you ever lapped with Lucas Magoon? If so, please explain.

Haha, kinda. We rode the chairlift together at Mammoth this spring. Bridges was sitting next to him and I was on the other side. I’ve got a shitty memory but I remember him doing sick Cab 7s on the 2nd kicker in Mammoth’s jump line. With good style. He was getting really stoked on them and was claiming the Cab 900. Not sure if he ever did it but I remember thinking it was rad how amped he was and that the dude still rips hard!

Ultimately, what were you looking to get out of this video part?

I don’t really know what I was looking to get out of this part. I kinda just felt like trying to film as much badass stuff as I could. The main thing I got out of filming for Resolution was some good experience. I got to snowboard and hang out with a bunch of rad dudes who have their shit dialed. They all helped me out a ton. I just tried to learn as much as I could.

Where are you at with competing in the 2018 Olympics in Korea?

I’m going for it as of now. My next couple seasons are gonna be pretty hectic and super contest heavy but I’m gonna go for it.