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?
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.