What were some of the lowlights of your winter?
The snow and the film crews were in Canada most of the winter. I can’t go to Canada yet. That sucked.
What was the craziest thing you saw in the streets or the backcountry while filming?
The craziest thing I saw was Brian Iguchi navigating big mountain lines.
Are you happy with the amount of footage that you’re sitting on?
Not one bit.
Who was your main crew this winter?
Who is the greatest handplanter of all-time and why?
I would say Terje Haakonsen but in that one line in Subjekt Haakonsen, he does a switch backside air instead of a Phillips 66 so he kinda blew it right there. To me, Shane Flood and Bridges are the greatest. I have admired their plants since I was a kid.
How was filming for Resolution different than filming for SFD last year?
A few different filmers, and a different group of riders made it different.
What are some snowboard films that resonate with you from before you were a pro snowboarder?
Amp, Destroyer, Full Metal Edges, Optigrab, Happy Hour, After Hours.
Tell us about your first trip to Alaska.
I was at the bar around 12am when I found out I was leaving in the morning. It was really hard to pack my board bag in the morning and I missed my flight out of Mammoth. Scrambled to catch a ride to LAX, made it to the heli pad and was immediately freaked out by a meeting you go to where the guides explain all the safety gear, helicopter, and terrain that you are about to fuck with. It was one of the coolest snowboarding experiences I’ve ever had. Having my first time up there be with masters of snowboarding like Guch and Seth Huot really made it a trippy trip. Those guys and Pat Moore helped me out a bunch. Go to Alaska Snowboard Guides in Valdez, Alaska.
What’s with the cut boards?
Some I cut because I’m bored with the board. Some I shape to fit certain terrain.
Mammoth, CA. p: Blotto
Have you ever ridden your snowboard with your eyes closed?
Yeah. Late this past spring/early summer I spent a few days trying it. It’s pretty fun to do it with a friend. Take turns closing your eyes and guiding each other to spots.
How many times have you had your pass or your lift ticket pulled?
A few times. Last winter I took some laps in the halfpipe during the Grand Prix. The employees of the circuit complained to the people upstairs at Mammoth, so now I am on a zero strikes deal. Can’t do anything the resort doesn’t like, or I can’t snowboard there for the season. I try to not get it taken away anymore. Fuck the Grand Prix and all the nark nerds who follow it around.
What’s the trick to pulling a frontside invert on a snowboard?
Watch a lot of skateboarding, picture and daydream doing it, black out, try it.
How many private pipe sessions did you have this year with Shaun White?