Scott Blum Interview

Scott Blum

Scott Blum

Otaru, Japan. p: Mike Yoshida

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

Pat and Cavan.

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

I don’t think my approach was any different.

Scott Blum

What were some of the highlights of your winter?

I have a few standout highlights. It finally snowed in Mammoth and I rode the resort a lot. Love that place. Going to Japan with Harrison Gordon was a major highlight. It was just the two of us riding and he planned the trip. We cruised around for almost two weeks. We ate special Sour Patch Kids that made everything extra fun. Harrison was our guide. He rules. Helicopter snowboarding in Alaska was some bucket list shit. Those mountains are powerful, and I felt out of my element. It was great. I want to do more huge mountain snowboarding. Shaun White had a private halfpipe and I went up with him a few different days. We only really jammed together once. Some days, he would take a few runs and leave. Once he would leave, I would have a private halfpipe with sled laps. Thanks, Shaun White.

Scott Blum

Otaru, Japan. p: Mike Yoshida

 

Scott Blum

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?

Skeleton crew.

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.

Scott Blum

Mammoth, CA. p: Blotto

Scott Blum

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?

4

Ted Borland and Max Warbington

Valdez, AK. p: Adam Moran

Scott Blum

Otaru, Japan. p: Mike Yoshida

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

Harrison Gordon and Lucas Magoon. They are—and have been—two of my favorites to watch snowboard.

Would you rather ride Mammoth on a slushy spring day or Japan on a waist-deep day?

Depends on who’s riding.

How did Holy Bowly stack up this year at Mammoth as compared to other years in Japan and Park City?

Japan sessions were a snowboard party. When it came to America, it turned into an internet edit/Instagram photo shoot. Too many air babies.

Describe your dream feature

22-foot halfpipe, 600 feet long, lift tower tube or 8” round bar set on the deck flush with the lip and coping from top to bottom.

Ultimately, what did you want to get out of this video part?.

I wanted to ride with the best snowboarders and ride new things.