It kind of feels like you’ve been a bit misty as of late. Where have you been? What have you been up to?
Ha! I don’t know if I’ve been misty. I’m going to be a part of Travis’s movie, in a little part of it. I’ve been in Hakuba, Japan spending the entire month of January there for the last two years. All their stuff is kind of secret, so I wasn’t really putting anything out there on Instagram or anything like that. Then after that, I focused on filming a part for Real Snow. I also think as I stopped doing contests things became a little bit different, it’s a different kind of spotlight.
When was the last time you competed? How did the transition to filming come about?
The last contest I did was in New Zealand three years ago and I broke my arm. It was one of those days where it was windy and flat light and I didn’t really want to do it, but I had just recovered from a different injury so I just felt like riding. When I broke my arm, it was right before the Olympics. I never really wanted to ride in the Olympics, but people wanted me to. I broke my arm and I was like, “This is not what I’m supposed to be doing.” I competed for twelve years. I changed a lot in twelve years and it just wasn’t really for me anymore. Filming was always what I wanted to do when I started snowboarding. The riders I looked up to, they were filming and it just made more sense. But I got into contests and it was good. I’m glad I did it. I learned a lot, I got to see a lot of places and it gave me the opportunity to film now.
The call from Travis was probably helpful in moving towards filming parts. Did he call right after that injury?
I got that call right before I got hurt. It was three years ago when Travis called and asked me if I wanted to be a part of his movie. I’m just in a small part of it, but yeah that was awesome. I think he also said, “Don’t break anything.” And of course, I did.
How did everything come about when you were younger? How did you get picked up and put on the teams so young?
I was in Hemsedal, that’s where I was riding all the time. I was friends with Lars, the park builder, and he brought me and two of my friends under his wing, showed us around the mountain, and taught us everything. He knew René, Burton’s Global Team Manager at the time, and when Burton went to Hemsedal for the first time to do their photoshoot, Lars introduced me to him and I was able to ride with the Burton team when I was there. When they left they came to my dad and me and asked if I wanted to be on the team. It was unreal. I remember I was like, “What the…? Burton? Are you kidding me?” That’s how it started. All of a sudden, boom, I was just on trips. Every year. It’s crazy. 2002 it started.