Chris Grenier interview

Ted Borland

Think Thank in Russia

L: Quebec, Canada. P: Oli Gagnon

Ted Borland

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

Bridges and Cavan had mentioned something to me last summer, then Frank April was the one who just said “Chris, you and I are going to do the SNOWBOARDER movie,” and I just said, “Sounds good, Frank.” But, I have always felt that SNOWBOARDER Mag is the best, so I was honored when I got asked.

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

I got really sick for three-and-a-half months at the beginning of the winter and I had a few concussions so I didn’t know if I was going to be able to film. It was really gnarly. My approach was that I was just thankful to be able to snowboard this winter after going through that shit. I felt weak from being so sick for most of the winter, but in the end I was just glad to be able to film a part. It’s not my best part but it made me appreciate everything a lot more.

Ted Borland

What were some of the highlights of your winter?

Going to Fenway Park for the big air contest and just walking around the stadium was incredible. Going to Whistler with Mikey Rencz was a really cool experience, just being in those big mountains opens up my mind a lot more than being in the streets filming. That place is really badass.

What were some of the lowlights of your winter?

Definitely getting sick for three-and-a-half months at the beginning of the winter was awful. That really put a damper on my season. It made me weak for the rest of the winter. Also, when I got a few concussions it really fucked with me. All of December and January I was struggling worse than I ever had filming a part.

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

Unfortunately, when Frank broke his neck on the gap rail in Connecticut. He originally thought he broke his arm, then he found out a few weeks later that he had a broken neck. That was awful. I was with Frank when he broke his femur last year and his neck this year, but Frank is a champion and he’s gonna come back stronger than ever. Give him a full healthy winter and he will blow everyone’s mind. He has an amazing attitude after going through such serious injuries.

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

There are a handful of tricks I’m really hyped on.

Ted Borland

L: SLC, UT. P: T. Bird

Ted Borland

L: SLC, UT. P: E-Stone

Max Warbington

Who was your main crew this winter?

In the streets I was with Frank, Harry and Lou at the beginning of the year, then I went to Whistler with Mikey for a bit. I spent most of my winter with big Frank.

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

I really liked Technical Difficulties and Destroyer. I probably watched those two videos more than any others.

Ted Borland

What was your impression of sledding and shredding in BC with Mikey Rencz?

Mikey runs the Whistler backcountry. He knows where to go, how to build the jump, and he lands everything. For me, I was just out there to learn from Mikey, ’cause he has so much knowledge and experience. He is a hilarious dude and you can’t ever complain about spending a day in the backcountry with him.

Should you get a producer credit for Resolution?

No, not at all, but I do like to have my hands in the process of putting together a video a little bit. It’s good when everyone on the crew has a goal to make an amazing video, as opposed to every man for themselves. The attitude of, “If one guy gets a sick shot, we all get a sick shot,” is gonna make the movie better, as opposed to being selfish.

Did you hear that the bear who chased the girl on her snowboard down the hill in that GoPro video is the new Salomon TM?

Hahahaha, I did not hear that.

What’s the best or craziest example of Frank “Franking” someone at a spot?

In Québec it’s crazy because a business owner will come out of a building we are snowboarding at, screaming at us in French, really pissed off, and then after talking to Frank for 5 minutes, he will be our best friend. He’s got that charm to convince people to let us snowboard in places. He’s also really good at getting me to do tricks. He will say, “Chris you better do this, ’cause if you don’t do it, I’m going to do it.” And that will get me so mad I’ll end up getting the trick. Half the shit I film is just in spite of Frank.

Ted Borland

L: Whistler, BC. P: Phil Tifo

Ted Borland and Max Warbington

L: Ottawa, Canada. P: E-Stone

Think Thank in Russia

L: Southboro, MA. P: T. Bird

Ted Borland

P: Oli Gagnon

Think Thank in Russia

L: Brighton, UT. P: Scotty Arnold

Are you the man behind the @changethatvape Instagram?

I have no clue who is doing that.

Who is Timmy Shredhead?

Timmy Shredhead is the anonymous YouTube account that leaked Jed’s In Full online part before it came out. Java Fernandez worked at Nike at the time and that still to this day is the biggest mystery in his life.

What is your favorite videopart of all-time and why?

Maybe JP Walker in Technical Difficulties. It’s the perfect blend of halfpipe, rails and jumps. I like the old parts when dudes rode everything. Scotty Stevens’ part in Thanks Brain is up there, also. Recently, Louif’s part in Déjà Vu is an absolute masterpiece and I like Keegan’s part in the last Absinthe movie.

Snowmobiling or dirtbiking and why?

I like snowmobiling more because it doesn’t hurt quite as bad when you fall. They are both awesome, though. Motorsports are fucking awesome.

What is the best Boston sports franchise and why?

Right now I currently like the New England Patriots organization. Bill Belichek is the ultimate no-bullshit coach whose motto is “Do your job.” I love that he doesn’t put up with any bullshit. Tom Brady is also the greatest quarterback of all time. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna name my first born son Tom Brady Grenier. I think it’s got a good ring to it.

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

The roster is pretty insane, so I don’t think there are any bad parts. I would say probably Mikkel cause his style is fucking incredible. Harrison got some awesome follow cam lines, Frank crushed everything in his path till he got hurt and I know Gooner has some crafty shit, too. I’m excited to see it all.

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

Honestly, it gets harder every year to come up with new tricks and not do the same shit. That’s always the biggest struggle. So for me it’s about trying to evolve as a snowboarder and create a video part with a hype song that you can watch right before you go snowboard and get juiced.