What were some of the lowlights of your winter?
Not getting to film enough. Getting sucked into more contests and obligations than I had originally wanted to. I had envisioned doing 3 or 4 contests and ended up doing 6 or 7. And of course, I didn’t do well in any of them. Never really finding my contest stoke and groove.
What was the craziest thing you saw in the streets or the backcountry while filming?
I saw some of Mikkel’s shots from the winter. Fucking A. Everything he does to me is crazy. Front double 10 nose? Ridiculous
Are you happy with the amount of footage that you’re sitting on?
No and yes. I am stoked on a lot of shots from this winter but I want more, need more, let’s go get more!
Who was your main crew this winter?
Kyle Schwartz, filming master. And then anyone who could make it to Tahoe. Got to ride a lot with big Ferg and started my season off with Scotty Lago. I got split up from the crews so much though with the contest circuit. It gets tough to stay on a crew.
What are some snowboard films that resonate with you from before you were a pro snowboarder?
I watched a lot of Stand & Deliver in the beginning. The first videos I got were Technical Difficulties and The Resistance. From there I got into Full Metal Edges and anything Dan Kass or Lane Knaack was in.
What is it about contest riding that is most appealing to you?
Putting together runs and tricks that people want to see in contest riding. Having fun with it, making some money here and there, and getting to travel the world. Contest riding is a grind and you ride when it’s good or not. But what is most appealing to me is riding transition and halfpipes that are so good that you can’t find them like that anywhere else. The condition and quality of the X Games, Laax, Peace Park, and U.S. Open halfpipes are unreal. You just can’t find transition that gets that much attention or has that quality.
What is it about filming that is most appealing to you?
Freedom. The search to find something really fun. And most of the time what makes it is the unknown of what you can or will do on that feature. Hitting things others have found but hitting them differently. As well as riding different terrain everyday, not being in the same atmosphere, doing the same tricks is what really makes it for me. Expanding my riding.