Sometimes there are awesome trips, too long trips, trips that didn’t last long enough, or trips where nothing worked out. It can be a whirlwind of emotions when it comes to traveling with a bunch of snowboarders, but this particular trip stood out to me most this year not because it was fun, exactly, but because it was so memorable. In fact, I think we lost our minds at one point. (At least I did.) It was New Year’s Eve, we were in some random town in Michigan, it was DUMPING snow, and I think the warmest day in memory was maybe -1ᵒF. Random.
That night we all ended up buying hair dye and beer. (At that point, I think I had spent about 60% of the money I had left on hair dye and beer…) We ended up going out with said dyed hair to some random bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We were all drunk and each of us had a different hair color—it was hilarious.
This was about halfway into our two-week adventure, and at this point I was out of weed and was getting impatient and short-tempered. I became so desperate that I contacted a kid I knew from Facebook who lived in Michigan, but didn’t know him and had never met him in person, so it was pretty much a shot in the dark. Long story short, when I asked him for weed he said the deal was that if he came through, we had to let him hit a spot with us and film for VG. I told him no, as he’d be a liability for us, but he kept saying things like “Oh ya man, I’ll hit up my dealer and we can drive to him,” “Where is your hotel?” and “We can meet up at the spot tomorrow.” This honestly went back and forth for over an hour. Finally, he told me he’d got some, but I needed to go and pick it up. I got in Riley’s freezing van at around 11:30pm, drove about forty-five minutes, and picked this kid up at a McDonald’s near where he lived. We awkwardly sat in the van, he gave me the stuff, and I gave him the money. He continued to stay in the van with his McDonald’s, sucking down his shake like I’ve never seen before, and also smoked two cigarettes. (He was fifteen, had no car, and lived with his mom in an apartment.) I just wanted to get out of there and smoke some weed! When I got home back to the hotel safely, it turned out it was basically half the amount I’d paid for. Also, it looked terrible, but it was weed…and sometimes that’s all ya need.
On this trip we all filmed a solid portion of our video parts, got to all hang with each other, and spent New Year’s together. Dyed our hair. Got pissed, got happy. All the ups and downs are what made the journey so good, and I couldn’t have picked a better crew to do that with. It can be a lot of hard work filming a video part: Shoveling massive amounts of snow, trimming trees, chipping ice from stairs, lifting heavy winches, lights, and generators, getting kicked out of spots…and not having weed. Having the energy to do that can be exhausting every day, but I love it and I’d do it any day with that group of guys.
- Justin Fronius