What was the coolest behind-the-scenes thing you got to do? As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I gotta admit that I’m pretty jealous that you got to do all the cool stuff.
The best thing was in October, when I got to throw the first pitch at a Red Sox game. Ty Walker was there, too. For me, it was so rad to be in the stadium in front of all those people, but it was kinda scary, too. Hahaha.
Was it a ball or a strike? honest.
They claimed that it was a strike, but I don’t know if they were just being nice. Hahaha.
Did you get to meet any Red Sox players?
I met two guys right before the game, but then we watched the game from a different zone. I can’t really remember who they were. I feel terrible now.
It’s all good. You want to meet Big Papi anyway.
Hahaha. I know! I was like, “Can we meet Big Papi?” and they were like, “He’s pretty busy with his schedule.” Hahaha.
A few weeks ago, you were involved in a board test with us at Mammoth, called The Black Board Experiment. Talk a little bit about that.
Well, I had been riding a blank board because everything ended with me and APO right at the beginning of the season, so I decided to ride black-based boards all year. Then, you guys hit me up about doing a board test where companies sent in black boards with no graphics for a test so it worked out great for me. There were ten boards total and I rode every single one in the course of a week. It was cool getting to ride different boards. I really thought that they would all be similar, but they all rode really differently. There were some boards that I didn’t like at first but grew into by the end of the day and vice versa. It was really interesting. I would definitely do something like that again. You get to see what you actually like and what you really don’t because you’re only riding it for half a day, so you really have to pay close attention to how the board is riding and whether or not you like it. It was a really cool experience. Thanks for inviting me.
Well we hope to have you back next year, unless you get a board sponsor.
Hahaha! Yeah, hopefully I don’t come back next year, but it would still be sick to come back.
Well speaking of sponsor news, the main reason behind this interview is the recent addition of a new sticker to your board.
You signed with Oakley. How did that come about?
Yeah, huge change for me, and it’s really cool to ride for a company that’s been embedded in snowboarding for so long. It’s cool to be a part of a brand that lives and breathes snowboarding and they really want to make a great team with Sven Thorgren, Ståle Sandbech, Jamie Anderson, Charles Reid and Rusty Ockenden. We started talking mid-way through the year and I met some of the Oakley dudes at the X Games and we melded really well and I think I fit in terms of who they were trying to add to the team, but it was halfway through the season so nothing was gonna happen for a bit. We kept talking and it just really made so much sense and now that it finally happened, we’ve already been talking about things that we’re gonna do and different projects. What was so cool about it was that it was just really organic. Nothing was forced. We both wanted to make it happen which is cool and and honestly, kinda rare. It just worked out great and I’m stoked.
And you’re running full outerwear and goggles?
Yeah! I’m going head-to-toe. Goggles, helmets, gloves, outerwear, the whole shebang. I have so many ideas and they’re in So Cal, so it’s a quick flight to get down there, pop in and start talking about stuff like that and throw some ideas around.
And you spend a lot of time down there every summer anyway.
Yeah, I go there to surf and skate a lot in the summer. That whole So Cal scene is sick so I like to go down there to say what up to everyone.
This seems like a good fit, seeing as how much time you spend with riders like Ståle, Sven and Jamie. You guys have a great camaraderie. That’s really important to a team.
For sure. There are disconnections in some teams, like riders may not ride the same stuff or hang out that much, but Ståle, Sven, Jamie and I have known each other for a long time and we all ride the same stuff and like the same parts of snowboarding. We’re gonna make some really cool stuff happen.
Okay, cage match. You, Ståle, Sven. Who comes out intact?
Who comes out? Man. Norwegians have so much energy, man. They have this secret power in them. Swedish people, too, but I swear there’s something about the Norwegians. I think I would go in there with a little fight in me but I would probably get knocked out first, hahaha. And not to take anything away from Sven, but I think Ståle would come out on top.