Ben Lynch seems like the kind of kid who talks to himself. I say this not in a malicious way, but to convey the fact that Ben is one of the most eccentric, exclusive, and exceptional humans I've met in my travels. I was first introduced to Ben on day one of a week-long splitboarding, hiking, and winter camping mission in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. From that moment until the trip's end, Ben was bouncing off the walls, exuding optimism, and entertaining himself with quirky anecdotes, excessive tree-climbing, and self-induced spasms, all the while finding time to snowboard very, very well. Ben gives me hope that future up-and-comers still like to have fun on (and off) their snowboards, and I decided that his persona was perfect for an On Deck first––letting Lynch interview himself. (Besides, it makes my job a whole lot easier.) Thanks, Ben—you're a good pal.
Tom Monterosso ––
Ben, who am I?
Ahh, Ben—glad you asked. My name is Ben Lynch. Not sure what my age is. I live wild and on the edge, and don't really mind what a lot of people think about me. I have extra large hands, and a face made of metal. I'm gonna live 'til I die, it's as simple as that.
Who inspires me?
Jesse Grandkoski, Travis Parker, Mike Ranquet, Shawn Farmer, Noah Salasnek, Craig Kelly, Brandon Cocard, Jed Anderson, William Wallace, Jack Daniels, Huckleberry Finn, and Peter Pan.
I hear that I like guns…
Yeah. Yeah, I love my guns.
Do I like powder or park?
I'll tell me what, there's nothin' better than powder. Wouldn't trade it for a thing.
What's my biggest fear?
Come on Ben, it's being eaten by a square elephant.
Why am I weird?
I'm weird because if I wasn't weird, I would be normal, and if I was normal, I would just be normal, and who the hell wants to be normal? That's weird.
Remember the time I called the cops on the party I was at?
Oh boy, do I. They came to the door and I dropped water balloons on their heads.
First time I kissed a girl?
Inside a tractor tire.
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This content was originally published in the December 2009 issue.