Hometown: Holderness, New Hampshire
Sponsors: Forum, Foursquare, Red Bull, Volcom streetwear, Adio footwear, Electric, Waterville Valley, Eastern Boarder, High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
What’s your idea of a successful snowboard career?
The term of a pro snowboarder is pretty short, as far as the length of time. But if you can make some sort of an impact on the sport where people of your generation will remember, I think that’s the biggest thing.
I’m not looking to be someone like Peter Line or Terje. For me, I don’t think I’ll ever be that. But the one thing I want to do is have people in this generation recognize my snowboarding for what it is now.
What’s more important-contest or filming?
Some days one is more important than the other, but at the end of a season, they’re about the same in my eyes. I mean, I’m not going out and winning the biggest contests and I’m not going out and filming the best video parts, so for me I think it is important to try to balance both. I’d love to be like Travis and Eero one day and win the gnarliest contests and then win “Best Video Part,” but then again, one day I might figure out that I really enjoy doing only one. But that’s just up to me to figure it out, I still have a lot to learn, but for now I really enjoy doing both.
What scares you?
The thing that scares me the most is death. And it’s not necessarily dying myself, but the death of friends and family members. We’re constantly traveling and there’re always parties going on, and we’ve all lost friends, and I think that’s the worst thing that can happen.
When Jeff, Tristan, and Craig all died in one year I just thought to myself, ‘I don’t ever want to see that happen again.’
As snowboarders we’re constantly dancing with death, but I’d like to think we’re all aware of what we’re doing and that we all keep in mind that life is a lot more important than a video part.
What has snowboarding taught you?
Umm, well, outside of all the business crap, like how to be a businessman (laughs) … I guess the thing that I’ve learned over the past few years is that what’s really important to me isn’t necessarily what I do on a snowboard, but just about being able to be with the people I love. Because, at the end of the day, at the end of your career, people are going to forget you-it’s going to end, and in half a season your name is going to be brushed under the table, but that’s not something I’m worried about. All I care about is that while I am here I meet as many people as I can and become a part of as many people’s lives as I can.
How has snowboarding changed your life?
Well, for me, since I’ve been snowboarding since … well, since I can remember. So, it hasn’t changed my life, it’s just been my life and without it I don’t know where I’d be.
What direction do you think snowboarding is headed in?
You know, it will probably be going into the mainstream on TV, like some sort of contest series sport, but really that doesn’t matter to me, because snowboarding will always be the same thing for me, which is just being able to go up and have a good time with my friends.
What’s next for you in snowboarding?
I think I just want to keep it at the natural step-by-step process I’ve taken from day one. I guess there’s not really a next thing for me to do. I just want to do better at the contests I go to and have better video parts and get more photos. It’s more about just doing what I’m already doing, but doing it better and having more confidence in myself and hopefully influencing snowboarding in some way, whether it’s inventing tricks or just bringing something new to the table, I think that’s the biggest next for me.
For me, it’s not about making a mark on the entire community, it’s more about just leaving an impression on the people who care.