When you really get to thinking about it, Danny Kass has at least three full-time jobs-snowboarder, business owner, professional dirt bag, et cetera, et cetera. And while the duties of each do tend to overlap, you still can’t help but wonder how the fellow stays hyped and healthy year after year. Then again, after a quick peek into three days at the 2007 X Games practicing tricks and partying hard, you really realize there just ain’t no way to keep Kass down.-J.S.
With so much on your plate being a super-duper pro and a business owner, how do you handle Grenade biz in the winter and still have time to ride?
Well, this year I organized the Grenade Strikes Back contest series, so I was mostly doing that … but the trick is to surround yourself with the best and most responsible people you can. (My brother) Matt has been holding down the main stage, while some other people help me get through the winter riding, like Thor from Norway who saved my life running the Mammoth show. Don’t mess with our Norwegians if you like your pretty face!
So how’s the winter been going?
It’s been awesome. I’m in Europe right now-I was trying to find powder but haven’t had much luck this year, which I guess leaves more goals for next season.
What’s making you happy these days?
I’m excited about filming for Standard and getting a few shots in the vid, plus riding with Lando (Mark Landvik) and Eric (Jackson).
What’s stressing you out?
My dog Vern got hit by a car and broke his leg. That sucked-I’m still pissed about that.
What were you were working on at the X Games?
I was trying a new trick-an alley-oop seven, but I couldn’t get it where I wanted it. Next year.
What was the highlight of the entire three days?
I think it was meeting Slick Rick, or walking my dog, or maybe just riding the pipe.
So when it comes to your contest runs-plan it out strategically or fly by the seat of you pants?
It’s usually a little of both. I like to change things up because it keeps people guessing and your riding constantly changing. I would plan all my runs, but every pipe is different and especially changes from year to year.
What do you do to stay healthy during the winter, mentally and physically?
I like to ride as much as possible, eat healthy, and party hard.
Speaking of which, how often do you shower when you’re on tour in the RV? Do you ever have to force (Grenade Warehouse Manager) Dave Schiff to shower because of the stench?
I was showering once a week maybe. In the RV, showers aren’t important-the way you smell actually has no affect on your riding. Dave, on the other hand, is forced to shower only when he’s working in the (Grenade) office. The weird thing is that I’ve gotten used to his stench and miss it now that he lives in Portland. Too bad Apple hasn’t come up with a way to smell over the Internet.
What’s your tactic when you come home from trips-are you an immediate unpacker?
I usually leave everything in bags for a while and relax, get the mail, catch up with the biz-but this season I’ve only been home for hours a time, so it’s laundry, pack, sleep, and leave again.
What song was listened to most often on your iPod during this time?
I was listening to Devo, “Gut Feeling” a lot and Retard Riot, “Program For Nothing.”
What are the top five things you spend your money on during the wintertime?
Gasoline, food, plane tickets, hotels, socks, and underwear.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in life so far?
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Work hard and don’t expect things to happen unless you put the time and effort in.
When was the last time you were scared to death?
In Jackson Hole riding with Travis Rice, and then when the Dingo was driving the RV.
Three Days With Danny Kass