Ask Dr. Marco
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He’s the Rock Star Of The Year-and for good reason. Marc Frank Montoya grew up on the streets of Denver, and fell in love with skateboarding and snowboarding. He then took that love and turned it into cold hard cash. He’s now one of the most respected snowboarders in the world and-luckily for all you little homeys and homettes in the audience-willing to answer the questions you send in at transworldsnowboarding.com.
I’d first like to say that I’m almost 30-I’ve been riding for six years now, and I feel like my riding has hit a brick wall. I know there are some cats out there who are still coming up with new tricks and are getting up there in age. I’m not going to name any names, but some of those old boys are really keeping up with these crazy kids. I ride in the epicenter of Jibville-Bear Mountain-so I have all the boxes and rails I can handle at my disposal. What should I focus on to keep my skills up?
Well don’t focus on your age, that’s for sure, ’cause damn you’re old! Naw, jus’ playin’! Age ain’t got shit to do with it-it’s all in the mind state, homey. Just start forcin’ yourself to try the new shit you be daydreamin’ about. Write that shit down if you have to. Start extra small and slow if you’re scared at first. All the tricks you already know, try doin’ them backward and switch-there’s a difference. You should scope all the new vids, too, and bite some of those guys’ shit. Then add a little extra flavor of your own, ya heard! Start butterin’ into everything, too. It’s pretty fun to jus’ go all super slow and butter onto all the little rails in the park ‘n’ junk.
I think you’re one of the most talented riders out there. I like the whole gangster kind of riding style and how you always throw down hard at contests. My question is how do you get so pumped up for competitions, and how do you throw down hard on rails?
Man, it’s crazy, doot-I don’t really get pumped up for contests. I just do most of ‘em to see if I can rake some extra loot! And the afterparties are off the hook, too! Naw, I’ll tell you one thing I do, though, is slam like two or three cans of energy drinks right before it starts. I ain’t gonna say which kind, though, ’cause they ain’t puttin’ me on the team for some f-ked-up reason! (Hint, hint, if you’re reading this, Matt Barbour.)
I would really appreciate your opinion on an issue that has been the source of many discussions, riots, and food fights in my ‘hood lately. What do you think about being a smoker and a snowboarder? My opinion is if you’re a real snowboarder in your heart, you have respect for your body, other people, and nature. I decided back in September not to smoke again, because the feeling I get just isn’t worth it. I don’t want to crusade against smoking in any way, but just being out there on the mountain and stomping tricks gives me a feeling a thousand cigarettes couldn’t give me.
Damn, Bram-I couldn’t have said it better my damn self! Smokin’ is seriously nasty, for real. Just straight nasty. F-kin’ gross. Props for quittin’. Most people ain’t got the self discipline or will. You’re gonna go places … and mack more!
Disclaimer: MFM don’t care whether or not you agree with him, so shut up.