Ali Goulet¿The Other White Meat

White-boy rap intro by Whitey

Out from the east and straight to the west

The kid’s got skills that level the rest.

He’ll get misty on the tables and fry up some bacon

The ladies all wish he wasn’t taken.

Small in size but large in talent

The kid’s got class but cash he hasn’t.

Rally racing is his obsession

Reggae and hip-hop are forms of his expression.

Here’s an interview with Ali Goulet

The shit don’t rhyme but it’s what he has to say.

Ali, so what’s up with your obsession with rally cars? How did you get into it?

I used to rally a lot when I was younger just because I was dumb. Maybe I watched too much Dukes of Hazzard when I was growing up.

What are some of the cars you’ve owned over the last four years?

I started out with a crappy Subaru GI-I beat that in pretty good. Then I had a GTI. I turbo-charged it but it wasn’t fast enough. I moved on to an Audi coupe, which was a little faster, then to a 1982 turbo Quatro. Unfortunately, I rolled that car off a dirt road last fall.

What exactly happened-how’d you roll it?

I was out looking for some dirt roads to rally on and we he and a passenger found this road that we were cruising up-kind of mellow, seemed pretty cool-everything was about third gear, and we were coming down a bit too fast. We came into a corner at about 70, and it just tightened up. We rolled it three times. My passenger ended up with a concussion and a cracked rib.

So what are you doing to your new Audi?

The new Audi is the 1990 coupe that I got before the Turbo coupe. I’m getting it set up at 2 Bennet Audi Motive in S.F. Essentially, I’m getting an engine transplant from one of Audi’s more powerful engines. Then we’re doing everything to it that you can do to an engine in order to produce about 350 to 400 horsepower.

Where were you born and raised?

Born and raised in Warren, Vermont.

When did you leave the East Coast?

I left the East Coast in ’93.

How old are you?

Twenty-four.

Why did you leave the East Coast?

The obvious reasons, I needed to go get my snowboarding on. There’re just not enough photographers and that type of stuff going on back east.

Do you think it’s essential to leave the East Coast if you want to become a pro snowboarder?

I think you definitely have to travel. But as far as being a backcountry or an all-around freestyle kind of guy, it’s hard to come from the East Coast and just jump into bigger mountain riding. That’s because you can only go so big on the East Coast before you break your knees on the ice.

You were one of the first snowboarders to do inverted spins. Is it true you named the inverted backside 540 the “misty flip”?

Yeah, it’s true.

How the hell did you come up with that name?

It was just one of those silly things. Back in Vermont there was a bunch of guys like G-man and Brushie and these other guys who made up their own weird vocabulary. You know how they’re weird, like “bappys” beers and whatnot. Everything was misty, like misty woods. So anyway I just thought it was a weird flip, so it became the misty flip.

So that would be your claim to fame?

I guess I could claim it-claim naming it, anyway.

How long have you been spinning the wax?

Oh, like since ’92, probably.

What is some of the stuff you like spinning?

Mostly East Coast hip-hop, dancehall reggae stuff.

What’s your DJ name? Any good DJ has got to have a name.

Ah, I just have my regular name with DJ in the front of it.

Man, that’s boring. Can you rap? What do you rap about?

No, not really. I can rap about kitchen stuff and backcountry woods stuff. People from the ghetto rap about the ghetto, I come from the woods so I’d rap about the woods if I was to rap.

What kind of name is Ali anyway? Is your dad part of the Nation of Islam? Does he greet you with “Asa lama lakum, my son?”

No, but it is a Muslim ne. I was named after Muhammed Ali. My dad was really stoked on Muhammed Ali at the time. It means “the greatest.”

Is it true you’re on a pork-only diet?

Laughs No, but pork is an important staple in my diet. I must have pork at least once a week.

What’s a good pig item?

Maybe like a boneless pork chop with bacon wrapped around it.

What would you say complements a good cut of swine?

Um, rice is good to hold down the grease; vegetables are real good with pork.

You’ve gone through a bunch of sponsor changes in the past few years. You seem to have a knack for hooking up with sinking ships; Division 23, Stepson, Blax, Original Sin. I think you even have Kurt Wastell beat in the amount of bad choices you guys have made when it comes to your sponsors.

Laughs Ah man, I don’t know why. I guess you can call it bad luck. I’m just trying to find the right place, you know.

So who’s setting you up now?

Joyride is now on board, then there’s Smith, Dub, Deluxe Boots, Split, and especially Tech Nine, those guys are my boys.

What happened with D-23?

I don’t know, they were too busy counting their beans. They couldn’t figure out where to put them.

So now that you’re on Joyride-how long do you figure they have until they go belly up?

Laughs That’s not very nice. No, hopefully we’ll swing it into shape. They’re in a good position now.

Did you have much input in the design of your signature bindings and boots, or did you just get to put your signature on ’em to impress the ladies?

Well, I got to work a lot on the bindings, as far as the colors go and some design. The Tech Nine guys did the more technical parts, dealing with the different plastic mixtures. I didn’t get a chance to really do much with the boots this year, but next year I’ll get a lot of input.

So are you going to be rich?

Yeah, mega rich. I’m going triple-Todd Richards’ status.

In the past you used to ride huge stances and tiny boards, then you changed to long-ass boards and micro stances. What styles are you rockin’ these days?

Now I ride a medium-size board, which is still fairly big for a lot of dudes, like a 160 for powder. And for slushy kickers and halfpipe, like a 155. My stance nowadays is up to a whopping nineteen inches from seventeen inches and 22 before that.

What have you been concentrating on this season?

Mostly I’ve been doing a lot of filming with Kingpin Productions for The Revival, getting a lot of photos and just trying to get back on top of the game after a slow season last year.

How long have you been with your girlfriend?

We’ve been dating for about five years now.

Are you going to get married?

I reckon so. That’s a question that comes up a lot.

If you didn’t have a girlfriend would you ever date a girl snowboarder?

Well, I know some cool girl snowboarders, but for the most part I wouldn’t be looking for that kind of thing, so probably no.

Have you become a part of the jib carze?

I started the jib craze. I’m a full-blown part of it, I guess. As long as it’s not too gnarly, because I don’t need to break my teeth. I’ve been jibing since way back on the East Coast.

What do you think you’ll be doing in fifteen years?

Whoa, fifteen years, damn. Hopefully, I will not be working in the industry. It’s really hard to say. I’ve got a bunch of different interests. Hopefully, car racing will be involved. If not, maybe just laying around on the couch.

You used to ride a lot of halfpipe, but you don’t seem to ride much pipe anymore. Why not?

Well, there’s this problem with Utah, no one there knows how to build a good halfpipe. So, I can’t ride much pipe in Utah. But I always manage to get some in anyway.

What do you think of the new skier Rollerblading movement-skiers riding snowboard terrain like they’re Rollerbladers?

Whoa! Just whoa in general, hold up. I don’t know. It’s good for them to progress their sport and have something new to do, but it stinks when they’re doing it on my jumps. And I guess I have to live with them in the halfpipe, but they got some weird lines. That makes it hard to deal with.

So would you have considered yourself one of the cool kids in high school?

I reckon I was pretty cool. My buddies and I were pretty much the outcasts, though. Everybody else was pretty much into monster trucks and chewing tobacco, and we were more into ridiculously baggy pants and skateboarding.

Have you ever been a tagger?

I might have had a tag in high school for a second. But I don’t think I ever threw it up anywhere with a can.

What do you do in the summer to pass the time?

I ride my trials bike, my mountain and road bike, I skateboard now and again, lots of car racing, and I spend all my money.

How many years do you have left until you have to start milking it and strictly shoot powder shots?

I suppose it depends on how good I feel. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how to make moves in the air. I don’t think I’d ever try to milk it, but you never know.

Where do you usually ride?

I love to ride Brighton.

Do they give you a pass?

No.

Why not?

Because they give everyone else a pass-I think I’m last in line.

What type of terrain do you like to ride the most?

Cliffs and powder kickers.

Who do you usually ride with?

I mostly ride with my buddy Galen, because it’s low key. I usually don’t ride with anybody else unless I’m out filming. I like riding with J2 when he’s around. That dude cracks me up, but sometimes he’s a nightmare and pisses me off.

What are you going to do with the cash you make off photo incentives from this interview?

Save it for the first time in my life.

Last but not least, throw out your props.

I’d like to give shout-outs to all my friends and family, so if you’re in that category, it means you, Kingpin Productions, Whitey, and of course all my sponsors.

Pull Quotes:

I started the jib nation.

I must have pork at least once a week.al, hold up. I don’t know. It’s good for them to progress their sport and have something new to do, but it stinks when they’re doing it on my jumps. And I guess I have to live with them in the halfpipe, but they got some weird lines. That makes it hard to deal with.

So would you have considered yourself one of the cool kids in high school?

I reckon I was pretty cool. My buddies and I were pretty much the outcasts, though. Everybody else was pretty much into monster trucks and chewing tobacco, and we were more into ridiculously baggy pants and skateboarding.

Have you ever been a tagger?

I might have had a tag in high school for a second. But I don’t think I ever threw it up anywhere with a can.

What do you do in the summer to pass the time?

I ride my trials bike, my mountain and road bike, I skateboard now and again, lots of car racing, and I spend all my money.

How many years do you have left until you have to start milking it and strictly shoot powder shots?

I suppose it depends on how good I feel. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how to make moves in the air. I don’t think I’d ever try to milk it, but you never know.

Where do you usually ride?

I love to ride Brighton.

Do they give you a pass?

No.

Why not?

Because they give everyone else a pass-I think I’m last in line.

What type of terrain do you like to ride the most?

Cliffs and powder kickers.

Who do you usually ride with?

I mostly ride with my buddy Galen, because it’s low key. I usually don’t ride with anybody else unless I’m out filming. I like riding with J2 when he’s around. That dude cracks me up, but sometimes he’s a nightmare and pisses me off.

What are you going to do with the cash you make off photo incentives from this interview?

Save it for the first time in my life.

Last but not least, throw out your props.

I’d like to give shout-outs to all my friends and family, so if you’re in that category, it means you, Kingpin Productions, Whitey, and of course all my sponsors.

Pull Quotes:

I started the jib nation.

I must have pork at least once a week.