Jeff Brushie has always been able to work a crowd. Since his teenage years in New England, dominating the burgeoning snowboard contest scene, Jeff’s tactics got the spectators fired up. With legs like coiled springs and a fluid skate-style, he helped make the halfpipe our sport’s marquee event. Along with a handful of pioneer halfpipe riders, Jeff helped elevate the standards and possibilities of the discipline. He became the sport’s first rock star-his name and game were recognized internationally before he finished high school. Jeff pulled off victories and podium finishes for nearly a decade. Adding to the legendary status was his sponsor shift from Burton to Ride Snowboards for a groundbreaking contract sum. Currently he lives in So Cal with two Dobermans and his girlfriend Greta. Since quitting Ride, people are anxious to see what he’ll do next. Until he makes that move, Jeff will be driving his RV up to Mammoth and cruising around on Harleys every weekend.
Do you feel accomplished in the sport?
Nah, not really. Snowboarding has been good to me. I have fun doing it, and earned some money-traveled a ton and met super cool people. I got into it when you could make a good positive impact, but it’s always changing, and riders are always progressing, so it’s hard to feel accomplished. I just want to keep riding and improving for as long as possible.
Who do you admire in snowboarding?
Terje, Todd Richards, Gian Simmen, Ross Powers, Keir Dillon, Shaun White, Guy Deschenes, Danny Kass, and Romain De Marchi-those are a few that stand out in my mind right now, there are so many others, too.
How was your cross-country motorcycle trip?
It was awesome. Greta and I picked up our Harleys at my mom’s house in Vermont-mine is a Road King, and hers is a Fatboy. We went through upstate New York to Niagara Falls. Then up to Chicago and over to the Harley factory in Milwaukee. We rode through the Badlands and checked out Mount Rushmore. After that, dropped into Colorado and rode with Joe Curtes and his wife Ursula-they have a couple of Harleys, too. Then we took a backroad through cowboy country in Utah, down into Moab. We checked out the south rim of the Grand Canyon then cruised into Las Vegas over the Hoover Dam. After Vegas, we came to San Diego. It took us sixteen days. We took our time and wanted to stop and check things out. I’ve driven across the country a hundred times, but never on a motorcycle-it was a whole different experience. I’m ready to do it again!
If you weren’t snowboarding, what would you be doing right now?
I would probably just park my RV in the desert and ride dirt bikes all the time.
What’s your all-time favorite board graphic?
My Burton craps-table graphic, but I did really like the Cruzer-copy graphic, too.
Do you have all of your boards?
Oh yeah, I always made sure to keep one of my boards every season. Someday I’ll hang them all up on a wall or something.
What do you have going on now, what’s next?
Well, I’m working on a plan. I have to do something, some new company. But I’m trying to figure what it’s going to be and who will be involved.
What are some highlights of your career?
Probably traveling to Japan! I always have so much fun over there, it’s definitely one of my favorite places. Also, all the U.S. Opens over the years. It has always been the best contest ever. There’s a decent pipe, fun parties, and the coolest group of friends. In the year 2000 the pipe was the best ever.
What are you most proud of with your riding?
I’m most proud of having something fun like snowboarding for a job. There are probably a lot of people out there who wish they had as much fun as we do in our occupation. I feel very lucky to have something like this.