Evidence: Todd Schlosser

Todd Schlosser rocks. He plays bass in a badass band called Eris. They ripped the roof off the Las Vegas Hard Rock at this year’s TransWorld Riders’ Poll Awards. With Dave Lee on the six-string, and an explosive sonic attack, the band delivered an hour or so of untamed rock ‘n’ roll. But the stage is just another place where Schlosser challenges himself and excels¿with raw energy and rad style.

Todd has been a pro snowboarder for eight years¿he could be called a second-wave pro, having come up in the early to mid 90s with a handful of riders who pressed the evolution of technical freestyle. He’s known as an all-terrain ripper, and unlike many riders of those years, Todd is still progressing.

“I’ve seen the sport change a lot,” Todd says, “It’s gone crazy since I started riding. Going up to the hill twelve or thirteen years ago, there’d be one or two other guys on a snowboard¿and you knew them. Nowadays, there are so many people who do it. You get all these kids who haven’t been riding that long, but they have the talent and drive. These kids are just going for it. It’s insane to see, and it’s pushing the progression of the sport so quickly. Shaun White and punk-ass Danny Kass are just busting¿those kids really blow me away.”

Todd has held a lengthy tenure on the snowboard timeline, which has taken him around the world many times. He’s had pro- model boards on Gnu and now Allian, yet the celebrity of pro snowboarding (videos, ads, and, notoriety) hasn’t gone to his head, “I can’t be bold enough to say I’ve made any big contribution to the sport,” Todd says. “I’ve had people say they looked up to my riding, like when they first saw me in Dawger’s videos Melt Down Project, Stomping Grounds back in the day. And at that time, maybe I was stepping it up, doing tricks a little bigger. I’m pretty humble, but I have to say, I hope I’ve made some sort of impact on the whole thing. Snowboarding has given so much to me. I grew up not doing much aside from skating. I was kind of a punk in school, and people just blew me off. It wasn’t a cool thing to be a skater. Snowboarding has given me confidence.” Historical perspective is good. That’s the aim of this column¿a nod to the people who’ve made our past into the present. But Todd Schlosser doesn’t spend his time reminiscing about his career in the sport. Instead he stays busy. Soon to be married to his longtime girlfriend Joanne, he looks forward to having children.

In an optimistic tone, he sums up what’s kept him hyped after so long in the snowboard game, “There have been times when I felt like giving up, but those are the times you just have to shut it all out and go ride. Get the stoke back, and reevaluate why you’re doing it. There’s a lot of bullshit out there, but like every other part of life, whether it’s a job, or whatever, there’s always a dark side. I just try not to let that bother me.” Clearly, Todd’s strategy has worked¿he’s gearing up for yet another season of traveling and filming. He’s riding for Allian, Oakley, Thirty Two Boots, and Technine. There’s a full-length Eris CD in the works, and daily sessions at the local skatepark. To find out more about Todd’s off-snow antics, check out www.erisrock.com.