After receiving virtually millions of e-mails, Kurt took the time to sit down and answer lots of the crazy questions our Web readers could come up with. Not only does he hold the debatable record for spinning over the 112-foot Berzerker, he’s also a really nice guy. Kurt’s sponsors include Sims, Billabong, Technine, Val Surf, Jester, and Greed Speed. Check him out in Mack Dawg’s new film, Amp.¿J.H.

Q. How do you feel about joining the Sims team? What can we expect from this team? Why did you leave World Industries? Thanks.

E, Seattle Washington

What up, E? I can’t even begin to tell you how sweet it is to be on Sims. All of my teammates are good friends of mine, as well as the employees, everybody involved is super motivated¿nothing but good stuff. I think you can only expect the best to come from our team, pro and am levels, everybody is ready to take care of business. The thing about World was timing and efficiency, it was not there and it bummed me out, the hype was there for sure but Sims is real all the way around and that’s why it was easy to make the decision. Take it easy E, thanks for asking.

Q. Did you know you had natural talent when you where first starting to snowboard, or is it something you feel that you have to work really hard to achieve? Do you think most of the big riders are just naturally talented?

K.B.

I think skateboarding and surfing before I started snowboarding made it way less difficult to learn; Similar concepts from both can be applied, but I definitely think I have had to work very hard to stay with the level of riding you see today. I think there’s a ton of natural talent out there, but anyone with the mind-set of becoming a pro rider can do it. Take it easy K.B.

Q. Do you ever ride in Alaska? If so, do you like it?

Kari South

Hey Kari, I’ve definitely spent some time in Alaska, I think it was about twenty-six days last spring. All those days weren’t spent riding though, mostly playing video games and skateboarding, just waiting for good weather to role in. I think Alaska’s one of the most insane places I’ve been¿the mountains are huge and scary and the land is so untouched, bald eagles all over the place, things you don’t see everyday. Hope you get to go there someday, take care.

Q. Hey Kurt, Where do you see yourself in terms of riding styles in the upcoming years? I think it’d be rad if you mixed up technical riding with huge big-mountain riding¿throwing something technical off a 30-foot cliff would be sick!

Nacù

Hey Nacù, I’ll have to apply these requests next season and just see how things go. Sounds like a damn good idea though. Thanks for the advice.

Q. Yo, Kurt, can you do backside 90s? Why do you drive an Audi? I think Bananarama is fresh, do you? Is Marc Frank a baller? Is Jason Murphy a virgin? Why do you have 12 inch Daytons on your car? If I bought a used Yugo and put Audi “rings” on it, would it be cool? Where can I buy your late release Sims model?

C.S.

C.S., are asking me to smack the back of my head? That’s pretty wack to ask of someone. I’ll consider the move though, sounds pretty hard. About the Audi thing, I love fast cars and all wheel drive, don’t like the debt that follows, but it’s an addiction that I have. Hey C.S., what’s a 2.8? Sounds pretty slow¿let me know. I don’t know who the hell Bananarama is¿whatever floats your boat. Marc is going to make a baller out of you when I tell him about this, Murphy’s question is his personal business, but do you know? Daytons¿those rims are like six inch, my rims are like ten inch. I bet if it a Yugo had a 2.8 in it with Audi rings you’d think it was cool. I think the late release Sims boards will be in most core shops, check them out. Les!

Q. Who would win in a fight between Marc Frank and Woody Allen?

jutang28

I know you¿Marc would whip Woody’s ass!

Q. Kurt, I know you did the biggest three over the Berserker but did anyone step-up with any straight airs?

Jason

Hey Jason, A couple bad ass kids from Alaska tried to straight jump the Berzurker, but the wind would throw them off axis. Not a good feeling when you’re that high in the air. Super close attempts though, tons of props to them.

Q. What’s the best thing about being a pro rider? What’s hard about it? It can’t be as good as it seems!

Jason Wright

I think the best thing about being a pro rider is simply that I get to do what I love doing and I get to travel all over the place doing it. The hard part about snowboarding is trying to stay healthy as much as possible in order to get everything done in a season. Thanks for asking!

Q. I read in an interview with you in TWS a while ago that said you didn’t have a board sponsor for a couple years. You said you financed your riding with your VISA, but how did you really do it? Not all riders hit it big right off the bat, so I’m interested to know how you still rode a lot and stayed around the scene without much financial backing and without a whole lot of security in your future. Mad props for the Berzerker.

David Tarr

Hey, David. I had help from my other sponsors, but my board sponsor was my main source of travel, and to have that cut makes it difficult to travel all the time. So that’s where my visa took over, the bill was large, but it was worth it to me. Thanks for the compliment on the Berzerker¿that was a scary jump. I play that back in my mind quite frequently and imagine what could’ve happened. Take it easy.

Q. I heard from a buddy of mine that you have a strong fascination with the Floridian marine mammal, the manatee. Is this true? I am a member of Greenpeace and I spend countless hours with these gentle giants nursing them back to health after they have been run over by boats. Maybe in the future you could use a painting of a manatee as the graphics for your pro-model. You could even go all out and paint one of the cute little guys on the hood of your Audi.

Much Love and Respect,

C. Henricksen

I definitely don’t have a fascination with the manatee. The only thing I know about them is that they get run over by boats, and that’s all I’ve heard, poor things! I’m sure I’ll see you soon, good luck with the fire academy.

Q. Did you ever get your blood tested and did you find that you should just eat whatever your body craves. And also, have you ever heard of TAMA, a band from Africa?

Dickinsonpc

What a strange idea. I pretty much eat whatever my body craves already¿mostly burritos from Baja Fresh, they’re the best thing ever. About Tama, who are they?

Q. I’m a third year snowboarder in the wonderful state of Maine. I was wondering if you have any advice or tips for doing frontside spins (over 360). What’s your personal technique for frontside spins?

Josh Broyer

Hey Josh, the best way for me to explain spinning frontside more than a 360 is to be totally on edge when hitting the jump. Turn your head and throw your arm in the direction you spin frontside and that should give you the power to spin more than a 360. Good luck, hope the tip helps.

Q. I’m planning on purchasing a snowboard for the winter. I’ve been snowboarding twice and had different sizes of boards. What size board should I get and do you have any recommendations? I’m exactly five feet tall and almost 100 pounds. Thanks.

MiShPnAi

I think you should stick with something smaller at first until you’re confident enough to ride a longer board. Get a 145, or something in that range. I rode that size board until I was eighteen, and loved it. I think you should check the Sims boards for a good variety. Hope you find something that works.

Q. I have two questions for you¿

1. When I leave the lip on big tabletops, about half of the time I lose my balance just enough to make my arms flail. It doesn’t happen much on kickers or hips, though. Any advice?

2. When I spin (flatspins), I tend to rotate really slow¿even when I think I’m cranking it hard. I end up having to go way bigger than normal just to spin 360s. Any more advice? Thanks a lot, Kurt, I couldn’t believe how big that 360 was at Mammoth. Insane! Keep it up!

Michael C.

Try to stay on edge and stay relaxed, that should help the balance problem. Just turn your head along with your body and try to stay together throughout the trick and that should take care of the other problem. Hope it works!

Q. What makes Kurt really mad?

Anonymous

People who don’t use their mirrors while driving.

Q. Do you think to be an accomplished snowboard professional you have to grow up around a big mountain? Is it possible to make it to the pros, boarding on the little resort that’s only good three to four months when the kids out west board all the time? I’m a snowboarder and I think I’m pretty good and I just wanted to know my chances of making it big time and shooting videos in Switzerland and having sponsors to pay for it.

Kurt Schulz

Hey, Kurt, I definitely don’t think you have to grow up around a big mountain in order to become a pro. I rode Mountain High and Snow Summit the first three years I snowboarded, and I would almost prefer that over a big mountain, only because I love the park. A park is a great place to become a strong rider. I say stick with that goal you have and it’ll happen.

Q. Are you going to start your own website at www.kurtwastell.com? I think it would great!

Bob

Hey, Bob, funny you should ask that. Travis down at Sims typed www.kurtwastell.com, and it came up as a site under construction, so it might not be possible. Guess I got to come up with something else. Thanks for asking.

confident enough to ride a longer board. Get a 145, or something in that range. I rode that size board until I was eighteen, and loved it. I think you should check the Sims boards for a good variety. Hope you find something that works.

Q. I have two questions for you¿

1. When I leave the lip on big tabletops, about half of the time I lose my balance just enough to make my arms flail. It doesn’t happen much on kickers or hips, though. Any advice?

2. When I spin (flatspins), I tend to rotate really slow¿even when I think I’m cranking it hard. I end up having to go way bigger than normal just to spin 360s. Any more advice? Thanks a lot, Kurt, I couldn’t believe how big that 360 was at Mammoth. Insane! Keep it up!

Michael C.

Try to stay on edge and stay relaxed, that should help the balance problem. Just turn your head along with your body and try to stay together throughout the trick and that should take care of the other problem. Hope it works!

Q. What makes Kurt really mad?

Anonymous

People who don’t use their mirrors while driving.

Q. Do you think to be an accomplished snowboard professional you have to grow up around a big mountain? Is it possible to make it to the pros, boarding on the little resort that’s only good three to four months when the kids out west board all the time? I’m a snowboarder and I think I’m pretty good and I just wanted to know my chances of making it big time and shooting videos in Switzerland and having sponsors to pay for it.

Kurt Schulz

Hey, Kurt, I definitely don’t think you have to grow up around a big mountain in order to become a pro. I rode Mountain High and Snow Summit the first three years I snowboarded, and I would almost prefer that over a big mountain, only because I love the park. A park is a great place to become a strong rider. I say stick with that goal you have and it’ll happen.

Q. Are you going to start your own website at www.kurtwastell.com? I think it would great!

Bob

Hey, Bob, funny you should ask that. Travis down at Sims typed www.kurtwastell.com, and it came up as a site under construction, so it might not be possible. Guess I got to come up with something else. Thanks for asking.