Intro by Mikey LeBlanc
Interview by David Sypniewski and the Montana Snow Mafia
Tellin’ ya the truth, reckon I don’t know much about Andrew Crawferd, ‘cept he ain’t from these parts. Alls I can say is he’s plumb crazy. Seen ‘em lurch off ‘n dem cliffs, over dem roads, and once he been jump over 30-foot trees. Reckon that boy hasn’t much fear of nuttin’.
Couple of years now, Andrew been formin’ a new style of ski-boardin’. I calls it controlled insanity. He’ll just goes fer it. Everybody there, ‘cludin’ myself, thinkin’, “That boy gonna break ‘is god-dam neck off.” An damn straight we let ‘em do it, couldn’t stop ‘em anyhow. We like seen some carnage every once in a while, but he ain’t helpin’ us out there none. He gets a look in his eye, an’ it stuns you from tryin’ ta stop ‘em. Stops ya dead in yer tracks, like a mule deer when he hears you cock yer 30/06. Anyhow, that half-cocked look he gets me a thinkin’ how long this boy’s been crazy as a loon. Jumpin’ offer 80-footers with fiddles and all, it’s certifiable.
Now I’m a thinkin’, “Ain’t gonna try a stop ‘em, maybe I just watch this strange a breed comin’ threw, ’cause that’s what Andrew is, the new breed comin’ threw, an a wreckin’ everything in it path, puttin’ all us old fogeys ta shame-showin’ us the new way a do things.-Billy-Bob LeBlanc
Since you’re such a wholesome kid, we’ll start with all the people you want to thank.
First and foremost Jamie Thomas for the inspiration, Chris Owen, Trevor Graves, Kevin Zacher, Jess Gibson, Mike and Dave Hatchett, Helmut Wahl, Whitey, Styzzniewski, Mouse, Ozzy, The Prices, Minibike, Mike Basich, my family, all my sponsors, and all the photographers and cinematographers who gave me a chance and stuck with me.
Respect goes to the Montana Snow Mafia and the Pink Injun.
Why did you thank Jamie Thomas? You don’t even know him.
I thanked Jamie because he’s the baddest motherf-ker around. I look up to him more than anyone. He is such a hard worker, his determination is unsurpassed, he has pushed the limits of skateboarding and his life to the ultimate extremes. I respect that tremendously. Keep on rockin’, Thomas!
If you had to throw away your skateboard or snowboard forever, which would it be?
That’s a super tough question because I love them both so much. But
if I absolutely had to, I’d throw the skateboard away because snowboarding has given me a career and taken me places I would have never experienced otherwise. But I would spend all my time after that dreaming about skateboarding.
If you had to throw one of your friends away forever, who would it be?
Oh boy, you know who! The Undertaker. That rat-bastard is going to pay for what he did to Stone Cold Steve Austin! Nobody messes with Stone Cold, and that’s the bottom line!
Was it hard growing up and learning how to ride in Montana?
Yeah, totally. There weren’t many of us that snowboarded back then, so we had to teach ourselves. We would watch shred videos and try to learn tricks that way. It got a little better when we started traveling around and meeting other shredders. It was cool because we could learn from them, too.
Was the real reason it was so hard to grow up in Montana because you were trying to be “The Red-Headed Ninja”?
No, I was a kick-ass ninja! I thought I was cool in junior high. I would dress up in full ninja gear and do night reconnaissance missions. I wore a black suit, black mask, had throwing stars, nunchakus, and a grappling hook. I would climb onto the roof of a local church and would assume “sneaky position.” I would sit up there and wait for something to happen, but nothing ever did, so I would go home. I still thought I was a pretty good ninja, though.
Why are you such a spazz?
Listen pal, I prefer to be know as Wild Hurricane, not a spazz. I don’t know how or why, but somewhere I camee upon lots of energy. I think it might have happened when I was younger, probably from electrocution. Sometimes I feel like I have an energy gauge, and someone turned it up to “overload.” I think this helps me because I’m always active and looking for some kind of challenge. Snowboarding is what I found eight years ago to help me, and it’s perfect. I can always buzz around-doing different jumps and jibs, there are plenty of challenges. I try to never give up until I succeed or I’m too physically exhausted to keep going.
Maybe you should take Ritalin. You could take all of your prescription at once, and wash it down with your “Bud.”
Are you speaking from experience? I don’t drink anymore, or do drugs. I did my share of partying when I was younger. I didn’t drink a lot, but when I did I got hammered and hated the way I felt the next day, so I decided to just not drink. It’s been about a year now and I feel so healthy. I also think it helps my snowboarding and keeps my motivation up. It’s going to be hard not drinking on my twenty-first birthday, but I’d rather drink eleven pots of coffee until I pass out- that’s sounds like more fun. I’ll still go to the bars sometimes when I turn 21 so I can look at the hot chicks but I’ll just drink root beer, baby.
So you’re into hot chicks?
Girls are nothing but trouble! But I think I’m just saying that because I’m lonely and wish I had a little lady I could call my own.
How do you feel about pro hos, cling ons, and freeloaders?
If people are stoked on snowboarders and the industry scene, I think that’s cool, because it gives people something positive to look up to. But if they are just out for free stuff and popularity, I think that’s lame, because they’re just using you.
Has anyone ever used you, Andrew?
Yeah, but just once. I was learning how to surf, and these two really hot redhead babes asked for a ride home. I said yes. Before I knew it they were touching me in funny places and doing weird stuff to each other. I thought it was pretty cool, but afterward they told me they didn’t want a full-time boyfriend. I was bummed, I have to be more careful and not get used like that.
Dreams don’t count. Isn’t it true that you’re intimidated by girls?
Yeah, when I meet them I get nervous and run away. But I’m reading this new book How to Score With Hot Babes, and I’m learning a lot.
Do you ever get intimidated by your job?
Yeah, sometimes. Usually more at contests because they’re at night and the crowd expects you to try your hardest tricks on ice in front of thousands of people. That gets pretty intense sometimes. But for the most part our jumps are pretty calculated, so the hard part is getting the speed and trajectory right.
Do you have any big regrets in snowboarding or life?
No, not really. There is one thing that I’m so happy I didn’t do. It was a gap over a highway off a cliff, with an exposed guardrail. I built the jump and was strapped into my board ready to go, and at the last second, I pulled out and didn’t launch it. I had such a bad feeling in my stomach about it. Even though I may have let the photographers down, I’m proud I had the guts to think with my head, instead of Kodak courage.
Was that the first time you ever used your head in snowboarding? Oh, I forgot you’ve been using it to make bomb holes for years.
Listen smartass, maybe I made bomb holes back when you were around, but things have changed a little in the last few years. I’ve learned to stomp landings, and you’ve learned how to type.
What do you want to be doing in twenty years?
Driving fast cars and screwing hot chicks.
What do you want to be doing in twenty minutes?
Wishing I was driving fast cars and screwing hot chicks.