Do you ever get embarrassed?
Yeah, but not too often. I’ve been learning there’s not a whole lot to be embarrassed about. Boogers, farts, gray hair, baldness, I drive a Pinto¿big deal. Everybody’s gotta start (or fart, for that matter) somewhere.

How did you get started snowboarding?
One day I was at the Grind Skatepark watching Noah Salaznek and John Cardiel destroy the place. The next night I watched Riders On The Storm, and they were both in it. I thought snowboarding was a word censored by TransWorld because the board was attached to your feet, and they wore all that neon another word censored by TransWorld stuff, but if Card and Salaz were doing it snowboarding, I was gonna try it. Cardiel had the sickest steez in that movie! So I tried it the next weekend and loved it.

If you were a guidance counselor, what would you’ve told yourself in high school?
Drop out. I was one of those kids who the counselor told maybe school wasn’t the best thing for me, and I should do construction.

Or you could’ve joined the Navy.
I back the military, but I don’t think I could wax people. I can’t even kill trout.

Are your parents happy with you, and if so, were they always?

My parents weren’t too stoked in the beginning because I was a dirtbag skate/snow derelict yet another word censored by TransWorld, but I don’t think it was the snowboarding or skateboarding. It was the fact that I was doing acid and being a Philbin.

Philbin?
Yeah, a Regis.

What?
Regis Philbin. They’re super stoked on me now, I think.

What consumes the majority of your time during the shred season?
Filming takes up the majority of my time, but contests take a lot of time, too. It seems like I’m always busy, but then I look back and go, “What did I do?” I don’t know, I wait for the sun to come out a lot. I got stuck on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for about half the year.

Filming seems to be a big part of your career.
I like to film because I liked watching films when I was a tadpole. I would watch them over and over ’til they wouldn’t work anymore, then my mom would get pissed ’cause I’d ruined all our VCRs.

Which was your favorite video?The Jerk: “The Lord loves a working man, never trust Whitey, and if you catch it, see a doctor, and get rid of it.”

Who do you film with?Standard Films, FLF, Mack Dawg, and the Whiskey movies.

Who’s the “Ardu” you always sing about? Artie Kreibel of the film company formally known as FLF. He and Todd Hazeltine were the first filmers to give me a chance in the big leagues, and I’ll be forever grateful. Ardu has become a hot topic between Egge and I; we used to spend a lot of time with him, so we have hundreds of songs and terms that only we understand. But it’s not like we’re being mean; we just sing about Ardu a lot.
Oh yeah, Artie said at the beginning of a trip to France in ’95 that a nickname would never stick. Jimmy Halopoff invented the legendary name of Ardu! Jimmy sings a lot about Ardu. In fact, on that trip he made up the first Ardu song! It went something like this, “A to the R to the D to the U/ A-R-D-U D-U,” repeated about 300 times. What am I talking about, do you think people want to hear about this stuff? Word.

Obviously you have to travel a lot. Do you have any memorable trips?
They’re all memorable, but the one to Auron, France with Jimmy Halopoff, John Sommers, and Ardu was probably the most memorable. Also the last trip to NZ was pretty memorable. Do you want to share any details of those trips with us?
These are some of the events from those trips that have shaped my humble life:One,Ardu wanted to beat me up. This tends to happen after living in a room the size of a cereal box for a month.

Two, the skateboard ramp was frozen and under snow. Bummer.

Three, Jimmy Halopoff ate glass. Self-explanatory, for there were ly two days of sun the whole time.

Four,it snowed thirteen feet when we were there, and an avalanche took out a ski lift.

<Six, Jon Sommers broke his back on a road jump. Jimmy was also out of commission for the rest of the season from the same road gap. I went home with “rabbit ears”¿I got thirteen stitches in my hand from a faulty beverage glass, and the bandages looked like rabbit ears.

Seven, I spent my birthday over there, January 23, and they threw a party for me at the local pub. They set up a drum kit, bass, and guitar¿I like to play bass, and we played until the bar closed. That was a cool birthday. Nobody cared that the music sucked.

Eight, Jimmy went to jail for jumping over a road. The authorities were bummed we didn’t involve them, so the next different road gap we did, they gave us a bus to jump over, and two dudes with a dump truck came and cut down trees that were in the landing! Twilight zone! Oh, we also had like twenty people helping us build the jump¿it took about twelve hours.

This is where the New Zealand trip starts:

One a, it started good at a skatepark in Christchurch.

Two a, we flew with the same word, different tense, still censored by TransWorld heli company ever, Methven Heli. One of the guides, “Kem,” said we were skiing up more powder than we were paying for. This is after he stopped us on a convex roll curved, vaulted roll on a 32-degree slope to have a “safety briefing.” He called us “stupid Yanks,” and he was from Arizona. Go figure.

Three a, I lost a CD case, which had my favorite music in it. Twenty-four of ‘em CDs including six Frank Zappa, four Metallica, three Primus, one Beethoven, three Rush, two Stevie Ray Von, two Ozzy, a Lynard Skynard, a Willie Nelson, and last but not least, my little brother’s blues band RAWB. Four a, Shem Roose¿photo editor of this fine publication you’re reading¿was basically on his death bed sick with some super gnarly sickness, and even if it were sunny, which it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have had a photographer.Five a, I’m complaining a lot, huh? I’m gonna stop here. Besides, you might have already heard about the trip from a “fat kid.”

Do you get pumped when people talk to you about your X-Games medals?
Yeah, I get stoked if other people are stoked, especially people outside of snowboarding.

Were you really trying to lose the slopestyle event last year?
No.

Are you going to the Olympics?
No.

When did you invent the “Chicain”?
I don’t know who invented it, nor do I care, but it’s a super fun trick. Travis Parker was claiming he invented it in 1969¿the summer of love, but who knows? I’m not concerned about that. Jimmy Halopoff made up the name in Wolf Creek, Colorado, three years ago. Then the X-Games made the claim that I invented it. That’s when the controversy began. I think it’s funny how people are so worried about the dumbest stuff. I had a guy¿I forget his name¿come over to my house just to tell me I didn’t make that trick up. Apparently his friends in Oregon made it up six years ago, and they called it a “dump truck.” The only time I’d heard the term “dump truck” was when Egge talked about a backside rodeo.

I still laugh that this guy took time out of his day to make sure I knew I didn’t make a trick up, even though I never once said or implied I’d made it up. In fact, Andy Hetzel was the first guy I ever saw do one. Andy’s such a good snowboarder, and he’s not too shabby on a skateboard, either.

Do you ever get “sweated” when you roll up to the pipe or park?
Only by ski-bladers.

Have you ever suffered for fashion?
Yeah,when I’m in my fishing waders. People who don’t fish make fun of me and tell me I look like a Regis. After I’m done crying I feel a lot better, then I usually need to be held.

How important is Marcus Egge?
Agge’s sick. He’s the best snowboarder I’ve ever seen, a super good fly-fisherman, super funny, and one hell of a model American.

Who else is important to you?
J.D.; Jimmy; Nicole; my fishin’ buddy Jan; Jason Cockram; Dave Syp; Steve Astephan¿Hetzel calls him “Skinny Ugly”; Ma and Pa; Bubba; Menerva; Enich Harris¿the baddest man in the world; Hetz; Debo; all the trout in the world; all the bass in the world; Big T; Stumpy; all my sponsors, Billabong, Northwave, Drake, Anarchy, Lamar, Freestytle, Reef, TSG helmets, Consolidated Skateboards; Mellow Klecti; Spike; Dave; Sed; the Green Cowboy; Dawger; Peter Line; J.P.; Tom Burt; Salaz; Jussi; Crawdad; Richards; Cardiel; Johan; Bjorn; LeBlanc; Downing; Dirkson; MC; and everyone else I forgot¿thanks for the inspiration. Jeff Jones, Jeremy Jones, G at Billabong, there are so many people who have been good to me that I could fill this mag! Jim Rippey, Skirt, Dakides, et cetera.

Where do you see yourself in twenty years?
On a river somewhere.

Thanks. By the way, how’s home?
I went in there the other night, and somebody was in your seat. I was pissed. Home is a special place where Dave and I forget about the dark side of life.s. People who don’t fish make fun of me and tell me I look like a Regis. After I’m done crying I feel a lot better, then I usually need to be held.

How important is Marcus Egge?
Agge’s sick. He’s the best snowboarder I’ve ever seen, a super good fly-fisherman, super funny, and one hell of a model American.

Who else is important to you?
J.D.; Jimmy; Nicole; my fishin’ buddy Jan; Jason Cockram; Dave Syp; Steve Astephan¿Hetzel calls him “Skinny Ugly”; Ma and Pa; Bubba; Menerva; Enich Harris¿the baddest man in the world; Hetz; Debo; all the trout in the world; all the bass in the world; Big T; Stumpy; all my sponsors, Billabong, Northwave, Drake, Anarchy, Lamar, Freestytle, Reef, TSG helmets, Consolidated Skateboards; Mellow Klecti; Spike; Dave; Sed; the Green Cowboy; Dawger; Peter Line; J.P.; Tom Burt; Salaz; Jussi; Crawdad; Richards; Cardiel; Johan; Bjorn; LeBlanc; Downing; Dirkson; MC; and everyone else I forgot¿thanks for the inspiration. Jeff Jones, Jeremy Jones, G at Billabong, there are so many people who have been good to me that I could fill this mag! Jim Rippey, Skirt, Dakides, et cetera.

Where do you see yourself in twenty years?
On a river somewhere.

Thanks. By the way, how’s home?
I went in there the other night, and somebody was in your seat. I was pissed. Home is a special place where Dave and I forget about the dark side of life.