Totally Board: The Interviews Noah Salasnek “The Nurse”

How long have you known Mike? What have gone throughtogether? How many times you have been coming up here?

Yeah, I think I met Mike, I seen himriding around Tahoe, kinda randomly, just knew of him and stuff, around 9 years ago. We werekinda doing the same gig. He started to make a movie, which was the original Totally Bored, andhe has his little gig going, and I was working with Fall Line, we were kinda doing the same thingalways bumping heads in Tahoe, and just kinda buddies like that, and I kinda started following himand shooting with him, in the TV series, and we just kinda became good friends, We’ve beencoming up to Valdez here every Spring, for the last 7 years now, and its pretty sweet, he’s a goodman to be with, super smart, he could be working with a lot of other people in the industry, but Ifeel Mike, the way represents himself, the way he deals with people, he’s like well liked, youknow, he’s not to cocky really, and kinda gets the job done. Kinda my reason for sticking with him.Cause I’ve been with some other people before, not that I don’t like them, I just think that, I justthink that I get along with Mike, our repour is good. He’s a good guy to be around, he’s funny.

What do you like most about him?

What do I like most about Spike? Probably just his directionand professionalism, you know he gets stuff done. You know if someone needs to take charge, youknow Mike, he’s kinda serious, in that sense, but a lot of times, when you’re up here, that worksto your benefit, you know, you need someone to kind of do that, and Mikes definitely a gooddirector type a guy like that.² What’s the thing you like least about him? Same thing, slave driver.He gets you up at 5:30, in the morning, but it always works out, you’re thanking him, by sevenwhen your getting shots. And like, you know, and sometimes you get up two hours earlier thaneveryone else in Tahoe, but it gets you out there, and crack the whip, and it can be brutalsometimes. But, really sweet, when you get out there, you know. There’s not to much that I canreally say that I actually dislike about Mike or Dave for that matter.

What will this years segment be like, from your end do you have any goals? From my part in general? Ummmh, yeah actually we had a really good season this year in Tahoe and I’ve already, I’m like 70% there, maybe one of the best parts I’ve had with these guys ever. And I really need to back it up with a couple strong freestyle moves right now, so thats kinda what I really want to do up here is find a couple big jumps that we’ve never really shot in Valdez, cause there is really big stuff up here and were always, always on the big bases and, and doing different stuff, but if I can get some of thatwrapped up, I’d have a really good part and then do another super spine, or something like that,for a big one, you know a big helly shot, I’d be stoked, I’d feel like I really had a well rounded part and I ³threw out² (meaning ³pulled off²) some good stuff in Tahoe, was a really good year. So yeah, I’m really hyped, actually at working right now, finishing out the season, maybe even doing somestuff when we go back home, maybe on snowmobiles or something.²

How important are Mike’s film to snowboarding?

I think its pretty important, I think, you know when I grew up skating andsnow boarding, when I started it was always like you were looking at videos, seeing what otherpeople were doing, kinda getting inspired by that, and I think a, thats pretty much what Mike’smovies do. Especially with the footage, up here, not a lot of people can really get up here (Alaska)and afford to do what we do. I’m really fortunate to be able to be able to do it for this long. And Ithink its important to really represent each year and, and to show what you’re doing, and theevolution of snow boarding, you know, and people want to see that, you know whether it be thefreestyle movement or if its extreme riding up here and seeing powder, In e mid-summer youknow when some of the movies come out its really a stoker, to sit down and go wow, thats what itsabout, I can’t wait, you know and really get in the mood, and I think thats a part of it too. And Ithink people are really stoked in the movies.²

Tom Day

How is it working with Mike?

Makes my job easy.

How come?

‘Cause he’s a good director up here. I just like to be shootingsometimes, and not have to deal with all the logistic stuff that Mike can handle pretty well.²

What do you like most about him?

His single most enduring feature. ³He does the same work that I do so he understands the complications that we all go through. He handles it well. He never gets mad when things get frustrating. He allows his fate to worry about the next day, instead of what happened in the past. Thats what I like best about him I think.²

What do you like least about him?Oh, least. I don’t think I have anything least to say about him.² Where do you think his career isgoing as a film maker? ³Well I don’t know if he’s ever going to get over snow boarding, I think helikes it pretty much, but ah, I think he wants to head more toward directing, which is ah, which isgood. I think thats one of his stronger points of his directing. So hopefully its gonna go towardscommercials and things like that, pictures. I know I’d like to start getting involved more withbigger cameras.² Packing bigger cameras up on the mountain? (Laugh) No, having other peoplepack them, and just stepping up to them when their fixed. That would be fun. ³Yeah, I think one ofthe things that makes Mike such a great snow board – cinematographer, is the fact that he lovesthe sport and wants to portray it as being the best it possibly can be. Its not, its not necessarilyabout making a killer movie, its about making the sport look as awesome as it can be, and I thinkthats what makes, makes Mike’s film good. And as far as a, as far as like directing me, he’s, he’salways a given me like the green light experiment, and whenever I have some new idea I wannashoot, its always like, ³ yeah, give it a try², its never like ³mmh, no, I don’t think thats gonnawork². He’s always, he wants me to experiment and thats what makes it work for us.² NateCole

When did you meet him?

The first time I came to Lake Tahoe, those guys pretty muchtook me in. And, and let me stay at their house, I didn’t even know him, I met them through Mike Macintire. They let me sleep wherever I wanted in their house,and stay there for pretty much good part of the season. My first time in Lake Tahoe, which was cool, I didn’t know anyone there.

And ah, I would sleep under their pool table. And ah, they would wake up and go hike some kickerat like six AM, and I’d hide under the pool table so I wouldn’t have to go, so I could still staythere, and go ride, I’d go ride later, cause Mack Dog would always go up at like around noon orsomething, you know, it’d be like, oh wake wake up, go with Mack Dog, but I just remember thoseguys would wake up so early, and at that point I wasn’t ready for anything like that. Just out ofhigh school, I was only like, I was like nineteen, god it must have been like 92, or 90-?, late 92′,early 1993.

When did you make the transition to the dawn patrol?

I don’t know if I have yet. Umm, I guess probably, only just over the past two years. I started, started to hang out with Mike a lot more. I could not tell the difference between Mike and Dave, for the first, probably the first two years I knew them, it took me a good two years to know who I, who I was talking to. Yeah, Mike actually called me once, it was one of the first trips he set up to on with me, and a, it was to go up to Black Comb or something, and we talked for maybe fifteen minutes about this trip, its gonna be me and him, and Tex , and some sort of deal, and after the conversation was all done, it was like, ³All right, Thanks Dave.² Hung up, ten minutes later, I’m sitting there realizing, you know that, that wasn’t Dave, that was Mike. What the hell am I talking about.² So when did you first come to AK? Last year was my first year here, yeah. What are you impressions of Mike?

³Ahh, ( Top Notch) I couldn’t, I couldn’t imagine coming up here with anyone else. I actually I flew with out tose guys for the first time time, and it was cool but, definitely like flying around with them and just having their path of knowledge, of all the stuff around here. It starts to rub off on you and you start to look around and get a feel for where you are which is a pretty good feeling, in any heli operations; especially this one being pretty much the best one, that I’ve, that I’ve ever seen.

So yeah, it’s nice, I think a lot of their, a lot of their knowledge rubs off, he’s real open, with you know, with that, and lets ya in on stuff, lets you be a part of it a lot. Tex Davenport

How long have you known him? How did you meet him?

³I met Mike at a trade show in San Diego, and he was just walking down the aisle, I thought he was Dave. Actually, stopped to talk to him, he said no I’m Mike, I go, ³oh he has a brother, blah, blah, blah², figured out the whole deal, and a, my favorite movie at the time was the first Totally Bored movie, so I just asked him some questions about the movie and told him it was my favorite movie, and blah, blah , blah and just enjoyed it, and he was super cool, and a, thought that, you know, that kinda surprised me I didn’t think he would be super cool, but he liked my input that I gave him. And then a, I guess it was the second Extreme contest, we were just sitting around, its up here in Valdez. He was, he was trying to get powder, and trying to find out where it was. Some fresh deep stuff from Koosad , he just kept picking at Koosad, picking at Koosad for a couple of days. Finally Koosad was like, ³ You wanna ride something deep pow? All right we’ll go right now.² . Just out of no where. We already had dinner, had a couple of beers at the bar. We thought the day was over. He goes, ³I can show you some deep, thigh deep, pow, right now.² And ah, he looked around , and he goes ³Craig,² toCraig Kelly, he wanted to go, he goes ³Sure, I’m in.² And he asked Dan if he wanted to go, and hewas stoked, and a he asked Tom Burt, and he was looking around for someone else to go, so I justkinda weaseled my way up to the crowd, and he goes ³Tex , you want to go on the ride with us?²and I was like, ³Sure.² . And ah, loaded up, went to the Wall for the first time. And we got out ofthe copter, and I would seriously say it was up to my waist when we got out of the heli. And ah, sopopped out of the heli, super deep pow. And a, I could see the look in Dan’s eye that he was superscared cause he was out there just not to long ago and saw a really big avalanche go off, that hewas still spooked about. And it was my first time on anything that long, that was that steep, and a,talked about the situation, that we knew for sure that Sluffers would be going with out a doubt.And a, Tom kinda showed me the safe zone, where to go, and a, Spike did a heli shot, and it was ina TB2, towards the end, and a, came out good. We did two runs on the wall, smoked out, we werejust ecstatic, just freakin’ out, high fivin’ and screamin’ in the helicopter, and a, got a crazyhelicopter ride back. And that was the first time I filmed with Mike and really got to hang out withhim, and so forth.²

Pretty solid relationship with him ever since?

³Yup, umm, every year he’s asked me to come back and film with him, on one trip or another. And that, always asks me to meet him up here in Alaska with the rest of the crew we’ve been with. Its ah, kind like a family, family reunion, up here every year.² Working with Mike as a Film Maker? ³Umm, superstructured, and really defined, af#178; Hung up, ten minutes later, I’m sitting there realizing, you know that, that wasn’t Dave, that was Mike. What the hell am I talking about.² So when did you first come to AK? Last year was my first year here, yeah. What are you impressions of Mike?

³Ahh, ( Top Notch) I couldn’t, I couldn’t imagine coming up here with anyone else. I actually I flew with out tose guys for the first time time, and it was cool but, definitely like flying around with them and just having their path of knowledge, of all the stuff around here. It starts to rub off on you and you start to look around and get a feel for where you are which is a pretty good feeling, in any heli operations; especially this one being pretty much the best one, that I’ve, that I’ve ever seen.

So yeah, it’s nice, I think a lot of their, a lot of their knowledge rubs off, he’s real open, with you know, with that, and lets ya in on stuff, lets you be a part of it a lot. Tex Davenport

How long have you known him? How did you meet him?

³I met Mike at a trade show in San Diego, and he was just walking down the aisle, I thought he was Dave. Actually, stopped to talk to him, he said no I’m Mike, I go, ³oh he has a brother, blah, blah, blah², figured out the whole deal, and a, my favorite movie at the time was the first Totally Bored movie, so I just asked him some questions about the movie and told him it was my favorite movie, and blah, blah , blah and just enjoyed it, and he was super cool, and a, thought that, you know, that kinda surprised me I didn’t think he would be super cool, but he liked my input that I gave him. And then a, I guess it was the second Extreme contest, we were just sitting around, its up here in Valdez. He was, he was trying to get powder, and trying to find out where it was. Some fresh deep stuff from Koosad , he just kept picking at Koosad, picking at Koosad for a couple of days. Finally Koosad was like, ³ You wanna ride something deep pow? All right we’ll go right now.² . Just out of no where. We already had dinner, had a couple of beers at the bar. We thought the day was over. He goes, ³I can show you some deep, thigh deep, pow, right now.² And ah, he looked around , and he goes ³Craig,² toCraig Kelly, he wanted to go, he goes ³Sure, I’m in.² And he asked Dan if he wanted to go, and hewas stoked, and a he asked Tom Burt, and he was looking around for someone else to go, so I justkinda weaseled my way up to the crowd, and he goes ³Tex , you want to go on the ride with us?²and I was like, ³Sure.² . And ah, loaded up, went to the Wall for the first time. And we got out ofthe copter, and I would seriously say it was up to my waist when we got out of the heli. And ah, sopopped out of the heli, super deep pow. And a, I could see the look in Dan’s eye that he was superscared cause he was out there just not to long ago and saw a really big avalanche go off, that hewas still spooked about. And it was my first time on anything that long, that was that steep, and a,talked about the situation, that we knew for sure that Sluffers would be going with out a doubt.And a, Tom kinda showed me the safe zone, where to go, and a, Spike did a heli shot, and it was ina TB2, towards the end, and a, came out good. We did two runs on the wall, smoked out, we werejust ecstatic, just freakin’ out, high fivin’ and screamin’ in the helicopter, and a, got a crazyhelicopter ride back. And that was the first time I filmed with Mike and really got to hang out withhim, and so forth.²

Pretty solid relationship with him ever since?

³Yup, umm, every year he’s asked me to come back and film with him, on one trip or another. And that, always asks me to meet him up here in Alaska with the rest of the crew we’ve been with. Its ah, kind like a family, family reunion, up here every year.² Working with Mike as a Film Maker? ³Umm, superstructured, and really defined, after, I’m sure years of doing it. So he’s put out six movies, wellbesides all his rock climbing movies and the motor cross movies. But, he’s put out like six, a, snowboard movies. And he’s just learned all the ins and outs,its super smooth. Pretty much all the timewhen were out there, just a standard procedure you might say. Yeah, everyone knows what to do,its not like, everyone who comes up here knows whats up; so, usually when were out here onlythings are said that are needed to be said, to, you know, everything really clear, and defined overthe radios, and what not.²

Secret love affair with Spike?

That’s not quite where I’m going.(Laughing) He definitely gets, you know, cracks the whip and gets everything done. Gets up a little to early sometimes, but you gotta do what you gotta do, you now.² How’s it working with Mike in Alaska? I like it a lot, but usually I’m on Tom day ås shift, so I don’t get to work a with Mike as much as I’d like, but a, definitely has the ball rolling, and gets, you know, knows where we need to go.² What do you like about him most? Probably that he invites me to come back every year.² (Laugh)

What do you like least about him?

There’s not too much there. Thats everybodys response.

Nurse AKA Spike, Mike Hatchet is 31. (????)

Total films? Fact -Ten total films, working on the eleventh and twelfth: six snow board films, working on seven; 1 motor cross; 3 rock climbing. How much total on heli-time and Valdez? Fact- since the beginning (standard film), about $150,000 over sixtrips; average almost ten hours of footage a year; Total 70hours of footage; Use about 1/10 or 1/15 of each years footage.Last year we shot 150 rolls, it was half of that, like seven hoursof footage, which was wiggled down to like 20 minutes. One outof fifteen shots I shoot makes it. Thats a high ratio, highstandard. Film budget for this year, for TV 7? Fact- $130,000.Whats the production period? Start, like preorganization inOctober, and finished filming in the end of May, beginning ofJune, and then edit June and July, and last minute touch up inAugust, and the release in September. How many copies? Fact(Semi – Confidential) – over 50,000, best selling. Awards thatyou have one?

Fact – GPS; MTV Unveiled; (two years ago) TV5 ³Best Overall Snow Boarding Film.²; Fila Runner Up Award,for best snow board film: Fila Gravity Sports Film Festival.Tell me about standard films (who, what in)? Well right now itsDave and I. My brother, Dave are Standard, and it started outto be Mack Dawg, which is Mike Mackintire, and myself, andmy brother, we made TB 2 in 1992, and then we workedtogether for three projects, three years of Mack Dog , and then,Mack Dog decided to do his own thing after TB 4, so now 5, 6and 7 are just my brother and I. And Mack Dawg, you knowmade, he’s like Colt, Freestyle guy, he made ?????? Pocahontasand Upping the Anty. You have Tom Day working for you, andhow many camera men working for you? Well basically itsmainly Tom Day and I and Rich, film most of the footage, andthen we had about 4 other guys Matty Goodman, Jess Gibson,Matt Snoll, and Christian Beijing, kind of just contribute toother stuff as well.² Tell me about your first trip to Valdez, theyear? First year, was with Fall Line films, was actually the firstyear of the Extremes contest, and I was working for Jerry andArtie for Fall Line, just up here to cover the contest. And umm,that was when there was only, a small number of people here,and there was ABA had the helies, one heli and two planes. AndI was only really allowed to ride in the planes, cause Jerry andArtie got to ride in the heli, and they filmed a pretty decentsegment up here, around the contest and the rest of the scene.²What year? That was 91. Who won that event? Ah, Tex gotfirst, my brother got second, Liska was in third, I think. SoYou’ve see this place change dramatically. Yeah. How do youfeel about your films contributing to that change? It’s definitelymore crowded, we go out there, and if there are people landingon the same LZ’s you’re on. Or tracking some run that you mayhave done a million times already. But yeah, our films, I can’treally say that much, cause our films are one of the reasons itsmore crowded up here for sure, so I can’t say much, really itspartly my fault, but I mean it was