Yo Corey, got a minute?
Yeah, let me hang up some clothes real quick. I am kind of a hippy, I like hanging my clothes to dry rather than wasting that energy. I don’t ever by new clothes so this helps them last longer too.
Dig that. Is it warm enough in Bellingham to hang clothes these days?
Not really, have to do it indoor for the most part, but actually last weekend it got so “HOT” by Bellingham standards. It was like 90. The weather here is perfect in the summer and so beautiful.
Heard it’s been a long winter up there, how’s the snow pack right now?
Man there is so much snow its crazy. I was up at Baker split boarding last week and it was still at least 12 feet of snow last week we built the famous Mt. Baker Spring step-up. Such a rad session, people were going for it and all the homeys were there.
What was your best day of filming this season?
Ok, so best day as far as productivity goes was in April. I had been filming for about three months straight in the backcountry and weather had not really been cooperating with us. Tons of snow, just no sun, so I returned home to Bellingham and when I got there I checked the weather for my local zones around Mt. Baker and it was calling for SUN! I couldn’t believe it. Also at the same time Joe called me and was like ‘Hey man, what’s the word?’ I told him it had been snowing for three months straight and it’s supposed to break in Baker and to get up here.
Joe immediately packed his bags from SD and drove like 35 hours straight to get up to Bellingham and see what it was all about. With cold temps and blue skies Mother Nature was finally on our side. I just had a good feeling about this day, so I invited the whole crew to come out and get after this rare occasion.
All three filmers were there and people just went to town. I think we bagged more shots that day than any other single day in my entire career. Everyone went home with at least two usable hammers for the movie.
No stress for you that day?
(Laughs) Yeah, basically people think I am just this crazy stress case
it’s not that I just want so much from filming. I don’t want to be just another filmer, just some half-rate filmer. I want to be the guy who leads new comers in the right direction, in the direction of snowboarding that I love.
I think that says a lot about your passion for it.
I stress cause I can’t turn my mind off. I am always thinking 10 steps ahead. I just hate being known as a stresser.
Yeah, (laughs) but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s better than being complacent.
Yeah I hate being complacent.
Why do you film snowboard movies?
I want to help everyone find the good snow, cause that’s what its all about. It’s not about keeping a place secret but rather, sharing snowboarding with the whole world. Oh yeah, and I absolutely love doing it and I can’t imagine not doing this.
What about the school of thought that says the best spots shouldn’t be revealed, that they should be kept secret so they don’t get blown out?
Snowboarding movies should be about sharing snowboarding experiences with the rest of the world and inspiring people to want to go to those places and ride that same great snow. It shouldn’t be about check out “SPOT X” and ‘check out the 1080 I did there and don’t ever come here or I will beat you up.’ Like come the fuck on, it’s snowboarding, sorry I am on bit a rampage right now. It’s not that I want to give away exact locations, but I do want to let people knoow about an area so they can go and find some good snow too. I want to inspire road trips and “the search” and keep people going, keep people dreaming.
Word, that just seems like good business for those of us who make our livings documenting the rad, the more people we get hyped the better. Building a bigger audience, that’s our job security, right?
Yeah, the thing that sparked my love for the backcountry and that made me want to leave the mountains of southern California behind was Standard Films TB 7. That was the year of El Nino. Epic powder and epic riding
Guys like Tom Burt, KJ, Noah Salasnek, Jeremy Jones and Dave Downing were just going out and making the backcountry look so damn good. If they wouldn’t have said that all that was in Tahoe I would have never moved there I would of just been like, ‘well that’s cool but I will never get to experience that.’ Instead they showed how beautiful it was there, riding pow at squaw valley and it made it obtainable to me.
I just wish a lot of snowboard movies today would get back to documenting the obtainable. Snowboarding movies need to have the gnarly stuff, but they also need the parts that are obtainable to kids. People need to be able to relate to it. That’s the best way to keeping snowboarding thriving.
Yeah it seems like that’s been one of the guiding principals for These Days. What else did you guys want to show with the movie?
We wanted to show that no matter if you are 10 or 60 years old, whether you ride powder or the icy slopes of the Midwest, that snowboarding is all about progression, and not necessarily progression in the sense of Travis Rice, don’t get me wrong I respect his riding but it is not what we were going for. We want to show snowboarding as a means for personal progression, just going out and learning something new everyday you snowboard and that’s what keeps you coming back for more.
I think the Japanese have a word for that, it’s kaizen, and it’s basically a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of continuous self-improvement.
Yeah, that idea of kaizen is exactly what we want to show with the movie.