Although one might not agree with some of the tactics Marc Frank Montoya used to get him where he is today, few can dismiss his passion for the sport. The pictures and text that follow are the result of an individual who took full advantage of his God-given talents. While others are caught up in the idiosyncratic world of professional snowboarding, Marc is sticking to his roots¿chillin’ with his family and friends, keeping it real. So go ahead and read this interview, ’cause it might just keep you from turning into a hater, a biter, or worst of all, a bitch.¿ N.Y.

“I like this snowboarding shit ’cause it’s just dope. When we were kids, we used to get that rush from standin’ on a sled and slidin’ down the hill kinda fast and out of control. Now I’m just a little bigger and more coordinated slidin’ down some huge-ass steep hills, manipulatin’ that sled any way I want, any direction, to any jump I want. It’s just ill, crazy shit. Especially ’cause I got a lot of friends doing it.”¿Marc Frank Montoya

 

TransWorld: Marc, what’s it like being the first Mexican pro snowboarder?

That’s funny, bud. Are you sure I’m the first?

Pretty sure.

Well, that’s tight then, dude. I’m showing fools that Mexicans should be up in this snowboarding shit. I really regret not pressuring my homeboys into coming up to the hill with me and taking it to the next level. If I had, there’d be like five more of my friends up in this bitch¿we’d be running shit. Nah mean?

Most snowboarders, back in the day, were white kids. Did people accept you way back when?

I didn’t really notice. Everybody was cool with me, I think. Sticking out that way, if anything, made people want to hook me up. I think it was because I came from the streets¿you know, Denver¿and they liked the fact that I was trying to do my thing in the mountains. Maybe that worked a little bit to my advantage.

How old were you when you first started snowboarding?

I didn’t start ’til late compared to the other kids, so it’s weird. I started when I was sixteen, and the first time I tried it I blew my knee out.

The very first day?

Yeah. My sister had this boyfriend, and he was like a soc social, you know what I’m saying? So he skied, and he took her skiing, and she took me with her. I had a snowboard already¿I wanted to try it ’cause it looked like skateboarding. I was trying to learn by myself, no lessons or whatever, and I fell in this little ditch and blew my knee out. That took me out for like three months. After that I quit¿I only tried it that day¿and threw the snowboard away in the closet.

Looking back now, you gotta be stoked that you went out and tried it again.

The only reason I did, too, was because when I was in my junior year of high school I met these skateboarder/snowboarder dudes at my school. They’re my good friends today, and they were in a program in my school that took inner-city kids up to the mountains skiing and snowboarding. They were going on that trip, and I was like, “Shit, dude, I can snowboard.” We went twice in a span of a couple months, and I started learning all fast ’cause of skating I guess, doing tricks like right away. It just came easy. So after that I really started going.

Every day?

As much as I could, every other day or whatever. I got a job at a high school packing boxes.

To pay for snowboarding?

Yeah … nah. I really didn’t pay for any snowboarding¿I jacked a snowboard and I’d clip tickets. And I’d jack gas. I stole my food every day on the way up there. Went to 7-Eleven, jacked a bunch of Lunchables¿threw ‘em down my pants. It didn’t really take any money.

That’s a lost art these days. Kids don’t know about clipping tickets or having to struggle to go riding.

It seems like that. There’re still a couple out there. I see ‘em when I go to t resorts in Colorado doing that shit.

All camping out in the parking lots …

Asking people for their tickets. Actually, I still do it just to keep it real when I go out to Colorado¿early season. I keep it real. That’s how they keep the city kids from going up and snowboarding¿they charge like 50 or 60 bucks. I’m not going to let them get away with that bullshit.

Is Denver just like those Coors commercials?

Hell no! It all depends on where you are. A lot of the parts of Colorado are, but I’d never seen ‘em or witnessed ‘em until I started snowboarding. To everybody else, Denver is whatever they see on TV. But where I grew up is the streets, dude¿North Side, West Side.

Did snowboarding keep you out of trouble?

Skateboarding did. All my friends were Bloods, West Siders, or North Siders. I was down with all them fools, and I was down with the Feds, all blooded out, beaming, wearing red rags, but I always kept skateboarding. I knew that I didn’t want to go to jail by acting stupid. So I started getting new friends¿skater friends and snowboarder friends¿ya know, meeting people in the mountains.

You must’ve seen all kinds of things go down.

I saw a couple of dudes get stabbed. I got shot at three times. I tried to grow out of it ’cause my friends used to beat on fools for no real reason. They’d just be like, “What are you looking at?” and fools would be all, “Huh?” and they’d get socked up. I never really wanted to be like that. That’s what kids do when they’re young. Either my old friends grew out of it or they’re in jail. It’s kind of depressing. I was in a slump for a while after high school. I’d quit that job ’cause I didn’t want to work for nobody¿none of these assholes who try to control you. So I’d jack all kinds of shit at night and sell it in the daytime and go snowboarding.

But now you’re a legit businessmen, jacking companies for cash?

Ya know what I mean, saving my money so I can start my own shit. I keep all my stuff organized. I got my own business, I’m legit now. Every once in a while I’ll run into someone from way back in the day, and they’ll be like, “What are you doing? … Nuh-uh, that’s crazy.” They have no idea, though, that I’ve been all over the world. Doing worldly shit, not just Denver shit. International player, dude.

When you first started riding, who influenced you?

The first video I saw was Justin Hostynek’s Anthem ’cause that was the most influential shit¿Jay Nelson, Tarquin Robbins, and Kurt Wastell. It had skate-style snowboarding, and that’s what made me want to get up there and start doing it.

What about today?

Nobody really. I try to have my own individual style. If you have influences then you try to be like the way they ride. Ride how you want to ride. Have your own style, be unique. I respect a lot of dudes like Kurt Wastell who’ll just go huge on any little thing, Brian Thien’s smoothness on rails. Those fools are crazy, they got skill; I like watching people with natural ability.

So do you believe people have natural talent?

Yeah, for sure. That’s why I get pissed that snowboarding is so one-sided for the people who can afford it. I knew so many kids I used to skate with who came out of the projects and turned into gangsters. If I would’ve helped them to get where I’m at, there would be like ten Chicano kids ruling this, ya know what I mean? There are cities full of kids with natural skill … I wish I could help kids out, but I have a hard enough time just dealing with myself.

Does skateboarding influence your snowboarding?

I thought at first that just my skateboarding helped my snowboarding, but now I think it’s the other way around. Because snowboarding goes so big and fast and you gotta have balls to do crazy shit on a snowboard. So now I notice that I like to go faster and bigger on a skateboard.

How hard is it to get a part filmed nowadays versus when you first started filming?

It’s a lot harder ’cause there’s more competition out there. A lot of new blood coming in, just like any other sport. It’s like a big ol’ production. It’s definitely not as much fun as it used to be when you could go to a resort and ride all day and film it. Now you have to work, hike all far to the biggest kicker and build some big ol’ jump. Make sure the landing’s all good. It’s too big of an ordeal. I didn’t start snowboarding to be pro. I didn’t start it to watch myself on film, but I have to now ’cause that’s what I get paid to do.

Do you ever get burned out on it?

Yeah, I got burned out on it just like a second ago, ’cause it’s summertime and people are still wanting to film. I busted my ass this winter … it’s just all about filming every day. Film, film, film.

Do you ever just say forget it and go ride?

I try to as much as I can. Especially early season, I try to ride for at least a month with my homeboys and just have a good time. That shit’s the best.

Do you think the level has gotten too out of control?

It’s on the edge, but it’s okay. It’s kinda out of control, but that’s the way it has to be¿if you’re a pro snowboarder, that’s the way it’s always going to be. There’s no way it’s going to go back in control. It’s not going to turn into the 180-foot skier jump like in the Olympics. Hopefully it doesn’t get too crazy where you’ll have to wear body armor.

I don’t like being scared. I’m not trying to break myself. I’m not really scared of big-ass cliffs ’cause there’s usually a soft landing; I’m more scared of rails where you get taken out on some iron.

Do you think snowboarding on rails has gotten to be a bit like Rollerblading on rails?

I have a certain rule about rails: if you can’t snowboard to the rail yourself, then you shouldn’t be doing it. Don’t have somebody pulling you while you’re stuck in your bindings so you can jump on the rail¿that’s stupid, that’s ridiculous. You might as well get some Soap Shoes and run yourself to the rail so you can slide down it. I don’t believe in bringing snow to the rail and having fools pull me into it. It’s cool to bring snowboarding to other levels; biting skateboarding is okay, but doing it that much is stupid.

Where do you see snowboarding going?

If it were up to me, it would go back to good big-mountain riding, big dope tricks, big powder jumps and cliffs, new-school tricks off of cliffs, jibbing trees in different ways. Hopefully it doesn’t go anymore in the direction of people going to the city when it snows. Snowboarding has got to be its own dope sport.

I think you’ve brought a lot of flavor to snowboarding. Are you doing anything else to try to change the sport?

It used to be just the “goofy-white-boy sport,” like you got to be all neon and “Um, I’m a f¿kin’ goof.” When I meet rappers, they’re usually like, “Snowboarding is a trip.” They don’t know what it’s about, nor do they care. I’m trying to bring hip-hop into it. I want the right people to know how dope it is¿people from the city. I want rappers to be like, “I just came from Summit and that shit’s poppin’.” I’m sick of how the media portrays it as the goofy-kid sport. The shit’s real. And I’m not no goofy dork … I don’t think I am.

What’s the worst trend in snowboarding right now?

I’m not mad at anyone for dressing all street style, wearing T-shirts on their heads and headbands on the slope. They look better now than they ever did. Back in the day when it was neon, when the fools were wearing that, that’s what ruined snowboarding’s image right there. The only bad trend I see right know is kids who try to look like a certain pro. I see a lot of kids at Brighton trying to look like JP or Jeremy. Don’t blatantly bite people’s shit.

A lot of people trip that you don’t gr>How hard is it to get a part filmed nowadays versus when you first started filming?

It’s a lot harder ’cause there’s more competition out there. A lot of new blood coming in, just like any other sport. It’s like a big ol’ production. It’s definitely not as much fun as it used to be when you could go to a resort and ride all day and film it. Now you have to work, hike all far to the biggest kicker and build some big ol’ jump. Make sure the landing’s all good. It’s too big of an ordeal. I didn’t start snowboarding to be pro. I didn’t start it to watch myself on film, but I have to now ’cause that’s what I get paid to do.

Do you ever get burned out on it?

Yeah, I got burned out on it just like a second ago, ’cause it’s summertime and people are still wanting to film. I busted my ass this winter … it’s just all about filming every day. Film, film, film.

Do you ever just say forget it and go ride?

I try to as much as I can. Especially early season, I try to ride for at least a month with my homeboys and just have a good time. That shit’s the best.

Do you think the level has gotten too out of control?

It’s on the edge, but it’s okay. It’s kinda out of control, but that’s the way it has to be¿if you’re a pro snowboarder, that’s the way it’s always going to be. There’s no way it’s going to go back in control. It’s not going to turn into the 180-foot skier jump like in the Olympics. Hopefully it doesn’t get too crazy where you’ll have to wear body armor.

I don’t like being scared. I’m not trying to break myself. I’m not really scared of big-ass cliffs ’cause there’s usually a soft landing; I’m more scared of rails where you get taken out on some iron.

Do you think snowboarding on rails has gotten to be a bit like Rollerblading on rails?

I have a certain rule about rails: if you can’t snowboard to the rail yourself, then you shouldn’t be doing it. Don’t have somebody pulling you while you’re stuck in your bindings so you can jump on the rail¿that’s stupid, that’s ridiculous. You might as well get some Soap Shoes and run yourself to the rail so you can slide down it. I don’t believe in bringing snow to the rail and having fools pull me into it. It’s cool to bring snowboarding to other levels; biting skateboarding is okay, but doing it that much is stupid.

Where do you see snowboarding going?

If it were up to me, it would go back to good big-mountain riding, big dope tricks, big powder jumps and cliffs, new-school tricks off of cliffs, jibbing trees in different ways. Hopefully it doesn’t go anymore in the direction of people going to the city when it snows. Snowboarding has got to be its own dope sport.

I think you’ve brought a lot of flavor to snowboarding. Are you doing anything else to try to change the sport?

It used to be just the “goofy-white-boy sport,” like you got to be all neon and “Um, I’m a f¿kin’ goof.” When I meet rappers, they’re usually like, “Snowboarding is a trip.” They don’t know what it’s about, nor do they care. I’m trying to bring hip-hop into it. I want the right people to know how dope it is¿people from the city. I want rappers to be like, “I just came from Summit and that shit’s poppin’.” I’m sick of how the media portrays it as the goofy-kid sport. The shit’s real. And I’m not no goofy dork … I don’t think I am.

What’s the worst trend in snowboarding right now?

I’m not mad at anyone for dressing all street style, wearing T-shirts on their heads and headbands on the slope. They look better now than they ever did. Back in the day when it was neon, when the fools were wearing that, that’s what ruined snowboarding’s image right there. The only bad trend I see right know is kids who try to look like a certain pro. I see a lot of kids at Brighton trying to look like JP or Jeremy. Don’t blatantly bite people’s shit.

A lot of people trip that you don’t grab your board sometimes. What do you think about fools who try to dis you?

There’re a lot of people who don’t know the difference, and that’s a shame. That’s why I don’t really like contests, ’cause a fool will just grab his board to keep his stupid arm from flailing around. I don’t grab my board ’cause I don’t have to. I can keep my shit tight in the air without boning it out or grabbing it.

A lot of people don’t know that you can ride big mountains, too. What was it like the first time you showed up in Alaska?

I was scared out of my ass. I had no idea how steep or big those mountains were. But after a couple of weeks of riding there, I started doing lines and getting used to it. Now I’m a better big-mountain rider, but it’s still scary as hell when you’re trying to keep your edge on a crazy-steep slope and you’re exposed over a 500-foot rock cliff. I’m not gonna risk my life for anything.

What’s your opinion of people who can only ride one type of terrain?

That’s just beat¿it’s not real snowboarding. I’m not going to hate on anybody. I think everyone should be able to ride everything. I’m not the best halfpipe or quarterpipe rider, but I’ll do it and be okay at it. It’s wrong to do only one thing. It’s better to be a well-rounded rider and respected in all aspects.

What’s it like riding for a company like Sims that’s owned by a big-time businessman versus riding for a small company like Technine that’s owned by one of your friends?

When you ride for a big company you always get your checks; when you ride for your friends, your check never comes on time. Really, though, the reason I ride for Sims is ’cause the man who owns them used to be a skateboarder, and Tom Sims is hella cool and like a legend. They’re good people. They’re not corporate suits like K2, ya nah what I mean? Dorky-ass graphics. They K2 just pay money to a couple of snowboarding kids¿and they don’t pay them shit¿to do the job halfway right.

Do you have a lot of input on the stuff you’re riding?

Yeah. Sims is dope. They listen to everything I say. I design everything on my boards. I picked all my sponsors ’cause they’re pretty much the best I could have. I was just down at Dub designing my own signature pants and coat. I designed it exactly the way I wanted it¿color, material, size, and how dope it’s gonna be. If it’s lame, it’s ’cause of me, not because of them. I’m gonna make my own backpack with Apollo, and my Technine bindings are gonna be off the hook.

Do you trip that you’re designing products that thousands of kids are gonna be rocking?

I trip out every day on how good I’m doing snowboarding. I really trip on how kids look up to me and want my autograph, especially in Japan and at shops. I’m nobody special. I’m no better than anyone else, than a bum on the street. We’re all the same people. That’s why I’ll never get starstruck on anybody. Certain people just have a talent or a skill that they luck out on and tapped into. The people who aren’t stars or rich have talents, too. They just haven’t found out what it is yet and tapped into it. Maybe I wasn’t even meant to be a pro snowboarder. I got other talents; maybe I could have followed those.

I hate when a star or a rapper or anyone else thinks they’re doper than anyone else and try to look down on them. I’ll spit on anyone like that¿I’ll spit in their face if they try to look down on me ’cause I’m not as rich as they are or as popular, ya nah what I mean? So I feel all weird when someone comes up to me and asks me for an autograph or gets all excited when they see me.

I’d say you’re all right.

I’m all right I guess. I’m not the best mutha, either.

How important is music to you?

It’s my life¿I guess I should say hip-hop is my life, ’cause it’s always there for me. I like all kinds of different shit: R&B, gangster rap, Southern rap¿I like it all. Whatever mood I want to be in, it’s right there. I can have it at my fingertips. I love having all the records that I have. I can pick it, play it, make tapes, whatever.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

SSupernatural, Big L, Slick Rick is one of my favorites ’cause of his rap styles, Beatnuts, Cage, Necro, Boot Camp Click, et cetera. There’re too many to list. I chill to R&B, too, like Mary J. and Stevie Wonder¿nobody’s got the talent he has.

You’ve got a baby boy and a serious girlfriend. Why do all the companies you ride for market you like you’re some player?

Laughs ‘Cause I used to be, I guess, before I had my baby and my lady, ya nah what I mean? I’m calmed down now. I don’t want to be portrayed as a player anymore. It was funny before, cracking jokes and stuff. But now I’m a good dad, and I’m good to my lady. But still, there’re women out there saying what a dog I am. Nobody should open their mouths and act like they know what I’m doing.

So it’s gotta be hard having a family and traveling as much as you do.

Yeah, it is. I don’t like going anywhere now. I wish I could just stay at home. Snowboard in the daytime and just come home at night to my family. If I travel, I try to be gone for just like a maximum of five days¿most the time just two or three. But even when I leave out of town my lady is cool. She never trips on me. She knows how to act. I know a lot of people who have these trippin’-ass women, so much drama. That’s why I’m not a player no more, ’cause I found a wicked-ass woman. She trusts me, she’s strong, and she can handle a couple of days without me. She’s a good mom, and she knows I got to do what I got to do. So all you females out there gotta take some lessons and quit trippin’ on your man. Don’t act so codependent. My girl should write a book for all these drama queens out there and teach them.

Anybody you want to thank?

I want to thank everybody, even all the haters who try to talk shit about me. My sponsors: Sims, Technine, Dub, Smith, Osiris, Apollo, Northwave, Hot Skates, Jester.com, and Drop Gloves.

Any last words?

Respect your elders, look after your family, and in anything you do, work hard at it and take pride in your work, ’cause that’s a reflection of yourself. In other words¿never do a half-assed job.your board sometimes. What do you think about fools who try to dis you?

There’re a lot of people who don’t know the difference, and that’s a shame. That’s why I don’t really like contests, ’cause a fool will just grab his board to keep his stupid arm from flailing around. I don’t grab my board ’cause I don’t have to. I can keep my shit tight in the air without boning it out or grabbing it.

A lot of people don’t know that you can ride big mountains, too. What was it like the first time you showed up in Alaska?

I was scared out of my ass. I had no idea how steep or big those mountains were. But after a couple of weeks of riding there, I started doing lines and getting used to it. Now I’m a better big-mountain rider, but it’s still scary as hell when you’re trying to keep your edge on a crazy-steep slope and you’re exposed over a 500-foot rock cliff. I’m not gonna risk my life for anything.

What’s your opinion of people who can only ride one type of terrain?

That’s just beat¿it’s not real snowboarding. I’m not going to hate on anybody. I think everyone should be able to ride everything. I’m not the best halfpipe or quarterpipe rider, but I’ll do it and be okay at it. It’s wrong to do only one thing. It’s better to be a well-rounded rider and respected in all aspects.

What’s it like riding for a company like Sims that’s owned by a big-time businessman versus riding for a small company like Technine that’s owned by one of your friends?

When you ride for a big company you always get your checks; when you ride for your friends, your check never comes on time. Really, though, the reason I ride for Sims is ’cause the man who owns them used to be a skateboarder, and Tom Sims is hella cool and like a legend. They’re good people. They’re not corporate suits like K2, ya nah what I mean? Dorky-ass graphics. They K2 just pay money to a couple of snowboarding kids¿and they don’t pay them shit¿to do the job halfway right.

Do you have a lot of input on the stuff you’re riding?

Yeah. Sims is dope. They listen to everything I say. I design everything on my boards. I picked all my sponsors ’cause they’re pretty much the best I could have. I was just down at Dub designing my own signature pants and coat. I designed it exactly the way I wanted it¿color, material, size, and how dope it’s gonna be. If it’s lame, it’s ’cause of me, not because of them. I’m gonna make my own backpack with Apollo, and my Technine bindings are gonna be off the hook.

Do you trip that you’re designing products that thousands of kids are gonna be rocking?

I trip out every day on how good I’m doing snowboarding. I really trip on how kids look up to me and want my autograph, especially in Japan and at shops. I’m nobody special. I’m no better than anyone else, than a bum on the street. We’re all the same people. That’s why I’ll never get starstruck on anybody. Certain people just have a talent or a skill that they luck out on and tapped into. The people who aren’t stars or rich have talents, too. They just haven’t found out what it is yet and tapped into it. Maybe I wasn’t even meant to be a pro snowboarder. I got other talents; maybe I could have followed those.

I hate when a star or a rapper or anyone else thinks they’re doper than anyone else and try to look down on them. I’ll spit on anyone like that¿I’ll spit in their face if they try to look down on me ’cause I’m not as rich as they are or as popular, ya nah what I mean? So I feel all weird when someone comes up to me and asks me for an autograph or gets all excited when they see me.

I’d say you’re all right.

I’m all right I guess. I’m not the best mutha, either.

How important is music to you?

It’s my life¿I guess I should say hip-hop is my life, ’cause it’s always there for me. I like all kinds of different shit: R&B, gangster rap, Southern rap¿I like it all. Whatever mood I want to be in, it’s right there. I can have it at my fingertips. I love having all the records that I have. I can pick it, play it, make tapes, whatever.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Supernatural, Big L, Slick Rick is one of my favorites ’cause of his rap styles, Beatnuts, Cage, Necro, Boot Camp Click, et cetera. There’re too many to list. I chill to R&B, too, like Mary J. and Stevie Wonder¿nobody’s got the talent he has.

You’ve got a baby boy and a serious girlfriend. Why do all the companies you ride for market you like you’re some player?

Laughs ‘Cause I used to be, I guess, before I had my baby and my lady, ya nah what I mean? I’m calmed down now. I don’t want to be portrayed as a player anymore. It was funny before, cracking jokes and stuff. But now I’m a good dad, and I’m good to my lady. But still, there’re women out there saying what a dog I am. Nobody should open their mouths and act like they know what I’m doing.

So it’s gotta be hard having a family and traveling as much as you do.

Yeah, it is. I don’t like going anywhere now. I wish I could just stay at home. Snowboard in the daytime and just come home at night to my family. If I travel, I try to be gone for just like a maximum of five days¿most the time just two or three. But even when I leave out of town my lady is cool. She never trips on me. She knows how to act. I know a lot of people who have these trippin’-ass women, so much drama. That’s why I’m not a player no more, ’cause I found a wicked-ass woman. She trusts me, she’s strong, and she can handle a couple of days without me. She’s a good mom, and she knows I got to do what I got to do. So all you females out there gotta take some lessons and quit trippin’ on your man. Don’t act so codependent. My girl should write a book for all these drama queens out there and teach them.

Anybody you want to thank?

I want to thank everybody, even all the haters who try to talk shit about me. My sponsors: Sims, Technine, Dub, Smith, Osiris, Apollo, Northwave, Hot Skates, Jester.com, and Drop Gloves.

Any last words?

Respect your elders, look after your family, and in anything you do, work hard at it and take pride in your work, ’cause that’s a reflection of yourself. In other words¿never do a half-assed job. mood I want to be in, it’s right there. I can have it at my fingertips. I love having all the records that I have. I can pick it, play it, make tapes, whatever.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Supernatural, Big L, Slick Rick is one of my favorites ’cause of his rap styles, Beatnuts, Cage, Necro, Boot Camp Click, et cetera. There’re too many to list. I chill to R&B, too, like Mary J. and Stevie Wonder¿nobody’s got the talent he has.

You’ve got a baby boy and a serious girlfriend. Why do all the companies you ride for market you like you’re some player?

Laughs ‘Cause I used to be, I guess, before I had my baby and my lady, ya nah what I mean? I’m calmed down now. I don’t want to be portrayed as a player anymore. It was funny before, cracking jokes and stuff. But now I’m a good dad, and I’m good to my lady. But still, there’re women out there saying what a dog I am. Nobody should open their mouths and act like they know what I’m doing.

So it’s gotta be hard having a family and traveling as much as you do.

Yeah, it is. I don’t like going anywhere now. I wish I could just stay at home. Snowboard in the daytime and just come home at night to my family. If I travel, I try to be gone for just like a maximum of five days¿most the time just two or three. But even when I leave out of town my lady is cool. She never trips on me. She knows how to act. I know a lot of people who have these trippin’-ass women, so much drama. That’s why I’m not a player no more, ’cause I found a wicked-ass woman. She trusts me, she’s strong, and she can handle a couple of days without me. She’s a good mom, and she knows I got to do what I got to do. So all you females out there gotta take some lessons and quit trippin’ on your man. Don’t act so codependent. My girl should write a book for all these drama queens out there and teach them.

Anybody you want to thank?

I want to thank everybody, even all the haters who try to talk shit about me. My sponsors: Sims, Technine, Dub, Smith, Osiris, Apollo, Northwave, Hot Skates, Jester.com, and Drop Gloves.

Any last words?

Respect your elders, look after your family, and in anything you do, work hard at it and take pride in your work, ’cause that’s a reflection of yourself. In other words¿never do a half-assed job.