So what’s the whole story about your name?

Shingetsu is my real name. And that’s Japanese for New Moon, because I was born on the new moon. And the names of all the rest of my family are made up or somehow acquired. Like my sister’s name is Sithra Cho and Sithra is just made up and Cho is Japanese for butterfly.

What’s Sithra?

Well, it doesn’t mean anything. It was my parents cat’s name and they liked it so much they named a kid after it. Then my brother’s name is Shandy and that means boisterous young kid or something like that.

What are your little brother and sister’s names?

Those are the more normal names. My mom’s new boyfriend is an Irish Folk singer who plays in a band and stuff so they named them Kira Cassandra and Jordy O’Brien. You can tell that’s the last kid.

The next kid’s going to be named O’Flannery or something.

No. There will be no more kids. It’s a crazy enough house as it is. My mom runs a foster family. There are like eight kids living there at all times and then her boyfriend. She runs a foster chairmanships for the area, for foster parents and stuff. I used to hate it when I was a kid. But now it’s kind of cool.

So you grew up having all kinds of stray kids in the house?

Yeah. Lots of fucked up kids. We had some retarded kids, and some had Cerebral Palsy. There were a couple sexual abuse kids. Before that she was a single mom with no job and we were on welfare, right? And then she slowly got into that to make money. She and my dad split up when I was seven. But there was never any privacy. Especially at that age you know when you’re an angry bitter kid.

When did you move out?

When I was 14 I moved down with my Dad and it was just me and my dad.

How did you first hook up with snowboarding?

I went down to Fairhaven Bicycles in Bellingham, Washington. It was one of the first places that sold snowboards. I saved up a shit load of money and bought a Burton Cruiser swallow tail with partial edges. I had that and my other buddy had a Gnu Anti-Gravity.

How did you make the money?

I’ve worked since I was 13. Through high school I was a gas station attendant, a busser, a fast food cook. I worked at a Greek restaurant, for a caterer, worked newspaper route. I worked telemarketing where I was selling circus tickets to benefit handicapped kids. And then I also did my fair share of illegal activities to make a little extra money. I liked working. I still like it. I haven’t worked for a couple years because I haven’t had to. But I like working in restaurants cause I like cooking and stuff and meeting people.

Do you cook at home?

Yeah, all the time. Mmm, that’s the quickest way to a woman’s heart.

What’s the secret recipe for love?

Oh, I’ve got lots of them. The sure fire recipe is a tomato cream sauce with pasta, a bit of vegetables, some fresh pataccio bread, maybe a tossed salad a couple bottles of Red and maybe some lime flambe prawns with Brandy on top of the pasta with a ton of garlic.

How do you shake ‘em once you cook them a meal like that?

Hopefully, you won’t have to shake ‘em. Shave ‘em maybe. I like cooking, but I don’t get to do it enough. After this career is over that’s what I’d like to do. A friend of mine runs the whole food and beverage thing at White Water Resort and he and I are always talking about starting a restaurant together even though only one in ten restaurants makes it. We’d be the one in ten. I’d like to do a casual, economical restaurant and work from that. Catering would be cool, too.

How did you get hooked up with Paul owner of Luxury Snowboards?

I was riding for Burton and they never do anything for their riders. Well, they do once you get in there, but I was just one of the numbers. I did the Canadian Nationals and won that in 1993.

We’re you ever hooked up with a Simsponsorship?

No. That Shaun Palmer board that I rode in all those photos in TransWorld was a board I bought. That story on Interior B.C. was the first time I’d been in a magazine. And the only reason that happened is because I worked with Eric Berger’s girlfriend at an Italian Restaurant. I rode with her one day and she told me that I should ride with her boyfriend because he was a photographer. So we arranged a trip with me and a few of my buddies: Martin Gallant and a few others. And we all ended up getting a few shots in TransWorld. Then I rode for Jackson snowboards, which was a tiny little company. Then I hooked up with the Canadian Burton Distributor but they went broke so I kind of rode for Burton US. Then I won the nationals and at the end of that season I called them and said I’d like to do some more contests and travel and they were like, “Well, we can’t promise you anything, but whatever happen go ahead and give us a call.” And I thought that didn’t sound to sure worthy and Paul was like I’ll give you this much money for the season and this much travel.

What do you think about the contest scene?

I used to really hate contests. But now I’m kind of getting more into it. I’ve been to some contests lately and they’re really not that hard. You just have to be on it for the day. The only thing about halfpipe is that I don’t ride it very much and it’s hard to keep up on all those wiz-massage tricks. But as far as racing, an average Whistler person rides faster than 80 percent of the pros out there because Whistler is a big mountain and you gotta go fast. Everybody flies because it’s so big. Whistler is different. It’s all based around freeriding. Sure tricks come into play, but you’ll take runs with most of my friends and we’ll go as fast as we can and you miss half the hits, but you only hit the really good ones. It’s always like a race. You’re never riding with the same person at the end of the day. But the good thing is there are so many people and so many good friends up there.

Do contests matter?

My brother. He’s pretty funny. He wants to be exactly like me. He wants to do everything that I do. He wants to move to Whistler and quit school. But I’m like you have to do some contests. To start out you should be doing contests and stuff. It’s good that way and you get to meet a lot of people, and build a lot of good hook-ups. You don’t need to, but it shows a good level of riding. Only thing is that contests are mostly beat. Most of the contests I’ve been to the halfpipes aren’t even halfpipes. They’re more like mini-ramps or ditches.

Was being a pro snowboarder something that you wanted to do?

It just came up. I worked in the restaurants figuring I was going to do that and maybe go back and work something with school. Once I won some contests I started to see some light at the end of the tunnel Traveling around and seeing the rest of the world. Whistler has such a strong scene, minus the Scandinavians and stuff like that, Whistler has the best riders in the world.

Who’s ruling in Whistler right now?

Al Allan Clark. Mike Orr. There are so many people. Mike Morrisett, Chris Brown, Kevin Young, Devun Walsh, Alex Warburton even though he took the season off. Savard. Dave, Craig, and all the guys I ride with. There’s a least 40 people you could name off the top of your head. Derrick Hite, Omar. It’s funny and then there are little scenes in Whistler. Not all those people hang out. There’s the Whiskey Crew and Murray’s crew and all these little cliches of people. There’s also the Whistler/Blackcomb thing were people just go to one mountain or the other. You could ride both everyday if you wanted to but I much prefer to ride Whistler. It’s a huge area.

Shin is rolling a joint on a copy of the new Big Brother Is Big Brother the best magazine for rolling weed?

Actually, it’s pretty good. Did you read that in Grand Royal? They ranked the magazines that are best for rolling joints and I don’t remember what won. But Big Brother is almost too glossy. Any sort of jiggle and the weed’s going everywhere, or a breeze. High Times is always good.

So your list would be?

Well, any magazine really. I just picked my first crop a little while ago. I have a picture of all the buds I grew. I have a picture of my face covered with bud except for my eyes.

Did you send it to High Times?

No, but we’re going to. God, I love that magazine. I should subscribe to it. It’s so good. It’s so informative.

The interview got cut short just as we were beginning to talk about how perverted Japanese men are. I ran out of tape.

As for our Biohazard recording session? The guys in the band are straight up cool. They let us stand around the mixing board while guitarist Billy Graziadei finished up the last song. Producer Dave Jerden wasn’t too stoked that we were there, but then he spent a lot of the session in front of his Macintosh plugging the bad guys in Doom.

When our time came to sing, they put us in headphones, threw us in the studio and let us scream away. If you listen closely to the new album you’ll here Shin, Paul and I screaming the words, “Find the place where your true strengths hide.” We also did some other words on the song “Authority,” but we’ll let that be a surprise. The album is called “Mata Leao” and it will be out soon. Even with us singing along Biohazard rocks. Seriously. Check it out.ey ranked the magazines that are best for rolling joints and I don’t remember what won. But Big Brother is almost too glossy. Any sort of jiggle and the weed’s going everywhere, or a breeze. High Times is always good.

So your list would be?

Well, any magazine really. I just picked my first crop a little while ago. I have a picture of all the buds I grew. I have a picture of my face covered with bud except for my eyes.

Did you send it to High Times?

No, but we’re going to. God, I love that magazine. I should subscribe to it. It’s so good. It’s so informative.

The interview got cut short just as we were beginning to talk about how perverted Japanese men are. I ran out of tape.

As for our Biohazard recording session? The guys in the band are straight up cool. They let us stand around the mixing board while guitarist Billy Graziadei finished up the last song. Producer Dave Jerden wasn’t too stoked that we were there, but then he spent a lot of the session in front of his Macintosh plugging the bad guys in Doom.

When our time came to sing, they put us in headphones, threw us in the studio and let us scream away. If you listen closely to the new album you’ll here Shin, Paul and I screaming the words, “Find the place where your true strengths hide.” We also did some other words on the song “Authority,” but we’ll let that be a surprise. The album is called “Mata Leao” and it will be out soon. Even with us singing along Biohazard rocks. Seriously. Check it out.