Burton Shoot Out Team

Portraits by Frode Sandbech

Kelly Clark
Age: 25
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 135 pounds
Stance: Regular
Stance width: 21 inches
Stance angles: 21 degrees on the front, -3 in back
Board: Burton Feelgood ES 152
Boots: Burton Supreme size 8
Bindings: Burton Escapade EST

What was the highlight of the week?
The highlight of the week was getting five people on the feature at the same time.

What was the low point of the week?
The low point of the week was the second night when we realized how difficult it was going be to get multiple person shots.

What day/obstacle/shoot was the gnarliest for you and why?
The night Nat went in the pond was pretty sketchy.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?
Seeing people push themselves was one of the cooler things that went down.

How was the Team Shoot Out different than other events for you?
The team shoot out was different than other events because it was more team oriented. Most of the things I do are solo, so it was cool to be part of a team.

Why is it inevitable that your team will win?
I am not sure if a five person feature has been done before, so the new factor might help out with the overall scoring.

Gabi Viteri
Age: 20
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 110 pounds
Stance: Goofy
Stance width: 25 inches
Stance angles: 18 degrees on the front, -3 in back
Board: Burton Lipstick 137
Boots: BurtonAxel, size 7
Bindings: Burton Molotov

What was the highlight of the week?
I think it’s hard to narrow it down to one highlight because we had such an amazing week there. The day we showed up was a highlight itself seeing the feature and how much energy was put into what we were about to ride on. I think the obvious highlight was when we got the shot of all five of us on the feature. It took all week long to get our timing right on every little thing, and for all of us to nail what we were doing at the same time I think felt really good for everyone.

What was the low point of the week?
The low point of the week for me was when I got a concussion on the wall ride. I was really upset because I knew that I wanted to do so much more and now I couldn’t because I hit my head. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to finish the shoot. In the end it worked out but that day was not so fun for me.

What day/obstacle/shoot was the gnarliest for you and why?
The part that was the gnarliest for me was the day I was trying to figure out the speed for the wall ride. Not only was it a slalom course into it but I also was the first to go so anything could go wrong, for example falling in the pond. The first time I hit it, it went well thankfully. But through out the rest of the shoot of hitting it multiple times day and night, some things went wrong.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?
Everyone was riding so well but Kelly definitely stood out. She was boosting so huge out of the quarter it was insane. Not only was she airing over four of our heads but also like a million feet out. She is crazy and will go bigger than any girl I know and most dudes.

How was the Team Shoot Out different than other events for you?

The team shoot out was so different then other shoots because we were all working together to get the shot. Instead of being on your own program worrying about getting your own shot, we had to be in complete communication of who wanted to hit what, with who and at what time. It sounds easy but got a little confusing sometimes. Shoots sometimes can get that competitive feeling to them, and in this situation we were all helping each other out to get what we needed. It definitely brought us all way closer together and it was really fun to put all of our different styles of riding into one shoot.

Why is it inevitable that your team will win?
I think with our sassy ending to our shoot there is no way they could say no to us.

Natasza Zurek
Age: 29
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 110 pounds
Stance: Goofy
Stance width: 22 inches
Stance angles: 18 degrees on the front, -12 in back
Board: Burton GTwin 150
Boots: Burton Sapphire size 7
Bindings: BurtonLexa size medium

What was the highlight of the week?
I got really stoked when Lance and Rose finally told us what was going to be happening for the shoot. It was all kept very secret from us so it was exciting to finally break the suspense.

What was the low point of the week?
The low point was probably to have to stay awake and ride during the night shoots which sometimes took until 2 a.m. It wouldn’t have been so bad except that we were already riding the whole day and the day and night before as well.

What day/obstacle/shoot was the gnarliest for you and why?
I guess the wall ride was the gnarliest but only because I ended up falling into the icy cold water. If I hadn’t done that then it would have been mellow.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?
I was most impressed and happy to sit on the deck of the quarterpipe and watch Kelly boost huge frontside airs way over my head. That was a pretty unique perspective to watch it from.

How was the Team Shoot Out different than other events for you?
It was the fact that I got to ride and hang out with the entire Burton girls team. We were all just having a good time together, and nobody complained or had a hissy fit. That’s a rare thing to happen. The effort everybody put into it was the most I had ever witnessed. It was really impressive how much hard work Lance, Rose, and Transworld put in to set the whole thing up.

Why is it inevitable that your team will win?
Because our photographer Frode is slightly more talented than all the other photographers.

Spencer O’Brien
Age: 21
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 150 pounds
Stance: Regular
Stance width: 22.5 inches
Stance angles: 15 degrees on the front, -9 in back
Board: Burton Blender 51
Boots: Burton Supreme 9
Bindings: Burton Lexa size medium

What was the highlight of the week?
The highlight of the week was probably Kelly airing over the whole crew on the last day. We were almost all done after a long week and it was just fun to get some less serious shots.

What was the low point of the week?
Definitely the first night of shooting. Nat, Gabi and I stayed up riding until two in the morning and didn’t even get the shot which was really frustrating. Another low point would be Nat falling in the pond, I’m sure it was her low point in the week.

What day/obstacle/shoot was the gnarliest for you and why?
The shoot wasn’t really designed to be gnarly in the terms of what shots we were trying to get, but it did require a lot of hard work and repetition just to get a single shot.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?

Nat killed it on the jump and the wallride, she worked really hard all week.

How was the Team Shootout different than other events for you?
It was different for me because snowboarding has always been such an individual sport for me in the sense that I’m only relying on myself to ride well to get a shot or do well in a contest. This event was so unique because it was the first time I had to work with multiple riders to get a shot.

Why is it inevitable that your team will win?

Our team is going to win because of how awesome our crew was. They worked so hard to make sure we had the best set up and I think it really shows in the photos and video. A lot more went into this shoot than just getting us there and getting shots. Big thanks to everyone at TWS, Lance, Evan, Frode, Brad, Aaron, Blotto, Elliot and the whole Aspen-Snowmass crew, Susie, Billy and all the girls. Here’s to a long-ass week

Hannah Teter
Age: 22
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 136 pounds
Stance: Regular
Stance width: 22 inches
Stance angles: 18 degrees on the front, -9 in back
Board: Burton Feelgood 152
Boots: Burton Sapphire size 9
Bindings: Burton Lexa size medium

What was the highlight of the week?
The highlight of the week was working as a team with some of the girls I never see all winter.

What was the low point of the week?
The low point of the week was going to bikram yoga, not eating enough tofu, and fresh green salad. Boohoo!

What day/obstacle/shoot was the gnarliest for you and why?
I actually let the other girls do all the hard work, and just tried to go big on the quarter pipe and be on with timing and synchronizing.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?
It was really impressive to watch Natasza and Gabi eat shit on the wallride, but get back up and go for it again. They really upped the lever of progression and go-get-em’ness.

How was the Team Shoot Out different than other events for you?
I am use to putting on my game face, which definitely had to be pulled out for this event, but this was different because we really had to work together. We had to think like we were one, and that there was nothing between us, no differences, no gap, we all had different roles which shined brightest as one quality full-entity.

Why is it inevitable that your team will win?
It’s not the winning factor that is so important. I feel like the most important thing is that we are examples to girls out there to show them the female body is capable of anything, and everything. There are limits, but we break through those. There are boundaries, and we jump over them. There are people who tell us we can’t do something because its never been done, but guess what, we show them the unimaginable, and the attainable.

Burton Team Shoot Out Media Crew

Burton Team Photographer: Frode Sandbech
Home: Oslo, Norway
Job Title: TransWorld Senior Photographer
Years shooting: I got my first camera in ’94 after trading away my electric guitar.
Camera of choice: Canon 5D Mark II
Dream shoot: Would be a landscape never seen before.
The Team Shoot Out was… smokin’!

Burton Team Videographer: Brad Kremer
Home: Tahoe City, CA
Job Title: Director
Specialty: Making babies
Years shooting: As long as I can remember
Years shooting snowboarding: 20 years maybe—I’ve made a living doing it for about 15 years now.
Camera of choice: each shoot requires a different approach, so my camera changes often.
Dream Shoot: I have my dream job, therefore every shoot is my dream shoot.
The Team Shoot Out was… wet and wild.

Snowmass Team Shoot Out Park Crew

Isabelle Falardeau
Title: Snowmass Terrain Park Manager
Resort: Snowmass
Years riding: 14
Years building: 7

What was the greatest challenge in constructing your venue?

Logistics related to water supply and all plumbing related issues for the pond and the waterfall because it involves dealing with the snowmaking system. Figuring out the waterfall set up Snow-At-Home guns, pressure washers, hooks up to the snowmaking system, etc… was very challenging. Unfortunately we didn’t use it, but we tested it and it worked so I was stoked.

What was the highlight of the week?
Getting to work on a very unique project with a super rad crew. Also, getting to work with a group of female riders of that caliber was pretty special for me. It definitely made me want to quit my job and get more riding time in!

What was the low point of the week?

Not getting to use the waterfall in the shoot.

What day was the gnarliest day for you/crew and why?

The gnarliest day was probably the first shoot day because we finished at 3:00 am after running a regular day in the park. If you add it up it makes for a 19-hour day for the crew… That was the day we tied everything together including filling up the pond. It was some high stress, but also a lot of satisfaction when everything came together.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?

Natasha falling in the pond head first. Then coming back out and charging again until she crashed hard into the back of the take off/landing on the other side of the wall ride. She is super dedicated and that’s really impressive.

How was the Team Shootout different than other events for you?
I think the main difference was the friendly rivalry between the build crews due to the high level of builder talent, the tight connections between all the SPT guys and the SPT Parks artisans and the high stake of competing against each other. Not to mention the same level of talent and rivalry for everyone else involved from photographers, to filmers, to riders, to creative directors.

Elliot Cone
Title: Project Manager for SPT
Years riding: Lots
Years building: Thirteen

What was the greatest challenge in constructing your venue?
The construction went smooth. I’d say the biggest challenge was listening to Evan Rose sing “Hootie and the Blowhards.”

What was the highlight of the week?
The high point for me was seeing the photos. That, or hanging out with all the Burton girls.

What was the low point of the week?
There were a couple of long days that kinda sucked.

What day was the gnarliest for you/your crew and why?
Gnarliest day huh? It had to be the day after Greg and I celebrated the Shoot’s success with a whole liter of Crown.

What was the most impressive riding you saw go down?
The most impressive thing I saw was when Gabi tested the wallride for the first time. That took balls.

How was the Team Shootout different than other events for you?

I watch most events from the inside of a snow cat, but for this one I got to be on site with a Spork most of the time. This was also the most organized shoot I’ve been a part of.