Name: Kyle Mack
Residence: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Sponsors: Burton, Anon, Boyne Resorts and Alpine Valley
Q&A: Sara Tollestrup
You’re from West Bloomfield, just outside of Detroit, Michigan. How did you get in to snowboarding?
It’s funny I can’t even remember ever not snowboarding… We don’t have huge mountains but we get a bunch of snow. My dad had me riding a snowboard down snow plowed paths in our driveway when I was 3. Michigan has some awesome seasons, so between snowboarding in the winter, wakeboarding in the summer and skateboarding all year round, I feel like I’m always grinding on some sort of board.
What was the best snowboard trip you went on this winter?
It’s hard to pick just one, I dialed in on so many things this year at a bunch of different resorts all around the country. Out East I got to ride Loon Mt., shred the Pipe on Okemo’s T-Bar, learned front side 900′s in the pipe at Mt. Snow and even landed my first Front side 1080 off a 70′ table in the Mountain Dew Tour Slope Style course.
I was invited to Keystone to participate in the Launch Photo shoot where I was filmed by a helicopter for the first time, which was totally cool. And having the opportunity to be able to compete against the best pros at the US Open this year was an awesome trip too.
But I have to say that the most exciting trip I went on this year would bewhen I was invited to participate in the Burton Global Team Photo Shoot at Northstar near Lake Tahoe CA. Not only did I get to ride one of the best snow park set ups ever, but I got to do it with some of the best riders in our sport not to mention a couple of legends like Jeremy Jones and Terje Haakonson. There was a helicopter filming everything while snowmobiles towed us into giant perfectly sculpted snow features that were so top secret I can’t even really tell you about them. All in all, this was one the of the best seasons of my life and I am so excited to see what next year has in store for me!
You have a bunch of footage from this season. Who films you and why?
My coaches (Brian Snabes, Chris Laske & Trevor Behul), my dad, the Burton crew and others do a lot of pictures and filming all year long, not just of me, but of everyone. Half the time I don’t even know they are filming, I’m just out there to ride and have fun. I think its pretty cool all the filming they do of all of us and how they turn them into DVD’s and movies. It’s funny to see how we change from year to year!
What is your favorite trick and your least favorite trick to do?
Well, I really like to spin but when but when it comes to style and what feels best I would have to say my favorite grab is a Method, and you really can’t go wrong with a backside 180. I probably had the most fun doing backside rodeos this season. Such a floaty feeling trick…. I like to grab tail with that one.
It’s all fun though, that’s what makes snowboarding so great, there really are no rules when it comes to free riding, just do what makes you feel good.
Who do you look up to?
People like Terje Haakonson and Jeremy Jones show the world that snowboarding is soulful – whether it be in the park, backcountry or the streets. Snowboarding is something they do because they love to do it. I hope to do the same for other young riders looking for inspiration. I am proud to be a Midwest Rider and hope to impact this amazing sport in a positive way.