Justin Fronius and Jordan Morse have both been making a name for themselves in recent years, and their latest contributions to the DC TRANSITORS series only further cements them in the urban sphere. We recently caught up with both to peel back a bit of the film surrounding them, and to shed light on what went into filming for the series. Make sure to check out both their boiled down highlight reel and the full film, before diving in below to read what makes them click. We will be getting to know the rest of the DC team and looking below the surface of the DC TRANSITOR series in the coming weeks, so make sure to check back soon for more.
Where did you grow up? How do you think that influenced your snowboarding?
Justin – I grew up near Excelsior, MN. Winters can be brutal here and it kind of shuts everyone down for those months. I figured I'd find something to do other than just hibernate inside. My older brothers definitely influenced my riding as well.
Jordan – I grew Up in Utah about 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Growing Up in Utah, I have been able to ride incredible resorts my whole life. I remember at a young age going to Brighton or Park City and seeing pros like MFM and Jeremy Jones riding around and being star struck. I always thought it was crazy that I had the opportunity to ride the same places as the pros. There is also a very strong snowboarding scene here, being able to meet so many amazing people and surround myself with snowboarding has had a very positive effect on my snowboarding.
Who are your biggest influences? What about them inspires you?
Justin – Probably my dad. He's a really hard working guy, and makes sure to put important things first, he works hard for what he wants and has taught me a lot over the years. And Drake, because he's Drake. Also, Jed Anderson has always been an influence from just how talented he is.
Jordan – Currently my biggest influences would be Louif Paradis and Ben Bilodeau. Louif seems to have the whole snowboarding thing down. He is able to make filming street parts seem so easy and natural. Year after year he is putting out the best footage. He's one of the best to ever do it. My other inspiration, Ben Bilodeau is able to make snowboarding look so good. If you have ever gotten the chance to see him ride you quickly realize he just has it, not exactly sure what it is, but it's there. He's able to see things differently and has the best style, it's really inspiring.
What board do you usually ride?
Justin – To be honest. I ride pretty much every board DC makes. There isn’t one board I don't like, and I enjoy switching it up once in a while. But mostly I'd say the Ply or Mega.
Jordan – I usually ride the PBJ. It's a soft playful board that feels comfortable the first day you are on it.
What is your stance? Does it change depending on terrain?
Justin – My stance is roughly at 20 or 21, I go 6 degrees outwards on both so they are pretty straight actually. When I ride deeper snow I make sure I set it back so my board is pretty directional.
Jordan – I'm not exactly sure of my stance. I think it's 9, -9 right now, with a slight set back.
What boots do you ride? Why?
Justin – I ride the DC Judge. I like a stiffer boot because once it's broken in, it's not just a noodle. It still has a backbone. Also, they are one of the comfiest boots right out of the box. And the boa ain't bad either.
Jordan – I ride the Mutiny. It's a traditional lace-up which I really like, and it's a soft comfortable boot. I like to be able to feel my board under my feet.
What outerwear do you usually wear?
Justin – Anything that makes me feel fly. Rob Almeida holds it down and always has me laced with the goods. You feel good in what you are wearing. And sometimes I feel like that transfers to riding.
Jordan – I try and wear whatever is the lightest and easiest to move around in. Usually the Resistance collection or something from the skate line. I don't like to feel restricted in any way when I'm riding.
How did you get started with DC?
Justin – I got started with DC when I won a trip to ride Camp of Champions. I had been on the rep program, but I ran into Aaron Bittner who was on the team at the time. He connected me with the team manager at DC Nick Olsen, (miss that guy) and the rest kind of rolled out from there.
Jordan – My friend Cody Lee was telling me that DC was trying to find a couple am riders, then Cody got me in contact With Bobby Meeks (which I am extremely grateful for). Next thing I knew, me and my friend Brady Lem got on at the same time. The DC guys are all time. I'm always excited for the team trips or going to the office. Everyone has great a energy that they bring to the table.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the season? How did you overcome it?
Justin – I would say filming with a new crew. I had never filmed with Brady, Jordan, or our filmer, Petrus. Everyone works differently when filming, so it took a little getting used to. That said, I ended up with some great memories.
Jordan – Probably the first trip we went on for the Transitors video series to Quebec. I tweaked my knee and pulled my groin at the beginning of the trip. It wasn't that bad of an injury, but I couldn't really walk for a couple days and it took way longer than I had anticipated to fully heal. I kept thinking it was better but then when I would try and ride I wasn't able to. It made me realize that I use a lot of muscles that you don't really think about when you are snowboarding.
What is your favorite part of traveling for snowboarding?
Justin – Seeing new places and traveling with friends. It's not always just about the snowboarding for me. It's getting to see my friends and travel to cool places that gets it for me. Seeing different cultures, different people, food, all fresh experiences. I've also always been into architecture so seeing where and how people live in different places is always a trip.
Jordan – The best part in my eyes is going to new places. Seeing different cultures and how other people live their life day to day. It's a big world out there and it’s good to see things from a different perspective and get out of your bubble. I also love how you never know how a trip is going to go or what you will end up getting into.
What is a non-snowboarding item that you always bring with you when traveling? Why?
Justin – Apple TV, and my Nintendo switch hah. I've always been a gamer nerd. But now I've invested in the new Nintendo and it's nice to have while traveling on long flights or down days.
Jordan – Arnica Gel, Tiger Balm and a hand roller is a must for me. I fall a lot.
What is something outside of snowboarding that you are passionate about?
Justin – I've always been into fly fishing/fishing in general. I am also passionate about cars and I like playing video games. I recently got a motorcycle and that thing is really fun to rip around the lakes.
Jordan – I'm currently passionate about my summer job helping my brother run his decorative landscape curbing business. I bought a truck and a curbing trailer this summer and I'm running my own crew for him. It's been a big transition taking on the responsibility and stress of doing something on my own, but it has become very rewarding as well.
What is your morning/day routine when on a trip?
Justin – I'm not a morning dude. I barely even eat breakfast. I'll usually sleep in a little later than everyone because I don't eat. I mostly just pack a bag with all the essentials for the day and make sure I'm prepared. No one wants someone who's not prepared while on a trip.
Jordan – It's pretty basic. Coffee and stretch, then make sure we have a plan for the day and try not to leave the house to late.
What do you want to improve in your riding?
Justin – I've always been interested in backcountry riding. I feel like it's the gauntlet of snowboarding. The big leagues. Anyone who can hit rails in the streets and send it in the backcountry (Sam Taxwood, Danimals, Torstein, Darrel Mathes) always stands out to me.
Jordan – Riding natural terrain and anything outside of the park.
Outside of snowboarding, what are some of your talents?
Justin – Whenever I'm not snowboarding I am usually fly fishing. It's a good place to let all negative thoughts go and be in peace.
Jordan – I'm not sure about talents, but my hobbies are mainly riding road bikes/ mountain bikes and skating.
What is your favorite part about snowboarding in Montreal?
Justin – I've only been there once before. We went last year. The city is probably one of my favorites as far as entertainment goes. There are tons of homies out there and it's always a good time. There's also way too many spots to choose from, but on the negative side, most of them have been hit and tricks have been done on them. With that being said, it makes you think outside of the box and try something different.
Jordan – Last year it was probably just having Anto around and being in his hometown. He knows the area really well and If you want to make a spot work, he will do whatever it takes to make it possible.