Photos: Chris Wellhausen
Originally published in the November 2017 issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding, Gabe Ferguson's interview is one of eight conducted with up-and-coming riders over the course of a week in Aspen, Colorado in April 2017.
You know those types who try too hard? Gabe Ferguson is not one. His style is lazy and his tricks massive. Off the hill, he’s a cool as a cucumber, observing situations from the side and never losing his cool. The keel on whatever ship Gabe is steering is even. Gabe’s older brother, Ben, has seen more shine at this point, but the younger Ferg is right on his heels. He’s been at this for almost as long and carries a level of relaxed confidence visible in his interactions with others and when he gets a board beneath his feet. He’s changed his Instagram handle from the @thechillestferg, but the attitude remains. It’s a lifestyle. – Taylor Boyd.
Where are you from?
Bend has been such a sick town to grow up in. There are so many activities in that place. Skating, mountain biking, the river, it's all there. And having the mountain so close to town makes snowboarding so accessible. Mt. Bachelor has some really good, flowing terrain that teaches you how to board. The scene is crazy; from spotting Gerry Lopez on-hill, to seeing Curtis Ciszek and [Josh] Dirksen surf the river wave.
Describe the dynamic between you and Ben. What is he like as a brother?
Ben has always been a good brother. We definitely argue a lot but mostly about the small things that don't matter. I'm very fortunate to have him by my side and looking out for me. He's thought me a lot, on the board and off the board.
Does it ever feel like you're in his shadow?
No, I don't really think about it like that. I'm just doing my thing, and I'm grateful to have a brother that likes to do this as much as I do.
Do you enjoy competing?
Most of the time I do enjoy competing. The feeling you get after landing a run in contest is like no other, so in that way I like it. But of course it's not always fun. It definitely brings you to your highs and lows.
Would you ever want to go to the Olympics?
I think the Olympics would be a really cool experience. If it happens, that would be great, and if it doesn't, it's whatever. I'll still be boarding.
What's your favorite trick?
Top three favorite snowboarders?
Hmmm, top three… I'd say Alek Oestreng, Austen Sweetin, and obviously Ben [Ferguson].
What does the off-season look like for the chillest Ferg? Is there an off-season?
Summer's an off-season as much as possible. It's for chillin' and skating with the homies. And Bend's so close to Hood; it's easy to cruise up there.
Plans for the winter?
I'm doing the contest series, I know that much. But I'm also trying to get in on some pow missions.
Describe what we've been doing in Aspen.
Aspen's been a treat for sure. Red got a bunch of the boys together at the end of the season for a week of mayhem. It's always a pleasure to rip with the boys.
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