Hype-Up: Kurt Heine

Heine Hype-Up

It's my belief that the whole snowboard industry knows this crazy guy who spits on himself. The guy who's constantly pulling out his pecker. “Have you seen my bee sting?” he says as he grips his scrotum and nuts, then proceeds to pull them up to his waist–a length farther than what God had intended they be stretched.

In addition to his talents with his testicles, or any of his other abilities to make a person laugh, Kurt has also added to the sport of snowboarding more than most people know. It's hard to explain the magnitude of his perfectionist personality, and this perfection is focused 100 percent into everything he does for the sport.

Kurt's devotion to capturing the best possible shot for video has driven him to experiment with new and unique ways of getting grade-A footage, whether it's by building perfectly sculpted jumps nicknamed “Heine Kickers,” or by figuring out new camera innovations and angles.

I can say, without a doubt, that Kurt's follow-cam skills are the best in the business. His heightened ability to follow-cam starts with the fact that he is such an accomplished snowboarder. In Kurt's younger days, before all his knee problems began, he was on the other side of the lens. He had sections in Mack Dawg's The Hard the Hungry and the Homeless and Uppin' the Ante. Back in the day, Kurt was a ruler. He could tweak Japans further than anyone and even today, on a gimp knee, he still rules it. After all, he's been riding since '84, so he knows a thing or two about snowboarding.–Peter Line

It's hard to follow Peter's intro of the “Mt. Hood Rocker,” but he asked me to finish it up since he wanted to go snowboarding. As Peter said, Kurt Heine is a perfectionist to the point of being anal. One night, while working at the Winter X-Games, Heine, Mike Binnell, and I had just finished the kicker for the big-air jump. I was freezing and wanted to get back in my nice warm cat. Kurt, however, wasn't happy with how the big “X” banner looked on the backside of the jump. It was about ten below zero, and Kurt took three bottles of water, mixing the water with snow, creating a cement-like paste with his bare hands, enabling him to affix the banner “the right way.”

Perhaps Heine's biggest contribution to snowboarding (from a park-builder's standpoint) was his development of Heine tools, used worldwide to dig tranny and rake kickers. Before all those hydraulically driven, pipe-creating machines were built, there were only Heine's mighty tools, which did, and still do, a damn fine job of shaping all types of transition. For info on Heine Tools call: (360) 885-3153.–Chris Gunnarson