There just wasn't enough room in the November issue, so if you wanted to read a little deeper into the mind of Pat Moore, here are some rambling, definitely uncut leftovers from the November 2009 feature interview. In addition, we've posted Pat's list of thank yous. He really wanted to say thanks to everyone. Enjoy.


Those photos in your house …

They're just sick old photos of legends and heroes of mine. There's a shot of Craig Kelly and Jeff's [Anderson] sticker's in the background and other riders—guys I am indebted to and looked up to and still completely admire. The photo of Craig is pretty insane to have because I never got to meet him but, he is snowboarding. Everything that my life revolves around is because of him.

But when Craig Kelly was in his heyday, you weren't even born yet.

When I was a kid I went through so many phases—when I was into halfpipe, it was Ross Powers, Danny Kass, Guillaume Morriset, Daniel Franck, Terje. All those guys were my heroes for awhile. And then came the original Forum eight. All those old videos we watched like a hundred-million times. I remember going to the US Open and watching the finals and then going to getting autographs from Terje—Trevor Andrew was a god to me. I try to embrace that. I don't think I should ever get over that feeling.

Keep the kid's perspective.

Yeah and the people who were my heroes back then are always going to be my heroes. Being able to meet them through snowboarding is like a dream come true. Just hanging out with some of them—and hearing the stories from back in the day—that stuff doesn't have a timetable. That's forever.

When you were trying to get autographs were the guys cool?

I remember just completely fanning out on everyone. But nobody was ever a dick to me. That says a lot about how cool these guys are. If you went up to some gnarly ski racer after a race, you couldn't get within 10 feet of him. I'm happy to be part of something where everyone is on the same level—there're pretty much no egos.

Do you still freak out [when you see your heroes]?

I was hanging with Chris Grenier last winter and we drove by JP [Walker] on the road, and I called him up and told him to come hang out at the rail gardens with us, 'cuz Chris and I were gonna ride there. And then Chris started freaking out—getting his camera—pretty much getting his autograph book and his camera ready for when JP showed up. And once Chris finally met JP, he was like, "Dude, I didn't even realize he was a real person, I thought he was like a videogame…" And it's funny, I was the same way when I met JP the first time and Peter [Line]. When you're watching the videos and reading the magazines and idolizing these guys, its hard to realize that they're on their own path and they are their own person. Once you get to meet them I think it makes them even cooler. I knew JP the gnarliest rail rider ever, best filming parts ever—but to now also know about his struggles and what it took him to get where he is, that makes him even sicker—I respect him even more.

On early competitions …

When I was 14, USASA nationals were here at Waterville Valley. I did well there and also at the Junior Jam at the US Open. Those were big stepping stones for me, after that year I was pretty much done with those age category events. From there, I was starting to move into Open class. That's when Burton started to flow me gear. A year or 2 later, my first season at Hood, Forum had the first Youngblood contest there—and I did well. From there I met Ricky Melnik the Forum team manager—it was just a fast track to Forum Youngblood team the next year: travelling all year, chaos!

Coach & friend Bill Enos …

Bill is someone who has completely devoted his life to snowboarding. When he was younger, he was a pro racer on the US Team. He was one of the guys who got snowboarding started at Waterville. He tells stories about how he had to be an employee to be allowed to ride a snowboard on the mountain. So he got a job as the night janitor or something. Then he got his race program going. Kids might not know this, but some of the Olympic racers have come through his program. He has handed down all of his technical know-how in snowboarding—given it to us. You look at riders who came through Waterville: Greg Maxwell, Danny Garrity, Chaz Guldemond, they all rip. I'd like to say that it all came from the sick park and pipe that we had 24/7. But a lot of it came from Bill—his ability to help others make sense of snowboarding. It shows you can take something as stale as racing and use knowledge to your advantage—holding an edge in the flat-bottom of the pipe, or knowing how to take off on a jump properly. Those major fundamentals were just singed into brains. He helped us all. Also, just by being the person he is. When I was in high school, having anxiety and trying not to freak out from stress—just by being friends Bill, helped me out. Kinda hepled me overcome just life stuff. I could tell you all about his coaching, but he's just a rad friend.

Switch Back 9.                          Photos: Tim Peare

Switch Back 9. Photos: Tim Peare

The future …

I can't see myself outside of snowboarding. When I'm done being a pro, I don't know where I'm gonna land—hopefully I land on my feet. But whatever it is, it'll be with snowboarding. I hope I can take what I'm learning now and bring that with me to the next group of pro riders. This is all I can do pretty much—it's all I know.

And now with all these ams creeping up into the pro ranks, at age 15, 16, do you think the snowboarding spotlight is just an extra stress for teenage kids?

When I was coming up, there were only two kids doing that—Shaun White and Mikey Rencz. It seems like the learning curve was much more gradual and it wasn't really that long ago. Now—bam, these kids are coming out at age ten, eleven with all these tricks. They're amazing.

If pictures can't or don't show this love you have for snowboarding, maybe there's a trick that could?

Not to sound cliche, but maybe a method. Doing Methods—that's the ultimate trick, just kicking one out. With me doing it, it probably looks like shit, but in my head, I'm Terje or maybe Jamie. I'm just pretending to be awesome.

On teammates …

… for every ten shots that I tried to get, maybe one would work out. That's fine though—this is what I'll continue to do. And being able to ride with John Jackson and Jake Blauvelt and watching them pick apart a mountain and completely annihilate it—that has given me motivation.

Olympics …

Halfpipe was such a big part of my upbringing, and you know, watching the contests this particular year is gonna be crazy. Shaun [White] showed me some of his new tricks and the stuff Kevin [Pearce], Scotty [Lago], and Luke [Mitrani] are doing is so amazing. Simply as just a fan, I am excited to be watching it.

Style …

Let me just say that I have a strong distaste for my own style. Watching my video part is almost torture. I'm like—people must hate me! As snowboarding has progressed to where it's at now, it's become challenging to be unique. With all these crazy tricks, there's only so much you can do while spinning 1080 to tweak out your grab or do anything different from the other guy who did it. Its the same on the streets: spinning 270 onto a rail, kinda looks the same no matter who does it. It's hard to make a trick look like your own. I don't think style is being left behind, but I think it's become harder to stand out—especially with jumping. But through that, you can see style—not in the air, but like Nicolas Müller keeping speed, maintaining that edge hold. Seeing the style of Danny Davis and Danny Kass, the way they ride pipe, they're so mellow they look like they're gonna do straight airs—so casual. But they're doing crazy tricks. I think part of it is your personality coming out in the way you ride. Even though I have huge respect for all the tricks that are being done in the pipe and in parks, I enjoy watching Jake Blauvelt make turns down a mountain just as much. It could be a groomer! Riders with style will always find a way to make it look good. I don't really see myself as one of those people, but I definitely see the importance of it.

On his new pro model …

Well, the design of the board actually hasn't changed that much from last year—if it's not broken, don't fix it. We just made it a little bit softer, its still directional—just a little fine-tuning. But the graphic is by Scott Lenhardt, he did Ross'[Powers] graphics, just the sickest stuff and when I was young, Ross was my hero—out of all the pipe riders. So, to get Scott to do my board was pretty insane. It would be hard to do anything that would even come close to how sick the Slayer board was, but I think Scott did a really good graphic for me. You know, any product that's got your name on it, you're gonna be riding it for the whole season, so you put the time in to make it good. It's interesting, through working on my boards over the past four years, I've learned that a board that works great for me might be too stiff or not work for the average person. The challenge for me is to find the balance where I can make a board that's perfect for me and one that's also gonna work for someone out there who wants to buy it. Getting those things right isn't as simple as just pressing a board together and shipping it out …

New Hampshire in the winter …

I don't really ever plan on being anywhere in the winter. But, I guess it will depend on where I'm going and where I'm coming from. I think I'll be split between here and Utah. Winter here is good—Waterville Valley and Loon both have sick parks, so if I want to be here in between trips to get some park days in, I don't have to be out west anymore. I can be here and have the facilities—the terrain, to keep it going. But then also having the place in Utah, I'm able have my truck and sled there, so if I need to fly out and be in Cooke City the next day, I can do it easily.

Heat of the moment …

Everyone is trying to make the most of these situations, whether it's filming some rail or hitting a jump someone has made for a shoot—there's definitely a pressure—from yourself—to try and take advantage of the opportunities and step up, and sometimes that makes for sketchy sessions. Like when Daniel Ek flew off the side of this hip at Squaw last Spring. He was just so amped. He got lucky, his injury could have been really serious. Obviously, time is of the essence, we need to get shots, but there is life, also. You have to be smart and that smarts comes from experience. I've had those scenarios—I've gotten in over my head, taken the slams, but from that, I feel I've kinda gained a mental power of being able to hold myself back when I don't feel comfortable.


One thing I try to keep with me is something Jeffy Anderson told me when we were riding a chairlift. He said something like, if you're gonna go for something, you have to have the confidence to get it. You know you can do it, so just get it. He was a kid with confidence and mental control and so I try to carry that with me. Just go for it.

Thank You list:

This interview meant a lot to me and to get to this point I've had more help than anyone could ever ask for. I'd like to just name a few people to thank: My family, Mom, Dad, Chris, Nate, Woody, Jan, Suz, Bubba, Judy, Nana Moore, all the Jones and Shaws, Bill Enos, Mike Bettera, Matty Johnson, Eric Kovall, Herb Grignon, Ben Newton, Mike Baker, Nelson Wormstead, Danny Garrity, the Guldemonds, Rice, Tyler Davis, Matt Gormley, Brad Gorgous, Ben Fee, Andy Benhardt, Preston Strout, Liam Barret, Mike Parziale, Brian Barb, Paul Miller, Kevin Nimick, Andrew Pedderson, Shane Flood, Jodie Carlucci, John Cavan, Tim Zimmerman, Aaron Diamond, Zach Diamond, Greg Maxwell, James Brumfield, Ryan Stephani, Oliver Blackstone, Brooks Sheridan, Matt Cohen, Tbird, Amean, Norton, white house and pleasant street group, all my friends growing up at HCS and Plymouth high school; Erin Connery, Ben Siek, Sara Blenkhorn, Hanz Currier, Willy Currier, Willy Ford, Alex Keon, Tony Weatherbee, Bryan Biederman, Keith Wittermore, Tristian Laverak, Colby Lenintine, Tyler Driscol, Jake Blauvelt, Travis Kennedy, Joe Eddy, Dingo, Ricky Melnik, Creeps, Jenner Richard, Peter Line, JP Walker, BJ and Erik Leines, Lauri Heiskari, Iikka Bäckström, Devun Walsh, Joni Malmi, Eddie Wall, Jeremy Jones, Seth Huot, Chad Otterstrom, Nathan Yant, Sean Johnson, Ian Ruhter, Cole Barash, Rob Mathis, Sean Kearns, Jeremy Pettit, Jake Welch, Torah Bright, John Jackson, Tim Peare, Kevin Jones, Tara Dakides, Janna Meyen, James Jackson, Ellie Arnez, Scott Blum, Liza Mitrani, Jared Hendrix, Geoff Veysey, Hana Beaman, Danny Kass, Jeff Kramer, Bobby George, Asian Tony, Launie Kauk Lane Knaack, Colin Langlois, Gabe Taylor, D-Tale, Scotty Arnold, Curt Morgan, Jared Slater, Kevin Cassilo, Scotty Lago, Kyle Clancy, Hampus Mossessen, Jakob Wilhemson, Giacomo Krater, JJ Thomas, Ross Powers, Sketchy D, Pat Bridges, Scott Sullivan, Cris Dabica, Bryan Knox, Jake Burton, Richard Woolcot, Billy Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Joel Muzzey, Ryan Boyes, Kevin Keller, Frends crew, Chief, Chris Copely and team, Evan Rose, Adam Moran, Dave Driscoll, Ryan Runke, Chris Engelsman, Nick Hamilton, Annie Fast, Jen Sherowski, Jolly, Ranquet, Kip Arnett and all the boys at Electric, Ami Voutilainen, Terje Haakonsen, Michi Albin, Shayne Pospisil, Alex Soroken, Mike Cohen, Jeff Regis, Ralph the Pirate, Big dumb ED, Dana the wizard, Will Shields, Chris Dufficy, Browner, Eero… both of them, Mikey Rencz, John Jackson, Eric Jackson, MackDawg Productions Standard Films, Absinthe Films, Fall Line Films, Dave Seoane, Kurt Heine, Robot Food, Nick Francke, Kevin Susienka, Stimilon Events, Eastern Edge, Trisha Byrnes, Bud Keene, Mike Jankowski, Ricky Bower, Tommy Czeschin, Dan MacNamara, Heikki Sorsa, Shaun White, Joe Prebich, Josh Kendrick, Sean Aaron, E-Stone, Oli Gagnon, Espen Lystad, Andy Wright, Aaron Biittner, Justin Bennee, Deadlung, JP Tomich, Stevie Bell, Drew Fuller, Cheeseburger, Louie Vito, Brock Harris, Nate Cohen, Brendan Rhyne, Zach Leach, Adam Bebout, Craig Kelley, Jeff Brushie, Todd Richards, Jaime Lynn, Chris Roach, Noah Salasnek, Travis Parker, Scotty Wittlake, Whitey, Rene Hansen, Shem Roose, Chris Owen, Matt Cummins, Trevor Kupetz, Gunny, Frank Wells, Eric Rosenwald, Oren Tanzer, Jim Mangan, Jay Scambio, Clayton Shoemaker, (all the park builders from any event or shoot I've been to, you guys don't get enough credit!), Chris Grenier, Dave Doman, Simon Larson, Fern, Kyle Fischer, Blue Montgomery, Jason Brown, Bryan Iguchi, Matt Barbour, Mike Basher, Jeff Baker, Blotto, Hansi Herbig, Tonino Copene, Circe Wallace, Mikey Leblanc, Tim Karpinski, Wildcats, Park from Boneless, Arvid Swanson, Jared at Lahout's. Thanks to everyone, you've either helped me directly or been a huge influence on me. If I forgot anyone I'm sorry, maybe you'll get in there when the Mike Baker interview finally comes out. Keep it scummy.


TransWorld Team Shoot Out. Photo: Ian Ruhter