Caught Up: Mason Aguirre

Home mountain then: Spirit Mountain, MN
Home mountain now: Mammoth Mountain, CA
Board: Burton Custom 156, and 158
Boots: Burton Ion, size 9
Bindings: Burton P1
Forward lean: Nah, it hurts my calves
Stance: Regular
Stance width: 24 inches
Angles: front 21, back – 9
Special tuning techniques:
A lot of detuning around the nose and tail, and a fair amount of detuning on my edges, except for contests—I gotsta keep them shits sharp!

Mason Aguirre transplanted to Mammoth from Duluth Minnesota almost four years ago, and he’s been steadily moving up in rank since his move to the promised land. “Masenutz was in New Zealand for about three weeks during late August with the Burton camp, shooting photos and training for the Olympic qualifiers that will go down this fall. I sat down with him at Auckland International Airport right before our flight home and fired off a few questions. Hey, what’s ten minutes before a fourteen-hour plane ride?

Evan: Where have you been riding in NZ?

Mason: Besides Snowpark, I rode The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona. I wanted to head up to Treblecone, but we didn’t get up there—it looked badass.

What do you think of Snowpark?

As far as Snowpark goes, it’s designed strictly for snowboarding, and riders here are more experienced so it’s a lot less dangerous.

What have you been up to lately? Mainly contests and photo shoots?

Ever since the end of the season, I’ve been trying to shoot photos a lot. Photos are really important—it’s the best way to get your name recognized. There’re so many kids that subscribe to the magazines—I’ve had a subscription to TWS since I was eight years old … all those years I was always looking in the mags.

What’s your favorite thing about shredding these days?

I’d have to say private sessions—private photo shoots. We were in Winter Park in April and Pat Malendoski did this big pipe. It was like six people total riding it for a week, it was so good. I felt like I got a lot done and I didn’t feel rushed. I felt like I could shoot whenever I wanted rather than having to feel worried about the pipe getting shitty with 40 people riding it.

How long have you been on the Burton program now?

It’ll be like a year and a half soon, I started riding for them in May of last year. It’s a lot different; Burton basically has a schedule for what events you’re going to. They’re pretty cool about working it out with you so you don’t get too burnt out. They just want you to have fun, and do what you want to do. With Burton it’s pretty cool—it actually feels like a job. You work for them, they work for you.

Would any of this be going down if you hadn’t made the move to Mammoth?

No, not at all. Everything is just stuck in time back home, they have no idea what’s going on. When I was growing up there everybody was riding halfpipe, that’s why I ride halfpipe so much. We didn’t have rails, we didn’t have big jumps—they barely even groomed our jumps, but we had a pipe dragon. Now there’s basically no halfpipe and there are all these kids with like 20 million inch stances and pants down to their ankles just doing box tricks. It’s totally changed—it’s weird.

What’s the plan for the upcoming season—back to Mammoth?

I’m actually moving to Reno. Scotty Lago is moving out there with me. I’ll be traveling so much this year it’s going to be crazy. I just need to be close to an airport. I’m not over Mammoth at all; I’m still going to be there all the time. Beyond that, I’m going to start filming with Standard Films and tone down the contests a bit after all the Olympic stuff goes down.

Who have been your biggest Influences?

My biggest influences have definitely been my brother, my dad, and Terje for sure. Subjekt Haakonsen was the fist video I ever bought. So Terje Haakkonsen, Johan Olofsson, and Jamie Lynn. These days my biggest influences are Danny Kass, Eddie Wall and Scotty Lago.

I heard you’re spons’ed?

Yeaaya—Burton, Smith, DVS, Windells, Sobe, Fender, Val Surf, Mammoth Mountain, and The Collection.