Darrell Mathes

You'll never see a web of danglers or obsessive amounts of flair hanging from him. Darrell is his own man and doesn't follow trends. And definitely don't expect him to start collecting checks and melt into the infamous Bromuda Triangle with all the other kids who were the next big thing. He's not about to give this “job” up for anything.–Chris Coyle

You're all over the place, where are you living now?

Lake Oswego (Oregon)–it's just south of Portland. Most of the time I tell people I'm from Portland 'cause it's easier than explaining all that.

But during the winters, I got a place in Salt Lake City since it's much easier to get shit done–I could never see myself living there year-round. So every summer and fall it's back to the PDX.

Okay, let's get to the serious stuff. Do you think that a snowboarder makes an image or image makes a snowboarder?

I don't know, man–it goes both ways. Look at JP Walker, he's one of the best snowboarders and has a distinct image that totally sets him apart. Because of that, it makes him way more marketable. But then you got someone like Chad Otterstrom who, I think, doesn't really have “an image,” yet everyone knows who he is because he is such an amazing rider.

Do you worry about that shit?

No, I just try to be myself and not imitate other people or fall into a certain category. To be honest, I hope I never have to worry about what kind of image I portray, that people will just respect me for who I am.

Are you stoked to be part of the next wave of talent or are you feeling the pressure?

It's cool, for sure. So many of my friends are on that wave also, so when I see them getting interviews or sick video parts, I get super stoked for them. Other times it's weird–like, I can't get over that some of my friends now are the people I used to look up to when I was a little punk-ass kid.

I'm a little scared of the next wave of kids, 'cause they're starting to snowboard while they're still in diapers. It's going to be interesting to see what tricks they'll be doing when they hit my age.

It was the first year for the Kids Know dudes. How was it filming with 'em?

I was a little scared at first. I mean, Mikey (LeBlanc), Marco (Marc Frank Montoya), (John) Kooley, Mitch (Nelson), and (Justin) Hebbel were all going to be filming for this movie, and I had never filmed with any of those dudes before. It's crazy, 'cause I looked up to some of those guys when I was younger and now I got the chance to film for the same video. I was pretty f–kin' stoked. One thing that was cool was that Cole Taylor (Finger On Da Trigger) filmed for the movie. He's one of my good friends, and I filmed with him before, so it made it a lot easier for me when the cameras came out.

I'm really happy I got to be a part of the movie, though. It's not going to be your typical snowboard video. It's going to be edited a lot differently, which is awesome, because if there's one thing I can't stand, it's when a person has their entire part in slow motion.

When we first met, you'd just started your own snowboard company, Andromeda. What happened to that?

It started out with three of us running the company, but since two of us were always on the road filming and shit, that only left one person doing all the office work, which is next to impossible. Then, the first year we had our boards pressed at a shitty factory that didn't really care how they turned out. A lot of people were pissed off, and there were rumors floating around about our boards not being very reliable. But the biggest factor was that we were doing itt on our own, so there wasn't much money to put into promotion. It's a shame because all the people who were involved were super cool and it was snowboarder-run.