Dirty Dozen – Aaron Biittner

Birthdate: 12/17/1983

Hometown: Salt lake City, Utah

Sponsors: DC, Oakley, Ogio, Celtek, Error! Contact not defined., Kicker, Park City, Skullcandy

Now going into his fourth season with MDP’s prestigious varsity crew, Aaron came up big and fast, catapulting himself straight into the majors after one solid part. The quiet kid that painted houses for a living is making power moves on his snowboard, and he’s not taking any of it for granted. Aaron says, “This is the first summer I didn’t paint really. It’s the first summer where I’ve been busy with all this snowboarding stuff-it’s crazy.” As far as Biittner’s concerned, things done changed for the better, “Every day at work could be the best day I’ve ever had. Not too many people can say that”.-E.L.

How did you make it to where you are now?
I filmed with F.O.D.T. at the end of the year when I was like twenty, and I ended up getting first part with them, so people were stoked on that. Then I did the Red Bull Heavy Metal contest in Salt Lake, I did well in that and Dawger was filming. He was hyped on the stuff that I did and called me about a month later to see what my deal was, he wanted to see if I would come out with them and see how well I fit into the crew. I hadn’t met anyone and went straight on a trip to Finland with them, and after that I was just a part of the crew.

Who influences you?
All my homeys do for sure, but aside from them, everyone who has a lot of love for the sport. Nicolas Mà…ller-I’ve never met him, but he’s always amazing. When I was coming up I definitely looked up to Marco a lot, JP and Jeremy, Gigi, Trevor Andrew big time-he was a major influence, such solid style. I could go on and on, man, there’s so many people.

What’s more important to you-contests or filming?
Contests have become a lot more important as far as sponsors go. In the past I’ve been all about filming all the time. So I feel the biggest connection with filming part, but contests definitely show a lot as far as consistency, so there’s something to be said for doing contests and doing them well. But filming is more important to me because it’s more for the love of it, man. You have more control over what you’re doing and get to just go out and have fun with your homeys, it’s not super high-strung or anything.

What’s your idea of a successful snowboard career?
Maybe finishing it up without feeling totally burnt out and over it. Hopefully whenever you decide it’s over, at least you still have a lot of love for it and it’s not like you just got relieved from a nasty job. Be happy and still want to shred when you’re done, that’s my idea of success.

What direction do you think snowboarding is heading in?
To tell you the truth, I don’t really like the direction lately. People don’t take it as seriously anymore. They’re wearing their weird costumes all the time, like tight pants and crazy gear just to stand out and look different, but everybody does that type of shit now. And they do a lot of weird moves and smaller rails, and it’s becoming kind of a joke. There’s still a lot of people with good style, but there’s definitely a lot more people coming out that kind of make it a joke-hard to respect that. And people building big-ass jumps onto rails is wack too.

What has snowboarding taught you?
It’s definitely given me a major crash course in business etiquette and the way people operate when it comes down to money and pride. It’s also taught me just to be there with yourself in the moment and be happy. No matter what has been going on I’ve always kind of taken to the shred as my outlet to get away from everything for a little while. It’s taught me to take a step back and realize where I’m at-everybody should do that. But nothing too significant comes out of the snowboarding shit. Live your life and have fun.

What’s the “job” part of your job?
The act of travel is a job, but no matter where you end up there’s no way it’s bad, you can’t complain. Being in aairports, dealing with hotel rooms, and traveling like that is always exhausting. The biggest job part is dealing with paperwork, contracts, agents, and all the hard numbers-that side of it is definitely work.

What’s next for you?
Next year is Mack Dawg’s twenty-year anniversary video, like the second Decade, so I want to do the best I possibly can with that-film a lot more in the backcountry and diversify my riding a little bit. So focus on that first and foremost, and also I want to get more into doing contests, it’d be good to be able to do well in those and make some extra money.