Mason Aguirre doesn’t mince words-homeboy tells it like it is. Not too long ago he was the frothing grom getting autographs. And although he’s now the one being handed the Sharpie, he’s still hyped as hell to be a part of it all-if nothing else, just to be able to witness his heroes do their thing on the regular. Watching Terje blast one at the Artic Challenge, seeing Benedek’s cork twelve at the Vail Session, and witnessing White at the Olympics still gets Mason going. “I love being able to see that shit in person, because a lot of people don’t get to see that firsthand,” says Aguirre. “I’m so glad I got to be there ’cause that’s some memorable shit, some really amazing shit.” That’s pure stoke and another affirmation that Aguirre is a good dude to have at the helm.

Birthdate: 11/10/1987

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota.

Sponsors: Burton, Smith, Sobe, DVS, Windells Snowboard Camp, Fender Guitar, Mammoth Mountain, Val Surf, Frends.

How did you make it to where you are now?

I think moving to Mammoth when I was fourteen helped me out a lot. At that point I had just been riding here in Minnesota, but with how little my mountain was and how shitty and icy it was, I could only progress so much. But when I moved to Mammoth I was getting to snowboard seven days a week and my riding progressed so much more. I have my dad and my stepmom to thank for making the move. My stepmom made a lot of sacrifices for me and she was super supportive the whole way. She’s a super cool person.

Who are you influences?
My dad is a big influence and really all my friends, too, like Danny, Kevin, Jack, and Scotty-I just hooked up with those guys in the last four years and they’ve really grown to be my best homeys. They’re going to be lifetime friends of mine and they’re just super fun to shred with. Hanging out with those guys last year and the year before were the best years of my life for snowboarding.

What scares you?
The global warming thing scares me ’cause I really want to see snowboarding continue after I’m done doing my thing. I want my kids and my kid’s kids to be able to snowboard and experience what I experienced growing up, because it’s a really f-king wonderful thing. Hopefully we all figure out ways to redesign things and do the right things so we still have snow down the line.

What’s more important-contests or filming?
I think they’re both equally important because contests give you the exposure and that’s important ’cause sponsors get stoked when you’re on TV and reppin’ their stuff. But it’s also tight when you get a video part ’cause all the industry heads and everybody wants to see the movies and see who’s got a good part and who’s bustin’ ass. I haven’t gotten to do much filming. But I want to get out and film a bunch more this year and mellow out on a few contests.

What’s your idea of a successful snowboard career?
Staying in one piece-that’s always important. I also think that attacking snowboarding like, say Terje, Travis Rice, and David Benedek, and all those guys who have just been killing it and inspiring kids for so many years. I think if you’re just stoking out kids that’s a success in itself. I think the guys who’ve been doing it for ten to twelve years and are staying true to their heart and keeping a humble attitude and respecting the sport are successful.

What has snowboarding taught you?
Snowboarding has definitely humbled me a lot. When you go places and see riders on a consistent basis and see how well they’re riding, you definitely get humbled. It’s also taught me to have a lot of respect. And it’s also taught me to grow up a little bit faster than most kids, traveling at a young age.

You just have to go out on your own and have a good head on your shoulders and really figure out what’s important and keep a smile on your face and enjoy snowboarding and have a good f-kin’ time, you know.

What’s next for you in snowboarding?
Pretty much the plan is the same as any other year, just try to stay healthy. I’m pretty much going to take the first half of the season to just ride. I’m probably not going to do any contests until the X Games and just work on my shit and just get the knives sharp.

And then hopefully start winning some shit, you know.

Mason Aguirre says he’d like to be a gourmet chef someday. If this stalefish is any indication of what Mason’s capable of serving up, you’d better bring an appetite ‘cuz he’s sure to be dishing out healthy portions. Winter Park, Colorado.

PHOTO: Dean Blotto Gray