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Here is the teaser for DOA2: Stay Bad Ass, and an exclusive Interview with O’Connor about his part.
Johnny O’Connor’s Full Part From Defenders Of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass By Capita
After filming with Keep The Change for the last few years and earning the coveted “Ender” Johnny O’Connor got the call to move up to the big leagues and film with Capita Snowboards for their new movie Defenders Of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass.
Interview by Ben Birk.
Can you grow a handlebar mustache?
Yeah I could if I wanted to but first I have to work on my “spare tire” to go along with it. They go hand in hand.
Tell us about the air between the trees to noselide pretzel out.
That spot took us a while to dial in because there was no snow. I learned how to build a jump out of branches and leaves which was cool. I smacked my head pretty good that day too so I was really hyped to land the trick after the effort it took to make it happen.
That kink rail with the big donkey dick is a gnarly rail. Did you take any bad bails on it?
No actually. The hardest part about that spot was uncovering the stairs. That took me hours to do.
How many tries did your ender trick take?
I hit that thing non stop for a couple hours so I’d say around 30-40?
Who did you have the best session with this year?
I had a really fun time on the pole jam to drop with Phil Jacques. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more people hit that spot from the location it’s in.
What was the hardest trick to land in this video part?
I would say it was my ender on that kink rail. I wore myself out at that spot by trying to land the lipslide back to regular. The fall you see actually came after the one I landed then about ten tries later I decided to keep the one to switch.
Where did you go on your favorite trip this year?
I had a blast in Minnesota and around Massachusetts. We had a really good crew and everyone stacked clips. Burlington, VT was also a good trip even though I was hurt I just partied with some chicks we were staying with while everyone was out getting clips.
When did you feel on top of the world this year?
The moment I found out I was going to have a full part in the video. Towards the end of the season I didn’t know if I had enough footage for a full part then Skylar and Dangler hit me up saying they wanted to film an intro. At that point I got really hyped but I’m not good in front of cameras.
When did you feel like you wanted to give up?
I kept re-bruising both of my heels throughout the season. I would take a couple weeks off, feel alright and go to a mellow spot, then re-bruise them again. I never felt like I wanted to give up but it was just a bummer missing out on a handful of spots throughout the season.
How many flights did you miss?
Why do you love snowboarding?
Snowboarding is truly everything to me. The people I’ve met through snowboarding are the best people I know, the places snowboarding has brought me are the best places I’ve been to, and the things I do throughout the season are life lessons on and off of the board. When I strap into a snowboard, I feel that the possibilities are endless and nothing makes me happier.
What’s next for you?
I’m moving out of New York and into New Hampshire in November to live with Cole Martin, Colton Feldman, Mike Rav, and Christian Buliung. I’ll be filming for the 32 video called 2032, which I’m honored to be a part of. Plus, this will be my first winter not in school for 17 years so I’m really excited to be free 7 days a week to just snowboard and have fun.
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