We have all heard Red Gerard‘s name for some time now. Whether it was from the competition circuit, his big splash onto the U.S. Snowboarding roster, or his back-to-back parts in TransWorld SNOWboarding’s last two feature length films, one thing is for certain:  Red is on the rise.  Between traveling and competing all over last season, Red had the chance to take some backcountry laps and film for a few different projects. Scoring a part in Arcadia, as well as his own web series with Mountain Dew, enjoy a behind the scenes look at his season in the first episode of Red Gerard’s Extra Credit, as he learns from Alek Oestreng and Victor Daviet in the Montana backcountry. More episodes dropping soon!

Who did you ride with mostly this year? 
In the backcountry I rode with Alek Oestreng and Victor Daviet, a lot of it was fun for sure… but it sucks riding with Alek because he lands literally everything.

Red Gerard // Montana // Darcy Bacha

Where did the idea for Extra credit come from? 
Mountain Dew came to me with the idea. I am super hyped on them, just saw the first episode and was stoked on it!

Looks pretty calm for his first time riding in Montana. Red Gerard. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

Was this your first time riding in Montana? 
Yeah for sure! First time being in Montana! It was amazing, that town Cooke City is one of the coolest places I have been to for sure.

Any funny stories from Alek and Victor guiding you?
Haha, Alek was always screwing with me. Guys a bully.

Red and Alek // Montana // PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

The crew after they witnessed a large slide. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

We heard you guys saw a pretty gnarly avalanche? 
Yea we just got done building a jump and were headed back down and… you have to sled out of this bowl to get out of the zone. As soon as we pulled up to it there where these sledders high marking it and the hole thing slid. Luckily everyone got out of it. Just kinda crazy to watch an avalanche happen, hopefully I don't see too many more.

Give us a breakdown of some of the stuff you learned in the backcountry this year that you didn't know before?

Ohh man, I learned a lot just building the jump and making block pits. Sledding as well… making sure have gas, and oil. Making sure your batteries are all charged up on your beacon.

Looks like fun. Red Gerard. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

Most surprising thing you learned from riding this year? 
Probably that I like snowmobiling more the snowboarding! Haha!

How was managing the contest and filming schedule this year? 
It’s hard for sure, but really fun. You’re always up to something, which I really like. I am never bored.

1 of 7. Be on the lookout for Red Gerard. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

How many siblings do you have?
I am one of 7 kids, five brothers and two sisters, and they are all amazing. My the oldest brother, Creighton, lives in Cleveland doing some basic job. Second to oldest, Trevor, works in snowboarding with some magazines. Brendan AKA @stuntdickjerry is another shredder, check his part in Absinthe movie!  My sister, Tieghan, is the coolest out of all of us. She is 22, owns her own food blog, and just wrote her own book that is a best seller on amazon right now, @halfbackedharvest. Then my brother Malachi, he is the one closes to me. Basically been like a second father growing up. Then my little sister, she is 9 years old and is a G.

What is the difference between a bison and a buffalo?
Same thing I think?

What can we look forward to coming from you this season?
Probably going to do this Olympic thing, then start filming as soon as I can. I already can’t wait to get in the backcountry. That is what gets me stoked the most for sure.

There is a difference between a bison and a buffalo but we aren’t sure either. Google it. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

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