Seeing an idea through is seemingly satisfying. By having the desire to go further, however, that first idea often morphs into another idea. In turn, the feeling of accomplishment diminishes. This could be considered progression, much like the idea of life. We gain and lose, and merely satisfy ourselves in small doses. This leaves us wanting to push on further. We find this all over our lives- from our relationships to our personal passions. Amazing really, albeit not much more than that ‘one foot in front of the other’ we learn as a child. Today, I find these steps require more thought than ever. It’s this thought that yields unrest and small amounts of satisfaction. But I’ve also learned to have pride in that moment of satisfaction while fueling the next step and repeat. Keep on Stepping.
Past [mike thienes]
Present [jonas michilot]
Future [cameron strand]
FROM PLACE TO PLACE
WHILE YOU WERE WORKING
Past. MIKE THieNES “Pack up- we’re heading to the Tooth,” I hear. I think, “Of course we are; we always do.” These are not striking words from Mike Thienes, a man always open to others with bounds of support. With dues and history on his side, he’s lurking toward legend status to many Midwesterns and all Minnesota shredders. With a decade of film production under his belt, two shops, and travels to many snowy destinations, there’s a lot to be learned from our hog-catching, bass-fishing, snowboarder. Mike, thanks for all the support- From Midwest snowboarding.
P: Tell me about the first time you started strapping in and sliding sideways. T: My parents bought me my first set of skis when I was ten years old. My buddy Emmet Klocker and I would go out to Powder Ridge as something to do during the wintertime after skating and stuff. After my parents bought me the skis, I remember seeing people snowboarding for the first time at Powder Ridge. That same day, Emmet and I rented snowboards and I’ve never skied since. We rode until close on those snowboards and I remember just getting worked, but it was a blast. P: What year was that? T: ’88 – sometime around then. P: Who else was riding at the time out there? T: There were a few older guys- Mike Wong, Craig Stabenow, Curtis Larr that I met through a skateshop in town called Skate About. I saw those guys out there and immediately those were the dudes I looked up to. My buddy Jeff Euteneuer and my older brother, Erik Thienes, and his friends kind of introduced me to it. P: Were they doing tricks and stuff and was that something you were being pushed by? T: For sure. Emmet and I would go out to Powder Ridge all the time. My brother and his friends went to college up in Duluth, so taking a trip up there was a blast for us; we could go visit him and experience ‘college life’ when we didn’t even have our driver’s license. Later on, when I was 14/15, my brother and his friends were part of snowboard videos, clothing companies, and cool shit that both Emmet and I wanted to be a part of. There was a company called Beeyond…and then Beacon. Flying Circus was a big video in like ‘91/’92 and my brother and his friend Charlie [Hughes] were a part of filming that video. I really looked up to those guys. They got to film the guys that invented jibbing Roan Rogers & Dale Rehberg. P: Were those guys involved in the Globe? T: Yeah – Jason Warshbold, my brother’s friend, owned Globe snowboards. That was way before internet stuff so we’d get bits and pieces, and we’d take two or three snowboard trips up there and meet these guys. There was a lot of stuff going on in Minnesota a long time ago I guess. To see an older guy start a clothing company was awesomecause snowboarding’s creative, skateboarding’s creative, that stuff is all creative. P: The DIY mentality? T: Yeah exactly.
P: I know at some point you ended up working at a local shop. T: When I turned 16, Doug Anderson started a store with Adam Bovee and Emmet Klocker called The Sticks. I was hired on right away. It was just a grass roots shop that was really cool with kids in high school running it. Doug’s dad was a single dad- more of like a kid’s dad – we partyed with his dad. I mean we weren’t doing keg stands with him, but he was aware of the keg stand. It was just a raw shop and was kids just ordering stuff we liked. There was no budget or anything – we just opened up a shop with x number of dollars and just had to spend it on what we thought would sell- selling anything from skateboard and snowboard stuff to c-list trinket stuff, t-shirts with Fat Albert. There were skateboard and snowboard clothing companies but far and few between. Brands like Volcom were just getting started. Anything you’d buy from a skateboard company was like a t-shirt from Plan B, ya know what I’m saying? Looking back at Sticks, I realize I learned the most from retail then without even knowing it. P: How was snowboarding at that time in your life? When you started working at the store were you riding more? T: I remember back then doing a 130-day season around here and Mt. Hood. That’s all we did – in the wintertime, snowboard as much as we could; in the summertime, skateboard as much as we could. And then the store was my job, and school was just doing art classes and stuff that pertained to my job. P: I know at one point you were competing. How did that play a role given that there were fewer people in that scene at that time? T: When I started competing, USASA was everything in snowboard contests. Qualifying for nationals every year – people I hung out with statewide- they were your ‘internet buddies’, they were your snowboard contest buddies. I would see these guys four times a year at contests. It was cool; we’d wake up and have an awesome session before the contest, ride the contest, and have an awesome session after the contest. I wasn’t tons into contest riding, but I was really into seeing my friends – so it was a cool get together. Jay Erickson ran The Alt and did The Alt series. There was one on the East side of Minnesota called the Frozen Chosen back then too. But mainly we did the Minneapolis/ Mora area because their contests were so much better…they were usually at Spirit or Powder Ridge or outskirts resorts like Troll and Wild Mountain. Going to Nationals was the goal. I really wanted to qualify cause Nationals was always in Colorado, California.. taking that one trip a year was just a blast with all your friends that you qualified with. It was cool- it was a tight little scene. Like all those guys that were in it for the most part are still friends I have contact with. They have their lives, have their jobs, but they still have a love and passion for snowboarding. The same thing we had back then we still all have now.
P: So those sessions probably fueled your progression- riding with all those different riders that were pushing. T: At those contests, the session before was the shit. And then the contest – I always felt like I was going to pee my pants, ya know? It wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was fun and it was a way to see that group of friends. I met Ezra at Powder Ridge and he was this kid that was 3-4 years younger than me and kind of doing the same thing. He was on the Junior National team and was really pushing it in a younger bracket. P: At what point did the transition from The Sticks to Youth Shelter go down? T: All the contest riding, along with The Sticks, was when I was 16 to 21. At that point, Doug just didn’t have the love for skateboarding and snowboarding that Emmet and I still did, so he was looking to sell the store. We both ran the store so there was really nothing for us to buy and we liked the grass roots, grungy skateshop vibe and customer base, but we also saw that we needed a much cleaner, upbeat store that would have good product- have the product stick out. When I was 21, we put together the concept…everything that we wished we could’ve done design-wise or and anythingwise that we wanted to do at the store. We talked to John Baugh to create a timeless logo and identity. We called it the Youth Shelter because at The Sticks that’s kind of what it was- moms dropping off kids, kids shopping for two hours, moms coming back and buying their stuff. Adam running the skate, me running the snow, Emmet being the owner- it was the perfect combo. Emmet was a sales rep too at the time for Volcom and some brands he still works for now so it was a perfect list of duties for him doing the bookwork, Adam ordering skate stuff, me ordering snow stuff. P: As you guys were progressing into this new store- a more thought out endeavor based on what you had learned from The Sticks- at what point did you decide you’d create this production company, Bald E-gal, and take a step from off the snow to being on the snow and filming people sliding snow? T: That kind of evolved - even before the Youth Shelter started – from doing these snowboard contests. I really liked the camaraderie of traveling with friends, but snowboarding’s not anything that can be judged- to me anyway. It wasn’t about that. I quit playing hockey so I could snowboard because snowboarding was an individual sport instead of a team sport and there was no right and wrong- you can do whatever you like. So as we’re doing these contests, we started to film a little bit. When we’d go to Nationals, we’d bring this big, clunky, overhead camera and try to shoot around a little bit. Then when the Youth Shelter started, one of my duties was to have a snowboard team and grow the local scene, so we’d do snowboard contests - the Snowrider Classic and early season rail contests - at Powder Ridge right when
we opened. Those first two years of the store- ‘98/’99- is when I met a lot of the guys from Minneapolis- Mike Casanova, Pete Harvieux, young kids like Zac Marben. There was a huge scene of good snowboarders that were into the same crap as you or I – just traveling with friends, sessioning, snowboarding. So with those guys coming to the events, that’s when we’d always film. In 2000, we started making promo videos for the store- Poachers 1, Return of the Gayper, and No Need for a Hero. They were just shop videos with friends’ sections of our friends that we’d seen at contests or travels. Bald Egal just kind of spun off from there. Those guys were doing the same stuff as us and it was more fun to film and document like that than it was to do some stressful ski brand snowboard contest. These guys were progressing through video and not through stabbing their best friend in cut throat, points-driven contests. P: How did that affect the snowboarding side of you? T: Progression-wise, it kind of sucked because I had to spend more time behind the camera than snowboarding. But at the same time, even when I was sponsored as a kid, I never had any aspirations to be a pro snowboarder. The reality of it was I was a good snowboarder, but I wasn’t the best snowboarder of the bunch and I wasn’t trying to be either. But snowboarding’s more like an expression or art – and video was the same thing- I was filming snowboarding which is really creative. The store was such a ground running store that it was a year round job- it was my life. Whereas filming was a way of keeping snowboarding fun- like not just going out for snowboarding events, but going out and filming, go traveling, go exploring. P: So it became your release from the shop but still your connection to snowboarding despite not participating on the snow as much? T: Big time. I’m really into art, and I was working with creative snowboarders, creative editors, creative filmers- a collabo of dudes that were into the same shit as I was.
P: Now that Bald E-gal’s a decade deep, where do you see it going and where do you see your riding going- as well as the store? T: Bald E-gal’s part of my life, the store’s part of my life and always will be. The first three years, it was a promo video for my shop team. From The Kaw on, we were trying to have the best representation of Midwest snowboarders and promote good brands, and that’s what I see it being from here on out. We definitely need to be focused on the Midwest but also the travel away from here. There’s a lot more to see than just around here, but ‘here’ has good roots too. P: Yeah- It’s important to bring a different perspective back to the Midwest. So now that Bald E-gal has progressed to a regional video, what do you plan to do to take it further? T: We’re just trying to promote the next dudes- the next Joe Sexton’s, the Brisse’s, Jonas Michilot’s, Zac Marben’s and Jake Olson-Elm’s. The videos are roughly ten people that film and there are always three riders that really stand out, that have that ability to turn pro. There are usually three filmers and there’s usually one that just kicks ass and really excels. I’m stoked for those guys cause it’s a great stepping stone for them. The other guys too are friends that just have the best time snowboarding, have a great time creating a part and seeing the part, and in years to come they’ll be hyped to show their kids this is what daddy used to do. So while those guys may not become professional snowboarders, it may lead them to whatever career choice they make. P: Now that Bald E-gal progresses to that point, you also have the Youth Shelter here- I know the retail game has changed. Where do you see you and Mike Pettit taking the store and progressing that side of snowboarding? You guys contribute so much at Powder Ridge with your events that have been going for close to a decade as well. Where do you see all that going?
T: That’s where the two are different. Bald E-gal is Midwest and is distributed nationally, and the store is St. Cloud. I have a customer base of a 60-mile radius. All the skate and snow events are focused on my customers. The skate team and snow team are people that live here- they’re not people from Minneapolis or wherever so growing the local scene is what it’s all about. This is a really small town and it’s a lot of work to do, to keep ahead, but to be a good businessman too- gotta keep on top of books, bills. I grew up in this town and it’s something I’ve always wanted here. Powder Ridge isn’t an ideal mountain, but it’s a great mountain for people to get started on or find a passion for snowboarding. P: I know that we appreciate your contributions to our scene and the Midwest. Do you have any last words, thank yous, or shout outs? T: Store-wise, I’ve been super fortunate to work with awesome people. I’ll start with Emmet Klocker that started the store, Doug Anderson that started The Stix, Adam Bovee who started the skate end of things and is a part-owner of Familia down in Minneapolis now. Pretty much everyone I worked with at the store has gone on to better things, which is cool. Like Ezra was a guy I hired on as my right hand man when we started the store; he’s been a soldier to snowboarding, to the store- way above and beyond the call of duty. Andy Conrad was Bovee’s right hand man when we started the store; he works for Volcom now and he was a huge part of the store over the years. Nate Borchert who also worked at the store, so many people that are team riders, Melissa Ruebl who worked at the store – she works at Heartbreakers now as a general manager. Mike Pettit, Brandon Janssen along with all my past & present my co-workers. So many people through the store and video project have seen it as a positive stepping stone. People working here couldn’t make an awesome wage, and the video project is a no-budget, friend project so I like to see the people that work hard succeed in the future with other things – that’s what it’s all about. On the video end of things, kids like Anthony Cappetta, Justin Turkowski, Riley Erickson, Sam Fenton, and anyone that has contributed over the years, John Baugh for doing the graphics, Andy for doing the store way back, Brian Dow for editing and all the contributing artists. It’s a cool collective of people to work with. Did I mention everyone? I don’t know. A long time ago when we started the store, Emmet gave me some advice- to not be afraid to surround yourself with people that are better than you, and to learn from them. So graphic-wise or film-making-wise, or anything, I just like to coordinate those people and get them all together and see what happens with it.
PRESENT. JONAS MICHILOT
Like a small flame waiting to join the wind, wanting to grow and explore, ready to set the fields ablaze, testing the unknown while extending boundaries and overstepping limits, this young explorer always seems to be pushing style, riding, and free thought. Whether itâ€™s a night out, tree to jib, or a photo to shoot or be shot, you can be assured that Jonas will be at the forefront of the idea ready to do it on his own terms. Jonas just is, and thatâ€™s what emits that one thing we see so many trying to manufacture: charisma.
P: When did you find snowboarding?
J: I was 8 years old, and one of our buddies had a wicked black snow. My
brother and I both bombed the local hill, and I was hooked ever since. P: How often do you guys cruise the local hills before you decide to look up a spot to drop in on some lifts? J: We tried to build little jumps at my elementary school, and I think we learned how to grab indy or something sketchy like that. Anyway, we finally talked our dad into taking us to Hyland Hills and rented boards. I fell into the tow rope trying to grab on and cut my cheek open…not to mention all the older kids yelling at us for not being able to ride the tow rope. That unmotivated me to ever want to go again, but my brother made me go again. P: After your first experience at the local resort you were over it? What changed round two to make you continue to shred? J: I finally learned how to hold onto the rope, so I actually had a chance to ride down the hill. And I time traveled ‘til about 12 years old and I was bombing all sorts of hills by that time. When did you start bombing hills? P: I bombed the fields in Sconsin in 86ish on skate decks with bungee cords screwed to them for bindings and paraffin wax on the bottom- doing launch ramp tricks off cornices. J: Damn, that’s the most badass first snowboard I’ve ever heard of. P: What was your inspiration for indy and all that shit? J: I saw some guys doing indies in old skate videos that I’d watch at a friend’s house. Skateboarding is definitely what inspired me; I thought it was the coolest thing in the world! You can’t really skate in Minnesota winters, so that’s when snowboarding came into the picture. P: True- winter skate sessions are tuff. I’m not backing masonite boogers. Who was pushing you on the winter hills at that point? J: We met a bunch of Hyland kids at the time, and they turned out to be real good pals. Ricky Tucker and Drew Laurson taught me how to do front flips, and always made me try stuff that I didn’t want to do. Oh well, I’m still breathing aren’t I? P: Oh shit, front flips- you have take those to the next level. When did you start to push your riding to a point where you were getting some props on the sponsorship level?
J: Shit, I have no idea. All our friends growing up obviously thought it would be awesome to grow up and be a pro skateboarder or snowboarder. We started filming stuff at Hyland and some little street spots when I was about 12 or so. We made a bunch of dorky edits of our friends and me, and I think we liked filming so much that we just kept on doing it. P: Those edits got you some exposure. Any other things get you more exposure to new zones and riders? J: I went on a trip to Mammoth with my mom, brother, sister, and some friends. We went for stupid Nationals, and during that trip I met Nate Gilreath, who was the team manager at Mission Six. He gave me a backpack full of stuff. It was the craziest thing to me to get free stuff from the coolest company around. P: M6 was dope. So you were competing at the time- that seemed to open some doors. After M6 hooked it up at Mammoth, what did they say they wanted you to do? J: After that, I didn’t want to do any more competitions, but I did a few little local ones here and there. The guys at M6 mentioned something about the Am team, but I never really thought that would happen. Anyway, around that same time, 3 Ninjas came out- do you remember playing the bad guy, or was that whole part of your life a blur? P: Yeah never saw that, must have been baked. So Am team must have been exciting at that point. About that time was when you put out one of your first video parts. How was that process? How did that differ from the competitions you were winning? J: I’ve always gotten excited about filming. Looking back on a full year of snowboarding is so much more rewarding than winning a competition. I feel like “competitors” take snowboarding too seriously, and that’s when egos start to become the only thing that matters. P: Well, in that format, you are competing with other riders but you don’t necessarily need to compete with them as much as yourself. Maybe pushing your limits versus comparing your trick to others is what helped you get 2nd in a Vans triple crown rail event?! J: Yeah, I feel like everybody has a little competition within themselves. But as long as you can be satisfied without being the best of the best, you should be fine.
P: And a WCI win? Nice. Seems like you can be a rider who does little of everything and still “keep it real”. How’s filming with the Videograss crew the last two seasons? J: It’s been so awesome! I’m so excited about being a part of that gang. There are a lot of video companies out there right now, and I feel like I lucked out with being able to film with Videograss. I feel like Justin (Meyer) and everyone else who made Videograss happen is doing it the right way. P: Where has that project taken you this season? Any fun trips? J: We took a trip to Washington D.C., and that place was a weird place to go on a snowboard trip. Chris Grenier was on that trip, and I haven’t gotten to ride with him for about 3 years, so that was a riot to hang with that character. P: Dope- sounds crazy to rip the Capital. Changing times. Where do you see your progression taking you? What is the next step in sliding snow sideways? J: Geez, I have no idea. I’ll keep snowboarding for as long as I can- film with Videograss next year, and have a blast with my chums.... Snowboarding isn’t the only thing I do to stay entertained though; I’m gonna keep shooting photos, and keep my mind open to new hobbies. P: Yeah- Photos have taken some of the creative energy in you and given you a fresh outlet. How did that start up? J: It’s one of the most addicting things I’ve come across, other than skating and snowboarding. I started out by shooting Polaroids, and got a crappy little plastic medium format camera... I really got into it when I was hurt from snowboarding, and had so much extra time on my hands. So, I guess it’s a good thing that I got hurt... P: Nice- turning a negative into a positive. How’s the learning curve been for you? Do you see progression in your images? J: Now when I shoot photos, I really think about how I want it to turn out. Turning a 3D scenery into a 2D image is pretty weird if you think about it. I’ve been using large format cameras (4x5) a lot, and it takes a good 10-15 minutes to set up one photo. It takes a lot of patience and planning when you’re messing around with negatives that big.
P: Does that progression relate back to riding for you at all? J: It’s all the same for me I think. Because you start out with hardly anything, and just do it because it’s interesting. From there you find out that there’s so much more to it, and find ways to progress. They’re both so satisfying to me. P: You recently had an art show In Minneapolis; how was the response to your work? What kind of energy do you draw from this format? J: It turned out to be pretty dang cool. My buddy (Jordan Walczak) and I both had some photos and paintings up. From what I heard, people actually liked our stuff. It was awesome to hear positive feedback, especially after all the time and effort I put into everything. P: That’s great! Your brother (Jordan) was talking about your Pa coming and how cool that was. Family always seemed to be a big part of your experience. It’s interesting to think that you have a brother and sister both sharing your passion for riding and life. How does that affect your drive? J: Family is obviously a huge part of my life. We have a really big family, but everyone is really close. At one time, all of my dad’s side of the family lived in one house. For the first few years of my life, my grandparents, all my aunts, uncles, and cousins were all under one small roof. It’s like we were all brothers and sisters, and it is still like that. As far as snowboarding goes, I’m so fortunate that my brother and sister both love it too. They’re so talented at whatever they want to do, and I’m glad that snowboarding is one of those things. P: Yeah, it seems like a really special bond. Do you ride together often and how important is it to get to ride with them? J: We ride together a lot. This year I went to street spots with my sister because she filmed a bunch this year with Peep Show. But hitting spots with her was awesome and scary at the same time; I just would hate it to watch her tumble down some stairs or something... knock on wood... P: We can imagine. That would be tough. With photography and snowboarding leading you down this path, looks like options abound. Thanks for the time. Any people you’d like to thank on our way out of this conversation? J: Hey, it’s your time we’re wasting. You’re the busy guy...Plus, we got to watch Lord of the Rings during this conversation... But I’d like to thank all of my family, and all my buddies and pals. Abortion Survivors, Nuclear Medication, and you. Even you out there... Sincerely...Anyone you want to thank? P: I did- you...oh- and wifey for all the editing.
FUTURE. CAMERON STRAND Driving oneâ€™s desires is a careful balance between wants and needs. The desire to improve a specific skill year in and out takes quite a determination- a want. If you couple that with a need (which you may never even know), it creates an endless drive. Through this drive, Cameron has been able to push beyond parameters set by location, scene, and opportunity. Pulling away like a Turbo-ready engine racing past all expectations but his own, Cameron will set the pace.
C: I’m doing this interview in the nude. P: Great- let your words hang loose like your junk. C: Haha. I’m joking, but I wish. P: So when did you first start to slide snow sideways? C: If memory serves me correctly, I started back in the winter of 2nd grade, which would have been 1996. I got a purple Burton for Christmas. I remember getting it and it was basically in a garbage bag because it, and I, was so small. P: Was that exciting to you or just another gift at that age? C: For a couple winters before that, I’d go out to Mt. Brighton with my mom sometimes and watch my brother snowboard. It just looked so fun and “cool”. Naturally, I wanted to be like him, so as long as I knew he rode, I wanted to ride as well. It was definately exciting to get a board then, although I don’t know if I ever expected to be snowboarding this long. P: Once you got a board, how often did you go? C: The first season I started, I’d only go when I could get one of my brother’s friends to take me because he wasn’t home at the time (he had just gone into the Navy). For the first winter, I went about 2 times a week. I would have been out there from 9 am ‘till 10 pm every day if I could have. P: What was it about riding that would have had you there 9am until 10pm? C: I just could not get sick of riding down the same 200 ft bunny hill over and over all day. I couldn’t figure out at that age what made it so fun, nor did I try to figure it out. It just was. P: Did it take you long to get the hang of it? C: I was consistently riding down the hill, just pointing it- not carving or turning- by the end of the season. I don’t know if I’d consider that “getting the hang of it” though. Haha. P: Who were your early riding partners at such a young age? C: The only person I can recall from that age was my best friend and next door neighbor, Andrew Stork. We started across the street at our other neighbor’s house, because he had a decent hill in his backyard. We were only on crappy, plastic, “Black Snow” boards then. Then I got a real board and I don’t think we rode together that year. He got a real board as well the following season, and we rode together again at Mt. Brighton. It was a nice little reunion. P: At what point did you start to progress? C: I rode up and down the bunny hill and intermediate hills for about 5 or 6 years before I started hitting actual jumps. We always built little jumps in the middle of the hill and chucked our meat off those. I was probably getting grabs off the jumps we built by hand maybe my 3rd or 4th season in.
P: What kept you sliding snow winter after winter? C: After the end of the first year, I started to understand progression- that and it was just so much fun. It was also a good way to see and hang out with friends after school. P: So most of your friends also rode or you made your friends while riding? C: Hardly any of my friends in elementary school rode. It wasn’t until middle school that I started riding with more of the people I actually went to school with. So basically during grades 2-5, I either rode alone or with randoms I’d meet day to day. Once middle school happened, more people started to ride, for whatever reason. P: So you were ahead of the curve on the activity. Was it when more kids your age started to ride that it became more a lifestyle? C: Yeah totally. I’d make friends through school or at the hill because of riding, and then we’d end up hanging out and watching Decade or Technical Difficulties. P: Those are some good ones. Were you pushing based on what you saw coming out of the pro scene or was it your local crew’s progression that made you aware of your own style and tricks? C: It was a bit of both. I understood how good the pros were so I’d try to make my own version of whatever they were doing but on my own level- depending on how I was progressing. I think it was more a measure of my local crew’s progression though because I’ve always had a competitive side and I always wanted to be the best- while still having fun, mind you. P: In the competitive spirit, I’m guessing you competed in regional events? Did that have any impact on your riding- positively or negatively? C: Positively and negatively. Positively because I’d push myself hard, but negatively because I’d get stressed and real nervous. P: Did that hinder the number of events you did? C: When I first started doing them, no. I work a lot better under pressure, so I was placing in the top 3 more often than not. Each win or close to a win made me want to do the next event to try and get a high standing again. P: So doing well pushed you to do better. Did being into contests fade for you? C: Yeah, for sure. Paying 60 bucks for that USASA crap is too much money every time you want to take 3 runs and win a medal. That and I was over getting stressed and worked up over nothing.
P: As you were progressing out of contests, what was pushing you to keep riding? C: My next focus was learning every trick I could consistently. I wasn’t ever thinking of filming video parts or anything like that. I just wanted to ride every day with my friends and be hooligans and have fun. P: Then what lead to filming video parts? How did that become a part of your everyday riding? C: Filming came along after seeing so many videos and thinking I could possibly do some of the tricks the better guys were doing. Filming also comes about when you have the one friend that gets a video camera and is down to film you cruising the park or jumping off stupid shit. For me and my group of friends, that was Ryan Wonfor. P: From there, you put together a few parts and one’s in the works? Has this changed snowboarding for you? C: In a sense, yes. Instead of worrying about making it out to the local hill by 10 or 11am, now I’m worried about getting to the next city where the snow is to hit spots and film. Generally speaking, I still snowboard to push myself and have fun, which I’ve always done, but now it’s getting to a bigger level and while I’m still having fun and goofing off, I’m taking it a bit more seriously too. P: Serious- as in trick selection at certain spots? C: That and just getting it done. Getting in, putting it down, and getting out. There are times for serious shit and times to just session a spot and have fun. It’s different every time. P: Is that a rewarding way to ride for you? C: Yes, highly, because while I’m making memories and having fun with friends, I have yet to find a better sensation than landing a trick I’ve been hiking up stairs for 4 hours trying to get…although sushi compares. P: What’s coming for you in terms of progression? Where’s this journey continuing? C: I’m not exactly sure where this is headed, which is real scary but real fun at the same time. This journey continues when the new Syndicate movie, Sooner or Later, drops and people get to see my part and what I’ve been working on for the last two years. It’s not going to be the heaviest of tricks, but I think I faired pretty well these past couple seasons.
P: In that time, have you explored the other side of the lens or has that been shuffled below in this present stack? C: I hardly shot at all this past season cause I was focused on filming, but the first year we started filming for Sooner or Later, I shot a bunch. P: Do you feel like the riding progression is pulling from or aiding your lens progression? C: It’s hindering my lens progression for sure. I don’t get to shoot as much at spots because I’m riding. I can think of a couple times this past season when I wish I would have shot photos instead of or along with riding at the spot. P: Do you believe you can progress both to the point you’d like to? C: It’s going to take a whole lot of work to get to the point I’d like to be at with both. I think if I get myself into situations enough where I’m surrounded with amazing riders and have enough time to snap a few good photos, it might be possible to excel at both. P: The upcoming summer and next winter look like they could yield exciting opportunities. Sooner or Later release, a potential move? What might you do to keep pushing? C: I want to continue to put myself in odd situations and take chances. Randomly flying out to LA to go to the Ashbury demo this past March was an idea I had that I didn’t think would actually work out, but it did, and it was the best trip I took all season- except for when I taco’d on a rail and was puking as I was riding down the hill. Just continue meeting people and instead of seeing opportunities, I want to try and make opportunities. P: I like this ‘tude- making it happen. Classic give and take to life. With this, I’d like to give you an opportunity to thank people that maybe need some thanks or don’t? C: Mother and Father first and foremost, Natty XOXO crew, Syndicate, Mt.Brighton for existing, Poppa Bear Pete, Rome, Holden, Ashbury, and anyone or anything that has inspired or pushed me along the way.
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Cover [wrap around] - Dan Huseby 1, 2 - Craig Williams 5, 6 - Nathaniel Harington TOUR 7-24 - Cameron Strand DAY 25, 26 - Dan Huseby 27 - Zac Marben 28 - Juri Loginov 29-31 - Nathaniel Harington 32 - Ryan Taylor 33, 34 - Nathaniel Harington 35-38 - DJ Ward 39 - Ryan Taylor 40 - Zac Marben 41 - Nathaniel Harington 42 - Dan Huseby 43, 44 - Cameron Stand 45, 46 - John Webster PAST - MIKE THIENES 48 - Sheldon Sabbatini 49 - Pete Harvieux 52 - Sheldon Sabbatini 53 - Pete Harvieux 55, 56 - Sheldon Sabbatini (2), Sam Fenton, LeAnne Simpson 57, 58 - Bruce Meyers 60 - Greg Hennes
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