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Built on Boards: Shaping the Future

Built on Boards: Shaping the Future

Hey Zaine. School just called, they just turned it back on. Being a parent does change snowboarding because you don’t snowboard quite as much or when you want to snowboard. There are definitely days when school’s closed, and I’m bummed because I had something in mind to go do and ride but now I can’t because school’s closed and I have to hang out with Zaine. And I wouldn’t change that for anything. No school. It’s snowy. Riding with my son has taught me a little bit to slow down, look around, not be in such a rush and to be a little bit safer. His favorite place to ride is my favorite place to ride. It’s in the woods in powder, finding fresh lines. I never push him to go snowboarding. Where, when and how and what he wants to do with his snowboarding that’s what he can do. Sharing something with him that we can both do together is really, really special. What I look forward to the most is taking him to different places to snowboard. I used to travel a lot for snowboarding and he often asked me what other mountains are like. I really look forward to just exposing him to different snow, different terrain and I think he looks forward to it too. I was on the team those early years and I think that definitely was the start of thinking about development because we were always testing boards as team riders. I kind of homed in on that because I was riding a lot of the boards and I was getting other people on the boards. It’s still kind of what I do today. My job as a testing coordinator is working with riders and working with engineers and designers to design a product, get it prototyped and then get it on snow. My main focus is the part on snow of gathering the feedback. Interpreting the feedback. Figuring out what needs to be changed to make it a better product. I try and ride all the boards as soon as they’re made just to be sure that they’re hitting the target of the ride and the feel and the flex that we’re looking for. Honestly within the first couple turns I can tell if it’s going to be a good board or not. Even last week I was riding three or four different boards every day and I think that’s just like building a library of feel. Most people go to the mountain to get away from their everyday jobs and to just let loose and have fun. Most of the time when I’m riding, I’m thinking about the product. What’s going on? What could be the next thing? I think the only time that I really shut that off in my brain is when I’m riding with Zaine on the weekends. And I might still be testing a board or something, but I don’t really think about it or ride it the same way I would if I was just riding during the week. You know when I first started riding, I knew there was a feeling that I liked and that I thought I’d always want to pursue but I had no idea that my life and career would be based around standing sideways on snow. Obviously, the boards have changed and the mountains that I’m riding have changed, but the feeling of snowboarding doesn’t change. It doesn’t matter how old or where you are, that feeling never goes away and you want more of it. It’s something that you an do your whole life and there’s not many things in your life that you say you’ve been doing your whole life. I chose to live where I live because I live in the mountains and there’s snow and I know I can walk out my front door and go snowboarding. It is my life and it will continue to be my life.

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