Garrett Finkleman

What is your nickname? If you have one?
I have a couple nick names but the one that my friends call me the most is Fink.

Where do you primarily ride?
I primarily ride in Mammoth lakes California. It’s my all time favorite place to ride they have every type of boarding anyone can need.

What made you start snowboarding?
What made me start snowboarding is actually my uncle took me to mountain high for the first time. He was really patient with me and taught me everything I needed to know. At first I hated it not going to lie because it was so hard for me in the beginning but then when I got past the learning curve I fell in love with it.

What’s your favorite board to ride?
My favorite board to ride at the moment is a 151 Rome Buckshot I normally stay around a 150-153 for size. Camber only! That board is everything i could ever want in a board. It has the right flex, aggressiveness but it’s also playful at the same time.

Favorite riding story if you have one?
My favorite riding story is being in Colorado with all of my friends waits to chest deep just frothing looking around and everyone is just smiling ear to ear.

Why do you love to snowboard?
I love to snowboard because it’s my way to just let go and forget about all the worries in the world. It’s so freeing, uplifting and exhilarating. When I’m on my board it’s happiness at it’s purest form. I know that I want to be doing to for the rest of my life. To me it’s all about having fun no matter what with friends or even by yourself.

When you aren’t snowboarding what are you most likely finding yourself getting into?
When I’m not boarding for the most part I’m either with friends or family. Friends and family is everything to me. I also love fitness. Working out and doing anything physical including skateboarding and surfing.

What is your favorite area on the mountain? Jumps, rails, natural terrain?
My favorite area on the mountain is definitely in the park but I’m not shy when it comes to open runs and steep terrain.

Where do you see yourself in five years snowboarding wise?  Traveling to another country?
In 5 years I see myself doing exactly what I’m doing right now. Traveling to as many different resorts as possible. Keep trying to progress, having fun and sharing my love of snowboarding with the world.

Do you have a pre-boarding ritual or something you need to have on you at all times on the mountain?
As far as a pre boarding ritual is concerned I don’t really have one. I know it might sound weird but i have to ride with headphones, compression shorts under my pants and you won’t catch me without snacks in my pocket. Those three things and I’m good for all day of riding.