Where do you primarily ride?
Ultimately, I prefer to ride in the Streets and within the Backcountry. Although, when I’m home in Tahoe and opt-in for some resort riding I usually find myself cruising around Boreal. It all comes down to snow conditions, when the snow is plentiful I’ll rip over to Squaw or one of the larger resorts to get some big mountain turns in.
What made you start snowboarding?
I was probably 10 years old at my home resort in MA. At this point, I was just getting into skiing. This was way back the east coast would actually get some decent snow, I think we had a 4-foot storm that week. I was skiing with my dad and I had found myself stuck up to my waist in a flatzone. I couldn’t move an inch and came to the conclusion that I was pretty much doomed. I saw this snowboarder rip past me effortlessly floating on top of the snow. From then on I knew I wanted to snowboard.
What’s your favorite board to ride?
Anything Rome Snowboards produces.
Favorite riding story if you have one?
Ahh, this is tough! There’s far too many to choose just one. Any trips that I find myself on always create some amazing memories, you certainly can beat traveling outside of the country too. Winning Rails to Riches was something that I had always dreamed about growing up. I had watched all of the riders I looked up to take it year after year. The night I had won was
absolutely insane. For years leading up to then, I had never even made it to finals. One of my recent favorites was heading out to Dew Tour with the Burton Team back when it was held at Breckenridge. That whole week was a dream.
Why do you love to snowboard?
There’s a handful of reasons why I have held such a passion for Snowboarding. A lot of it lies in the feeling of pure bliss when strapped in. I’ve found it doesn’t matter where or what you’re riding. For me, Snowboarding an outlet for meditation. I’m able to clear my mind and only focus only on what’s in front of me. With that being said, you can’t complain about being outside on the top of a mountain.
When you aren’t snowboarding what are you most likely finding yourself getting into?
I try to stay as active as possible during the offseason. You’ll usually find me biking, hiking, camping or just hanging by the lake. I try to stay on the path of exploration whenever possible.
What is your favorite area on the mountain? Jumps, rails, natural terrain?
It’s difficult to pick a specific favorite and really depends where I’m riding. I try to dabble with all different types of terrain, they each have their unique characteristics.
Where do you see yourself in five years snowboarding wise? Traveling to another country?
It’s impossible to visualize myself giving up Snowboarding all together. I’ll still be riding 5 years from now but I think it’ll inevitably be more so for enjoyment as opposed to a career.
Do you have a pre-boarding ritual or something you need to have on you at all times on the mountain?
The importance of stretching before and after should never be overlooked. I’m a big advocate of proper recovery. Your body will thank you.