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BozWreck, n. A combination of Bozung and Homewreck, a snowboard company, movement and way of life. Brooklyn, n. New York City’s second favorite borough, often considered hipster heaven, birthplace of the Notorious B.I.G. BozWrecklyn, n, A combination of two awesome forces, a great word created via a text message.
Love or hate them, Matty Ryan and Nate Bozung have had an impact on snowboarding. Careers filled with highs, lows, bangers and blowouts, tales of wild debauchery, moments of glory, down and out days and a revival through BozWreck have created an enigma of sorts out of this dynamic duo. But since the drop of BozWreck 2 things have been quiet. Only because BozWreck moved to Brooklyn.
Why would pro snowboarders live in Brooklyn? Because they wanted to, and well, Bozung had a huge Neff check laying around, and an apartment lease in Bedford, Brooklyn seemed like a great way to spend it. Also, have you ever been to NYC?
BozWreck backstage at something. Don’t miss the face tat… Â Â p. Matty’s Blackberry
Unless you’re unfortunate enough to live in Vegas, you can’t argue that NYC doesn’t have the country’s best nightlife. Now, drop two of the hardest partying people in snowboarding into a world of 4AM last call, drugs, taxis, models, loose beautiful women, motivated people and a ton of money and what do you get in return? A collection of great stories.
When Matty and I went out in NYC, I always saw the sun come up, always had fun and never looked at my bank account. Matty even has a trick for dealing with the expenses of New York living, “Just put your hand over the screen, you don’t need to see that number.”
Matty loves taking photos with his blackberry.
Each night I’d give Matty a call or meet with him after he got off work. We’d head to the Lower East Side, drink at The Ace Hotel or head to a bar Matty was hyped on. I never saw Nate. “Nate goes to the clubs and that stuff. You know, the celebrity spots and all that. When I lived in LA I did that, I’ve seen Lindsay Lohan a dozen times, I don’t need to see her again.” Interestingly the night after Matty said this we ended up at Avenue, a surefire celebrity hangout. But crazy nights and wild times are losing their importance to Matty.
Having spent the summer working in the South, and spending time with his family, Matty has obviously matured and refocused his goals. As far as BozWreck is concerned, Matty and Nate hired a friend from upstate New York to handle the boring business side of things leaving these two free to explore the city, something Matty has fallen in love with. “Dude I don’t care what I do here as long as I’m checking it out. I mean, I’ll even play whiffle ball in the park, I don’t care, I just love walking around all day.”
Yep, that mustached man is Matty Ryan. Â p. Matty’s Blakberry
The mysterious Nate Bozung is apparently living off of Neff checks, which is awesome, but seemingly impossible in my mind. Even with a packed party schedule, Nate has done plenty of work establishing Neff on the East Coast. He’s already recruited a local NYC skater named Majors. Look for the hat Majors just designed in one of the fifty thousand stores Neff sells in. Nate’s also decking NYC in Neff gear. While waiting for Matty at work I saw plenty of bright hoodies, sagging beanies and other assorted Neff goodies adorning the staff. So who knows, maybe those checks will be getting bigger. Maybe Nate can convince Jay-Z to do a Rocka Wear/Neff collabo’?
On the other side of the coin Matty seems to have cemented new roots in the NYC scene. He has picked up a job at The Breslin, a restaurant inside the eccentrically hip Ace Hotel NYC, and my god does the boy work. Matty might just be the hardest working barback in all of NYC. He cleans the bar, helps the servers, pours drinks and stocks glasses at light-speed while holding at least two or three conversations at a time. The best part is Matty takes pride in his work, and seems genuinely happy in his new world. And, since the staff googled him and found out he’s a big shot pro snowboarder, things have gotten a bit easier around the bar.
“I gave this dude a Holden coat and he gave me some free tattoos!” Â Â p. Matty’s Crackberry
As it stands, this gruesome twosome have until December before their current lease runs out. When it does a few things could happen. Matty wants to film another part, a holy-grail, end-of-days, that’s-it-I’m-done type part, but has no plans on moving out of the city. Nate, well Nate might move to South America to be with a girl from Facebook (he apparently tattooed her name on his knuckles just the other day) but Nate might end up a lot of places. Who knows, he might just end up taking over snowboarding again. For now though, he’s content working the nightlife and expanding the Neff empire.
The Wasted Butler… Â p. Matty’s Blackberry
Bozwrecklyn plans to keep doing what they’re doing. Staying up late, waking up later, meeting women, trading gear for tattoos, exploring their new surroundings and forcing their butler to pick up mid-day sandwiches. Yes, I said butler. BozWreck has employed a “Wasted Butler” named CJ–a male model also living in NYC. So while people may not understand why two pro snowboarders are living in Brooklyn, you can’t blame two dudes who’ve found a happier situation, have a butler and are continuing to find new success while enjoying life.