128. That’s how many people we’ve interviewed since introducing “Hump Day” almost three years ago. We keep thinking we’ll run out, but then every week, there’s someone else. An up-and-coming am, legendary pro, uber-talented photographer, season industry vet, or just someone we know will tell a good story to tell. This year, we learned some dirt, caused some outrage and generally told the stories of the people we think make snowboarding rad (OK sometimes just the only people who respond to our frantic IMs.) Here are some of the highlights from 2010.
Unedited, this Hump Day was a brutally honest portrayal of the past, present and future of Corey Smith’s life. After cutting out the fat and, admittedly, loaded questions, the following interview still stands as a tribute to the man in question. Like Corey, the following responses are loud, elaborate and to the point. I’d pay specific attention to Corey’s longest response, which regards wild nights and hard living. Mr. Smith let it all hang out in this one. Read the whole thing here.
It seemed like some sort of evil Internet joke perpetrated but some unknown troll, but it wasn’t. Pete Wast is a living, breathing human being, and he rides at Seven Springs, PA. Hopefully this interview will shine some light on one of the greatest Internet scandals snowboarding has ever seen, but maybe not. “We probably wont fully understand Pete Wast’s cultural impact for decades to come,” Jesse Burtner said.Â Maybe not, Jesse, maybe not. But today, we’ll finally hear his side. Video by Ian Macy/Havesome
-“I can’t wait to hear some of these questions. It’s just like, you know what… I don’t give a fuck about snowboarding anymore so, whatever. I wish I could get a little more drunk.” -Nate Bozung
If you somehow missed the most commented interview EVER on YoBeat, then go read it right now.
You try and get Danny Kass to sit down for an interview. Let’s just say, it ain’t easy. This onetook two weeks of phone calls, ichats, emails and @ replies, before I finally tracked down Danny in Orlando, FL. Even then he didn’t want to cooperated. Instead, he turned the tables interviewed me about such hot button topics as YoBeat and taking dude’s virginity. Eventually we got some dirt on him, and some solid life advice from an old dude that worked at the trade show. Don’t worry, if you don’t care what I or Danny have to say, there were plenty of blonds hanging out in the Grenade booth so you can just check them out in the background.– Brooke Geery
When I was asked to do an interview with Brandon Cocard for YoBeat, Lipton specifically said, “get the dirt.” Having known Brandon for three years, I knew this was going to be a problem. He’s not hooked on drugs. He doesn’t have an ego. He’s not getting paid a ton of money. He snowboards because he loves it and that is something this industry needs. But guess what, he had LOTS of stories to tell. — Josh Parker
More than anything, I love this interview because it exists because of official T-Shirt that come out of it doesn’t hurt its status in the list of the best either. Read the whole thing and then go get yourself a Black Metal T (or Hoodie) right now!– Brooke Geery
Austen Granger’s Hump Day was about butt sex. Well, snowboarding, but there were a lot of questions about butt sex too. The interview itself was funny and typical of what happens when Nick Lipton actually does his job. However, one person didn’t think so. The comments that resulted made a funny interview even better, and the Yobeat comment board a subject of SLC gossip. Read it here.