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Sage Kotsenburg rides the delicate balance between being a professional athlete and remaining true to the original definition of a snowboarder. Spend any time amount of time with him, and Sage will prove himself to be a party animal, shredder, and innovator of snowboarding. While he hanging with the rest of the Nike snowboard team at Nike Headquarters, Yobeat was able to snag this interview with the people’s favorite contest rider.
Let’s start this off with the basics. Why snowboarding, and how did you start?
Why not snowboarding, you know? My brother Blaze started doing it, and I started doing it too. That’s basically it.
Speaking of your brother, he told us you have pooped your pants 3 times trying to land a trick.
Yeah, I was trying to do this super sick, triple cork action, and I tried it three times and I consecutively pooped my pants THREE times. I caught my edge all three times and just shat all over the place.
Have you landed it yet?
(laughs) No, I haven’t tried it since. But we went back to the hotel room and threw my dirty, poopy boxers in the trash can in the kitchen of the hotel room and it smelled so bad. It was disgusting, but amazing.
How do you feel about your brother telling us about this?
It’s awesome, the more people that know about these stories the better because not everyone knows that this is a normal occurrence. Even the girls do it, they just don’t want anyone to know.
What is the conversion rate of X Games medals to number of babes you get to sleep with?
It’s unknown. I mean if you brought it out you could probably slam the baddest chicks in the bar.
What would you do with that medal if shit really hit the fan and you had to turn it into something more useful?
I’d melt it down and maybe make a little ring out of it or something and give it to a nice cougar.
You and your homies in Salt Lake put out edits called Lick the Cat. Is that a drug reference?
This is one thing that everyone needs to know. It came from Yelawolf. He has a song named “Lick the Cat” and we were just bumping it one day. Randomly Jeremy started filming these edits with kids from high school and started calling them “Lick The Cat Edits.” Then we just overran that with like 15 people and started making a bunch of edits throughout the season. Then it really just popped when Spring Break The Movie came out. So yeah, it just came from a song.
So what’s Lick the Cat’s plan for this winter?
This is perfect timing because late night on Halloween weekend we decided that that we are going to make a full length video next year. Probably like 45 minutes to an hour long, equivalent to the Art of Flight or That’s it, That’s All.
Do you have any names for it yet?
Yeah, I think were gonna call it “Thom…ooovie”
How much time do you spend partying compared to actually snowboarding?
When you go to Europe it’s the worst. Everyone goes out til like 6 or 7 a.m. and your boy can’t hang like that. I start fading really early. It’s so harsh, I don’t see how those dudes can do it.
Do your parents get pissed when they see you partying on film?
I don’t know if they watch those edits, I think they do. But my mom got bummed at me when I was in Europe because I threw up on my carpet.
The set-up in this place is crazy. Tell me what it’s like riding for Nike.
Riding for Nike is so sick. The whole team is up here now for meetings all week. People are showing us some of the most crazy stuff for next year. They just have people from all different aspects of Nike that are super down for snowboarding. They pull so much stuff from so many different areas of the company so it’s not just a couple snowboarders thinking about what they can put in a boot to make it better, they have guys that have been doing running shoes, army stuff, and football stuff for year. It seems like you can get a combo of sick ideas in terms of the gear.
How much stuff are you allowed to write off on Nike?
I don’t even know. Whenever I’m with them they just buy the stuff so I don’t really have to do that. (laughs)
Are you trying to go to the Olympics?
I am gonna try to go to the Olympics. It would be awesome to get an Olympic medal but the scandal would be the sickest. You know? Like Scotty Lago. So were brainstorming trying to figure out the best scandal that could go down.
So if the pussy conversion from X Games medals is big, how much much of jump can you expect?
Who knows! Not that many people know, but you must get so many cougars though. There are so many good looking cougars in Park City that you just need to marry them all. And in Utah it’s okay to marry a bunch of their people.
In terms of the Olympics and the trick-list that is required, do you feel good about the way you’re progressing?
I think it should be good. I couldn’t really care less how I or anyone else gets there, it’s just rad to be a part of the Olympics. As far as the progression goes, I’m sure some crazy business will be going down. But I think it’ll be more of a fun thing, unlike how it is with the pipe people. They take it a little more serious.
You live in Utah, have you ever done the Mormon soak?
(laughs) I think that’s just like a rumor, I mean you hear everyone like, “oh, you soak?” But I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting the soak part.
What has been your favorite snowboard trip?
Baldface. Easily takes the cake, it was so sick being up there. It was me, Travis Rice, Nicolas, Gigi, E-Jack, Kazu, John-Jack, friggin Devun, Walsh, Jamie lynn was there, I mean the list goes on.
What’s the vibe like being kind of the younger cat riding with all those dudes?
They were so sick! I’ve gotten to know a bunch of them pretty well, like Nicolas and Gigi a lot because of Nike. But Mark and I are there like, “I don’t know what I’m doing. I can ride some pow, but I’m not trying to jump off like a 40 ft tree bonk or something and fly like 100 ft down the face.” It was so gnarly watching them ride, the videos just don’t do justice. But yeah, everyone just took Mark and I under our wing and it was super mellow.
I saw you at Waka Flocka in Portland, shit got hyphy. I assume you’re bumping that when your shredding, what else are you listening to?
Basically some Waka, some Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and then obviously seeing the Lick The Cat edits you can see we love that techno business so a lot of that techno. Just bought my tickets to some Swedish House Mafia in L.A. this March so regardless of where I’m at in the world I’m just gonna fly there for one day and then fly back to wherever I am. So yeah basically just rap, techno, and then obviously stuff like Megadeath, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden.
Nike, Monster Energy, Apo Snowboards, Loctite, Arnette, Neff Gloves, Pro-Tec, Park City, and Nixon.
Any other shout-outs?
Obviously a shout out to my Mom and Dad because they are the reason I’m doing this interview right now, if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now, my brother, the Lick the Cat homies, and uhhh.. All those cougars out in Park City, I’m just trying to wife them up.
If yo missed it above, check out Sage in the Nike Snowboarding Project Chapter 2 here!