A 21-year-old ripper fresh out of London, Ontario, Kody Williams moved to Big Bear to improve and show off his many talents on a snowboard. Aggressively savage on a snowboard, he currently holds the official title of “pretzel king,” along with being one of the coolest dudes in town. We sat and chatted for several hours and let me tell you, this kid is a riot. From peeing on friends to dropping hammers, he will be someone to look out for in the near future. So without further ado, I introduce to you, Kody Williams!
RF: How did your career start? When did people start to notice you?
KW: It felt slow at first. But, that all changed when I moved from London, Ontario to Big Bear, California. You see, Alone Snowboards had been hooking me up at that time but were not too stoked when Gnarly started hooking me up with gear.
RF: Why did Alone have beef with Gnarly sponsoring you also?
KW: Hahahaha. Well, I stopped wearing their gear all together and just got down with the Gnarly program. One thing led to another and they dropped me. Trust me, I wasn’t too upset about it to say the least.
RF: After Alone dropped out, how long did it take you to acquire a new board sponsor? And how did it happen?
KW: Basically a year. My homies were giving me their old boards to ride for a while. Then, Brandon Cordell from Burton noticed that I was riding a bunch of different boards in my 2k14 edit and asked what the deal was. A little bit before last year’s HDHR, Brandon hooked me up with fresh gear and decks.
RF: So, let’s talk Burton. What are your thoughts on Burton dropping the Knowbuddy team? Was it spontaneous or was it something everybody saw coming? Is Burton still sponsoring you?
KW: It’s totally fucked. The whole Knowbuddy team was sick. Basically, one day a mass email was sent out that read “R.I.P Knowbuddy.” Yeah, it was pretty much out of the blue. I am still sponsored by Burton. They actually just sent me a new snowboard. I spray painted “Knowbuddy” on the top and called it a day.
RF: So, word on the street is that Burton is having their riders exclusively model their gear instead of featuring them actively performing in it. Is this true?
KW: Haha, yeah. It is true. I was kicking it with Wilkyboi not too long ago and he actually had to leave to do a photoshoot for them! It’s all good though.
RF: Kody, every time an edit drops- you are always in a new city tearing it up. How do you finance these trips? Does Burton fund any of your travel expenses?
KW: No, they don’t. They just hook me up with product at the moment. I also work for a professional roofing company. My boss, Jamie Bates, should definitely start snowboarding again. Also, my parents are a huge help and they support me 100%. It’s super tight!
RF: Do you have an exercise regimen? Do you do yoga and eat kale? Because you must have hips of steel, the way you have been pretzel-ing out of rails. I feel like they should have blown out by now?
KW: Naw, I actually should probably get into something like that. Like maybe start stretching or something…
RF: What is it like being black in a predominantly white sport?
KW: It has actually helped me. Haha. It has turned me into somewhat of a commodity… Like a black hockey player.
RF: I heard that you are featured in the upcoming Footyfiend movie, is that true? Do you know when Jordan will most likely be dropping that fire? And, is there anything that we should know beforehand?
KW: Know this- you guys aren’t ready for the all out fire that’s going to come out of it! Hahaha. And, it could drop at any moment. No one knows when he will do it. JUST BE READY!
RF: How was your experience at HDHR this year? Care to share some insight on what happened with your gear?
KW: Well, throughout my first run of the competition, I could feel that my binding was acting goofy. All of a sudden, it broke! I asked Wilkyboi if there were any that I could borrow. He found a pair, but unfortunately it didn’t work with my board. So, Lucas Magoon gave me his deck, which was so big. It was a sketchy ride, to say the least. In the end, it all worked out though. The homie, Justin Mulford, ended up loaning me his board, which was a much better fit.
RF: So in an early edit of you, I peeped you making out with a gang of females. Do the females flock to Kody?
KW: Hahaha. NO. Not at all.
RF: Tell me the most embarrassing moment you have ever had with all the homies?
(LENNY MAZZOTTI chimes in)
LM: I’m going to just lay it on you plain and simple. When Kody gets drunk, he likes to pee. One night, we went to Sonora Cantina. We had a few drinks there. Then we went to the AV nightclub where we continued our consumption. By the end of the night, Kody was shitfaced. I had to carry his ass home. Haha. Well, that was a big mistake. Right before I could get him into bed, he started to unleash hell on my shoulder. And, when I mean hell, I am talking about the hottest piss stream that I have ever felt! Hahaha. But he will always be my best friend.
RF: Well my brother, it has been a pleasure interviewing you. I will be rooting for you as you climb your way to the top. Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out too?
KW- Yeah, Yeah. Shout out to my parents for putting up with me despite all the stress that I am constantly putting them through. Haha. They never know where I am. Should out to my aunt, Neat! She always hooks me up and lets me know what’s good.
Shout out to the homies that I grew up riding with back in London- Chris Fellner, Jeff Howlette, Sean G, Kirby Kustok, and probably more that I am forgetting… And shout out to the homies from Ontario too! Pocket Figures krew!