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THE FRENDLY GATHERING MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSIC LINEUP

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Windham, Vt. (March 31, 2015) — Best friends and professional snowboarders Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani are proud to announce the full music lineup for the 2015 Frendly Gathering Music Festival to be held June 26 and 27 in Windham, Vermont.

Headlining the three-day music festival are two incredible acts: Vermont’s own jam band Twiddle who has played at Frendly since its inception and the inspirational world music Nahko & Medicine for the People.

In total, The Frendly Gathering will feature nearly 30 different musical acts to play at the Vermont summer event, which combines music, camping, yoga, food, skateboarding, dance workshops, inspiration and a big dose of “Frendship.”

Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, the Frendly Gathering official home will be held at Timber Ridge, located in Windham. Now one of New England’s premier music festivals, The Frendly Gathering will feature a lineup that is sure to stoke out all types of music lovers, including rock and roll, bluegrass, folk, jam, reggae and electronic acts.

“Ever since the beginning of Frendly Gathering, Twiddle has been the heart and soul of the event,” said co-organizer Jack Mitrani. “Now in our fifth year, we are beyond proud and excited to announce them as our headliner alongside Nahko & Medicine For The People and some of our favorites like Mac Demarco and Valerie June.”

Heading up the event are Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani who share the same passion for music, the outdoors, the environment and bringing the ideals of “Frendship” to the masses with their motto being “there is no ‘I’ in Frends.” Five years ago, they decided to bring their favorite bands, both known and unknown, to one venue in a frendly and intimate festival setting that combines great frends, delicious food, and the comforts of nature with the goal of bringing frends around the world together. The festival has a cap on ticket sales to ensure short lines, easy access to the front of the stage and most importantly, an intimate atmosphere.

Multi-day passes are available, as well as Thursday early arrival passes for those who want to set up their tents in prime locations. The range of camping is vast, from general campsites, to luxury cabin rentals that are fully stocked for a convenient and comfortable weekend camping experience.

2015 Frendly Gathering Lineup:

· Twiddle
· Nahko & Medicine For The People
· Mac Demarco
· Valerie June
· Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
· Spirit Family Reunion
· Rob Garza (from Thievery Corporation)
· Kung Fu
· Turkuaz
· The Parlor Mob
· Lynx
· Moon Hooch
· Willie Watson
· Con Brio
· Novalima
· Kat Wright & ISB
· Sonny Knight & The Lakers
· Charlie Parr
· Lespecial
· Dead Set
· Kalob Griffin Band
· Upstate Rubdown
· Disco Phantom
· Gold Town
· Madaila
· Quiet Lion
· Kitchen Dwellers
· Devesh Duo

For more information on The Frendly Gathering, and to purchase tickets (on-sale now), visit www.frendlygathering.com.

Danny Davis’ Homeless Hump Day

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Support the homeless. Photo courtesy Burton Snowboards 

Once upon a time, contests and filming coexisted in snowboarding, and most of the top pros did both. These days, both have gotten so intense that to be at the top of your game requires concentrating on one or the other. Unless you’re Danny Davis. As one of the few modern pros to straddle the line, Danny’s wealth of experience seemed best to tap into to explore such pressing questions as should snowboarding boycott the Olympics and other hot topics we have time to overanalyze while we wait for the snow to fall.

Was it upsetting being compared to a homeless person on Reddit?

Yes I saw it, Jack Mitrani sent it to me. That was the first time I’d been on Reddit.com and since then I would say like 40 of my other friends have sent it to me. Always a humbling experience to get made fun of, kinda puts you back in your place.

So is your homeless look a protest of the jock image of competitive snowboarding?

That was definitely the goal. It’s actually in support of homeless people everywhere. It’s ok to look homeless, I suppose.

So for some reason last week, the industry czars are once again calling for snowboarding to boycott the Olympics because it’s bad for snowboarding. As someone who’s who’s been, what do you think?

That’s always a tough one, but if they were saying it was the worst contest of the year, I would agree with that. Do they portray snowboarding in a good way? Not really. But there’s two sides to it. That other part is that maybe helps the industry – brings snowboarding to more people, gets more people snowboarding, brings more money in the sport. Which lets people like myself and others do their jobs. It’s a tough one, I didn’t have the best time at the Olympics. I enjoyed it. Would I go again? I’m gonna have to wait until that comes around, I’m not gonna make that decision now. It’s not very motivating what happened at the last one to go to that one. I could save myself like $10 grand and two weeks and do something else.

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Hood life. Photo: Adam Moran

Do you think being an Olympic snowboarder gives you more opportunities with your bigger sponsors such as Mountain Dew?

I would say not completely. I tried two other times and fucked that up, they didn’t care, they were still down, They’ve always backed me. But I think for a lot of people, yeah, it’s a way to do what you love to do. A lotta bit of work and it’s just kind of how it goes.

Do you think an Olympic boycott is even possible?

I don’t know, you’re always going to have those national teams that will just go and do what the FIS wants. You’re always gonna have those people I think. To get all those mountain schools and all that shit on board is a mission. And I don’t know that it’s the right thing do to either. The Olympics is what it is. In hockey it’s not the biggest thing in the world. I just think that we need to make something that’s better than the Olympics that more people are into. Just something that is snowboarding. The Olympics can live and be run by skiers if it wants – it isn’t very good anyway. The IOC just isn’t good. I think we need to make other shit that’s better. Are you going to be able everyone on board to make a boycott? That’s a hell of a goal.

You were one of the riders that spoke out about the crappy pipe, did you think about boycotting then?

I mean sure those words came out of my mouth out of frustration to Greg or something, but I was trying to keep my mouth shut at that place as much as I could. Everything you said would just be used against you. I was bummed, you know. Everyone tried to hard to get there and you get there and the pipe sucked. Whatever. A contest is a contest. If you’ve got ride a shitty pipe you do it. I wonder if I should have boycotted. It would have been a lot more fun. And the pipe sucking was one thing, the whole format sucked as well, but I must have known that going into it. It was like qualifying, semi finals, finals, all in one day. That never happens. It was just put together by people who don’t really care for the athletes or care about what’s gonna go down. But snowboarding is back for another three years!

Snowboarders started out as rebels. Are we too complacent or soft these days?

Snowboarding is just more accepted. It’s gotten organized, it’s gotten corporate. It’s changed a bunch, some for good some for bad. But are people too soft? I don’t think we’re any softer or ruder than the first generation. It was the era, too just like skateboarding, so I guess, are skateboarders softer now? It’s just different – Look at all these mountain schools. In two weeks when Copper opens their pipe it’ll just be schools and teams.

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If Blotto shoots a guy in the sky shot, that makes it cool, right?

Remember when people could make money doing snowboard contests? What’s it gonna take to bring that back?

I would say people still make money doing contests, I know Mark McMorris makes a lot of money winning contests. But yeah, there’s not enough money in contests. I get like 5th or 6th place and it’s usually like $2-3000 if that, and it costs $2-3000 to get there. It’s tough there’s not a lot of money in contests. I just do the ones that you can win a decent amount.

So is it all about the money?

The shitty contests are about the money.

Is your plan to stay the course and do contests or are you looking into other avenues?

I have always done other things and I want to do more than that for sure, but I’ll always do contests. Dew Tour pipe last year was so good and so fun to ride, and if you don’t get to ride that pipe and that pipe is probably never gonna be like that again because they just don’t take care of it. I like to do certain contests, US Open, X Games is cool. I think I’ll do those, keep trying to learn tricks I wanna learn. If I stop doing well, then that’ll tell me something.

It seems like snowboarding is so divided – on one side you’ve got the video kids that are into filming and being cool and then on the other side you have the contest kids. Some riders such as yourself bridge the gap, but why do you think most people don’t?

It’s kinda like anything else, skateboarding, surfing, they all have different avenues. It allows for more people to shine in the sport, and if it was one way or the other it wouldn’t work. It is harder to come up with a video part. You’ve gotta really stand out. Contests you can kinda work your way up. The core side is ignored by the American public, but then in the magazines there’s not that much stuff about contests, it’s more about free riding and rails.

Why do you think the mainstream gravitates towards contests?

That’s the American way! Win! I think it’s cause they can follow it, there’s something they understand, but that’s something I’ll never know because I’m a snowboarder. I enjoy all aspects of snowboarding. Except Parallel Giant slalom. Although that’s pretty decent as well.

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Peace, love and snowboard parks. Photo: Blotto

Have you ever done PGS?

Well no, but I’ve seen it. I’d wear a pair of hard boots, I would love to try it.

Do you think snowboarding is stuck in the past?

I wish it was. That’d be sick. If everyone was just doing grabs and wearing crazy long hats like back in the day that would be awesome. But everybody’s learning lots of tricks fast, so I wouldn’t stay its stuck in the past. What do you mean?

I feel like a lot of the people in the industry are trying to hold things back to the “way it used to be.” Do you think snowboarding needs a new system?

I think things are going back to being style related and more interested in cool jumps and cool things to hit in the backcountry. Everyone is more interested in style and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Everybody wants to progress in snowboarding, maybe it’s not the way of flips and spins. Some people wanna ride mountains, some people wanna ride switch or hit rails.  People progress in different ways. Videos used to be such a big part of the sport and I don’t think it’s as much that way anymore.

Wait, you don’t think videos are still a big part of snowboarding?

I think they are, they’re a huge part, but I feel like less and less get made. Back in the day there were so many and now it’s just content overload, so it’s tough. There’s a new video part coming out every day.

Yeah I don’t think there’s less then their used to be, it’s just a different delivery system.

Yeah it’s just the world we live in.

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Dreamy Danny. photo: Blotto

How do NASCAR races compare to snowboard events?

NASCAR is fucked. It’s like the Super Bowl every weekend. It’s like 70k people camping in the parking lot, the most dedicated fans you’ve ever seen and a lot of beer drinking. And NASCAR people are incredibly dedicated to their sponsors.

Do you think sponsor loyalty is important? Does it makes sense to switch brands if you get a better offer?

I think if it’s a good brand then go for it. You’ve gotta trust em and have a good relationship with them. That’s a tough one with a lot of brands. There’s always companies that come into snowboarding that come in a lot of money that will drop out, so there’s always opportunities that you’ve gotta pass up.

Have you ever turned down a brand because you weren’t down with them?

Yeah, totally. Sometimes you have to make the decision, do I want to switch or do I want to stay and you’ve gotta lay everything out and try to be somewhat smart business-wise about it. I think sponsors are always gonna want the next good kid. So you gotta just try and last as long you can, make it happen as long as you can.

Cooler sponsor: Mountain Dew or Martin Guitars?

Mountain dew.

Do you feel like you ever have to justify riding for corporate companies? With Nike pulling out it seems like we’re hearing a lot of anti-corporate rhetoric, so as someone who’s always rode for big non-endemic sponsors, do you think big corporations have a place in snowboarding?

With Nike I would say no, because they tried four times and they didn’t really succeed. It’s bad if companies like that are dropping out of snowboarding. It’s kinda scary for the industry anyway. I never really supported Nike being in it, because they’re not really in it. They’re only in it for the market share. I’d rather see companies in it for the market share because their whole company is snowboarding. Snowboard brands are good. Companies that are big are buying up some of the others and that’s just how it goes. But the companies that are privately owned, I think it’s bad ass that they’re able to do it.

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Style? Tech? It’ll never be as fun as riding powder. Photo: Blotto

Are you involved at all in the Frends brand?

I’m not involved at all, it’s Keir and another guy Ryan, and they work super hard and make that thing survive. I have nothing do with that. But if you need some women’s headphones, let us know.

What’s your dream line up for Friendly Gathering?

We were just going through some bands last night. I’m sure there will be some Twiddle and thinking maybe some Charles Bradley. I was thinking another soul night for the gathering because I’ve been listening to a lot of soul music. We’ll see though, it’s too early to tell.

Thanks to the Internet, Michigan is on the map as a snowboard locale. What was it like for you growing up there, pre-internet?

I remember getting AOL and surfing the net for the first time! I was from Alpine Valley, which is confused a lot of times with the one in Wisconsin, which it’s not, it’s in White Lake, Michigan. But there was a tow rope, a jump on the left usually and a half pipe that was cut everyone now and then. A lot of ice. A lot of laps. And night riding, which is how I got to go a lot after school. But I did contests to come up, ya know, I didn’t film, I didn’t really have a crew. I had a bunch of friends in USASA, but I think I bought my first video of snowboarding when I was 14 when I was just starting to get really interested. Chris Englesman is from Michigan too.

There’s a lot of people from there in snowboarding. 

Yeah, I’ve been meeting more and more.

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O face. Photo: Blotto

How long have you been a pro snowboarder?

How do you mean?

How long have you been making money snowboarding?

I think the first contest I ever won money in was in 2005. I won $800.

Boom, you’re pro snowboarder!

Yeah, getting paid I think maybe like 7 years.

Do you feel like you have to work harder to maintain it these days?

Yeah I do think it’s harder than when I was coming up. It seemed a little easier, there was more going on, more money in the sport and more possibilities to ride for brands and make a living or at least get by. I feel like I work pretty hard to keep doing what I’m doing, but I would say there’s people who work harder. Yeah, it’s fucking tough.

But is there really anything to complain about?

No, there’s not, I live a really good life.

What’s your plan for the season? Do you have one yet?

Nah, I just wing it. Last year, totally winging it. (laughs) Of course I have a plan! I’m gonna do Dew Tour and then I have a month or so to film until X Games and I’ll film with Burton and maybe somebody else and probably do US Open, film between X Games and US Open and then film after US open until spring stuff comes up.

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Peace, bro. Photo: Blotto

Is it gonna snow in Tahoe this year?

Everyone is claiming, it’s looking like El Nino.

Do you get to ride at home much?

I’m here right now, but going to Mammoth opening this weekend. I mean, it’s tough to stay here if it’s not snowing, I gotta go somewhere else if I’m not doing contests. In the summer we do Frendly Gathering for pretty much the whole month of June and I’m in Vermont, and then go to Hood, so I don’t spend a whole lot of time at home. But I love Tahoe. I hope it dumps!

Is there anything else going on in snowboarding that you’re especially hyped on?

I like all the Banked Slaloms that keep popping up. That’s a good thing. I was just talking to someone about how I’m not going to be able to go to Dirksen Derby, but I’d like to see more things like that. I think it’s gonna be a good year in the US too, lots of snow.

Hope so! Wanna finish me off with your current sponsor list?

Burton, Mountain Dew, Dragon, Sony and Martin Guitar. That’s the old NASCAR list, I’m thinking about getting it sewn on my jacket.

Frendly Gathering 2014

Words and photos: Jenna Geery

The Frendly Gathering went off at Timber Ridge resort June 27-29. I just woke up from a necessary 24-hour nap to remember I should write something about the festivities. It involved music, crooked camping on the slopes, confusing every man with a beard and a bucket hat for Danny Davis, drugs, minimal sleep, sex, tie dye, a skate ramp, high fives, a pond full of pee, lots of Twiddle (A LOT of Twiddle), drugs, late nights, no shoes, costumes, hoola-hoops, sun and a few more drugs …

A good time was had by all. Word on the street is next year it will be even more exclusive, so get your tickets now if you’re into that kind of thing.

Jack Mitrani’s Instagram Intervention

The Frends are pretty funny, but let’s face it, College Humor already won making fun of Instagram with this.

Mammoth Mondays: The Frendly Gathering

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Last weekend, pros, bros and more bros gathered at Mammoth for the second annual Frendly gathering. We were going to leave the letter I out of all the captions, but that seemed like it would be hard to read. All photos by Peter Morning

Frendly Gathering at Mammoth June 2-6

If you like partying, snowboarding, camping, partying, hanging out with sweet pros, partying, and other things of that nature, and are anywhere near Mammoth, then you’ll probably wanna click over to Facebook and RSVP for the Frendly Gathering. It’s scheduled for June 2-6th and if last year was any indication, will be a good time. If you can’t make it to Mammoth because you live on the other coast, never fear, there’s an east coast stop in the works too, because those Frends really like to party.

RSVP and check out all the details here and stay up to date with changes by being a fan here.

SIA Sponsorship Shuffle

Keeping up with the constant barrage of sponsor changes is hard enough when you’re sitting in front of a computer all day, and of course, during SIA, when we’re not, is when everyone decided to add new riders to their teams. Needless to say, we won’t bore you with the 40 or so press releases. Instead, here is a list of the news that made it into our inbox this weekend. Read more

Frends of Mountain Creek

Must be nice to have a high-powered agency representing your crew. The Frends have an energy drink sponsor, headphone line and now a resort partnership with Mountain Creek. Yes, they are slightly more high profile riders than say, Tranny Finders, but it’s getting a little expensive to buy… That aside, the Frends do have their moments and this Mountain Creek promo video is one of them. Seriously, the Creek is probably more stoked on Jersey Shore’s success than Snookie and J-Wow themselves. MONEY IN THE BANK!

For more info on Frends and Mountain Creek, and your chance to design a feature in the Mountain Creek park this season, check the full release at http://creekfreestyle.blogspot.com

HCSC Session Dos Video

Though my one day on hill during session two was socked in, it appears they actually had a grand old time in the sun in my absence. Plus the Frends were there, and who doesn’t like those guys!?

Hump Day with Scotty Lago

Photo by ARR

Photo by ARR

In the olden days of snowboarding, riders could really specialize. You could be a just pipe rider, or a just park rat, and still have a career. But those days are gone, and if you wanna ride pro, you better be able to ride everything. Scotty Lago is one of the new crop that does just that. Depending on the day, he may be doing a pipe contest, hitting a super kicker, or even shredding backcountry lines. On top of being an all-around shredder, Scotty has another thing going for him. He’s just a really nice guy. He even put up with this dysfunctional YoBeat interview, done over iChat with numerous technical difficulties. Enjoy!

Brooke: Let’s start with the most important question. Do people ever ask you to leggo their eggo?

Scotty: (Laughing) Yeah, I get that every once and a while. They’re all, “Yo, leggo my eggo, and I’m all ok, whatever.”

BG: Have you come up with a clever response yet?

SL: I just tell them that I will.

Nick: I met a guy in Gov’y this summer who had apparently met you and was blown away by how “real” you were. Why do you think people expect you to be some weirdo celebrity?

SL: (Laughing) I guess they just think that if you’re pro or something that you got to be all weird, when in fact I’m just as normal as everyone else. I think it grows on the person when they see you in mags or vids.

NL: How was your HCSC Signature Session this season?

SL: The session was great, it was all of our first signature session so we didn’t know really what to expect, but we had such a good time.

NL: The “weâ€? you are referring to is the Frends crew. Who’s in it and what’s it about?

SL: It’s Danny (Davis), Mason (Aguirre), Kevin (Pearce), Jack and Luke (Mitrani), Keir (Dillon), and Me. We’re just all best friends for real and we travel together all the time. It just kinda evolved into the crew and I was a part of it.

NL: Are you going to switch to Burton? You seem to be the odd man out.

SL: (Laughing) No plans. Obviously everyone thinks that, but we don’t want that because then people would think it had something to do with Burton, and it doesn’t.

NL: So you are the only reason Frends isn’t a Burton gig. Is it scary?

SL: No pressure, in fact the frends crew is kinda about the opposite….chillin’ and havin’ a good time.

BG: Do the other guys make fun of you about your bindings?

SL: Yea they do, but who doesn’t. I love them and it honestly goes over my head. We’re always ragging on each other, I think it keeps us all on the same level.

NL: How did Keir get involved? Isn’t he like 50 and taking Sal’s place in the X Games?

SL: Yea, well we have all know Keir forever and we can all say that we have a ton of respect for him for sure, not only as a rider but as a businessman. We don’t hang with him as much, but he’s the man.

photo courtesy of Flow Snowboards

photo courtesy of Flow Snowboards


NL: Moving on, what is your favorite thing to do on a snowboard? Are you trying to fly to Salt Lake and hit rails or to Alaska to shoot the moon?

SL: Really I could do both, but my heart is in big mountain and hitting big jumps, hips, pipe, and cliffs. But I do love rails, don’t get me wrong.

(Nick’s internet crashed at this point so Brooke had to take control of the interview.)

BG: How did you get into big mountain stuff, growing up on the east coast, and all?

SL: Well I think it’s because all my idols are doing it (laughs.) Yea, I still have idols…

BG: What’s so funny about that? You are still young in the grand scheme of things…who are your idols?

SL: Travis Rice, Danny Kass, and (Kyle) Clancy.

BG: Ha, Clancy! Where did you grow up riding?

SL: I shredded all over the east coast. Pretty much a lot in Vermont, Waterville, New Hampshire, and at this little ski hill called Bradford. It’s in Massachusetts.

BG: That’s weird, living in NH and riding in Mass. Why would you do such a thing?

SL: Well I live in the southern most town in NH, so it’s not a far commute.

BG: What’s up with people in NH naming their kids Scotty? I mean, there’s you, Scotty Arnold…I guess that’s it, but still that’s a lot for one sport and one small state.

SL: (Laughing) There’s only one Scotty Lago….ok well I guess there is some talk show host in like, Spain, but he’s a loser.

Snake bite. Photo: ARR

Snake bite. Photo: ARR


(Nick called in a question.)

BG: So, why aren’t you afraid of “fucking super jumps?â€?

SL: I guess because I feel really confident in my jumping. I was always afraid of big jumps, but the more big jumps you hit, the mellower they get.

BG: What’s the biggest jump you’ve ever hit?

SL: (Laughing at us not with us) That sounded like a question a little kid would ask. Maybe a little over 100 feet.

BG: Did you just call me a little kid? Can you get me sponsored? Can you do backflips?

SL: No, it was a good question.

BG: Seriously, can you do backflips?

SL: The public needs to know huh?

BG: Yeah pretty much.

SL: Yup, I remember the first time I landed one. I was so young and just gripped, when I landed I just like cried. I was eight I think.

BG: How old were you when you started snowboarding?

SL: 7

BG: How old are you now?

SL: 20

BG: When is the big 2-1?

SL: Soon, in November.

BG: Are you excited? Any big plans?

SL: Super pumped, me, Mason, and Kevin are all turning 21 in the same week.

BG: So are the Frends going to take over Vegas?

SL: No, I think were going to Tampa, Fl. (Laughing) Weird, right? I’ve got a friend that is a club promoter and he’s going to make sure it goes off there.

BG: Have you ever been to Tampa before? That place is a shithole!

SL: Nice… that’s perfect. Never been before.

BG: You’ve been a few places cause of this snowboarding thing though. What’s the best place you’ve gotten to travel to?

SL: Yea for sure, and I’m very grateful for that… I would have to say Japan, love the people there. The people make the place for me. If they’re all dicks, then I hate the place, even if they make great wine and cheese.

Big in Japan. Photo courtesy Flow Snowboards

Big in Japan. Photo courtesy Flow Snowboards

(Scotty’s computer decided to crash, so we are now talking to him via Andrew Mutty’s machine.)

BG: So now that we are talking on Mutty’s ichat, what’s it like having the best TM in the biz?

SL: (Laughs) It’s great. Me and him are very aggressive, so that can get fun at times. We argue like fucking brothers.

BG: How do you get along with all the Euros on the team?

SL: Mutty said to hurry up, he’s got to use his computer. We get along great, I love them and they love me.

BG: Which one is your favorite?

SL: Antti, but don’t tell anyone.

BG: Too late. I already told everyone.

SL: Crap!

BG: So you are at the airport, where are you off to right now?

SL: Argentina, apparently it’s dumping there so I’m giggling like a little schoolgirl right now.

BG: Lucky.

SL: Yea, my flight got delayed so it looks like we’re going to miss our connection, and I’m in for another trip from hell (laughs.)

BG: Oh not lucky. Well, I guess we can wrap this up so Mutty can use his computer. You got anything else you’d like to say?

SL: Thanks to my parents, my grandparents, Scott Millette, my sweet sponsors and all my buddies. Oh, and keep it real to all the peeps. I hate fake people, I didn’t know what else to say.

BG: Well, have a great trip!

SL: Spank you, talk soon.

photo courtesy Flow Snowboards

photo courtesy Flow Snowboards