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Secret Mountain Slalom

Who doesn’t love some low impact snowboarding? Less rails! More turns! Gray Thompson is an innovator.

United Shapes

In search of more creative path, Gray Thompson started cutting boards three years ago. The goal was to experiment and bring a fresh feel under his feet. Once the Warp Wave mastermind connected with Steven Kimura, their board company United Shapes was born.

Read Terasu’s full profile on this unique new brand HERE.

Curtis Woodman’s Surf The Earth Episode 3

The froth prince hath returned for yet another attack on the kingdom of powder. With his trusty Arbor snowboard as a weapon, Curtis Woodman slashes and burns the forests of Washington and Tahoe in a full blown whiteroom frenzy. Episode 3 features additional riding from Justus Hines, Joe Bosler, Eric Messier, and Gray Thompson.

Owner Operator Winter ’15

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The small  independent New York City based apparel company Owner Operator is back for the 2015 season.  With a new website and collection, their traditionally styled technical apparel, manufactured across the USA, will keep you looking stylish and dry all season long. Although more expensive than most outerwear consider the impact and benefit every dollar you spend on American made goods has and what you’re supporting with your purchases. See some of their new gear in action as Eric Messier and Gray Thompson get loose up on Mt. Chillington as well as some of our favorite piece from the line below.

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Hump Day Rides the Warp Wave with Eric Messier and Gray Thompson

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You have likely double-taked in awe at their cinematic snow spectacles. Two telepathically radical minded new wave dudes, Eric Messier and Gray Thompson, from the nether regions of North Lake Tahoe are on a mystical journey of epic shred proportions. Amidst the mountains, deserts, tits, road flares, VHS and general tomfoolery emerged the beast that is Warp Wave. The holy grail of shredding is out there, waiting to be found and devoured. These dudes have found it. All hail Warp Wave.

Where did you get into snowboarding?

Eric Messier: I was in the 6th grade, on the East Coast visiting Vermont and saw snowboarding. There were a ton of snowboarders out there and I was really into skateboarding at the time. It was a no brainer to switch over because it looked like so much fun. I was over skiing and wanted to try something new.

Gray Thompson: I started in 1997. It was my 6th birthday. December 12, 1997. I went to Sierra at Tahoe my first day. Begged my parents to let me rent a board and try it out. Seems like forever ago.

Do you guys remember meeting each other?

Messier: I think we met out snowboarding. We both were on Comune at the time. He seemed like a mellow dude and he was on the same vibe like I was. We got along really well right off the bat.

Thompson: I think I was shooting a lot of photos at the time. It was around 2010. I think I just ran into those dudes and we started boarding and shooting photos. Having a grand ole time!

Messier: I think the first time we went out we shot something at Squaw Valley. Some roof jam thing. You shooting Ben and I.

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Rider: Eric. Photo: Gray

Take us back to the beginning of establishing the psychedelic experience that is Warp Wave.

Messier: Gray was living with Curtis Woodman at the time and I came over and showed him this edit I had made of when I went to Europe. He had some footage too and we just started talking. Why don’t we just start our own video project and make our own movie? We were sick of having other people in charge of our footage and doing what they wanted to do with our footage. Fuck that! We can do it ourselves.

Thompson: That was it. The Europe edit sparked this whole series of events that is now Warp Wave. Why are we putting our snowboarding in other people’s hands? We had a certain way that we wanted it to come out. We can manifest it ourselves, so we did it!

Explain the Warpe Du Look Movement to us.

Thompson: The Warpe Du Look is a medieval film look that’s been around for centuries. We are trying to master the art of it, one snowboard video at a time. We had to come up with our film genre because that’s what we do – we come up with weird shit. We encourage others to bitch and film content for this genre.

How important is it to show a different facet of snowboarding?

Messier: I think it’s really important. Especially right now. You see a lot of the same shit these days. A lot of park edits. A lot of the same tricks and stuff. We just want to show more of what snowboarding is to us. The fun side of it. Not taking it so seriously. Not trying to hurt yourself. We want to show kids you don’t have to do all this gnarly shit to have fun on a snowboard. You can do that if that is your thing, but i just feel like the general whole of snowboarding that’s not what it’s about.

Thompson: I grew up riding Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and consider them freeriding mountains where people go there to enjoy the natural slopes. So, I grew up just seeing people snowboarding – just nothing else, just linking turns. Amping up on storm days in the pow. I think that once I got more and more into snowboarding, and following the videos and stuff in the industry, people weren’t really showcasing that way of riding that I was seeing everyday. I just felt there was a lack of content in this genre of snowboarding, ya know? We want to change that.

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When I watch you guys I often think of Travis Parker.

Messier: Definitely a big influence on me and Gray for sure. He makes you want to go snowboarding.

Thompson: He was one of those first pros who found snowboarding for what it was and just had fun with it.

Messier: Definitely that vibe he had we appreciate and we look up to him for that.

Where did each of you grow up?

Messier: I grew up in North Lake Tahoe.

Thompson: In San Francisco. Right in the middle of the city.

Messier: He was the weekend warrior.

Thompson: Yes, I was the weekend warrior. From the 7 x 7 jail.

You guys talk about bringing simplicity back to shredding.

Thompson: I think we have just figured out in the simplest form that makes us happy and what we get stoked on. We are super in tune with the littlest things of getting stoked on a turn and what that feels like and that simplicity. That’s the simplicity we want to bring back to snowboarding.

Why do you work well together?

Messier: We are into the same things and we are on the same vibe. Common interests, ya know?

Thompson: We always both get the same idea all the time. I think because we’re both pretty mellow dudes. We don’t get crazy, kinda. We just get along easy, you know?

Whose decision was it to shoot the first season on VHS? Was it difficult?

Thompson: Somehow we came across this shit camera. We borrowed it from a friend’s garage. It was a camera he had from back in the 90s. This was in the summer and we just started filming summer shit. One night went over and projected it onto a TV. We started playing with it and pointing the camera at the mirrors and stuff. It would show up as this crazy endless hallway on the TV. Trippy things like that. I think we decided right there it would be a really fun format to shoot a snowboard video in.

Messier: It’s kind of an experiment. It might come out a little trippy in some parts. It’s a really fun way to mix things up. At the same time we shoot Hi-Def now. We didn’t want to be those guys who just limit ourselves to VHS. We’re going to shoot some 16mm this year. We’re going to shoot Hi-Def. We’re probably going to shoot some Hi-8 and VHS. We don’t want to limit ourselves to one style, I guess. It’s fun to play around with different things.

What would be your biggest criticism of mainstream snowboarding’s “quality” these days?

Messier: I think just mainstream snowboarding getting these companies involved – energy drinks and stuff. Shit sponsors, or soda sponsors, or whatever. I think that’s the worst part.

Thompson: I think the industry has a hood on and is blocking out the simplest raddest things in snowboarding. They’re just not really aware of the awesomeness that it really is – the roots. That’s probably my biggest bummer on that, but it’s changing.

Messier: I would be down for big companies sponsoring people, but the soda companies – just what they stand for and the product they are trying to sell to people is garbage. I am not backing that at all. I understand why people do it. They need the money and the companies support their lifestyle. Live their American dream. I am not going to hate on people for doing it. I don’t agree with it. I am never going to do it.

Thompson: Anything that’s short term is bad for the industry. We’re all about longevity here. We all want to snowboard our whole lives. If that means drinking less energy drinks than that’s a good thing.

What filmmakers have influenced you guys most?

Both: Jake Price, Hatchett Brothers, Whitey, Brad Kremer, Absinthe, Dave Seone.

Messier: Willie Bogner for sure! He has the ski clothing line called, Bogner. He makes the ridiculously expensive one pieces. It’s a 100-year-old company. Back in his day – this is Bogner the 2nd, junior, he was real artsy. It was kind of like what we are doing. It wasn’t really so much about the trick. It was out there. Good stuff.

You guys started the Hot Boy’n Movement. Please explain.

Thompson: Hot Boy’n has been around since the beginning of time.

Messier: It’s basically a take on Hot Dog the ski flick. Where freestyling skiing once was. Get down the mountain and hit the mogul field with style and speed. We just started kinda hot boy’n when we were at Alpine Meadows one day and I just cut off this old guy. An old skier. It was an accident. He caught up with us at the lift line and was kinda like pushing me and said, “You guys are just hot boy’n around! Who do you think you are?” We just kinda ran with that the whole hot boy’n thing . Kind of just like being badass on the mountain. Ripping around and getting loose and wild.

Thompson: Just ripping. Not a care in the world! Hot Boy’n down the mountain.

How big of a role does nudity play in Warp Wave?

Messier: The kids seem to like it. We had access to it, so we used it. No one really hates on some tits. We were pretty stoked, so why not?

Thompson: It’s just bringing a fun, sexy, elegant vibe. The warpe du look takes a few elements of filmmaking and one of those is nudity.

Does pond skimming, snowboarding with models and road flares always have a place in snowboarding?

Messier: Yeah, why not? I think those will always be a part of snowboarding. At least for me. Road flares? I need to get some of those.

Thompson: Those would be a good hot boy’n tool.

What adventure was most fulfilling for you this season?

Messier: For me, probably, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had never been there. Our whole crew was epic. Everyone was awesome. It snowed every single day. We rode powder every day. We saw moose running down the freeway. Buffalo! Hot springs that we snowmobiled to. It was everything that makes a snowboarding trip great.

Thompson – Good booze, good people, good times. Thanks to Jackson Hole Resort for hooking it up and letting us ride there. Huge mountain, top to bottom all day.

Where does next season take you guys?

Messier: I think we have a view different ideas. We are probably going to do a couple different projects. All Warp Wave projects. One is Hot Boy’n – The Movie. More scripted and setup scenes and it’s still kind of in the early stages of getting the idea for it. It’s going to be wild. We also had this thing we were trying to do last season called “The Sierra Surfer Tour” where we shredded mountains in the Sierra’s via splitboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow camping – just going to weird little mountains. That never happened this year because it never really snowed in Tahoe. So, depending on the season, we will do some Sierra Surfer Tour as well. We are also hoping to do some sort of foreign trip.

Thompson: Time to go foreign, baby! Hot boy’n in a foreign country.

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Gray enjoys the original energy drink. Photo: Eric

What do you hope to bring with Warp Wave to snowboarding, ultimately?

Messier: For me, it’s been pretty fulfilling that the last two years have had all these older legends, pros and people in the industry come up to us and tell us how stoked on Warp Wave they are, and that what we are doing is special for snowboarding. That means a ton to me because it’s the people that I looked up to and who got me stoked to go out and ride.

Thompson: I have kind of been asking myself that same question, and for me it becomes more and more clear. We already fulfilled where we thought Warp Wave was going, or going to happen. We just wanted to put out a new vibe and get people stoked, just happy on life and everything and snowboarding especially. We just want to get people stoked to go snowboarding.

How does one find their own Warp Wave?

Thompson: It’s all about being in your element. In your wave, you know? Finding your flow and going with it. Tuning into the wave of frequencies within your body when you’re snowboarding and keeping a smile on your face and all your friends hooting and hollering.

Words of wisdom for the Yobeat faithful?

Thompson: Don’t take yourselves too serious. It’s about having fun. Make the most of it.

Messier: I think Scotty Wittlake said it best, “Serious snowboarding is for serious idiots.”

Sponsors?

Messier: D Day snowboards, Owner Operator, Arkade Belts, Snow Peak
Thompson: Owner Operator, Von Zipper, Arkade belts, Snow Peak

Catch the Latest from Warp Wave

Eric Messier and Gray Thompson have been hard at work and in addition to the video above, the third WarpWave zine, WW3, is out and ready to be viewed! This issue features the work of Robbie Sell, Kealan Shilling, Crista Leonard, Alex Mertz, Neil Hartmann, and more. You can view WW3 at: http://warp-wave.com/zines/

Today, we also have released a couple T-Shirts, including a very neat handmade pocket tee. You can find the shirts here: http://warpwave.bigcartel.com/

Of Life and Love: Gray Thompson and Curtis Woodman

Gray Thompson and Curtis Woodman bash pow through Cook City, Stevens Pass, and Baker last January. Strat drooling now.

Cameos: Matt Edgars / Austin Hironaka

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Warp Wave: Holidaze

The Warp Wave boys broke out the Instagram filters for their first official edit! Just kidding guys, they shot it on VHS. It’s retro.

Ride The Warp Wave

Warp Wave is brought to you by the minds of Gray Thompson and Eric Messier. It’s filmed on VHS. It’s not like everything else. It’s ok if you hate it, but it’s also ok to like it. Here’s your first look and you can visit warp-wave.com everyday starting January 1st, 2013 to see more.

This one has boarding in it.

This one is mostly just Eric being weird.

And finally, more boarding.

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Hump Day Keeps it Natural with Gray Thompson

If you pay attention to snowboarding and snowboard videos, you’ve probably heard of Dylan Thompson. The FODT staple has been killing it for years. But a little while back, another Dylan Thompson kept popping up, Tahoe-based and nothing like the first. As he’s begun to make a name for himself as a COMUNE rider, artist and general soul shredder, this latter Dylan Thompson has wisely begun going by a different moniker. Not that this Hump Day is really about this name, but just wanted to clear up any confusion before we get started…

Isn’t your name Dylan? Why Gray?

Gray is my middle name. Changing your name really shakes things up a bit and brings around some good stuff. I would recommend it. We also don’t need another Jeremy Jones situation, figured I would just nip it in the bud and call it what it is.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from The City, San Francisco. Now I live in Tahoe, Truckee to be exact.

What brought you there?

This thing called snowboarding, in case you haven’t heard of it. I was coming up for years and then my junior year of high school I moved up to Tahoe City and haven’t left.

Did you move up by yourself?

I moved up with my Dad. He and I lived in a condo by the lake. Just livin’ the bachelor pad mountain life!

What brought you from moving to Tahoe to where you are now? Who were you riding with and did you get all over those wood rails in Tahoe?

My whole time growing up snowboarding was just my Dad and I. We learned on my 6th birthday and shredded together forever. We rode Alpine meadows, loved storm days because they were the shit. Then I was on this little snowboard team for a couple years and sophomore year of high school I met all of those bHappy kids and started filming for the first time. That got me into rails, believe it or not. Hitting a lot of jib features in Tahoe with them. Got a mini part in one of their first movies called Happy Thoughts. After that Jordan Michilot hit me up. I was shooting a lot of photos at the same time when I was filming with the bHappy kids. I would just document my friends boarding and stuff. Somehow I got involved with Academy to shoot for one of their camps at Boreal in the spring. So I linked up with Jordan and rode with all the Comune dudes and shot stuff with them a few more times. Later I started riding with Ryan Scardigli and he hit up Corey and I just kinda started riding for them. And then thanks to Ryan and Curtis (Woodman) I was able to film a full part for their movie. Its weird how it worked out. Just kinda happened through photography, which is pretty bitchin’.

That sounds like “classic way that Comune finds a rider through some artsy outlet.”

Well it’s rad because I really get along with all of them. They’re really creative people and it’s just so fun and interesting to be around them. It’s this huge collective of artists. I love art and taking photos, you can even follow me on the ‘gram @snowshoe_thompson. But I’m even wearing my fancy coat right now, bein’ a stunna for all them Truckee ladies who are nonexistent (laughs).

Yeah, buddy. I’ve asked people this question before and it seems to be different for everyone but what is your idea of “Tahoe life?”

In my eyes there are two Truckee lives, or Tahoe life. There’s all these kids that come up here for “school” but they end up falling into this crazy party scene that I’ve never seen anywhere else. I’ve been to quite a few places, I like to think, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Just insane dubsteppin house parties. One of the first parties here was Durell (Williams) doing the top 40 DJ party starter thing but it’s evolved into this crazy dubstep scene here. The trashiest girls just go get wasted, do a bunch of drugs and listen to this robot music. I can’t even go out anymore.

Right? It seems like crazy flop house life.

Oh, the flophouse. Dude, I lived in a flophouse a couple years ago for a few months and it was insane. We threw Durell a birthday party and it was ridiculous. There were hundreds of people there, some guy threw up all over our couch.. It was wild. I like to think I got my partying out from when I was like 15 to 18. Now I’m on the other side of Tahoe life, which is all about the mountains and the outdoors! Now I’m living with Curtis Woodman and we’re like health fanatics, basically – not quite. An hour ago I took a shot of apple cider vinegar with garlic and cayenne pepper. We do a bunch of yoga, we stretch, we eat well, we drink juice and we don’t party. We get up early and hike the mountains and go on crazy adventures all the time. It’s nice. Down the street from me is the river so I can go and fly fish whenever I want. Take girls on snowshoe dates; girls love nature even though they’re materialistic.

That’s true. I was talking to you the other day at 9:30 and you’d told me you slept in!

The last 10 days I’ve been out of the house by 7 am and then I come back around 8 pm. But it’s cool, that’s the other side of Tahoe life. And there are all of these people but they hide out. I went to a yoga class the other day and there were all of these babes there that I’d never met before. It was awesome. But now all the dirty party girls are starting to do yoga, so I don’t know what I’m gonna do man.


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What else have you been doing this winter? Outside of Tahoe, that is.

Tahoe has NOT been having a good winter, as everyone knows and same as the rest of the US. I was going to art school last fall in Oakland, California College of Art, it’s a good school. Made me realize that what I want to do for art, I don’t need to go to school for. I’m glad I got that out of my system. But I moved up in December and had all of these plans to do all of these things and go on all of these adventures and there was no snow when I got here. So I headed to Montana in January and met up with Alex Yoder and Blake Paul, the Of Life and Love dudes, and they are just boarders! We did the Aaron Robinson memorial banked slalom in Big Sky, it was pretty awesome, JRob was the last to go but the timer broke since he was going so fast. We took it as a sign from Aaron and just party boarded down, hootin’ and hollerin’!

What do you think about banked slaloms being so prevalent this year?

Dude, it is the year of the banked slalom! It’s so awesome; finally people are focusing on just TURNING! It’s a full circle, apparently. I’ve been going crazy with Totally Board videos lately. I did the Big Sky slalom, which was really fun, Dirksen Derby and I also got to go to the Legendary Banked Slalom, which was insane. That place is insane, dude! Whew! But it’s crazy because they all have this big following now with all of these huge names and legends showing up. It’s so humbling and awesome to see. It’s good, it’s the push that we need to get back into soul shredding. Making one good turn, getting all low and crankin that toe side turn, that’s the best part of my day. I keep my edges sharp.

That can’t be good for gettin’ sideways.

It’s too much pain for me. I always fall and there’s a lot of consequence. Between concrete stairs and metal bars, my body doesn’t like it. I’d way rather jump into a cloud of pillows than stairs. Anyway, then I rallied out to Cooke City, MT and went snowmobiling out there. It was a different experience. I’ve been riding with a lot of new people and it’s interesting to see how people do it differently. Honestly, it can be frustrating because some people aren’t that smart in the backcountry. For example, not sitting around smoking spliffs instead of snowboarding or using your snowmobile as a toy instead of using it for snowboarding. It really opened my eyes that you gotta be smart and safe otherwise bad things can happen. Aside from that we really enjoyed Montana.

Onward with the winter, any crazy stories?

Funny you should ask, we left Montana for Tahoe and just decided to send it through the night and drive the whole way. We showed up in Reno at like 3 in the morning and realized that we didn’t have a key to our house so Curtis called this girl who he knows in Reno who happens to be a stripper and we stayed at a stripper’s house.

She was probably awake, huh?

She was, she was WASTED! It was crazy, I passed out on her floor, and her and Curtis did whatever. Then we drove home. Then I went to Washington before the LBS, rode some crazy powder at Steven’s. Then got kicked out of where we were staying, given the friendly boot by one of the guys that we stayed with in Cooke City. That was weird, so we headed to Baker and stayed at Matt Edgars house for a few days and ripped all around Baker. Living the nomad life up there, basically. It’s a lot of work but so worth it.


White room access. Photo: Ben Birk

What do you do in summers? Govy Life?

Every summer has been so different for me. One summer I worked as a digger for Mt. Hood Summer Snowboard camp — never doing that again! I like to go up there for about a week, max. That’s all I can handle, it’s just quite a scene up there. It’s super fun with the right people and the lap park is the best thing in the world but I can’t keep up with the scene and all of that partying. Honestly, I try and work in the summers. I’m working construction this summer in San Francisco.

Geez, you’re gonna get paid so fuckin’ much!

Yeah, it’s gonna be rad. I’m gonna need it though. Hopefully I’m goin to South America in August. Maybe link up with the Of Life and Love dudes. Just wanna ride pow down there so bad. Curtis keeps telling me stories and I just get so jealous. I’m trying this new thing where I live in the moment (laughs). I used to live, like, a year in advance and it’s just so ridiculous and unrealistic because that isn’t “now.” Take the days as they come. I’m going to Alaska in April!

Really? Who with?

Think Thank dudes. Me, Curtis and Ross Phillips; getting and RV and campin’ out! I’ve wanted to go up there for like 10 years and I’m so excited to take a fat chunk out of my non-existent wallet to make the trip. You should actually include that I’m accepting donations! Anything helps. Anyway that’s the next endeavor. Riding some man shit, I’m pretty nervous. We’re gonna be planning on some big lines. I want my heart to be beating out of my chest, scared shitless. That’s when you know you’re alive, when you’re scared. It just sucks because I’m gonna get hooked and spend all of this money that I don’t have to get back up there every year and crawl further into credit card debt. I’m ready for that! You can’t be American without some debt.

Sounds like you’re living winter right. Who are you filming with this year?

Think Thank’s Mind the Video Man, and Of Life and Love for ARob. I’m also actually up in this women’s store to talk with my friend, Love, about putting on an art show here. She’s pretty much like my big sister, so she’s helping me out in May and also gonna be the release for this new project that Eric Messier is doing. It’s more of an art project but it’s gonna be crazy. We’re gonna take all of our resources and all of our creativity and make a movie. Be on the look out for some weird shit.


A little mood lighting makes the ladies swoon. Photo Jason Tackitt.

Weird boarding or weird film?

I don’t wanna spoil it too much but riding-wise it’s gonna be an ode to our past and a wink at progression of the future. It wont be your typical snowboard movie, more of an art project, but that’s all I’m gonna say. It’s like video art meets snowboarding. I’m excited to do some shit and blow some minds, hopefully. It’d be nice if people took a liking to it but if not, Fuck ‘Em! I do what I want. I also just want to tell the world that split boarding will change your life! Do it because that shit is rad. It opens up this whole new realm of places you can go and things you can see. Adventures to be had and things to be done!

Ok, we’re about to go deep. You seem like someone who truly appreciates the absolute luxury of being able to stand on a snowboard. What do you get out of snowboarding and why does it make you so happy?

Well, this is crazy because I always think about this, but every time I go out and it’s… It’s just crazy that something like snowboarding can dictate your whole life. I like snowboarding for the adventure, exploring and destroying, man! It’s endless. There is endless terrain, endless experiences to be had, it’s just happiness. Pure happiness. When I’m ripping the biggest turns of my life down an open pow face, that’s all I’m thinking about, that’s all I’m caring about and I’m just stoked! It’s like flying man. There is so much in the world that can bring you down and I feel bad for people that don’t have something like snowboarding. There are people that work and do nothing with their lives, maybe they have a hot girl that they can get down with every now and then. I like how I can leave the world and go out to the most beautiful places with myself, my snowboard and a few friends just in it. In the mountains. That’s why I prefer powder to rails because with urban spots there is all of this hustle and bustle going on around you, this city life, and there are too many people and no fresh air. Its like a game almost, you can get creative but so many people are judging you on what you can do on what rail and what’s already been done and hasn’t been done. I mean its cool, I like watching that stuff and I take a lot of inspiration from that and try to take it into the backcountry almost. When you’re out in the backcountry its like a blank canvas, just Mother Nature and you, there’s nothing like it! You make of it what you want and it’s totally up to you. There’s nothing else like that, it’s like an art. You just take your brain and go crazy. You get this crazy spiritual feeling that you’re in touch with nature. I spent a lot of time backpacking with my Dad when I was a kid and I feel like that love and respect for the outdoors just naturally translated into snowboarding. It’s the path that I wanna take, I wanna go deeper and get weird in the woods. You don’t have to be doing crazy Jeremy Jones shit or hiking up Everest and riding down or even have a snowmobile. Half the shit I ride is a 20-minute hike off of the road and it’s amazing! I just love snowboarding because its endless opportunity. I’ve been into art my whole life and this is the best and most creative outlet that I’ve found.

Who are some people you look up to?

Noah Salasnek, Tom Burt, Brian Savard, the old school dudes. They just knew what was up, just ripped so hard! Eric Messier is one of my favorite snowboarders, I could watch him surf and slash for the rest of my life and be stoked. I’m a huge fan of Muller, the way that he picks apart a mountain; no one else can do it like he does. Curtis Woodman. Alex Yoder has something that’s gonna last and he’s gonna take it further. Tim Eddy knows whatsup with snowboarding right now; he went from rail rider to really comfortable and amazing boarder. I respect that a lot. Style is another huge thing I take into my snowboarding. Just making it look good, like you’re owning it. You gotta work that body!


All natural baby. Photo: Ben Birk

Who are you riding for?

Arnette, they make sunglasses, goggles, stickers and hats. Comune Clothing. Rome Snowboards. Boards In Motion, a shop in Auburn, CA. And Nike Snowboarding, I don’t think I’m gonna be in their 2-year video project but if it’s anything like their skate videos then it’s going to blow minds.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the only one to remain largely intact

Gray Thompson made this video as an “art project,” we assume for “art school.” After watching it, we’re pretty much sure if this is what constitutes “an eduction” these days, we’re all fucked, but the boarding is sweet.

// Spring 2011 with Brendan Gerard and Gray Thompson

// Who needs a powder landing?

// Filmed by Brendon Hupp

// Edited by Gray Thompson

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