Nate Bozung’s Last Hump Day


(Editors Note: Eric Fernandez wrote this interview. Expect to see much more of Eric in weeks to come.)

I met Nate about two years ago living in Salt Lake City. It’s easy to understand how someone might get a wrong first impression considering the face tattoos, but he’s really a totally charismatic dude. He’s always quick to a joke, or has some really funny story to tell. Now, two years later by complete chance, we are neighbors in Brooklyn. And things haven’t changed–besides the stories being a little crazier and the jokes being a little funnier. For the sake of avoiding a long-winded, boring introduction, ladies and ‘gents, the Nate Bozung Hump Day interview is as follows, with all you’ll never need or want to know. Enjoy.

-“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

Start with your name, age, and place of residence…

Hold on let me re-light my cigarette. It’s windy god damnit. Mmm, well obviously my name is Nate Bozung, I’m 28 years old. Actually fuck, I’m 29. I just had a birthday. I live in Brooklyn, New York.

I heard you spent your entire Neff royalty check on a year’s rent in Brooklyn. Is that true? Are you hyped on your spot?

It wasn’t even a royalty check, it was just out of my Neff payments. So I just paid it all up front because that’s the only way I could get into an apartment, cause my credit is bad. Neff came through and wired in a lot of money, so now I live here. It was sweet.

So are you hyped on your spot?

Yeah I’m really hyped. I just wish sometimes that I lived in the city, because on drunken nights it’s tough getting back to Brooklyn. Like the other night I took an E pill at like 6 in the morning, and I thought I had a metrocard, so I turned down a ride back. And then realized I didn’t actually have a metrocard, so I walked back. It’s only a mile but it was the longest mile ever ‘cause I was on E. By myself. (Laughs)

Is the walk back over the bridge your daily dose of exercise?

(Laughs) Yeah the walk back over the bridge is it, unless you count bar-to-bar. But yeah. And I also never see the sun anymore.


So, I see that you’ve compiled quite the tattoo collection. What sparked your desire for home tats?

It was just more of the situation I was in out in Greece. We had a tattoo gun and I just really, really, really didn’t care. And I still don’t. So we were there and I was drunk, and I wanted to learn how to do it so I just did it. I still have a lot more work to do, but they cost a lot of money so, I really wish I had that tattoo gun here.

You know you can make those right?

Yeah. I did a stick and poke one day with a needle. I don’t know… I need to do something with my life one day, so maybe I could be a tattoo artist, except I’m not the best artist so actually, maybe scratch that one. I’ll just be a party promotor. (Laughs).

Which was the first tattoo you got on your face? Did you just wake up one morning and say “Ok, I want a face tat,” or was it more on a whim?

Well no actually my first face tattoo was in Laguna Beach. I got this little asterisk on my temple. Just a little guy. So I got that one, and then pretty much, I was like whatever ‘cause I didn’t have a girlfriend anymore so I was like “I can do whatever I want” so I just went crazy. And now I’m pretty much single for life ‘cause of it. (Laughs).

How many more face tats are you gonna get?

I’m gonna get one more. I just haven’t gotten around to getting it. It’s just little lips. You know like the lipstick kiss lips. I’m gonna get it right here on my temple, but no more on my cheek or anything like that.

You should get a yobeat tattoo on your face.

Tell them to fuckin’ pay me and I will. I’m getting a Facebook tattoo soon, probably not on my face though.


Who is Paulina Pink? She’s all over your facebook. Who is she? Does she exist?

Oh yeah…. Yeeeahhhhh. Good question. Yes she definitely exists. I’ve actually been trying to get a hold of her today. But I couldn’t get on facebook. I talk to her on the phone all the time, so many hours talking to that girl on the phone. She lives in Columbia, and I’ve never met her.

You’ve never met her?

Never met her, but yeah I got her name tattoo’d on my neck (Laughs). If I ever meet the girl I’m gonna marry her. Paulina Pink, she’s the shit.


What’s going on with Bozwreck? Are you guys going to make boards this year?

Ha! Well now that I just kicked Matty out from the house two days ago, I don’t know what’s gonna happen with it. The thing is, all these people owe us money and it’s like, well what the fuck. I really don’t think we’re making boards anymore.

Do you have a good following on the east coast? I saw a dude at my work wearing Bozwreck shirt the other day, it seems pretty popular.

People are hyped on it. People being hyped on something and making money off something is two different things, even though we’re not really trying to make money off of it. But it’s like, it takes money to do shit. And I’m sick of taking it out of my own pocket. We thought about just making boards just for the team and that’s it and not even selling them, and that’s what we were last leaning on, but as of now I have no idea. I really don’t care. (Laughs)

From what I understand, you’ve taken a liking to the NYC nightlife. Is this truly the most fun place to party on earth?

Yeah, it’s definitely probably the funnest place to party in the world. But there’s definitely also other places to party that are really fun. The reason I really like it is ‘cause it’s so condensed and there’s so many fucking hot girls here. It’s completely mind boggling that everywhere you go there’s a hot chick, and your neck starts hurting. Ratio of girls to dudes though, yeah it’s the best place to party on earth.

And what’s the longest amount of time you’ve made nonstop party without sleeping since being here?

I try and usually sleep but I think… Yeah probably three days. I know people who’ve gone way longer, but I can never really pull it longer than that. I dunno it just depends. Yeah it was probably three days I think. I don’t remember the situation but I know I was wasted. (Laughs)

Was that recent?

Well last weekend, I was raging. I think I was out for like, two days straight. And I was raging and getting really fucked up. And I ended up at the pool party at the Thompson Hotel, and I couldn’t even open my eyes dude, I was just so twisted. But yeah, it’s a fun city. People think I’ve just lost my mind here, but if they saw the shit that I’ve been doing and getting into, they’d just be so jealous. (Laughs).

What was your drink/drug of choice during that particular time? Or was it whatever really comes your way?

I can’t remember. (Laughs). I really can’t remember. (More Laughs). Obviously I was drinking what was right in front of me, or whatever I could get a hold of. And of course, some of the high-powered street stuff. One weekend I was on some acid for like two days, E every now and then, coke every now and then. It’s just, whatever. Those god damn models just keep stickin’ stuff in front of me. It’s not my fault. (More Laughs)


Are the drugs readily accessible in NYC better, worse, or the same than in other places you’ve partied, like Greece for example?

Oh god they’re the best! God yeah, the best for sure. Greece didn’t have any drugs, Greece was just drinking and that’s why I lost my mind so bad there. Cause I don’t know, anyone who parties can kind of vouch but you do a little coke and it brings you back to reality a little bit, as crazy as that sounds. So, I don’t know. I don’t really do any coke lately ‘cause I don’t have any money. But the other day I talked my drug dealer into giving me an E pill ‘cause I was at some rave I’d never been to, I didn’t know where I was and I was like “C’mon man, I owe you… I’ll owe you 20 bucks man, c’mon.”

You’ve got to have one end-all, just fucking awesome story from your time in NYC. If there’s one totally crazy, fucked up, funny, wild scenario to tell about, now is your chance.

Well… they’d actually need to write a book about it. (Laughs). It’s like, every night. It’s something new every night. Every night is crazy. You get wasted and then you’re going from bar to bar to bar, and then clubs, and tables, and bottles, and just whatever. Every night is the best. And there are so many fucking hot girls. For a second there I would just wake up and be like wow… I cannot wait to go out again tonight. It just keeps getting better and better and better.

That’s cool.

Yeah, it was cool ‘cause I got here and I met these kids Jay and Majors and Lo’… and I’ve just been running around their scene ‘cause they’re the promoters for all the clubs, so you get into crazy clubs you’d never get into normally. They pretty much run New York.

So would you wanna be a promoter?

No, I don’t wanna be a promoter, but I did promote my first night the other night with CJ. But it was more like, don’t even pay me, just give me a bottle and a table, and I’ll bring some friends, and some hot babes… and let’s get wasted!


Have you ever thought about sobering up and making a fucking killer “comeback” part?

Nope. (Laughs). Why would I want to do something like that?

I guess that question is a little off topic.

Yeah… go kill myself, just to get in trouble by somebody when I’m not even doing anything wrong. Fuck the snowboard industry… well actually I wouldn’t say fuck the snowboard industry like that, but fuck trying to do it professionally anymore. I’ll fuck around with it and stuff, but I’m 29. I’m not trying to be 35 and still trying to get my best video part of the year like a lot of other people are. I’m on some new shit. I own a snowboard company now, I don’t need to ride for anybody. I took a step up in the game, the way I look at it. A lot of people are hating on it… but Ha Ha Ha.

So do you think you’re gonna stay in NYC for awhile? What’s your next move?

Yeah I’m gonna stay here, renew my lease.

Same spot?

Yeah, same spot. Next year should be dope ‘cause my tax shit will be all done with, and I’ll actually be able to travel a little bit. I didn’t get to travel at all this year. So I’ll go to some events, and whatever.

You going to film at all?

Ehh, I dunno. It just depends on the situation. I wanted to film for Keegan’s video a little bit. But I think about actually strapping into a snowboard and getting that nervous/scared feeling and I’m like Mmm nah, I’m over that feeling. I’d rather go skate thru traffic and almost get hit by a taxi.

Yeah, cause if you get hit by a taxi at least you get a grip of cash out of it.

Yeah, exactly. I mean no matter what you do people will always talk shit, so I just don’t really care about that side of snowboarding anymore. It’s just kinda bullshit.

So I think that’s a wrap man, any good last words or shout outs to people you wanna give?

I’ll give a shout out to all my friends in New York, the world, all my family, and to Neff. And that’s pretty much it. Everyone who’s helped me along the way, it’s been fun. And tell (Nick) Lipton that I decided this is the last interview I’m ever doing, and the only reason I did it was because it’s Yobeat. So there.

Friday Funday #2

Man the mid 2000s ruled. A retard was running the country, a war or two were happening on the other side of the world and an economic collapse was on the horizon, but so what. We were too busy having fun to care, and many of us weren’t old enough to vote anyway. For us, this was an era of change, revolution and reinvention. Snowboard movies began to stray form the standard trick porn format and take a more in-depth look at the lives of our favorite pros. Little documentary projects popped up left and right like Airblaster’s “December” and Blank Paper Studio’s “91 Words for Snow” and Kids Know made snowboarding badass again. By the way, in case you don’t know or forgot, David Benedek did the first double cork in a halfpipe in “91 Words for Snow.”

Snowboarders themselves started to shape a new image of snowboarding. A jean and sweater party burst out onto the scene and Corey Smith showed the world that there was more to do than contests and big stupid jumps. His part in NeoProto should be considered a classic. Enjoy.

Love/Hate defined a generation. From Mikey’s mind a revolution was born. If I could I would just loop Love/Hate instead of writing this story, but Darrell Mathes and Justin Hebbel’s parts can’t be found on the interwebs. *Look for the back 180 in this part.

From Technine to the gangsta’ kid in the hipster movies, Justin Bennee has proven he rules. You know who else rules, Matty Ryan. These two paired up to create one of the best shared parts ever, and it didn’t hurt that the song made white kids (snowboarders) look cool when stopped in traffic. *Bennee broke his face filming this part, literally. But managed to keep filming and get one of the best 270s ever on film.

People was the awkward love child we were left with after NeoProto and Mack Dawg combined forces. I know this isn’t going to set well with anyone, but serioulsy, Mack Dawg is such a dumb name. Anyway, although I didn’t really love where People ended up, I rank Nima’s part from “We’re People Too” as one of the most progressive and re-watchable parts of the era.

Andy Forgash might not have been all that great at snowboarding, but he did provide us with a clip or two from Scotty Wittlake each year. Either way, here’s more from Love/Hate so be super happy and enjoy the shit out of this mess of a video part.

After the old Technine team got too famous to spend all their time filming for FODT they would basically just hand over a large portion of shitty B-roll and call it good. Luckily for you most of the B-roll in this section of Moment of Truth is from Love/Hate. Check out some random stuff from Hebbel, Darrell, Kooley and MFM.

Nick Lipton’s East Coast Investigation


Plenty of snowboarders believe I have the wrong idea about the East Coast. A few lines of prose here or there may have even ruffled the feathers of my East Coast boardin’ brethren. I don’t feel bad. I don’t even care enough to apologize. But, I do see where these icy-hill-riding, snowboard-school-having, pipe jock/fun box aficionados could feel insulted, and for that, I felt I owed them something. This story might not sooth any souls, but it’s a story none the less. A story that begins in Burlington, Vermont.


Burlington was an obvious first choice for an East Coast education. Burton is there, Rome is close by, there were two premieres last week, a college full of radical rippers and everyone I met seemed born and bred to rip and shred.

The Burton headquarters is neat. Not super neat, but neat. They have a gallery of boards from past to present, a really colorful store, dogs, a ramp or two, and happy looking employees. I also took two shits there. Once during the day. Once during the night. The bathrooms felt clean, safe, and private. I didn’t feel awkward or embarrassed at all to be pooping so close to the plethora of cute employees.


Burlington felt like some sort of East Coast Portland, but without the bullshit weather, tall buildings or homeless people. I ran into Pat Moore. He was skating and throwing gang signs. I went on the annual Art Hop. That was fun. It was a very pretty city. The nightlife could use a real shot in the arm. Oh, and about the glorious mountains of Vermont, I didn’t see any. A text message to Mary Walsh went something like, “I’ve seen asses bigger than these hills.”


Rome Snowboarding’s Ron Faverty (right), one of my humble hosts using the night life to persuade me to embrace East Coast snowboarding. Great effort, fun night.

p1000692Mary Walsh basically convinced me to visit Burlington. She acted as my tour guide too. Any push towards a positive relationship between myself and the mountains of the East can be attributed to this hard rockin’ young lady.

p1000857One of the Burton receptionists. I think she was a receptionist. If this is a massive insult I’m sorry.


I visited a rave. Maybe not a rave. More like a large party in an auto shop. It was cool. But some powerfully-caffeinated, under-respected, over-bullied and power-thirsty cop decided it was time to bust some skulls, write some tickets and shut the party down. It killed a good time, but the party moved on, and snowboard kids offered me a ride to another good time, which was a good bonding experience.

christeneBurton’s Summer Demo dominatrix Christine Savage came all the way up from New Jersey to prove that the East is a beast. Unfortunately for her, Mary Walsh and others informed me that New Jersey isn’t really the East Coast, it’s just New Jersey.

After a few days in Vermont I needed to move on. I heard Maine, New Hampshire and some other little state had a “scene” or whatever, but I figured it was just a more rural version of Burlington, and I wasn’t up for it. I headed to NYC next.

p1010428Jimmy Fontaine used to live in Portland and shoot photos of dudes on rails, now he lives in NYC and shoots photos of models who are as thin as rails.

An old pal from Portland living in NYC, J2, a Facebook friend named Scott Gallo, a Burton store, a giant RedBull snowboard contest and a bunch of other factors had led me to believe there was some sort of snowboard situation in NYC. This wasn’t my first trip to the big apple, but it was my first with snowboarding on the mind. I quickly realized powder days and park laps were light years from the minds of any of the snowboarders I met up with though.

p1000930Matty Ryan, Eric Fernandez and his nipple hanging out at some bar, not talking about snowboarding.

p1010422Some old guy with a flashlight earring looked like a mountain man. I considered it evidence of a thriving mountain culture.

p1010434Corey Smith, Jimmy, myself and some ladies went to the bar that inspired “Coyote Ugly.” It was neat. That guy in the hat wasn’t friendly. No one wanted to talk about snowboarding.

I noticed in Burlington that everyone snowboarded, talked about snowboarding, was enthusiastic about snowboarding, thought the local hills were epic, either loved or hated Burton and wanted to visit NYC. I noticed in NYC that plenty of snowboarders come to live or visit. Those that live don’t snowboard anymore, those that visit don’t snowboard as much as they used to, the mountain is a million miles away and jibs and jumps are largely traded in for powder, bumps and rails.

I still wouldn’t move to the East Coast to snowboard, or advise anyone else do so, but I have more stops to make. I’ll be visiting Massachusetts, home of plenty of Think Thank kids and Todd Richards, New Jersey (apparently not the East Coast?) and Pennsylvania to get a more well rounded view of things. Up to this point though I can credit the East with this: they’re passionate as hell, fun to drink with and great at making a lot out of nothing.

Yobeat Visits BozWrecklyn on Humpday


BozWreck, n. A combination of Bozung and Homewreck, a snowboard company, movement and way of life. Brooklyn, n. New York City’s second favorite borough, often considered hipster heaven, birthplace of the Notorious B.I.G. BozWrecklyn, n, A combination of two awesome forces, a great word created via a text message.

Love or hate them, Matty Ryan and Nate Bozung have had an impact on snowboarding. Careers filled with highs, lows, bangers and blowouts, tales of wild debauchery, moments of glory, down and out days and a revival through BozWreck have created an enigma of sorts out of this dynamic duo. But since the drop of BozWreck 2 things have been quiet. Only because BozWreck moved to Brooklyn.

Why would pro snowboarders live in Brooklyn? Because they wanted to, and well, Bozung had a huge Neff check laying around, and an apartment lease in Bedford, Brooklyn seemed like a great way to spend it. Also, have you ever been to NYC?

bozwreckBozWreck backstage at something. Don’t miss the face tat…    p. Matty’s Blackberry

Unless you’re unfortunate enough to live in Vegas, you can’t argue that NYC doesn’t have the country’s best nightlife. Now, drop two of the hardest partying people in snowboarding into a world of 4AM last call, drugs, taxis, models, loose beautiful women, motivated people and a ton of money and what do you get in return? A collection of great stories.

When Matty and I went out in NYC, I always saw the sun come up, always had fun and never looked at my bank account. Matty even has a trick for dealing with the expenses of New York living, “Just put your hand over the screen, you don’t need to see that number.”


Matty loves taking photos with his blackberry.

Each night I’d give Matty a call or meet with him after he got off work. We’d head to the Lower East Side, drink at The Ace Hotel or head to a bar Matty was hyped on. I never saw Nate. “Nate goes to the clubs and that stuff. You know, the celebrity spots and all that. When I lived in LA I did that, I’ve seen Lindsay Lohan a dozen times, I don’t need to see her again.” Interestingly the night after Matty said this we ended up at Avenue, a surefire celebrity hangout. But crazy nights and wild times are losing their importance to Matty.

Having spent the summer working in the South, and spending time with his family, Matty has obviously matured and refocused his goals. As far as BozWreck is concerned, Matty and Nate hired a friend from upstate New York to handle the boring business side of things leaving these two free to explore the city, something Matty has fallen in love with. “Dude I don’t care what I do here as long as I’m checking it out. I mean, I’ll even play whiffle ball in the park, I don’t care, I just love walking around all day.”

mustacheYep, that mustached man is Matty Ryan.   p. Matty’s Blakberry

The mysterious Nate Bozung is apparently living off of Neff checks, which is awesome, but seemingly impossible in my mind. Even with a packed party schedule, Nate has done plenty of work establishing Neff on the East Coast. He’s already recruited a local NYC skater named Majors. Look for the hat Majors just designed in one of the fifty thousand stores Neff sells in. Nate’s also decking NYC in Neff gear. While waiting for Matty at work I saw plenty of bright hoodies, sagging beanies and other assorted Neff goodies adorning the staff. So who knows, maybe those checks will be getting bigger. Maybe Nate can convince Jay-Z to do a Rocka Wear/Neff collabo’?

On the other side of the coin Matty seems to have cemented new roots in the NYC scene. He has picked up a job at The Breslin, a restaurant inside the eccentrically hip Ace Hotel NYC, and my god does the boy work. Matty might just be the hardest working barback in all of NYC. He cleans the bar, helps the servers, pours drinks and stocks glasses at light-speed while holding at least two or three conversations at a time. The best part is Matty takes pride in his work, and seems genuinely happy in his new world. And, since the staff googled him and found out he’s a big shot pro snowboarder, things have gotten a bit easier around the bar.


“I gave this dude a Holden coat and he gave me some free tattoos!”     p. Matty’s Crackberry

As it stands, this gruesome twosome have until December before their current lease runs out. When it does a few things could happen. Matty wants to film another part, a holy-grail, end-of-days, that’s-it-I’m-done type part, but has no plans on moving out of the city. Nate, well Nate might move to South America to be with a girl from Facebook (he apparently tattooed her name on his knuckles just the other day) but Nate might end up a lot of places. Who knows, he might just end up taking over snowboarding again. For now though, he’s content working the nightlife and expanding the Neff empire.

wastedbutlerThe Wasted Butler…   p. Matty’s Blackberry

Bozwrecklyn plans to keep doing what they’re doing. Staying up late, waking up later, meeting women, trading gear for tattoos, exploring their new surroundings and forcing their butler to pick up mid-day sandwiches. Yes, I said butler. BozWreck has employed a “Wasted Butler” named CJ–a male model also living in NYC. So while people may not understand why two pro snowboarders are living in Brooklyn, you can’t blame two dudes who’ve found a happier situation, have a butler and are continuing to find new success while enjoying life.

Terrible Tues Tips: Crash Like a Man

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No pain no gain. You mess with the bull you get the horns. You play with fire and you might get burned. In snowboarding all of these statements are true. This week’s Terrible Tuesday Tip shows you how to man up and take a slam. Featuring Bozwreck filmer “Butters”, Ben Rice with some help from the banshee bungee, Matty Ryan who is always asking for trouble, Kyle Fischer flying off of a stick, yours truly biting the concrete hard, Mr. Austin Hironaka heading the wrong way on a hand rail, and finally Drew Amer, the owner of snow brand FUNHat, with an epic stair massage. These crashes occurred on the set of bozwreck 3000, team thunder’s Beauville, and Think Thank’s Cool Story. enjoy.

Updown is Going to Interview Nate Bozung

We don’t know much about Updown other than that the seem cool and are from Canada. But they sent us this teaser for an upcoming interview with Nate Bozung by Matty Ryan, which is either totally avante guard or totally retarded (the concept of the teaser, not the interview itself.) We watched, it says fuck a lot, which is cool, so here it is. The full interview drops October 5th on

What’s Up with Matty Ryan


When the snow stopped falling this year Matty Ryan retired to the Dirty South for a little R&R (in the form of construction) before yet another winter. Sure, Bozwreck will be back in action once SLC see’s some winter, but for now Matty is off traveling the world. YoBeat caught up with him in Athens, Greece to see what’s up.

Yobeat: What have you been up to this summer?

Matty: Well I lurked around SLC for about a month. Then moved to the dirty south, checked out thangs’ down there, now in Athens, Greece.

What are you doing in Greece? Who are you with?

Over here on business and pleasure, been more pleasure, but shit’s been so much fun. I mean damn I just worked construction for three months in the south so I am even just psyched going to cafes and shit around town with Boznutz. Getting beers and shit. Just takin’ the culture in.

What business does Matty Ryan have in Greece?

(Laughs)…shit good point.

Are you the new french connection?

Damn I hope so, I love french girls.

What’s your take on the Dirty South? How’d you like that part of the country?

Ok so this is how I look at the South, they got it all figured out. To me it seems they are just hyped on a way simple style of living. Just psyched to be doin’ whatever they’re doin’, no bitching or complaining. Hyped on life people. So that being said it is real easy to get along down there. I mean I’m in Athens, Greece and I’m psyched to get back to the Dirty.

Sketchiest shit that happened this summer?

There have been a few here in Athens but not sure if I should repeat them. Can we just use that as the answer actually.

Hump Day hangs out with Matty Ryan


100% passion.                                                                                                                  photo: Comune

Matty Ryan has had his up’s and down’s as a professional snowboarder. Dropped from as many companies as he’s ridden for, being from the east coast, never winning the Olympics, it’s been tough for Matty, but he doesn’t look at it that way. From living all over to starting his own company, Bozwreck, Matty is a diverse individual. What is surprising about Matty though is his inability to be effected by the little things and his actual passion for life. Love him or hate him, Matty is pleased he spent some time between your ears.

Yobeat: Why don’t you give a fuck?

Matty: (Laughing) I don’t know, guess that’s how I was brought up. No reason though, just passionate in what I believe in.

Yobeat: You grew up in New Hampshire, did that influence who you are today?

Matty: Yeah I think it made me who I am today. I like to say that growing up on the east coast makes you sharp cause’ people are always just fucking with you. It just builds up your street smarts in a way, and growing up there made me want to travel a bunch and just get out there and shit. As far as snowboarding my style has changed a bit since I left New Hampshire. When I was 18 I used to be all into pipe and shit, real weird, but i still love that shit. But since SLC I really like to just cruise and get shit in the streets.

Yobeat: I first saw you in KingPin’s Happy Hour, you 180’d some big stair set. You’ve been jumping off and over shit since. Why?

Matty: I think it was that 180 that clinched the whole ollie thing for me and it wasn’t so much even the ollie. It was just the fact that I could ride into something fast and just crack an ollie in the streets over some shit. It just felt iller’ to me than just riding all slow into some rail.

Yobeat: Bozwreck boards, what’s the deal who’s making them?

Matty: Revolution snowboard factory down in the bubble. But those people are the shit, best people to deal with and the boards are on point. Smaller factory so they are on it, not just trying to pump out boards all fast, it’s quality shit.

Yobeat: How did you meet Nate (Bozung)?

Matty: Met Jordan (Mendenhall) at the U.S. Open and then I came out to visit him in Utah when I was 17 maybe. Jordan and I were at Milo and Nate was in there. Jordan said, “Nate this is Matty from New Hampshire.” and true story Nate responded by saying, “Then why don’t you go back to New Hampshire?” Everything in-between is a very long blurry story but now we are best homies.


Imagine chesting that rail and falling face first into the stairs.                                        photo: Bob Plum

Yobeat: So did you guys give up on the industry, or did the industry give up on you guys?

Matty: Not sure, I think we gave up on ourselves. Both of us gettin’ really partied out in Cali. I was living in LA, and Nate in Laguna, just hittin the bottle hard. I hate the snowboard industry so I don’t want to give them the satisfaction that I gave a fuck if they gave up on me and I’m sure same goes for Nate. The part I don’t hate about it is Bozwreck, Comune, Holden, Ashbury, Milosport, and Neff. Everyone else can chomp on a bone.

Yobeat: Single worst quality about the industry right now?

Matty: Half-ass paychecks, we are disposable heros.

Yobeat: What’s the funniest way you’ve ever been dropped from a team?

Matty: When they say, “I’ve got some bad news.” It’s like here we go again, or your check just doesn’t show up. I apologize to all my sponsors for asking every month if my check got sent out. I just want to say without Comune and Holden I would be working at McDonalds right now, thanks homies. I am so grateful for everyone at both those companies.

Yobeat: What do you think about snowboard media?

Matty: (Laughter) Snowboard media. Sham, a joke, you’ve seen the covers lately. C’mon fellas who we got workin’ in there? Not like fools run my photos anyways so I got nothin’ to lose. Someone has gotta tell it like it is.

Yobeat: What do you think of the Mountain Dew Tour and the X games?

Matty: Sham, those homos are just seeing dollar signs and I cant really blame em’. But I’m not about it. If you wanna look back at your life and know that you massaged Shaun White’s balls at the  X-games then that’s your problem.

Yobeat: Are you still living in LA?

Matty: Na, I’m trying to move back in the fall though, just for fall. But I’m gonna live in the dirty south this summer, sober up, and work with my pops and on Bozwreck shit. Try to get this shit off the ground without the party.

Yobeat: You seem to party hard. What’s Paris Hilton like?

Matty: (Laughs) Actually I can’t claim that hard cause I met her through my homie Simon, but she was really nice and hella cool. We sparked a fuckin’ spliff standing on a table at some Sundance party. Then she got us in to this crazy after party up in Deer Valley, top ten party nights fa sho.

Yobeat: Simon Rex, a.k.a Dirt Nasty?

Matty: Yeah, good homie of mine, real genuine cat. He is straight up Bozwreck’s biggest fan. That fool just kills it at life.

Yobeat: You seem to really get out there. Do you think a lot of snowboarders are stuck in their own world?

Matty: (Laughs) For sure, I just think life is way to mother fuckin’ short not to just get out there at night and meet and rap out with who ever. Not even a stepping stone thing, just it’s the best to meet new people and hang with randoms, and it gets you into some awesome situations.

Yobeat: Is partying good or bad for you as a snowboarder?

Matty: I don’t know, I have for sure gotten some tricks out of it before. Up all night and then to a spot, and it seems like the times I’ve been in that state of mind I get the tricks fast. But this year I have been pretty mellow on the party, at least by my standards, and I have been clockin’ like that as well. So who knows, maybe?

Yobeat: Do you think you’ve ever been a drug addict? Are you a drug addict?

Matty: I think with my personality it would be tough to deny that, but I know me moving to the dirty south all summer to hang with my family is a step in the right direction.

Yobeat: Do you think it really matters if you use a lot of substances?

Matty: Kinda at this point, you get to an age that it doesn’t seem as right anymore to be partying till’ sun rise on the regs. I still have fun with whatever I’m presented with, but at the same time I wanna fix it and let those situations be bygones.


Hippie Hop in Flag Land.                                                                                               photo: Bob Plum

Yobeat: Do you remember any unusually sketchy nights?

Matty: Let’s see, overdosed in Tijuanana, got kidnapped by a marine that wanted to pay me $1000 to fuck his wife when I was trying to hitch hike down at ASR when I was probably a block from my hotel. He booked it to the highway and starting hauling ass and I somehow talked him down. He turned around and headed back into downtown San Diego but wouldn’t stop and was trying to convince me to bone his wife. Then I saw Rags and Nuge. They had gotten in some fight, I jumped out of the fools truck right in the middle of downtown San Diego, true story.

Yobeat: Why wouldn’t you fuck the dudes wife?

Matty: Because I thought that was to good to be true, and he probably was just gonna try and fuck me or kill me. Fuckin’ jarhead.

Yobeat: If he had brought you home, and his wife was a fine looking lady, would you have fucked her?

Matty: If he gave us some privacy, I’m a gentlemen.

Yobeat: Who is your celebrity crush? What babe really does it for you?

Matty: Oh man, Zooey deschanel hands down.

Yobeat: You walk into this marines room, his wife is on the bed waiting for you, she looks just like Zooey Deschanel. Do you fuck her even though he wants to watch?

Matty: (Laughs) C’mon. Just like her? Fuck I guess, you fucker.

Yobeat: He offers you five grand to film it, for private use, do you agree?

Matty: Shit that would help out Bozwreck, but no probably not. For real I’m a gentlemen.

Yobeat: How much to get you on film?

Matty: In that situation I would have to see the cash in a suitcase. I have always wanted to find one of those, or just get one some how, so if it’s in a suitcase and the suitcase is full of cash I would do it for the suitcase and the money inside.

Yobeat: What annoys you most about your own life?

Matty: The fact that I can’t sit still. I’m really working on that, but it’s only when the sun goes down. I’m just like fuck, I’m missing out on some fun shit right now. Oh, and I have a fear of opening my mail, that one is beyond me, boxes of unopened mail.

Yobeat: Why? Legal issues? Creditors?

Matty: All of the above, I got served like a month ago but I had me and Nate’s lawyer. It ended being a fraud but yea I just have a hard time dealing with all that shit. Like my car is sitting in the Milosport parking lot cause’ I hate the DMV, I think every one does, but I really hate it. So just decided not to re-register my whip. Bullshit IRS, creditors, grown-up’s, I don’t know, part of me will never grow up and I know that for sure. When it all catches up I’m gonna see if I can just handle a little jail time or something.

Yobeat: You think going to jail will increase board sales?

Matty: (Laughs) Who knows, probably.


Over a street, through some wires, whatever.                                                        photo: Donated by Matty

Yobeat: A lot of folks would say you are ruining snowboarding. What do you have to say to that?

Matty: Compliment. If they are wasting their breath then we are affecting them in someway.

Yobeat: Who do you think hates you?

Matty: I would have to say Jesus, and I don’t know, probably mad people cause I’m sure I’ve pissed some people off for being just stupid and drunk.

Yobeat: How many years you think you got left in you?

Matty: Not sure considering the life I’ve led. I still feel okay, my knees are fine, it’s more a matter of motivation I guess. I really want to learn some other form of a life that may generate some consistent income, but it has got to be something I love, and right now snowboarding is what I love, and I am really hyped on being a part of it. I mean look at Peter (Line), (Mike) LeBlanc, and Terje, those dudes are still so amazing. Maybe I’ll be the Keith Richards of snowboarding, 50 years old trying to ollie some double set.

Yobeat: So you really love snowboarding?

Matty: Yeah for real, regardless of what anyone says. But yeah maybe I drift off in life and partying, but that’s because I also like a lot of other things that life has to offer. I hate to admit this sometimes but I love snowboarding man. It’s great, it has done so much for me and now I think I’m past worrying about it so much. I’m having a lot more fun and I’m hyped for all the success it has brought tons of my homies.

Yobeat: Your critics call you a loser, a drug addict, and so on. But you’ve proven that you are  snowboarding for the right reasons. Could your vices ever stop you from strapping in?

Matty: No, that’s fine with me when I hear that shit. It’s kinda fucked you know, because addiction is a real thing and I’ve learned addictive personality is real and nothing to joke about. But it wont stop me from going snowboarding because I know what I need to fix, and if anyone listened to haters you wouldn’t get anywhere.


Why don’t more people hit that side?                                                                            photo: Bob Plum

Yobeat: Who was your worst sponsor all time?

Matty: Shit maybe Head snowboards. I got fired before I signed the contract because I didn’t go meet up with them when some of those hardons were in SLC. Probably a good thing though. The contract was gonna be four grand up front and that would have gotten me into trouble, and oh yeah, it’s a tennis racket company.

Yobeat: What kind of trouble?

Matty: Let’s see, 23 years of age, couch surfing at Mikey LeBlanc’s house with no aspiration to be snowboarding at that moment, four grand in my pocket, stormy clouds ahead, lights out. But that was me then, I wanna clear that up.

Yobeat: Who are you now?

Matty: I’m trying to get away from the party shit, although it is tough because I love it. But it’s to a point I feel where it needs to happen to get Bozwreck where I wanna see it, and I’m really just trying make sure it does. So it’s like do I wanna continue to just party like a moron or do I wanna pull my shit together and not blow a good thing? So I guess I hate the word but a little bit of me is at least ready to grow up, a little. But I’ll never forget fun and hangin’ with friends.

Yobeat: So what do you worry about?

Matty: Not much, real talk I just think worrying and jealousy are the two most pointless emotions. So I don’t dabble with them. What good comes out of them? I don’t think much from what I’ve learned.

Yobeat: What about death? You ever worry about that?

Matty: Not really, if death worries you, damn, your life and mind are gonna get pretty twisted. You can’t think like that, my dad has always told me to just appreciate that day and that’s it, and the next day do the same. I make the most of shit, say I am hungover or something and just on the couch. I’ll watch the History channel, I’ll learn some shit. Just anything you can do to make that day worth every last second. Like lately, if I’m all spaced out i have been dabbling a bit in drawing. I suck, but at least doing something that has some end result of accomplishment.

Yobeat: What bums you out?

Matty: I’ve been in love before and when that ended of course I was bummed. But you know what, I think that I just don’t ever want to be bummed like that again, so anything that is minor or just too dumb to be bummed about, no thanks, I just say to myself shit always happens for a reason man. I am a strong believer in that, and if something happened where a normal person should be bummed then I say, “Shit man, just some fucked up shit happened for some reason.” I don’t know, but whatever I’ll just stay up and do some other shit and get it out of my head.


What’s going on at your house?                                                                                    photo: Bob Plum

Yobeat: Where in the south are you headed this summer?

Matty: South Carolina, about an hour outside of Atlanta. I’ll be borrowing moms whip a bunch to head into the city. I have a few friends in Athens and Atlanta so I’m hoping to just figure it out down there the way I figure out any other city, just dive in and start figuring it out. I don’t know anyone that knows Atlanta so I want to be that person.

Yobeat: Will a little guy like you be O.K. in the south? Are you afraid of the country boys? Have you ever seen Deliverance?

Matty: (Laughs) No, because those are the same people I want to rap out with. Hicks, I fully want to be in a hick situation, hopefully sippin’ on moonshine with them and let them know I’m down for hicks. They are just into some crazy shit, but whatever, probably funny people. They fucking love Budweiser, they can’t be that bad.

Yobeat: Favorite drink?

Matty: It changes often but for beer Stella is the jam, and I really enjoy tea, English Breakfast black tea with honey and milk. So good with smokes it’s untouchable.

Yobeat: Brand of smokes?

Matty: Camel lights I guess, but also randomly I smoke Reds for weeks at a time, then back to Camel lights.

Yobeat: Blondes or Brunettes?

Matty: Brunettes, but I am a sucker for cute red heads man. It’s fucked, I always get shit for it but I’m so attracted to cute red heads. It’s just a rare thing and when you see one, it’s like finding gold or some shit, no offense to all you red heads out there.

Yobeat: Perfect day?

Matty: Waking up, Starbucks if I’m not broke, tea if I am. A good tune to get me going for the day, and just going on an adventure whether that be snowboarding, skating or whatever. Hangin’ with homies on a stoop, leaned back in a chair with some beers and cigs, and just laughing. Man laugh attacks are the best.

Yobeat: If it all ended today what would you do?

Matty: I would be real hyped on what I’ve done. I’ve been all over the world, lived in a few different spots, and started Bozwreck without a diploma. I’ve met some awesome people man, so many good stories and times.

Yobeat: Sponsors?

Matty: Bozwreck boards, Comune, Holden, Ashbury, Milosport and Neff.

Yobeat: You have anything you want to blurt out?

Matty: Just thanks to everyone that is helping me and Bozwreck out, you know who you are. Too many to name but much appreciation and mad love.

¡BozWreck 3000!

YoBeat’s 2008 Policital Endorsments

As a highly influential publication, we at YoBeat felt we better make our feelings known one of the hot button issues facing the nation today: the upcoming election. So we’ve browsed the web, searched the net and watched all the highly factual television commercials to bring you our endorsements for various important races across this great country.

Mike LeBlanc

United States Senator, Maine

The race for the Senate seat in Maine is the 11th most competitive Senate race in the country, but that’s no reason that Mikey LeBlanc can’t win as a write in. Sure, he lives in Portland now, but his parents will let him stay at their house when he needs to. LeBlanc has proven himself as a bi-partisan candidate, easily bridging the gap between hipster and hip hopper, and his years of snowboard experience and flat landings have prepared him for the inevitable ups and downs of a Senate term.

JP Walker

Governor, Utah

The Utah gubernatorial race looks to be leaning towards the Republican incumbent Jon Huntsman, but JP Walker as a write in could be just what Utah needs to get some fresh blood in office. Walker is a true uniter — he looks like a Mormon with this blond hair and blue eyes, but our sources tell us he is not in fact Mormon. He’s a candidate for every man. But mostly importantly, he would have the wherewithal to overturn the mini ramp ban in SLC for good! Little known fact, Walker (along with Mitch Nelson and Mikey LeBlanc) was responsible for the initial legalization of mini ramps in the early 90s.

Josh Dirksen

Sentator, Oregon

Enough with the bickering between Gordon Smith and Jeff Merkely — who cares who Ron Wyden really endorses? What we need is a fresh face in Washington who would bring real change. That’s why YoBeat endorses Josh Dirksen for Senate. He’ll pledge to legalize weed and not make anyone pay taxes. Well actually we don’t know about that tax part, but definitely the weed.

Josh Sherman

Congressman, Wisconsin

Sherman is perhaps the most qualified politician in snowboarding. He can pretty much talk people into anything, and therefore is a great candidate for the District 8 Congress seat of Wisconsin. Currently Incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen and Republican John Ward are running neck in neck for the seat, but Sherman is just what the race needs to shake things up. And his blond hair reminds Wisconsin residents of cheese, making them feel very comfortable.

Lucas Magoon

Mayor, Rutland, VT

Ok so this seat isn’t actually up for grabs in the upcoming election, but YoBeat is calling for impeachment of whoever is in there now, because there really could be no better mayor than Magoon. In addition to being the richest man in the town, he would install snowboard-ready handrails throughout the city, and help bring a youthful spirit the city of Rutland so desperately needs.

Marci Price

Senator, Alaska

Strangely the gubernatorial seat in Alaska is not up for election this term, but in Alaska YoBeat felt a somewhat unknown female was the best possible endorsement for the open Senate seat. In addition to being quite a looker, Price spent some time as a spokesperson, I mean, rider for Ride Snowboards and is a shoo in to shake up the results of one of the “top ten most competitive Senate races” in the country. Watch out Ted Stevens, you may have thought you had to worry about a possible Democratic takeover, but with Price in the race, it’s anyone’s game.

Matty Ryan

Senator, New Hampshire

Currently in New Hampshire, the most interesting thing about the race is the funny names of both candidates: John Sununu and Jeanne Shaheen. YoBeat is therefore endorsing Matty Ryan for this tight race. Ryan will bring some scandal into otherwise humdrum NH politics, be it with sex or drugs. And he also lives life by the state’s official motto: Live Free or Get High. What, it’s Life Free or Die? Well, close enough.

Travis Rice

Senator, Wyoming

Wyoming is one of only two states with both Senate seats up for grabs, and who is more qualified in that state than Travis Rice? Look at his accomplishments: One of the most progressive snowboarders in the world, now a noted filmmaker, X Games Champion, the list goes on. He could very well double cork his way into both seats and fill them just fine.

Barack Obama


So we were kidding about the rest of these, but this one we’re serious. It’s not just that McCain is too old to know how to use a computer and his running mate is a moron, Obama is actually a good choice for President. Smart, well-spoken, forward thinking, he is easily the greatest politician of his time. When he ran for his Senate seat in Illinois, he literally crushed the other candidate, and with the help of YoBeat readers, we think the Presidential election could go the same way.

The Interwebs are Still Better.

Shane Flood has a sponsor who gives him money. They are called Ride Snowboards. This is why he hasn’t called me crying in a few weeks. Matty Ryan works at a Mercedes dealership, and Kevin Suseinka is carrying the east coast flag by writing about it for just about every magazine you can think of, but he doesn’t realize that the internet is instant, and print mags have a delay, so this gossip is still new. word.

New Hampshire Preview

All photos taken at Loon Mountain by Paul Miller.

Ah yes, there she be, Plymouth, NH. Now the home of such superstars as, ahh, nevermind. No superstars live there, but it is the new location of the home offices of YoBeat. Over the coming season we shall be changing our comprehensive East coast coverage over from the Green Mountains to the White ones. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, we present the NH preview — photos of riders who attend Plymouth State College, and will be getting way more coverage than they deserve over the coming months. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Lodge resident Chris Mulcahy enjoys Play Station, and, well, that’s all I’ve ever seen him do. I guess he snowboards as well though.

Matty Ryan, who is slipping out of his down-with-NH status by dissing on his boyz, yet still has a few photos to come in this section.

Matty Ryan makes his second appearance. Surprisingly, his friend Jordan is nowhere to be found.

Mike Parziale is cool because he’s wearing a wife beater and lives in a box.

Andy Benhardt, sign jib.

Token girl shot. Bostonian Meghan Burke.

Mike Parziale, fully clothed.

Matty Ryan, again. Indy to Fakie.

Sky Shaw is from Vermont. Technically he shouldn’t be in this section, but he is riding in NH so he must be somewhat down.

For more info about New Hampshire ski areas check out Loon Mountain or Waterville.