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Nate Bozung’s Last Hump Day

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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.

Classic Nate Bozung Boards For Sale on Ebay

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Attention snowboard nerds and old gear collectors. Nate Bozung’s old boards are up for sale! The bids are low, and you could probably pick one of these up for less than an 8 ball if you move quick. And good news, they’re coming from Utah, which means Boz is most likely not handling the shipping himself.


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Boz’s pro model is so chill.

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Not just a snowboard, a piece of art goddamit.

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Nate’s Tech Nine pro model would make a great bench. (Joking, you should hang this shit on your wall.)

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This Keegan Vailaka pro model is probably still rideable. But it’s gonna fetch a pretty penny cause of those boobs.

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This shit is signed, son.

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Actually they’re all signed.

There are nine boards up for sale and some of the auctions end in as few as 2 days so get bidding, fools.

AnDUHrra with Nate Bozung

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Nate Bozung Lives (And Snowboards)!

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Rerun Week: Best of Hump Day 2010

128. That’s how many people we’ve interviewed since introducing “Hump Day” almost three years ago. We keep thinking we’ll run out, but then every week, there’s someone else. An up-and-coming am, legendary pro, uber-talented photographer, season industry vet, or just someone we know will tell a good story to tell. This year, we learned some dirt, caused some outrage and generally told the stories of the people we think make snowboarding rad (OK sometimes just the only people who respond to our frantic IMs.) Here are some of the highlights from 2010.

March 24, 2010: Corey Smith

Unedited, this Hump Day was a brutally honest portrayal of the past, present and future of Corey Smith’s life. After cutting out the fat and, admittedly, loaded questions, the following interview still stands as a tribute to the man in question. Like Corey, the following responses are loud, elaborate and to the point. I’d pay specific attention to Corey’s longest response, which regards wild nights and hard living. Mr. Smith let it all hang out in this one. Read the whole thing here.

April 28, 2010: Pete Wast

It seemed like some sort of evil Internet joke perpetrated but some unknown troll, but it wasn’t. Pete Wast is a living, breathing human being, and he rides at Seven Springs, PA. Hopefully this interview will shine some light on one of the greatest Internet scandals snowboarding has ever seen, but maybe not. “We probably wont fully understand Pete Wast’s cultural impact for decades to come,” Jesse Burtner said.  Maybe not, Jesse, maybe not. But today, we’ll finally hear his side. Video by Ian Macy/Havesome

July 28, 2010: Nate Bozung

-“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

If you somehow missed the most commented interview EVER on YoBeat, then go read it right now.

September 15, 2010: Danny Kass

You try and get Danny Kass to sit down for an interview. Let’s just say, it ain’t easy. This onetook two weeks of phone calls, ichats, emails and @ replies, before I finally tracked down Danny in Orlando, FL. Even then he didn’t want to cooperated. Instead, he turned the tables interviewed me about such hot button topics as YoBeat and taking dude’s virginity. Eventually we got some dirt on him, and some solid life advice from an old dude that worked at the trade show. Don’t worry, if you don’t care what I or Danny have to say, there were plenty of blonds hanging out in the Grenade booth so you can just check them out in the background.– Brooke Geery

September 29, 2010: Brandon Cocard

When I was asked to do an interview with Brandon Cocard for YoBeat, Lipton specifically said, “get the dirt.” Having known Brandon for three years, I knew this was going to be a problem. He’s not hooked on drugs. He doesn’t have an ego. He’s not getting paid a ton of money. He snowboards because he loves it and that is something this industry needs. But guess what, he had LOTS of stories to tell. — Josh Parker

November 24, 2010: Danny Larsen

More than anything, I love this interview because it exists because of official T-Shirt that come out of it doesn’t hurt its status in the list of the best either. Read the whole thing and then go get yourself a Black Metal T (or Hoodie) right now!– Brooke Geery

December 1, 2010: Austen Granger

Austen Granger’s Hump Day was about butt sex. Well, snowboarding, but there were a lot of questions about butt sex too. The interview itself was funny and typical of what happens when Nick Lipton actually does his job. However, one person didn’t think so. The comments that resulted made a funny interview even better, and the Yobeat comment board a subject of SLC gossip. Read it here.

Ice Coast Kills Shit Premiere

Story and photos by Eric Fernandez

‘Twas a cool summer night in Brooklyn, the youngsters, hipsters, and grifters roamed the streets in search of their next high while music cascaded from open venue doorways and couples sipped wine and smiled on corner café patios. But this particular night in Brooklyn held a different spectacle, something the eyes of hip Williamsburg was not accustomed to seeing, a snowboard video premiere.

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As I walked towards the entrance of Good Company, a cozy little bar in the heart of Williamsburg, I looked back to see a pink party bus pull up. A pink party bus. This is when my instincts hinted these particular kids were in it to have a good fucking time. Fitted capped gentlemen whistled, and drunk women screamed to see the NYC snowboarding stars emerge from the lighted party bus. Men greeted men, women kissed men, men kissed men, and old friends were reunited for a night of celebration. This was my first impression of the NYC snowboard kids, and I think I liked it. I went into the bar and found some fellows to put out a vibe with. Amongst the sea of Subaru headbands, I managed to find Majors, Nate Bozung, C3 fellow Dan Broadwell, and a few other friends. To the left of our table was a circle of upstate kids who came down to see the show, but by the time the show actually started I honestly believe they had smoked too much pot to see, or hear the movie. To the right of our table was a circle of young professionals in their late 20s celebrating a girls’ birthday. There’s no way they foresaw this crowd when they planned their birthday party at Good Company, as they were a bit out of their element. I managed to take a good picture of their birthday cake though, and even snagged a leftover piece, which was much better than the complimentary hot dogs that were being served on English muffins.

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The movie started around 10:15pm.  I was intrigued right off the bat, and it could be because I have a soft spot for kids who have grown up riding tiny hills much like I did, but this video had some fire. Within the first 30 seconds, I managed to catch a glimpse of a kid puking off a roof, several kids getting arrested, another kid with his tibia literally exposed over 4 inches of his leg, along with a plethora of jibbery and snowboarding action. There was a nice amount of very entertaining park footage, which in their case didn’t hinder the film’s integrity. These kids were simply documenting what they’d snowboarded on all seasons, and that was it. It was filmed very properly in skate fashion. There were some great lines through local Hunter Mountain’s park, which looks really really fun. Opening part by Jarad Hadi lookalike Jasper Kahn was fun, and featured some awesome jibbing antics and don’t-really-know-what’s-coming-next snowboarding, which is my personal favorite style. Buddy Pendergast had some moves to watch for, as well as the personality to match. And an honorable mention to John Haynes for his opening shot of an exposed tibia, as well as an avid display of rail mastery as well.

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It was a fun vibe, and the video gave me nostalgic feelings of Midwest/East Coast snowboarding. These kids are passionate, and they love fun, and that’s enough to make me say, “Fuck yeah.”

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Yobeat Visits BozWrecklyn on Humpday

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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?

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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“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.

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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.

Kumara Kelley’s Redemption Hump Day

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You gotta go big to freeze frame like this. photo: Amy Galbraith

Kumara Kelley is a bright-eyed early-to-bed early-to-rise lover of all things snowboarding, but it hasn’t always been this way. Once upon a time Ms. Kelley was a hard partying youngster circling the great snowboarding toilet. After a failed reality show, and a really rough time at SIA (see the bottom of the interview) she took some time off. Kumara couldn’t stay away though, and now-a-days you can find her charging hard as hell trying to make up for lost time.

Yobeat: So after one failed attempt you’ve decided to try and go pro again?

Kumara Kelley: Yep.

What made you quit the first time?

A culmination of things. The first time around I was really young, wildly insecure and lacked discipline, plus my parents were really on my back about going to school. Moving to Mammoth at 18 and diving deep into the snowboard industry proved to be a hard hit for me. The industry can be ruthless and cut-throat. I ended up partying more than competing or filming or doing anything really productive in snowboarding. Eventually I hit bottom, my party-antics had gotten out of hand. So I moved back home to go to school.

What qualified as bottom?

Suffice to say there was a lot of booze and variety of drugs. I didn’t really know what I was chasing after anymore. I was living in Mammoth at the time and thought I was trying to be a pro snowboarder. I thought that I was on the right track, snowboard hard and party hard. Turns out that doesn’t work for everyone.  I sorta lost myself and my soul for snowboarding, I was all caught up in the bullshit “Who’s Who” and “What’s What” of the snowboard industry.

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It takes real balls to step up in the backcountry. photo: Greg Miller

During your party-fueled attempt at living the dream did you ever consider having sex with a pro, TM, or rep to further your career?

Nah.

Do you fan out when you see pros?

Oh man, I used to!  But not as much these days.  I realize they are just normal people that fart and cry too. In fact, I’ve begun to dislike pros and really, really like non-industry snowboarders. The pros get all jaded and too-cool-for-school.

Did snowboarding ever pay the bills?

Only for a brief amount of time did I actually earn an income snowboarding. That was when I did this reality TV show in Park City, Utah.

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Years of healthy living and yoga give a girl a mean poke. photo: Greg Miller

What reality show? Who was involved?

Some production company out of LA. It hadn’t even been sold to a TV Network, they wanted to make it first and then try and sell it to HBO or something. So the funding was pretty limited, and that showed. It was a major flop. I lived in a house with J2, Lane Knaack, Chanelle Sladics, Jaqui Berg, Rob Kingswell, AMK, Nate Bozung and someone else, I am forgetting his name. It was totally crazy. I was the only non-pro in the house. I felt waaay out of my element. It never aired and I’ve never seen any footage from it.

How long did this circus last for?

It was supposed to be six weeks, but I think we stopped at five. Everyone was over it. The house was creepy. The floors were covered in Astroturf and there was leopard print everywhere and cheesy lights with faux fur trimmings around doorways and weird bear and animal paintings on the walls.

How did you get onto this show?

It happened like this. At the time I was working nights at Starbucks in Mammoth and snowboarding everyday. Chanelle, who was one of my main shred-buds then, came up to me at work one night and told me about it. She said one of the athletes bailed on it and they needed someone else asap. I was stoked Chanelle thought of me and flattered to be invited. I had to make a decision that day or the next day or something. I quit my job and packed my bags and left for it the next week. We got to fly in a private jet from LA to SLC. That was a first for me, and I was PUMPED. I was so excited to be surround by all these legit snowboarders. The private jet, snowboarding Park City everyday, and getting paid to snowboard were for sure the highlights of the experience.

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Snowboard fashion is crazy, you’d never know if this was a boy or a girl. photo: Greg Miller

So what happened while you were in the house?

We did all these interviews, went to the bars as a group, and snowboarded.

How was living with Bozung?

Whoa. Crazy. Really Crazy.

Any moments you would like to share?

Funny thing. When he had his snowboard part in the Resistance I had a HUGE crush on him. Then we lived together and he shattered my perfect, little fantasy of who I thought he was. He would get super wasted and do mean things, say really dickheaded things to all of us girls. I think he loved girls, but then seriously hated them too. The next day he would always apologize and tell us he was, you know, “Just joking.”

Did you expect this show to catapult you to snowboard fame?

That’s what I was hoping for, definitely! But from day one, I knew it might not pan out like that. It was pulling teeth just to get the last few paychecks. We almost had to take ‘em to court. Class action style. But they finally paid us and no court was needed. It was after the show, which I was hoping to be my big “break”, that I left snowboarding.

Did you feel like a loser when it didn’t work out?

Jeez, just cut right to chase huh Nick. I feel like I am on Maury Povich. The answer is yes.

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Not feeling like a loser anymore. This air is huge! photo: Aaron Blatt

So you quit your dream. Then what?

Moved to Seattle. Studied acting and starting modeling a little bit. Then found myself studying Buddhism and seriously studying yoga and martial arts. Since then I have been an honors student studying my life away. In January I found myself telling all my professors to cut me some slack cause I had just won a Burton Am Series stop and I was going to the US Open.  It was cool because all my professors were stoked. Literally in a blink of an eye, I was back on the snowboard horse.

You said you’ve done modeling. Have you considered cashing in on your looks to get a leg up in snowboarding?

Heck yeah!

How has that worked out for you?

Well, modeling has been working out pretty nicely. As far as “cashing in” within the snowboard industry, that’s still in the works.

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YOBEAT-OFF.  photo: Ty Milford

Can you even snowboard?

No. Not really. I’m pretty mediocre, which is why I have to lean so heavily on my looks. (Laughs)

Burton has you head-to-toe though correct?

Yeah I guess so, they keep giving me stuff and emailing back when I email them. I got picked up by one of the NW reps while I was at the Burton Am Series, Chris Zimmerman and the GMW crew. Those guys have been showing me lots of love.

Burton is a huge company, do you feel lost in the shuffle?

I am really close with the NW guys, which is rep level-product flow ranks. Beyond that I feel a little small, I would be stoked to move up with Burton.

Do you think it’ll happen?

To be perfectly honest, this is a business. I know they will be looking out for their interest and I will have to do the same. One thing is for certain, coming at this a second time around, I am not looking to get strung along by sponsors and waste time. I’m dedicated and doing it, with or without you. Love me or leave me.

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Getting dirty on a late summer jump. photo: Amy Galbraith

How did you transition from a Mammoth drunk to a soy bean eating PNW pipe jock?

I think that I was always the PNW, soy bean, contest jock, dedicated cheese-ball back then, it was just harder to see because of all my insecurities and proclivities to party.

What were you insecure about?

Everything, I wanted to “go pro” so badly. I wanted to make a living out of snowboarding – because I love to snowboard. But I was stuck on the fame and novelty of “being pro.” I didn’t know how to do it, but I guessed from videos that you partied, met the right people, moved to mammoth and then boom- you’re pro.  I kinda knew competing was a good idea, but my whole identity was based on me being a good snowboarder. If I went to a contest and did poorly, I, well, I couldn’t have handled that. The whole idea of someone finding out that inside I was truly a failure, a shithead, a phony kept me from fully pursuing snowboarding. I was my own restraints on my success back then. Moving home, working through some tough life shit and exploring spirituality with yoga has helped me feel okay with myself. Now I can laugh at myself, sometimes.

How many sponsors did you lose during round one of your career?

Well, not all of them were ever really legit to begin with. Except for (Insert large board maker here), that was the big one I was bummed about losing. Then there were bunch of beginnings of sponsorships that fizzled. But I’d say fourish. Shit, I probably shouldn’t drop (Insert large board maker here).  Let’s take that part back. If we just say “some big company” I’ll tell the story.

Deal.

Ok, Demo days was happening at Mammoth. I went up to (Some Big Company’s) booth and starting chatting with the rep. He was cool, and after chatting and demo-ing a board, I had finessed my way into some product flow. We went to the huge van, rock star type bus, and he gave me everything. Boots, board, bindings, clothes, t-shirts, even underwear and told me that if I wanted to get into “X” contest they would pay my entry fee. This was in December. Things were going well, until I showed up to SIA. I had no problem asking them if they could accommodate me (the answer was no.) During the day I would drink like a mother-fucker, party all over SIA and walk around the booth, thinking I was someone. Thinking I was “in.” I definitely was not in. Probably everyone at the booth was thinking, “Who the hell is this chick and why is she partying so hard at 2 PM?” At night I would drunk call my rep millions of times to invite him to come party, completely unaware that some people actually work at SIA. Then on day three he asked me to sit down with him. I sat down, with a beer in hand, and he proceeded to tell me, “It just wasn’t going to work out.” I was stunned. Afterward I went to the Technine booth, told them what happened and they took me on right there.

So who are your sponsors now?

Burton, Pow Gloves, Fabel Headwear.

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 Updownmag.com

Motivation from Todd

Sometimes, we all need a little pick me up. This is Nate Bozung’s actual arm, and if that’s not newsworthy, we don’t know what is.

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Gov’y Shenanigans

Hot off the press: Peter Line and Nate Bozung have been banned from Government Camp and Timberline Ski Area after the Gov’y riot, which you can read all about on Bluetorch.com. According to Peter, “They’re just saying I stole a go-cart, it’s all just stupid rumors.” He explained, “they need scape goats, we’re just high profile.” Nate could not be reached for comment (okay, I didn’t try.) In other news, Jussi Oksanen got kicked off Sessions for not having a sticker close enough to the nose of his board. Brian Barb spent the beginning of the summer with a hurt MCL, but he’s back and fully operational. Borgstede got dropped from Burton and according to Vin, a lot more good riders will be without sponsors. Okay, that’s enough gossip for one month.