With totaled Subarus left in his wake in Utah, a swagger so alluring a cougar in heat took his V-card, and the gnarliest street rails in in the dirtiest little city in the world (Reno) under his belt, meet Zander Blackmon. Technine’s youngest talent is raw, real, 5 feet short, about to turn nineteen and straight outta Carnelian Bay, CA (Tahoe to the tourists). Put on the map by stand out parts in FODT’s Familia 2, Bhappy Films and the one of the sickest Mag spreads of last season, Zander Blackmon is coming for your daughters, your weed supply and the craziest, most technical wall rides he can find (bring the back-up generator). He is the future of snowboarding and the future is right fucking now. Put your seat belt on ‘cuz Zander Blackmon has arrived.
How does it feel to be the only other black snowboarder besides Stevie Bell?
(Laughing) I don’t know. I don’t know. I am not black.
You’re just the Blackmon?
Yeah, I am just the Blackmon.
Who got you into snowboarding?
My Dad got me into it from the start. He bought me a snowboard and took me to the mountain.
Where did you go?
We went to Homewood. I was Seven. I took a couple of lessons there. After that, I was on the Northstar snowboard team and Mark Steagall was my coach.
Whoa. I had just picked it up from the shop from driving it into town. It was all good, there was nothing wrong with it. I was making a u-turn and I got T-boned by this old lady. Brady Larson was sitting in the passenger seat. He’s all good. She ran into me and I was just pulling a u-turn trying to go get pizza. I got out and all I heard her saying was calling me an, “asshole piece of shit.” I was just like, “what the fuck!” She was freaking out, then she realized she was a fucking idiot. My car got totaled. Totaled in Utah.
Were you having fun in Utah before then?
Oh yeah, it was awesome up until then.
How stoked were your parents?
Oh, they were so stoked. Psyche! Nah, they were bummed, but they understood what happened. I don’t know, they were just bummed (laughing).
Word on the street is you lost your virginity to a cougar (9-10 years older than him), and I am not talking mountain lions.
(Laughing) I don’t know that. That’s a good story that she said.
Yeah, older women. They’re great (laughing).
You’ve got to say more than that.
I don’t think it’s the best idea (laughing).
You grew up in Carnelian Bay, California. What came first — weed, slots or hookers?
Oh god, it was good. Close enough bike ride or skateboard to two different 7-Elevens. So, I always had slurpees or candy. Weed probably came first, though. Then I slowly got into doing some of the slots and the hookers slowly came with it. It was probably the best place I could have grown up. It’s small, everyone that lives here is pretty mellow. There weren’t really many people that went to my high school, so I knew everyone.
Outside of snowboarding, what’s the best thing about Tahoe?
Probably the fishing and the lake’s just sick to go chill.
Drink a 40 and smoke a blunt at the lake?
Drink a 40, smoke a spliff. (laughing)
Tell us a little bit about Blackmon Construction?
Blackmon is my Dad’s construction company that he has had forever. He built the house that we live in. He’s just a fucking G. My Dad’s the man. He blew out his knee over the summer, so I go and help him do construction. Blackmon Construction is the shit.
Do they still let you live in the house?
They still let me live there. Still got my room. Let me pretty much do whatever.
Word on the street is you’ve become a mean couch surfer.
Ahhh, you could say that. Not really couch surfing, you know, just hanging out at homey’s house and just smoke, drink and pass out there. Not have to worry about going outside to do it at home.
Is that the Gremlin House?
Yeah, the Gremlin House is my second home. My vacation home.
You are 5 feet tall with a peach fuzz dirt stache?
That’s about right (laughing). 5’5” — 5’4”. A gentleman’s 5’5”.
Is it tough to get respect in snowboarding being a short dude?
I don’t think so, because a bunch of the stuff I do looks way bigger than if someone regular size did it. It also might be something they are nervous to hit also, so they respect it.
Who is your favorite short snowboarder, besides yourself?
Probably have to say Mikey Leblanc. He’s a G. All my other favorite snowboarders are normal size.
What’s the key to a perfect dirt stache?
A little bit of eyeliner and some good old fashioned dirt (laughing). You know, just probably a 16 year shadow, something like that.
Did you go to the Mustang Ranch (whore house outside of Reno) for your eighteenth birthday?
You know, I can only imagine how filthy it is. Reno is pretty dirty.
Outside of whore houses and Andrew Brewer, what do you most love about Reno?
I love In-N-Out burger there. What I hate most is that Reno is in Nevada. The weed laws and just everything about it suck. It’s just whack. It always happens that you’re in Kings Beach, and you’re high as shit and then you decide to go to Reno and you’re like, “Oh fuck!”
Zander and Eric Messier do some sort of doubles routine at Grenade Games.
How was Grenade Games?
Grenade Games was awesome. It was definitely one of the sickest events I have ever been to. It was a lot of fun.
Did you get to motor boat any girls with spray tans and fake breasts?
No, I didn’t get to motor boat any, but I did get to take a couple of quick shots with the honey. It was good you know, real firm. That one girl in the photos was definitely flaunting it. She had some passion. She had passion for what she was doing.
Speaking for the youth on shred, what does snowboarding need more of?
It needs more of less comparing yourself to other people and just comparing yourself to yourself and not being judged. Just shred it. People just need to go shred and not worry about what they’re doing.
How has the season been for you?
It’s been pretty mellow season with the whole lack of snow thing. I’ve just been riding a bunch of park. We had a pretty sick zone up in the woods here. Kind of like the bone zone but a little bit different. It was just a bunch of wooden rails that were 6 feet off the ground because we were expecting a big snowpack. It never came, so the rails are just huge. That was fun for awhile until the Forest Service found it and made them cut it all down.
Tell me a little bit about your double page, Transworld photo spread. That was at the errie, ghost like, long closed ski resort Iron Mountain, right?
Yeah, that was Iron Mountain. That was crazy. I got a call from Cole Taylor the day before saying, “Yo, we got something down past South Lake. I am here with Eric Durand and Andrew Brewer. Come down here. We have this spot.” They had all set it up for me the day before, cuz Derrek Dennison had tried to hit, but it didn’t workout, so I got a chance. Nick Pooch pulled me in on snowmobile and I got like 4th or 5th try for Sean Sullivan. Definitely the best feeling thing I have ever done. That spots sick. There’s all these abandoned buildings. Half of them are all burned down. You can just kick through the walls of them. The runs are below the lodge. They told me to just take a warm-up run when I got there. They just pointed me down this hill, so I just shredded all the way down then Pooch picked me up on the snowmobile and we just doubled back to the top, it was pretty sick.
Jake Devine called you a boss.
That’s awesome. Jake’s one of my favorite snowboarders. Jake’s got the sickest style. Definitely stoked right now to hear that.
Why do you hate contests?
I just don’t like the feeling of them really. Watching and waiting for someone to drop, then seeing what they do and trying to one up it, instead of just doing what feels right, having fun and shredding and maybe going out and filming something and when you land it, just having the feeling of landing something other than just a park rail, you know it just feels so good.
Your 21st birthday party. Name the dream team of rappers and type of snowboarding event that will go down at this stellar event to potentially take place in April of 2014?
My twenty first birthday would potentially be crazy. Whoo! I can’t even think right now. I would want to have tiger, weezy and graveyard. It would be like Grenade Games but a little crazier and a couple more days. Maybe stretch it out a week. I would probably have it at Big Bear. Big Bear is my favorite place to snowboard, other than Tahoe. It would be a free for all kind of contest. Just have fun and shred.
Would you get a blunt wrap sponsorship? Malt liquor sponsorship?
No, we’re getting a smoking brown rolling papers sponsorship. No blunts, just spliffs. Then we would get a 32oz sponsorship.
Why spliffs? You always want to have tobacco in your shit?
Just something about it. There’s just something. I only have smoked spliffs. I’d rather my intake be nothing other than spliffs.
That’s so European.
Nah, not European, just American, American Spirits!
Technine, Arnette, Osiris, Aerial7, Gnarly, Celsius, Celtek and Ground Zero boardshop.
Anything else you want to say?
I think I just want to say, just shred on.