There are so many practical uses for and fun facts about water. We’ve all heard them; the Earth is over 70 percent water, so is the human body. If you drink too much too fast it is possible to become intoxicated, and the US government even sometimes uses it to kill people. Although drinking water is not technically an involuntary control, like breathing, we all drink it everyday without putting too much thought into it. We need it to survive, so we drink it. When presented with an option, many of us choose to wet our whistles with a less healthy choice- just another example of something we don’t put much thought into. Good news everyone- Austin Smith is here to remind us to Drink Water! It’s a heck of a lot better for you than the alternatives. Personally, I am devoted to the highest standard of health consciousness, that’s why I make sure to always order water with my whiskeys. I suggest you do the same.
What is Drink Water?
It’s a reaction to the [current] direction of action sports and snowboarding. Right now energy drinks are taking over the world and especially taking over the pastime of snowboarding. More than anything else, I don’t like what’s they’re selling. We’re reminding people of their alternative.
Bryan Fox and myself got it started, but since then it has grown. Everyone that has worn the sweatshirts, asked for stickers or just talked about it is involved in spreading the Drink Water word. Big thanks to our team bros, check them out on our site.
What is your message to the people?
Our message is don’t believe the hype; just drink water.
Why should people drink water?
If you don’t you will die.
One day, all that snow will be water, and then those dogs can drink it! Photo: Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
Are you saying that if a person drinks energy drinks that they will die?
I am saying you need water to live as much as you need air. Are energy drinks good for you? No. Will you die? Maybe if you drink a dozen 4 Loko’s. We live in a fortunate place where we have clean water all around us so we might as well take advantage of it.
If that is true, could you please explain how Austin Hironaka is still breathing? He only drinks soda, no water; I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
Because he is an Austin, enough said.
Austin was able to perform this nose press sans energy drink. True story! Photo: Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
Why start Drink Water and take a public stand against energy drinks?
Once I realized I was never going to snowboard for any energy drink company, no matter how much money they offered me, I wanted to respond in a positive way. Instead of doing nothing, I wanted to turn it around. It needed to be done.
Does Drink Water make anything other than hoodies and t-shirts?
We started off with writing Drink Water on our snowboards, then our buddy Tonino gave us a screen printer so we made t-shirts and sweatshirts. Now we have added jackets, stickers and buttons to the mix, and whatever seems fitting to spread the Drink Water message. Water bottles seem to make sense.
Will Drink Water expand to a bottled water company?
No, definitely not.
I do not agree with the way the bottled water business works, they use more water to make the plastic bottle than it takes to fill it, and it just ends up on the side of the road or in the ocean. We don’t sell [water], we just drink it.
This moment made possible by frozen water. Photo: Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
The FDA is coming out with some pretty scary long-term health risks associated with energy drink consumption including strokes, heart attacks, and cancer. What’s the big deal with a couple of side effects?
Diabetes and obesity [are side effects] as well. The scary thing is we don’t know what the long-term effects are yet. Kids that are pounding them down are going to figure that out the hard way. Pretty soon I’m sure [energy drinks] will be illegal like cigarettes are now. There was a time when they didn’t know what was bad about cigarettes and now you look back and think how crazy it was that they were selling that stuff to kids. I think it’s going to be a similar situation.
Do you smoke cigarettes?
How do you feel about snowboarders smoking cigarettes in their video parts or companies that put cigarettes in their ad campaigns?
Do whatever you want. There is a big difference between smoking cigarettes or drinking beer in a video and signing a contract to promote a product you may or may not use. I think a lot of people forget that when you endorse these companies, yes it’s just a sticker on your head and yes you get a shit ton of money for it, but you’re saying this is what you’re into and what you’re down for.
If you don’t drink Redbull, how do you get your wings?
We need a good catch phrase, this is true. I need to think about this. I have no witty comebacks for you.
We imagine this is the face Austin was making through this portion of the interview. Photo Mark Welsh
Where is the best tasting water in the world?
Bend, Oregon. Next question.
Where is the worst tasting water?
Mozy’s in Encinitas, CA. Great food, crappy water.
How do you feel about colored sugar-water?
It’s all unnecessary, and it could all go away. None of it is doing any good, besides making a few people rich.
What is your favorite thing to quench your thirst or go all day?