Sam Taxwood AKA Staxwood AKA The Taxman is taking the snowboard industry by storm, all while hooking up with your girlfriend the night before. Garnering a huge media following with his crew’s Lick the Cat webisode series as well as being a standout at every event he competes in, Sam has managed to find that fine line between partying all night and performing all day. He’s always the first one to take his shirt off for the cameras both on and off the mountain and the ladies love him all the more for it. However, it’s more likely he’ll be surrounded by his half naked bros than any trife ratchets. Yobeat sat down with this young party boy to find out what it’s really like to Lick the Cat on a daily basis. – Josh Parker
How’s your summer going so far? Why are you currently layed up on your couch?
My summer has been pretty good, I got to skate a bit and I took a little vacation to Colorado to hang out with Michael Wick. For those that know him I’m sure can imagine how that trip was… although now I’m sitting on my couch icing my knee because I just had surgery on my meniscus
I don’t know Michael Wick, what’d you guys do? (note: I now know Michael Wick, he owns a van with blue furry walls that was host to some pretty good van parties last week in Bend)
Needless to say he likes to party and can pretty much out drink anyone I know! We skated a bit though, and just lived the Colorado life according to him… by that I mean drink, party, drink some more, went to a country concert, played volleyball, went camping, and hung out with a bunch of homies.
So are you of legal drinking age yet then?â€¨â€¨
Nope… I got a fake ID DOE!
Are you old enough to take me out on a date yet then?â€¨â€¨
Well I’m pretty sure I’ve been old enough since we met, but legally speaking maybe for like a year? hahaha
Knut told me I should ask you about your girlfriend? Should I be jealous?
Hahaha that fucker! No need for jealousy Darrah, I’m single and ready to mingle so get at me! Juskee haha but seriously
Front 180 5-0 on the L1 Merica tour. Photo: Knut Eliasson
Okay perfect. Anyways, so what happened to your knee? Why did you need surgery?â€¨â€¨
I know it’s hard for you to get off topic of me taking you out…It was bugging me for a while through the winter but I finally landed pretty low on a hip at superpark and that was the final straw kinda.
How long of a recovery is it? Will you be making it to hood this summer?â€¨â€¨
It’s about four weeks I think so hopefully I’ll make it up to catch the last bit of camp!
What happened to you last summer, weren’t you a digger at HCSC for like, a week?â€¨â€¨
Summers in Oregon don’t always turn out so well for me. Last summer I separated my shoulder and had to get home to finish up some school that I was procrastinating doing. It was fun while it lasted though, I wish I could have gone back this year.
Me toooo… So other than the knee thing, how was Superpark this year? Last I remember seeing you, you were having beer sprayed all over you at the bar after winning the Chelone Miller award…â€¨â€¨
It was good times for sure! It was sweet to board with all the homies for a week up in Bend, that place is rad! Prime springtime boarding and it got loose for sure. â€¨I’m super hyped I was lucky enough to get the first Chelone Miller award to,o which was sick, thanks to the dudes at Snowboarder!
What do you think it was that won you that title?
Umm, good question? I was just trying to cruise and have as much fun as I could and I guess people were down?
Don’t try this with your shirt off. Photo: Bob Plumb
Well that’s cool. Why do you tend to board shirtless so often?
It’s just a big joke pretty much, like if you cant land a trick then try it with your shirt off and maybe you’ll get it? I don’t know, honestly we just thought it was tight seeing fools snowboard with their shirts off and got a kick out of it so we started doing it for some reason. It’s pretty dumb and some people aren’t down I guess but it’s something to have a good laugh over for sure.
â€¨I encourage it. Why did you cut off your rat tail? Also, while we’re on that topic I’m curious about the bleached hair trend?
It was a bit much so it had to go! The bleach is just another stupid joke pretty much but everyone bet on the Dirksen Dirby and they had to bleach their hair if they lost or something and there was left over bleach so I frosted a wave of tips in my hair.
Speaking of bleached hair, Blake Paul told me I should ask you about your narcolepsy?â€¨â€¨
Of course he did. I have this problem where I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Especially in cars! I think it’s a mild case of Narcolepsy though, it’s pretty harsh. Driving long distances for me is a no go.
He said you fall asleep in the most awkward positions. I was also told to ask you about the nickname “squat”?
Yup that’s one of those nick names if you know, you know and if not, maybe some day. My friends can eat shit.
This front board is for America. Photo: Knut Eliasson
Is Louif your fave boarder and did you fan out on him at the X Games? Who else have you fanned out on recently?
Oh man! So ya I was at X games and I guess I fanned out on him pretty hard for like 10 minutes and by the end I’m sure he thought I was an idiot! Whoops, but he is one of my favorite boarders though, he rips! The Girl skate team was just in Salt Lake and I fanned pretty hard on those dudes too hahaha.
What did you do all winter? Where did you go, who’d you film with?â€¨â€¨
I filmed with the Keep The Change, and Lick The Cat dudes all winter! I spent a bit of time on the East Coast and Minnesota filming, also a bit here in Salt Lake. It was super fun, all those fools are the shit! I went to Japan for the Holy Bowly as well which was an amazing experience!
What was the best part of going to Japan?
The best part about Japan was just getting to experience another country like that and the whole snowboard scene. All the people over there are really sick!
Is Lick the Cat putting out a full movie this year?
Yes, there will be a full Lick The Cat video this year its coming out this fall online and hopefully a few hard copies will be floating around for some people to grab! Hopefully people are stoked, it should be pretty sick.
Crossing bridges is smarter than burning them. Photo: Bob Plumb
Want to just finish by saying what your plans for next winter are? Is college in your future now that you’re finally done high school?â€¨â€¨
My plans for next year as of now are to just keep filming and do what I’ve been doing, and yes I have plans for school I’m just tying to go when the time is right and I’m ready to go so I don’t waste my parents money fresh out the gate.
Respect. Thanks Sam!
No worries, hopefully I don’t look like an idiot after this.