Hump Day Goes to Plymouth with Ian Hart

The opposite of mean-muggin: nice muggin. Phtoo: Brendon Rego

Though quiet, Ian Hart is not to be underestimated as a snowboarder or personality. He may love eating raw pasta and number 22’s from Mandarin more than snowboarding, but he has a style that is uncopyable. And while we’s technically a Meredith, NH resident, for the past three years he’s found solitude in the Plymouth region, sleeping on couches and blowup mattresses alike. We call him a “weekend student” and he’s probably learning more than anyone actually enrolled at Plymouth State.

Cole St. Martin: What was your first memorable experience as a weekend student at Plymouth?

Ian Hart:I don’t remember. Probably after the Kip Sanchez Invitational (a snowboard mini ramp contest) when Amanda “The Hog Rider” front flipped off the stairway banister not once, but twice.

Any other notable events that happened that night?

Yeah, when Mike (Rav) was doing frontflips over the spine (that was on fire) and that kid dumped gas on it so Mike caught on fire, Ha ha.

Black and white Photos? Got to have ’em. p. Furey

Would you say that was more or less dangerous than watching Nick Doucette at a rail jam?
That’s a tough one, depends on what Douce was doing the night before. If you offer him a few micro brews to try some sort of crazy gap to rail, then probably not.

So what’s the reason behind your obsession with the color blue?
Everyone has their favorite color, and personally I just think everything should be blue. It’s a solid, decent color.

Wait, where is he jumping from? p. Greg Furey

Give me a break down on your theory of the triple cork?
It happens to me when I’m just casually drinking through the night, having a good time with the guys and as soon as I know I’ve had a few too many, I start to “cork” out a little bit. It’s like the stage right before blacking out, the place where you wish you were just blacked out.

I’ve heard you acquire a few nicknames such as sledge, Ethan Hearth, and popcorn. Where the hell did they come from?
Sledge fighter came from iconic snowboard coach extraordinaire Bill Enos. Basically, I started playing this online role-playing game called Nexus when I was about seven, and I didn’t stop until I was 20, so you could say I was a bit of a nerd. He started calling me that because he thought it sounded like a video game character. And I think Butthole Tear (Ted Lavoie) just thought my name was Ethan. I also used to raid popcorn bins during the holidays.

Blue sky, bludabadeeblabloodie, or however that song goes. p. Greg Furey

Did you ever get convinced that you burnt down a house?
Well I got a little buzzed the first night back at Plymouth after the summer at camp, and slept in the trunk of my car. The next morning I woke up and people were banging on my car saying I burnt down a house the night before and the fire department was right across the street, so I was pretty convinced for a bit that I fucked up. Turns out the Plymouth Fire Department was just doing a practice, and everyone was fucking with me.

Since the world is going to end on Friday, what was your favorite memory of the Chub Club?
So, one day we were playing horseshoes outside the club with Stu Gingras, Bobby O-Ring and Brian Keith. Stu had welded me a blunted sword because I’m pretty obsessed with medieval warfare, and after Brian had a few too many Twisted Teaz that morning. He decided to play horseshoes with the sword instead. So we were throwing the sword back and forth, and I think he actually said he was trying to aim for the window (jokingly) and ended up actually throwing the sword through our neighbor’s window. It ended up being pretty hilarious, because how the fuck do you tell your neighbor you broke their window throwing a sword through it?

What’s your favorite snowboard video that came out this year?
DOPE III. Rail wizards.

What was your favorite trip last year?
Probably Super Park, because I got to stay with a great group of human beings such as Nick Doucette, Colton Feldman, and Rob Balding. Everyday after we got back from the mountain Colton and Rob would jump on the XBOX and play COD for hours while Douce would prepare dinner in the kitchen. Believe it or not he’s a damn good chef, who believes in working out while cooking. I also had the honor of riding with Douce all week watching him guinea pig jumps, doing 1080’s in a Hawaiian shirt and a backwards cap.

Interesting, well do you have any shout outs?
Yeah, thanks Mom and Charlie, Rome Snowboards, Quiksilver, Dragon, Eastern Boarder, Stance, Keep the Change, everyone in Plymouth, and JBEATS.

Hump Day with THE Young Johnny O’Connor

Words and This Photo: Tanner McCarty

In order to earn Plymouth State’s Rookie of the Year award, Johnny O’Connor had to not only showcase unmatchable talent on hill, but also win the Kip Sanchez Backyard Invitational, which consisted of snow mini ramp jam-turned-beer spitting, shotgun contest, fire-pit wrestling match. However, that’s in the past. Now Johnny is all business and you would know this if you happened to catch his ender in Keep the Change’s Holy Smokes. When you first meet him he will be the kindest, most wholesome individual, seeing only the good in everything. But once he’s at the spot, things get serious, and his self proclaimed insanity turns into some fucked up maneuvers. Oh, and he doesn’t like jocks.

Johnny, I know you just finished watching the BAKER video, what did you think?

Yes that video is incredible. So many next level tricks and hilarious lifeys that’ll keep you in tune for the entire hour. Figgy is out of his mind. Skaters really inspire me because they make me feel like a pussy for having a soft landing or snow on the stairs while filming, haha.

Who is the closest person to Shane Heyl in your crew?

Ha, wow I don’t know, he’s one-of-a kind. Probably the closest to Shane would be Bistro. Everything Matty B does and says is pure gold.

Sup thug. Photo: Greg Furey

HAH! Crazy fucker. Agreed. Ok, Pre-Plymouth State. New York? Hunter Mountain? What was that all about?

Yeah, I grew up in Windham, which is about ten minutes away from Hunter Mountain. I started going there because it has a friendly atmosphere and the Ice Coast Kills Shit crew holds it down. I hope that there is a new generation of little rippers that come out of there because that place is so fun and NY needs more exposure.

What is the best thing you’re missing out on back in NY?

Hmmm.. I have some good friends back there and it’s nice to come back to home-cooked meals. Other than that, it gets really boring back home.

Doesn’t your Dad own a bar there?

In Windham, yes.

Tell me you’re next in line to take over the family business.

Haha, no I won’t be. It’s crossed my mind in the past and I’ve had a lot of ideas in mind but I can’t stay in New York.

Gotta love Autumn in New England. Photo: Chase Chicoine

You decided to move to NH instead of hightailing out West. Smart move. But why?

Yeah, I was planning on going to college out west but when I checked out the schools they didn’t speak to me as much as Plymouth did. I couldn’t have made a better decision. I’ve made such awesome friends here and it’s where Keep The Change started so I was extremely fortunate to be a part of it from the start.

In my experience, partying at Plymouth until the wee hours of the morning, then jumping in the EB van, and somehow making it Loon just in time to hot lap with all the homies is one of the most amazing ways to spend a weekend. Agree or Disagree?

Agree. Unfortunately the EB Van is no more, but those weekends were unforgettable last year. By far the most fun season I’ve ever had. It’s funny to see everyone in the gondola line from the night before still hung over shredding together as a huge crew.

Pretty sure we’ve run this photo before. Deal with it. Photo: Mike Azevedo.

I know you. And I know how gahd-damn modest you are. But your part… Game changer. The kind of part that scares the older guys. Well done, how did you do it?

Thanks. Last year was my first opportunity to film a full part so I just wanted to see if I was capable of doing all the tricks I had in mind at the spots. I really got to see what it takes to make a part come together and it was epic traveling with the crew through the Northeast and up in Canada.

What did eating shit on the gnarliest fence gap to rail ever tried do to you?

That was definitely a reality check, haha. So many people ask me about it and I just tell them, I’m mentally insane or possessed. I really didn’t want anyone to actually see the clip and the fact that it’s in the beginning of my part makes me look like an idiot. My tip for any kids that are just starting to film street is to make sure everything is calculated before you send it.

So same thing again next year part-wise?

I plan on it. I want to keep the ball rolling and hopefully this year I can get some travel budget since last year all of the trips came out of my own pocket. I guess I’ll just have to see what my sponsors think.


If you could go on a week-long trip to one zone in the whole world to film where would it be?

Finland, verzure. From seeing amazing riders and videos that come out of there it makes me want to check the area out. I hear the police are laid back and everyone I’ve met from there is awesome. Maybe this season? Who knows.

You spend a lot of time with video mastermind/alien Skylar Brent. What’s going through his mind?

Oh SkeetRatNugDr, yeah he’s insane. One of my best friends and no one really knows what’s going on through his head. Truth is, he’s a genius and has some next level ideas that are going to blow everyone’s minds even more in the years to come.

We all know you’re at High Cascade in the summer, and boarding your brains out in the winter… what goes down during the fall foliage season?

I’ve been living the college life. Skating on the weekends and hanging with the girl. I’m also VP of the PSU Snowboard club so myself, Jay Minassian and Cole St Martin have a lot of plans this year with snowboard trips, board-b-q’s and premieres. It’s going to be an epic year, so we’ll see if it tops the 11/12 year.

High Cascade super star! Photo: Greg Furey

Oh College. Well Johnny, thanks for hanging, anything else you want to say to the kids?

Thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout the years and is stoked on what I’m doing.


Capita, Union, Eastern Boarder, Loon Mtn, 32, Etnies, Smith, Ice Coast Kills Shit

You should probably download Holy Smokes on iTunes to watch Johnny’s ender RIGHT NOW.

St Patricks Day at Plymouth State

Did you blow it by not drinking like you were Irish yesterday? Home at 8:45, perhaps? Well don’t worry, the crew at Plymouth State held it down for you! Male camel toe, board breaking, megaphones and even some slushy laps at Loon.

Video by Brendon Rego