The latest from Pocket Figures. Cameron Veenstra, Martyn Vachon, Keenan Norton, Geoff Bowler, Harrison Long, Joel Vachon
Interview by Dawson McLachlan
Photo by Matt Stetzon
From Kitchener Ontario, Danny Glibota is a highly idolized local hero. From his trademarked hand steeze, to the absurdity in lingo, Danny has made a strong mark on local snowboard culture. One of my first memories of Danny is when he won a preseason rail jam at his home mountain, Chicopee, for doing a tame dog out of a box. Okay, the man absolutely merked the set-up, and likely would have walked away with first, no-tame-dog-necessary. But if you know Danny, he does what needs to be done to get the money. Years later, Danny is still winning contests, and still honoring the 10% rule, though I’ve seen him bless 100% on his mans. – Mark Goodall
DM: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ve been up to recently?
DG: What up Monica? For those of you who don’t know me my names Daniel Glibota, aka DannyG, aka DannyGheezz on Instagram. I’m a 22-year-old boarder currently living in Kitchener Ontario, Canada. When I’m not poaching Blue Mountain or Glen Eden, you can find me working drywall or taping in some random dudes basement. Currently I’m just saving money and waiting for the snow to start falling here in Ontario.
I can fucks with that, remember those checkered Nomis hoodies that everyone had? Those were sick, tell us how you got on Nomis and how you felt when you found out they where going under.
Richie Hughes hooked that up for me big time. A few years ago Richie was the rep for both Nomis/Technine. He offered me a flow sponsorship for both company’s, but at the time I was getting stuff from Union and Stepchild, and I didn’t really have faith in Technine anymore. I told him I wanted to wear the Nomis gear, so he got me a jacket and pair of pants for the season. Fast forward a year later, Richie and I are hammered at the Déjavu premiere in Toronto. He told me he wouldn’t be working as a rep the next year and that he would let Simon know about my situation before quitting. A week or two later I got an email from Simon Chamberlain asking what I needed for the season. Richie Hughes is a boss.
Boss status indeed, sounds Fuego.
Mucho Fuego sir, Mucho Fuego. I was a little bit bummed at first, Nomis is one of those company’s that so many people were stoked on for a while then just basically hit a brick wall. I remember watching the Child Support video on repeat when it first came out — Joe Sexton’s part is on another level in that movie — but I think the company just hit a point of no return. Wide stance baggy pants… it just couldn’t last forever.
It could’ve lasted forever, I just think you have a negative outlook on things. Last year you made a lot of money from winning contests but did you film a part at all?
Yeah, getting paid to snowboard is tight. I didn’t have a car last season so I didn’t have as much freedom as I usually do to go film, find spots and roll with the squad. At the same time I wasn’t working, so I was kinda relying on the contests to win me money so I could snowboard afterwards. Last winter wasn’t the greatest for me. But yeah, I went up to Sudbury for a weekend to film with Joel, Dawson, Marty, Keenan, Ben, Kody, and the G of all G’s Lenny Mazzotti. It’s funny cause when I first started riding , I used to watch the Midget Mafia edits and think to myself “Godamn, I wanna be part of that.” I’m holding you to it though Lenny… get me a box.
I met up with the guys a few more times throughout the season and got maybe 45 seconds of footage. I’m stoked on all the clips I got. Hats off to Joel Vachon for the editing and filming skillz. Watch the movie he made below.
Yeah Joel does do wonders with the cam that is for sure. What happened with Trash League? You had some insane clips with them in the Digital Weekend series, then out of nowhere you were filming with Pocket Figures the next year.
Things just got tech. All of us lived a distance away from each other so it got difficult for me too meetup with the boys when they were filming. Then one time I got stranded in Toronto after I guess you can say “miscommunication” happened between me and Chmil. I was down $15.50, two hours away from home, and all I wanted to do was snowboard. I called my friend Joel and he said he was actually heading to Toronto to film for his movie Beyond Compare. I asked if he could grab me from the bus station and he was down. It all kinda went from there. I’m hyped on all the things I did with the Trash League guys, but I guess some good things come to an end.
That makes sense, just rolled with the punches I guess you could say. What were your thoughts on Play’d?
Play’d was tight, Play’d was tight.
Who’s your favourite boarder right now?
Liam Robinson hands down.
Photo by Matt Stetzon
Believe that, Liam goes. What’s your favourite place to board?
Gotta stick to the roots, Chicopee Ski Hill. The park is serviced by a magic carpet, not a rope tow… A fucking magic carpet. But it’s still one of the funnest places to board.
Chicopee is super steezy. Trump or Hilary?
Bernie should’ve won.
Bernie was cool, he was pretty old though. What if he died half way through from like a heart attack or something old people get? That would’ve sucked. Okay Danny last question, why did you take almost 2 months to answer a few simple questions?
Because I got high. Literally that’s the answer.
Photo Matt Stetzon
First off I wanna shoutout my sponsors who help me do what I love to do, Brandon Cordell from Burton for all my softgood/hardgood needs, Malcolm Vaughn from Sanction Skate and Snow for having my back for the past seven years, Matt Dear and all the guys behind Salmon Arms for keeping my paws dry, Tmoney an waybach nostalgia.. Still haven’t seen that box fam. Also wanna give a big shoutout to Dawson McLachlan, Hayden “Snow Child” Edwards and Cooper Dykeman. Seems like every time I meetup with those guys one of us is forced to pull trig, which is not usually a good thing, but it sure passes the time. Also Tomi Maletic for teaching me how to snowboard, and helping me build my moms basement. Sam Thompson, Andrew Rodriguez, everyone I board with at Chicopee. My beautiful girlfriend Kiranjit for staying with a guy like me, Liam “BOOBEYES” Robinson, all the Pocket Figures and FIDP homies for always putting fun over everything else. Mark Goodall for cutting off his dreads. All the homies out west.
FIDP, a movie filmed in Canada, from Pocket Figures. Featuring: Martyn Vachon, Geoff Bowler, Daniel Glibota, Ben Poechman, Kody Williams, Bryan Bowler, Joel Vachon, Lenny Mazzotti, Cameron Veenstra, Hayden Edwards, Keenan Norton, Cooper Dykeman. Filmed/edit by Joel Vachon
Mother Nature has been treating everyone differently this year. The temperamental weather has caused a handful of ski resorts in different parts of Canada and America to close their doors. Even though it seems they just opened,to them I say farewell and see you next year!
From: Pocket Figures
Liam aka BOOBEYES
Really good to finally see mother nature kind of starting to get it together in southern Canada, El nino has been a stinker for a lot of people. Always refreshing to see the Pocket Figure boys in action!
Since people did in fact seem to care about the Yobeat awards this year, we figured we’ll keep this party train going and throw a bone to our neighbor to the North. With the lack of SBC, Canadians generally have to count on themselves to hear about other Canadians doing things, so we’ve recruited Kody Yarosloski to do just that. These are his picks for the standouts of last season, not voted on by the public, but definitely correct, eh.
Boarder of the year: Nick Elliot
This is just one guy’s opinion, but Nick got it done last year. From defying the laws of physics boardin hefty kink rails in his standout part in the Pocket Figures’ video “Beyond Compare” to opener in the Footyfiend video, I couldn’t think of a better candidate.
Video of the year: Footyfiend
The Whistler based, trap music loving Footyfiend crew put out arguably one of the year’s best videos. The likes of Adam Franks, Nick Elliot, Braedon Wheeler, Kai Ujejski, and Brin Alexander along with a gang of homies supplied the flame and some very top notch boarding. That, along with a ruckus sound track made one hell of a film, it’ll leave you feelin some typa way, guaranteed!
Part Of The Year: Layne Treeter – Videogracias
Following his last year’s performance in “Duh Mixtape” The dude went absolutely mental! He Made a bush to rail look easy, and jumped off a bridge high enough to consider getting 12 to come and talk him down. Personally I felt that this part was a bit underrated and maybe should’ve been ender? But that’s none of my business. Either way well done, dawg
Best Switch Game: JJ Westbury
Switch is no game, but it’s child’s play for the homie, JJ. See more switch and regs wizardry from JJ and the rest of the SRD squadron in “Volume Three
Most Average: Dreams.video
Goddamn these fools were average! But don’t fret, word around town is they’re comin in hot with a sequel that doesn’t have any ABD songs!
Most anticipated video: Trash League’s “Play’d”
I’m sure the anticipation is killing you to! When it drops (it will) please drop everything and watch it immediately.
Most French: Nowamean
You know it’s true.
No one really knew how or when Martyn came out of his little nut shell of his, but out of nowhere, he got really good really quick. His go to word at spots is “it’s do-able.” Everyone at the spot would tell him that he should chill out cause he was going to kill himself. We would just ignore him most of the time, until he actually did what he called out. After that moment, everyone stood back and watched. Martyn can really snowboard, I cant wait to watch and document his full part this winter. – Joel Vachon
Interview: Mike Chmil, Photos Mike Stetz
Q – My guy, how are you doing? Tell all these people a little bit about yourself.
A- I’m doing god other than the lack of snow/winter, but the forecast is looking promising, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Oshawa, Ontario.
Q – This is pretty much the worst winter we have seen in Ontario since I can remember. How did you spend the first month of your season?
A- I got to say the beginning of the season was pretty darn depressing, me and the rest of pocket figures have gotten lucky and chased some snow further up north to try and start filming for this year’s movie.
Q – Whats the plan with Pocket Figures this year? Do you like being with your brother all the time? Or does that French blood run hot.
A- This year we plan on making another movie, hopefully better than the last. haha people seem to ask that question a lot, but I got to say I think us being brothers has made things easier. Pooling money together, and helping each other out, and sure we get in arguments, but at the end of the day we push each other a lot.
Q – When Joel was perfecting his double cork at COC say 5 years ago? What were you doing? I have only known you for the past couple of seasons.
A – Damn, seems like along time ago, back in the day when Joel used too hit jumps lol. But I was probably just jealous he was in Whis, back in that day I thought the whole Dialogue crew were legends.
Q – You guys are part of the few crews where the filmers are also boarding in the video. Have you enjoyed learning how to work the cameras or would you rather just be boarding all the time?
A- Yeah I love working with the camera, Joel teaches me as much as he can. I enjoy being able to say “I filmed that,” but yea if we had a full time filmer so everyone could ride, things would probably be easier.
Q – It seems like every couple of seasons in Ontario a new resort sets the pace for how a park should look. Dagmar is slaying everyone right now. Was it always real good growing up there or is this more recent?
A – Back the day all the features were twice my height and death defying, most things were set up for skiers because the old manager was a skier, so no Dag, used to suck. Dagmar has killed the last few seasons, it all started with a change of park management, Geoffrey Bowler started designing the park and considering we’re all friends we sort of pooled a bunch of ideas and he created as much of our ideas as he could,
Q – I know you guys are really down for keeping things Ontario and showing people what we got. So tell me about your favorite place to travel to around this province?
A- Yeah I feel like you and the Trash League guys feel the same way, there is a lot of new shit people haven’t seen in Ontario. Peterborough is probably one of my favorites, we went a few days ago, that place is a gold mine if you know where to look.
Q – It seems like in the past year or two more and more outsiders have been coming to Ontario. Do you think it will ever have the same reputation as Quebec or Minnesota for urban boarding?
A – I don’t know, I’ve never been to Minnesota but that place seems pretty blown out. If people wanna keep looking for new spots Ontario might be the place. I can’t stand watching parts when its all super blown out spots, sure if you can go to a a well known spot and have a completely different view on it and show something different that’s tight. I just think that originality is key now. New spots/ideas make for a way more interesting part/movie.
Q – What are you in school for? Does it get in the way of boarding or are you and Joel pretty much on the same schedule?
A – I’m going to school for broadcasting media, our schedule is pretty much the same for the most part, but definitely a lot harder to film compared to last year. We both worked together painting the inside of a house and could pick our own hours, we got a lot more on our plates this year for sure.
Q – Have you been able to crossover some of the skills learned from school into filming boarding? And visa versa?
A – Yeah haha, half of my assignments are snowboarding related, like the BEYOND COMPARE poster on the pocketfigures insta account.
Q – Alright well get back to broadcasting, shoutouts?!
CAPITA, Union, ThirtyTwo, Salmon Arms. Shoutout Rob Madill, Matthew Dear, Joel, my sister and parents for helping us out, everyone who stayed in Ontario and all the PF and FF homies out west right now enjoying all the snow, keep a spot on the couch for me, I’m coming back out this spring.
If you’ve been sitting around wondering where the hell all the Ontario edits are, well, you should probably get out more. But if you demand answers, this clip from Hidden Valley should fill you in. Maybe someone from Utah, Washington, Oregon, or California could send them some snow. Or even BC, since postage would probably be cheaper if it wasn’t international.
I think we can all agree that there can be no better soundtrack to a season of Canadian snowboard antics than aggressive rap with lots of f bombs. It’s duh truth.
Film: Marcus Skin, Jordan MacDonald, Drew Hastings
Edit: Marcus Skin
Riders: Martyn Vachon, Nick Elliott, Joel Vachon, Danny Glibota, Hayden Edwards, Graham Hodder, and friends
The season finale, eh?
WEST Riders: Nick Elliott, Lucio Doglioni Majer, Kai Ujejski, Martyn Vachon,
EAST Riders: Danny Glibota, Geoff Bowler, Dawson McLachlan, Hayden Edwards, Keenan Norton
West coast footage filmed by Colter heard, and East coast filmed by Joel Vachon
Edited by: Joel Vachon
Pocket Figures’ own Keenan Norton seemed to be on the quest for the most ridiculous rails to boardslide last year.
The titles for snowboard videos just keep getting more and more bizarre. The Pocket Figures squad is holds it down for Onterrible.
Riders: Geoff Bowler, Martyn Vachon, Daniel Glibota, Austin Hutchings, Joel Vachon, Graham Hodder, and Cooper Dykeman
These kids are definitely on trend for this year. Not bad for Canadians.
Featuring: Graham Hodder, Joel Vachon, Keenan Norton, Austin Hutchings, Martyn Vachon, Brodey Wolfe
You know Killington is crowded when Canadian crews are invading, but man, one of the best early season spots out there.
Featuring: Martyn Vachon, Keenan Norton, Graham Hodder, Dawson McLachlan, Colter Heard, Nick Elliott, Joel Vachon, Geoff Bowler
Editing by : Colter heard & Joel Vachon
Filming : Austin Hutchings