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Ryland West Matches with Hump Day

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Ryland West is a true gentleman. An 18-year-old snowboard savant from the upper cauldrons of California, he enjoys the finer things in life – shredding sweet jumps with soul, totalling subarus on black ice and bangin’ broads on Tinder. With a deep bag of tricks, style for miles and a stick your thumb out and get it done attitude, the God damn shred world is Ryland’s sampler tray of delight to dig in and get weird with. Shred and get weird, friends. We know Ryland will be diving on it with delight.

Who is Ryland West?

Ryland West is just an 18-year-old snowboarder who lives in Truckee. I go to school full-time and I’m just trying to snowboard as much as I can.

You grew up in Milford, California. Take us there.

I don’t think it’s a real town. It’s just a made up little village in the middle of nowhere. Tiny, tiny, tiny town outside of Susanville, California. Which is another tiny town outside of Reno. Tiny little village of hillbillies and random people. There is literally nothing where I came from. I was close enough to Tahoe to come up every weekend. My mom would drive me up. Pack little sandwiches and come up and snowboard Boreal every weekend.

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Crail blunts at Boreal. Photo: Paul Heran. 

Do you remember your first taste of shredding?

Back in the fifth grade I was going to this private school in Washington state. They made us wear sweater vests and uniforms. Everyone there was a little brat who had rich parents except for a few of my friends who were really down for snowboarding. We went up for a class trip and they showed me some stuff. We went to Snoqualmie. That place was really intimidating the first time I was there. I remember an instructor wouldn’t even let me go down the chairlift the first three sessions. Really bummed me out. Had my mom take me up on a different weekend just so I could go down the chairlift by myself. After that every weekend we were going. My mom at first rented me this really shitty K2 plastic snowboard. It was really old. I used that every single weekend as much as I could. Constantly doing all the hits on the side but never landing anything. Having the most fun ever!

What was a bigger accomplishment – losing your virginity or snowboarding for the first time?

Probably losing my virginity. That was a way bigger deal. You can’t do that more than once.

Chris Wilmoth recently described you as a true gentleman. How does one achieve true gentleman status?

I don’t know. That’s a really hard one. Let me think about it for a minute. I guess I am just not an asshole. I can’t really answer that but I find it to be a complement.

I heard you have a rad mom. Tell us about her.

She still is working three jobs to support me. Not like random jobs – she is a teacher, but teaching at three different schools to make enough money to support me and snowboarding. I am very very thankful for that. I can’t believe she’s able to do that for me. I couldn’t snowboard without my mom and dad at all.

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Photo: Kieth Rutherford

You were pretty addicted to BMX.

At one point in my life I was. I spent junior and senior biking and I recently started skateboarding again and it’s way more fun. Skateboarding is way harder than any other thing I’ve ever done.

How did going off sweet jumps and constantly racking your nuts prepare you to be a snowboarder?

I think it made me not a gigantic pussy. That’s probably about it. You go off a 20-foot bike jump and then you go off a 60-foot snowboard jump and neither of them are comparable. I actually think it’s a little more scary to bike then to snowboard quite honestly. Snowboarding is a little bit more easier for me. Biking can be really really scary.

Have you found a place to live yet?

I am getting a truck tomorrow to live in the back of that, but I am going up to Hood and then I’ll come back and we’ll see where I live after that. Homeless at 18.

What kind of truck do you want to live in?

Maybe a Tacoma or Tundra. We will see whatever I can afford when I go to the dealership tomorrow. 7 inch lift on the truck with gigantic tires! That’s what I’ll get.

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A very phallic method.  Photo: Paul Heran

What makes Ryland West a good roommate?

I don’t smell that bad that’s for sure. I clean up after myself, plus I am never home. I only need a room to sleep in because the entire day I’m out trying to do things. Snowboarding, biking, skateboarding – doing whatever I can to stay outside, plus I will be at school the entire time, too.

You recently totaled your Subaru on old Highway 40. Take us there.

Well, I needed to go down to Reno that day. I had been snowboarding all morning. I look at the freeway and it’s just all backed up. Gridlock! There’s no way you’re even getting on the freeway. So I just said I’ll go the back way, old Highway 40, like the true genius that I am. Every person that I told I was going that way said, “No, don’t do that it will be sketchy.” So, I didn’t listen. Why would I listen to people with reason? So, I took the back way by Sugar Bowl. I was going as slow as I could. Taking those turns real slow. I didn’t want anything to happen. I am almost down. I have two turns left and I see a road flare. I hit the brakes just a little bit and I start to slide. Could not stop at all. Traction control kicked in and the tires wouldn’t catch at all. I couldn’t steer out of it. I just had to watch my fate as my car slowly drifted into this tow truck. It demolished my car. Everything was just fucked. The whole front of my car just exploded all over the road. So yeah, that happened. Since then I have just been hitchhiking around with really weird people.

Hitchhiking is quite normal in the Tahoe Basin. What have you learned about your fellow human being from hitchhiking?

That it’s actually a lot harder to hitchhike than people say it is in Tahoe. Last week I waited an hour and a half at an exit to get picked up. I guess it’s tourist season and old people don’t want to pick up grungy kids. A lot of people that do pick you up are really cool or scary. I got picked up a dude who was telling me how he wanted to get these felonies removed from his record. I was really afraid he was going to kill me. He had a giant jar of weed in the cupholder. Felonies, really stoned, and super sketchy on the road. I made it out alive and it’s just fun to go on these little adventures.

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Crails down stairs, why not? Photo: Kieth Rutherford

What do you love about Truckee?

Everything. It’s a small little town in the mountains. You don’t have to deal with a ton of people. I cannot deal with cities. I just freak out. All the angry people and loud noises. I like it quiet and nice. The mountains are right there so you can go up and hike whenever. It’s really easy living here with everybody and it’s really close to Reno! With Tinder if you want to hook up with the sorority girls they’re just right there.

You’re pretty into Tinder.

It makes meeting girls a hundred times easier. You don’t even have to talk to them you just swipe left or right. It takes all the trouble out of trying to meet a girl. You are just swiping left or right on your phone. You can say whatever you want and still most likely get laid.

How many girls do you think you’ve taken on dates with Tinder ?

Taken on dates? Not on dates! I just meet up with them. I would not take a girl out on a date from Tinder. It was the Underdawg’s premiere and after that we went to Max Tokunaga’s house for a little after party. We were partying and everything was starting to wind down and everyone was going to bed. I was like, well, okay – everybody has a place to sleep but me and I’m kind of horny and I want to get laid. So, I just got on Tinder and I match up with this girl I have been talking to. I think it says that her age is like 20. I’m like, “Cool! This is rad.” I have her come pick me up. She drives a half hour across Reno to come pick me up. This is happening! I get in her car and I am hammered. I am almost blackout drunk at this point. She drives by the party again and all my friends are just out front chilling smoking and I get out of the sunroof and scream, “I love Tinder!” She takes me home. She tells me about going to a football game and I think she’s talking about her brother and then she tells me she’s a senior in high school. Luckily in Nevada 16 is legal and she was 17. I get the hell out of there as quick as I can in the morning. I have glitter all over me and I smell like high school girl. Make sure you know who you’re hooking up with before you hook up with them on tinder.

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Swipe right, ladies. 

What makes snowboarding so rad?

Friends. Snowboard is all about going out with your friends and having as much fun as you can.

You grew up riding at Boreal and still do. What sets Boreal apart?

First of all it’s a skate park. Second of all there’s so many people there that you literally know everybody there. Even if they’re new to the mountain you treat them like family. And you can lap the park like it’s a skate park. So many different lines! It’s just not a rail line here, or rail line there, it’s jumps, it’s a half pipe . There are so many things. There’s a new line everywhere you go. It just has the homey feel. Afterwards you can just go to the skate park at Woodward.

How do we make snowboarding more radical?

I don’t know. I guess you try and get people to hate us again? I guess that’s what it takes. Snowboarding is just such a friendly sport nowadays and needs to go back to being more scummy and gnarly.

But you are so not that. You are so nice.

I know, it’s hard. Some of us aren’t the Brendan Gerard’s of being so gnarly and so core doing hand drags without gloves. But some of us aren’t like that.

You’re still a badass.

Thanks. I appreciate that.

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Deep in the press, Ryland doesn’t have crabs. Photo: Kieth Rutherford

What are you going to do to take your snowboarding to the next level this summer?

I don’t know how to answer that serious, actually. Just trying to be the steeziest snowboarder that I can. People don’t want to see cool tricks anymore, right? They just want to see steezy snowboarding.

What’s Ryland West’s perfect hump day?

Get up early go to Jax on the Trax for breakfast. Go snowboard for a little bit with all my friends on a nice sunny day. Go to the park. Hit some jumps. Come home. Hop on Tinder for a minute and find the perfect girl. Go meet up with Tinder chick then come back. Go party with my friends a little bit and that would be the perfect hump day right there. Getting humped on hump day.

Words of wisdom for the Yobeat faithful?

I want the Yobeat readers to keep hating. You guys have gotten soft on me lately. I don’t see enough hate in the comments. All I see is love. It’s bumming me out, so now I have to start hating. Really good critics, too. I just want people to tear people apart. That’s what I thought Yobeat was all about. Let’s keep it going. Is it Yobeat’s thing hating snowboarding since some year? No wait, making fun of snowboarding, right? So make more fun of snowboarding. Shoutout to Lemi I hope you are getting better!

Sponsors?

Thirtytwo, Yes Snowboards, Von Zipper, Eternal Snow, Homeschool, Union, Outdoor Tech, Steezy Beanies and Mom and Dad, of course.

Hump Day Shreds On With Zander Blackmon


A man and his bestie. Photo: Sean K Sullivan

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.


FS Wallride. Photo: Sean K Sullivan

What happened to your car in Utah?

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.

Older women?

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.


Slaying boards and slaying babes. Photos: Sean K Sullivan

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.


Bear Mountain 5-0. Photo Sean K Sullivan

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!

Sponsors?

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.