old are you?
were you born?
In Solihull near Birmingham
long have you been snowboarding for?
Since about 17/18 after I past my driving test, I always wanted to
ride but had no way of getting to the snowdome cos no-one in my family
did anything like that. So I skated for about 4 years before it and
then when I passed my test that weekend I went to the dome.
do you do it?
I love it, but I guess thats an obvious answer isn't it? It feels
great to be doing something yourself, for example driving fast in
a car is all good but as your 'closed off from the elements' it doesn't
beat riding fast down a mountain on a shred stick - your more vulnerable
so when you stick something sweet it feels better, more of an achievement,
more exhilarating! You get to do stuff you wouldn't normally do, humans
can't naturally fly so floating in mid air feels amazing.
inspired you to start?
I always wanted to snowboard from an early age, as I really like snow
(christmas and winter is my favourite tiem of year) and as a kid you
would occasionally see snowboarding on tv and knew I wanted to give
it a go. When I watched 'The Resistance' for the first time and JP
was sliding handrails I knew that was sport for me!
setup do you use?
I ride an Amplid Aggronym stick with Amplid Bachelor bindings.
you ride Regular or Goofy?
Widest I can go!
angles (front and back)?
I have a bit of a wierd style as I have to have my bindings set back
and the thinnest boots I can get, otherwise I feel all off balance,
I think it comes from skating on my toes and having my heels off the
edge. I ride duck 21 front, 9 back
was your favourite trip and why?
Probably Zell am Ziller on a powder day, that and One-Man's land as
its completely empty - it's an odd individual chair lift to the top
- so the only powder tracks you come across are you and your mates
from the run before. One of the best days I've ever had riding was
with Kev, Kristoff and Aly in Zell on a powder day through the trees
whilst all the punters kept the runs.
many seasons have you done?
So far just one.
and when did you do your seasons?
I did my season in Mayrhofen, Austria when making Otium with Hungerpain.
was your favourite trip and why?
One of my favourites was the board test in Solden a few years ago
cos the weather so so good we could rag around in just a tshirt, and
the rails were great too, smooth as you like. Plus the added bonus
of staying in a hotel meant there was a swimimng pool for when you
got off the hill!
do you love about snowboarding?
The creativity with it, no run is the same, you can kind of express
youself in a bit of a kiddy way! If you want to go jump of the sides
of the piste you can, you would look a bit wierd jumping off curbs
in the middle of the high street!
your goal within snowboarding?
Originally it was to make a snowboard film, and Ive done that with
Otium, and then it was too get sponsored and Ive done that too! So
Im pretty stoked with my goals so far! I guess my goals at the moment
are to get as many photos as I can and as much coverage as I can for
my sponsors, support them as they support me so much. I really want
to produce some trick tip videos, like short downloadable videos or
something with my mate Phil Barber - he's a genius with a camera,
as I feel that trick tips are always rubbish and dont teach you anything.
There so much crap Ive read when I was learning, literaaly like 'ollie
on to the rail, land in front boardslide, slide the whole rail, land
and ride away'. Ive literalyl read a tip like that! Pathetic! Ive
never read a good one, so I want to make some stuff that actually
helps people learn with tips Ive picked up over the years. So maybe
my next immediate goal is that?
aspect of snowboarding gives you the most satisfaction?
Rail sliding, it feels so good when you lock in a slide the whole
rail in one pose, no flapping of the arms or bending to stay on. Of
course, powder is great too, you can go literally as fast as you like
and it's so silent, it's amazing, and sadly not something the snowdome
style of snowboarding best describes your riding?
I'd say technical. Im not really a bit kicker rider, I prefer tech
tricks on rails
your favourite trick?
Without a doubt front 2s onto rails, I love to spin through rail tricks!
your scariest snowboarding moment?
I'd say the first time hitting the middle kicker in the pro line at
the park in Mayrhofen. It was a bit faster than what I was used to
learning in the snowdome!
are your top safety tips when riding?
Ok, I think this is a good one as I have dislocated my shoulder before
and only heard this advise afterwards. Plus one of my best mates Andy
Davis has suffered the pain of an arm out its socket too but now swears
by this advise. It's pretty obvious and you've probably heard it before
but no-one ever really does it - If you ever catch an edge and your
falling forward, tuck your arms into your chest and as if you were
boxing (have your arms straight up not crossed) and fall onto your
forearms. NEVER put your hands out to stop you, you will snap a wrist
or get an arm caught and ping it back. It feels wierd as you fall
closer to your face, but landing on both your forearms takes up more
surface area and thus will be less painful than failing on a single
body part. You have to practise to get this to be second nature for
when you fall. You will look like a dick purposefully falling over
and jumping onto your front at the top of the slope, but it only takes
a few goes to make it your natural reaction, and it's important for
advice have you got?
I picked this up off Ed Gunn when filming his trick tip with
him for an Otium extra but it's worth passing on. If you are spinning
frontside, when you land, try to land slightly on your toes as if
you land completely flat first you will carry on spinning round from
momentum. Landing on your toes slightly will ensure a straight run
was your last competition?
I think it was one of the Black Metal events I think? I loved
the double kink box thing they had, it was so smooth it was the best
double kink I've ridden.
events are you looking forward to this year?
I'm actually looking forward to Xscapeology at Castelford, those events
are always great fun and packed with sweet rails.
has been you biggest achievement in your sport?
Erm, I think getting sponsored by Blueskin and Amplid was by greatest
achievement, as I think everyone has a secret dream of getting sponsored,
and when it actually happened I was over the moon. I didn't get into
riding to get sponsored of course but it's a nice extra! Plus the
companies I ride for are rad! :D
other teams/sponsors do you snowboard for?
I ride for Amplid snowboards and Dr Zipe goggles.
other sports do you do?
Kickboxing, Ive been doing that about 10 years now I think? And I
used to play basketball a lot but then everybody I was playing against
grew to around 6ft+ so then I was pretty much out the runnings!
are your other interests?
I like to keep fit so I go to the gym a lot, I try to go every other
day if I can, but I work a lot so this often restricts how often I
get to go. I'm also doing a masters in computer game art so I guess
I should say video games, but that makes me sound like a right geek!
But hey I'll be honest and include it anyway!
would you like to see yourself in the future?
I would like to see myself in Back to the Future, but I don't think
that's a realsitic dream, as it's a movie, a movie that has already
been made. I'd like to live in Vancouver I think, as there's a load
of games companies there so there's job potential whilst Whistler
is about an hour/hour and a half away. I'd like to be somewhere that
got snow every winter for definite!
are your idols?
JP Walker, Michael Jordan and I guess I have to say my older brother
Steve as I used to idolise him when I was much younger.
kind of music are you into?
Ah loads of stuff, mainly hip hop, chilled stuff like J5, not 'Im
gonna shot ya mommas face off' gangsta stuff really, also old rock
like Black Sabbath and Ollie Plumley got me into a lot of electro
stuff too. I tend to like old originals, I've got a thing about finding
all that stuff, I recently found the original to Dizzee Rascal's 'Fix
Up, Look Sharp'. It's by Billy Squier called 'The Big Beat', it's
amazing! I love to find stuff out like that, I'm a bit disappointed
by 'modern' artists who just sample stuff and pass it off as their
own. I used to love Craig Mack's 'Flava in Ya Ear' before Jennifer
bloody Lopez ruined it.
your favourite magazine?
Whitelines cos they put Otium on the cover! haha and the guys there
are rad. Plus Document too I'd say.
your favourite book?
Well to be honest I don't read. I was thinking of saying 'I hardly
ever read' but that would be trying to make myself look as if I do
occassionally, but to be honest I never do! The last thing I read
was Lord of the Rings before the films came out, but thinking about
it that was ages ago now!
your favourite film?
I've got loads for different reasons, Transformers for
the CG ILM did, Shawn of the Dead, Back to the Future, Waynes World,
Afterbang for being a really inspiration snowboard film.
your favourite quote?
Haha Ive got tons! Me and Chatt can get into a strong rhymn of quoting
Family Guy when we're together! That guy is a genius with remembering
comedy! I can remember stuff that I find funny really well, so me
and my mates tend to quote a lot of comdey stuff, at the moment its
a phase of 'Gareth Margenhi's Darkplace' quotes. Hardly anyone has
ever seen that show? But my favourite quotes come from Andy Davis
saying 'I know' in the style of Dean Learner, and Plumley quoting
the same character with 'yes, I'd prefer a beer' and 'shame, I was
looking forward to the chicken!' You have to see that programme otherwise
those quotes won't make sense, they will just look like dull sentences!
Also my mate Phil saying 'what are you doing?' in a high pitch in
the first ever skate video we filmed called Sexist.
cocktail, shot or drink?
Stroh, its a dirty 80% black rum from Austria, I like a style of Depth
Charge too where you put a shot of Tia Maria in a pint of half coke/half
guiness. I don't normally like guiness, I'm a lager man but try it!
It's well nice!
your most prized possession?
Probably my 6 pack, haha is he joking?! haha, no I had a think and
this is cheesy as hell but I'm going to say that my most prized possession
is actually my best friends! No but seriously! I know it sounds gay
but there so many untrustworthy people in this world that I'm really
lucky to have such great friends I would trust with my life.
Niki at Blueskin, Jay at Amplid, Andy Davis, Phil Barber, and my friends
else you want to say?
Keep enjoying snowboarding and do whatever you enjoy, don't feel you
have to do the latest trick, as long as you enjoy it, it will come
quicker than you think.
And unrelated to riding, trust your own judgement. If there's something
not quite right but you can't explain it or put your finger on it,
trust yourself and don't apologise for it. That and regret doing something,
don't regret not doing something. Word :P