How good is it to have the wild wild west outside your door now? What projects have you been working on?
I started digging before I got hurt for a video project. I did one last year it’s called Handbuilt. I was going to do chapter two in Utah, had some really cool stuff picked out to build. I was hoping to be filming right around now. We may have to postpone it until next winter, but we’ll see.
Do you have a favorite filmmaker that you work with or just local talent?
I did my first one with Calvin Huth, he's from BC, super talented filmer and easy to work with. He can help me on the shovel too if we need to make last minute adjustments. He's who I'm going to film next for this next one, and we might bring in Pete Jamison as well. That'd be a really good team.
Tell us about how the Proving Grounds event provides the opportunity for additional talent to get on board.
I think Proving Grounds is definitely something that needed to happen. It's fairly controversial just because you can't really replicate that kind of [Rampage] terrain. But the idea is there. It’s something tangible to rank people on and see what they can do other than the video part because some people could have more money and more time to put into a video part than others. But it's called Proving Grounds for a reason. You're competing against each other. And it's not exactly like it is in Southern Utah. But at the same time, it's big features and it’s a competitive environment. You can see how riders do under pressure in a contest format, all that stuff
I wouldn't be surprised if they started doing it in different countries, it seems logical.
They've been talking about it.
But there's nothing set in stone that you know of?
You've been on GT for quite a while, how long?
I think this is my 12th year.
That must be a record.
It's been awesome. They've supported me through everything I've ever done. Before I signed with them I was doing a little bit of racing and slopestyle and they brought me on to be their slopestyle guy. I've switched full focus to that and then have gone back-and-forth. Sometimes I will race and they will support that. And then I stopped doing slopestyle and settled on and focus on speed and style, which they fully supported. Now I moved to Utah, I'm spending most of my time on a downhill bike which they support. So, it's great to have people that believe in me and give me the freedom to pursue what I feel is right at the time.
Tell us about the gigantic drop you had in your Rampage line last year.
That was the Triple Dipper.
And this is on Chili’s menu?
Hah! Yeah, that's right.
You gotta have stuff in the back of your head for what the next thing is going to be, right? That's part of the fun of writing this thing, because you get to name the features after you make them.
We used to name the big drops after margaritas at Chili’s and those ran out in 2017. In 2018 I was driving to Virgin with my friend Alex who digs with me every year and he asked, “If we find a big drop what are we're going to call it?” And I said, “I don't know, pull up the Chili's menu.” So, he pulls it up on his phone and says, “The only margarita left is called tropical sunrise or something.” I said, “Well, we're not going to name it that because that's just not cool.” And then I said, “Well my favorite appetizer at Chili’s is called the Triple Dipper, but we can't name it that unless there's a landing in between, so it’s like a triple.” So, we found this big drop. I was dead set on putting that in my line. And then Brandon [Semenuk], the feature he ended up flipping; the flat-flip to lily pad, that landing was in between the takeoff and landing of our drop, so it looked like a triple. So, then we were like, “Okay, cool, its triple dipper, it meets all the criteria.”
You're always smiling and it's wonderful. It trickles down for sure among all the other riders and fans. Thanks for the talk. I really appreciate it.
Thank you, too.