Andy Parry is one of the more unique skiers on the planet. He’s an innovator, a pioneer of content creation, and the one skier who knows what the kids want….and he delivers it to them via the web on a weekly basis (for 10 seasons) with the wildly successful Line Traveling Circus web series. Find out how Andy relied on creativity more than to talent to make his pro ski dreams come true.
Andy Parry Show Notes:
2:00: Home renovations with Andy and the relevant things that have happened with Andy lately. None are good
5:05: The Line Traveling Circus
7:55: Growing up in Victor, NY with a lot of change
10:00: How was school for Andy as he was a weird kid?
12:57: How does Andy get into skiing? The I hate NY Crew and backyard skiing
16:20: Andy’s persona on Newschoolers.com and problems with different crews
18:01: Describing the skiing that Andy does
19:50: Comparison to Rodney Mullen
22:11: Emo Bogart Section outlines who Andy was in High School and what he wishes he realized in High School
24:00: Going to Green Mountain College and meeting the Meatheads, Line and meeting Mike Nick
26:30: Pitching the Traveling Circus to Jason Levinthal, signing with Line and Season 1
30:00: Lots of views little money. Does he need an agent?
33:12: Traveling the world and doing with not as much talent as the rest
35:16: Moving to Colorado and working at Ruby Tuesdays and Pizza Hut
36:02: Working with Shane McFalls
37:05: Blowing his knee jumping a fence and rehab
38:18: Strange fan encounters with The Traveling Circus and getting noticed
39:25: Having a lot more fun than other people
40:28: Getting a Sprinter Van, how gross the van gets and breaking down
42:19: Channeling his inner Plake with the Tell a Friend Tour
45:07: The lifestyle not seen on The Traveling Circus and what he doesn’t like about who he travels with .
48:13: Wanting to be remembered as a legend
Brian Aragon’s life sounded like a dream until he realized it wasn’t. He was a world champion pro skater and his video parts were as legendary as his park skills. He’s traveled the world many times over, had 6 Pro Model skates, and a skatepark named after him all before the age of 30…. And then he rolled away from it all to become the Inside Account Manager over at Arrow Electronics. Find out why on the podcast
Brian Aragon Show Notes:
2:03: What is a typical Monday for Brian and what does he do?
3:56: Retiring in his prime
5:39: Growing up in Brighton Colorado
7:50: Skateboarding and Rollerblading in 1998ish
9:00: Skating takes over in Colorado and progression
11:30: The impact of the ASA and the pros he’s looking up to at the time
15:30: Getting sponsored by the Skatebarn, traveling to contests
18:12: Trying to get Brian on K2
20:14: Qualifying for the ASA Pro Tour and focusing on skating All-The-Time
23:00: Rookie of the Year and living on ASA checks
26:00: When does he start getting paid to skate? The Hoedown
29:49: The biggest contests he skated and his contest mentality and pressure
34:20: Park skating and street skating at the highest level
35:00: Video Parts, travel, and the video part he’s most proud of: Game Theory
36:55: Skating for Razors Skates
39:40: Fan moments on the road
40:52: Brian and the conversation around his style and judging
44:20: Looking back on being a young kid traveling with delinquents
45:20: Moving to California, pro skates and school
49:01: His thoughts on Razors getting into scooters
52:42: Thoughts on the future of skaters still in the game
53:43: Anything blading related in Brian’s future?
55:18: Brian Aragon Skatepark
56:45: Walking away on top and starting at the bottom
59:51: When was the last time he skated?
Bryce Phillips is as modest as they come for a guy that built an empire that helped change the landscape of retail in action sports. From his humble beginnings as a first grade entrepreneur in Oregon to his professional ski career, to the ups and downs of EVO, Bryce has earned everything he’s built.
2:15: What is going on in Bryce’s life this week?
2:48: Recently breaking his back
3:45: Growing up in Roseburg, OR and what childhood was like
6:00: Tough lessons learned as a kid that impact who he his today
8:00: Sports as kid and how Bryce got into skiing in 5th grade
9:47: Buying and selling stuff as a kid
13:23: Bryce getting in trouble when he was a kid and what made him change
14:21: College at SPU and bringing the hustle north and setting up school to ski
16:00: Showrooms in the dorms, internship at K2, and splitting time in Whistler
18:00: Buying and selling in Whistler and finding Ebay
19:10: Heavy Hitting Films, comps and managing school
21:09: Buying houses in a crazy market
23:25: Sponsorships that fit who Bryce is and what he wants to accomplish during his “B” ski career. .
25:28: The risk, highlights, and lowlights in his ski career
28:31: Evo as a bunch of pop up stores on the side of the road
30:12: Building the empire and the Great 8
33:04: Opening a storefront and building community
34:36: The challenges of retail and getting into real estate
35:34: The financial crisis, its impact on Bryce, and raising funds to stay alive
41:02: The web is much more difficult than what people once thought and why retailers die
43:00: How many hours is Bryce putting in these days and how much is he traveling?
44:40: Who is Bryce inspired by?
Blake Paul came to High Cascade Snowboard Camp with his “Lick the Cat” crew this summer and Blake was the first casualty. A dislocated collarbone forced Blake off the hill and onto the podcast. We talk about the injury, growing up in Jackson Hole, Aaron Robinson, and getting to be a sponsored snowboarder.
Blake Paul Show Notes
2:00: What happened to Blake’s shoulder?
4:27: Who did he look up to when he was a camper?
6:15: Scaring children at camp
8:00: Moving from the sticks of Vermont to Jackson Hole
9:17: How was Jackson when he arrived there in terms of being able to live compared to today?
12:05: How his riding evolved in Jackson
14:24: Gelande Quaffing
15:45: How did “The Backcountry Prince” get his nickname?
17:03: Becoming friends with Aaron Robinson and what happens when Aaron dies in Chile.
24:13: Who introduced Blake to snowboarding and how did he come up in snowboarding?
25:22: Who was the first person to notice Blake? Mark Carter and Bryan Iguchi
29:31: When did he get his first cover?
30:30: Was there any thought of college?
33:30: Filing things that aren’t just backcountry
35:30: His art, writing and products
37:28: Giving up his freedom and what he has seen on the road
39:59: What’s next for Blake?