Kimmy Fasani has never let the lows of life drag her down and she’s been through some painful experiences on her way to and at the peak of her snowboarding career. She also hasn’t let the highs of being a top level professional snowboarder get to her head. How long will that career last now that, coming of her best season ever on paper, Kimmy is pregnant with Chris Benchetler’s baby and her contracts are set to expire? Hear what Kimmy has to say on the podcast.
Kimmy Fasani Show Notes:
1:11: Chasing Adventure and the ski and snowboard rivalry
5:39: Born and raised in Truckee and having a single mom and a 1-legged dad.
11:29: Skiing at 2 years old and getting her first snowboard at 9 and being an only child
15:32: Her USSA days and competition and gymnastics
17:50: Losing her dad at 14 and how that affects her
23:30: Getting a call from Shannon Dunn, getting product sponsors, and working at Totally Board
27:31: Getting dropped by Burton and giving it one more year
28:39: Getting sponsored as a woman in snowboarding and expectations?
42:58: What’s going to happen now that she pregnant and all her contracts are up?
47:50: Giving back to snowboarding with Amusement Mountain
51:03: The firsts for women that she’s achieved and what’s wrong with the people behind the scenes of media
53:16: Losing her mom to cancer
59:00: More about the baby and choices
Kris “Jaymo” Jamieson is one of the nicest and unintentionally cool people you will ever meet. He doesn’t try to be the man, he just is and his passion is contagious. He’s done everything you can do in action sports at the highest level, from being an athlete, media personality, desk jockey and now, to start up partner. He’s never done anything soley for money, it’s always been about passion and the money has followed.
Kris 'Jaymo' Jamieson Show Notes
2:00: What is Evo Gimbals and traveling to China
6:03: Growing up in Hawaii, getting his first surf board from Gerry Lopez. Skateboarding is the catalyst for everything that he’s ever done
12:00: Moving back to OR and getting in to skiing and then snowboarding
14:50: Going to OSU and what kind of dude was he, dropping out and working at Hoodoo Ski bowl
17:50: Riding for Gnu and the riders at the time
22:00: What happened to Gnu and riding race boards
26:33 Joyride and Lib Tech snowboards and the Lib Salomon parody
30:00: Running the first summer camp at Hood and the beginning of High Cascade
33:40: Ski vs. Snowboard and making money
37:33: Jeff Brushie and creative ability
40:40: Being a Journalist, announcing, Sal Masakela
47:11: Radio show and music
53:44: # 30 at Go Pro and the layoffs
While Sage Cattabriga Alosa had set his goal on being a professional skier, his ski career was made in one shoot and he never looked back. From racing in Wyoming to chasing the Collins Brothers around in Utah, Sage honed his craft and became one of the best skiers of his time. His exploits are legendary, his movie segments many and his outlook on things is a little bit different and that’s just one of the things that makes him awesome on and off the hill.
Sage Cattabriga Alosa Show Notes:
1:54: Sage’s compound and having twins two months early
5:50: Born in his grandmother’s house
10:18: Moving to Alta, Wyoming growing up and how he got into skiing
15:06: Traveling to Oregon, living in a teepee
19:20: Ski racing and skiing at Targhee and what movies is he into in high school?
25:41: Winning a pair of skis from Plake, moving to Bend, going to college, winning Salomon 1080’s and meeting the Chris Collins
36:26: Plake encounters that have had an impact
38:53: What is it like living in employee housing at the Peruvian
41:00: Getting married young
44:08: What’s his appearance at this point and sticking out on the mountain
47:46: Pyramid Gap and the making of Sage’s career
61:00: Partying with the Jones’
64:21: When and how does he get on Atomic?
71:00: Human powered trips, yoga and health
73:30: Projects he wished he could have been a part of and art
79:00: The changing ski media
82:00: How long can he do it and looking to his peers
When Matt Sterbenz finished at the U of M, he left the Midwest in search of bigger mountains that would help him achieve his goal of becoming a pro skier. When Matt turned his dream into a reality, he could finally peak behind the curtains of the ski industry. When he realized he didn’t like what he saw, he decided take matters in own hands. He starts 4FRNT Skis as a vehicle to help evolve the sport he loves and after 15 years of no profit, is forced to sell. On the podcast Matt shares all the details and how the future looks for the Jason Levinthal owned, 4FRNT.
Matt Sterbenz Show Notes
1:15: Matt is at the old office and 4FRNT is moving headquarters. What is the new space for?
3:45: Tinkering and Eric Hjorleifson.
5:45: Growing up and skiing in Chicago.
8:43: Going to three high schools
11:30: Sports and skiing moguls
17:56: Summer camps and being inspired by Whistler and the people
24:10: What happened to Camp of Champions in Matt’s opinion
26:40: Getting sponsored by Fischer Skisi and making his skis twin tips
30:41: Graduating from U of M and driving straight to Squaw Valley and working in the parking lot. What do his parents think?
33:31: The state of skiing 17 years ago when he was in Squaw
36:36: Validating skiing in the Midwest and what that scene was like
38:24: How does he make his first pair of 4FRNT Skis?
42:00 Signing an exclusive with a factory in LA and starting the 4FRNT. Working with other factories and brands and making skis in Africa.
45:25: Naming his first ski after himself
47:00: How did the industry react to him launching the brand?
49:20: Building the business, making money, athlete owners and the struggle
54:45: The details around the final days of Sterbenz owned 4FRNT Skis, what’s happening to their dealers and the future with Jason Levinthal