Tim Pogue is a visionary in the world of action sports, specifically the world of snow. When this 10 year non-alum of University of Minnesota, he also happened to be a sponsored windsurfer, moved west is his VW bus, the last place anyone would expect him to land was taking classes at Harvard or on Wall Street. Tim’s life has been the one of dreams for the action sports marketer turned executive and he maps out his long strange trip on the podcast.
Tim Pogue Show Notes:
2:00: Pre-trade show chaos and the combination of the trade show
3:30: Mizu and what he does as CEO
7:00: Growing up in Minnesota, getting into skiing
10:00: Getting kicked out of high school and 10 years of college
16:00: Windsurfing, snowboarding, heading out west and following The Dead.
20:30: Getting a job with Kemper Snowboards
25:00: Burton Snowboards
32:22: The rise and fall of Ride Snowboards
41:30: Taking classes at Harvard and more Ride
There was a time when Axl Rose left his small town in Indiana as there was nothing left for him there. To make it, he needed to move west where he would surround himself with other, likeminded people. While Nick Goepper is no Axl Rose, his story is the same. He started honing his craft in the Hoosier state, moved west to Windells Academy and found more success than he ever dreamed of. Like Axl, Nick learned that with success comes problems. While Nick didn’t alienate his fans and get fat, he did uncover some real issues that we talk about in the podcast.
Nick Goepper Show Notes:
1:44: The Olympic facility and what it offers
4:09: Christmas at the Goeppers and life starting in Indiana
8:11: Being the oldest in the family and sports
15:00: Rollerblading, skateboarding and trampolines
18:00: Getting into skiing at Perfect North
21:07: The recession and having to work for himself to keep the ski dream alive
26:42: Backyard set ups
28:00: Who is he in High School and competing against Chris Laker
32:00: Keeping the dream alive with a full scholarship to Windell’ s Academy
42:25: Does he ski powder, tricks that were career changing, and first X-Games
47:00: His ski lifestyle. Does he care if other people like him?
52:15: Crushing it at contests and heading into the Olympics with a broken hand, skiing without poles, and hearing about it on the internet.
58:40: Is he pissed about 3rd place in the Olympics
61:00: What does it take to qualify for South Korea
63:00: Throwing rocks at cars and Nick’s downward summertime spiral into alcohol and depression
74:00: What will he do after skiing and what can he make in a good year?
Alex Schlopy set a goal for himself going into the 2014 Olympic Games: In his words it was “make the Olympics or I’d rather be dead.” Unfortunately, Alex missed making the US Olympic Team by the slimmest of margins and decided to seek out crack and heroin to dull his pain and follow through on the ‘or I’d rather part’. A few suicide attempts and an arrest later, Alex went to treatment and is currently getting back into the sport he loves. He’s young and still has a chance to regain all that he thought he threw away. Hear his whole story on the podcast
Alex Schlopy Show Notes
1:30: Skiing for the first time in a long time
2:45: Coming from a famous family and family growing up
7:00: Getting into skiing and other sports in his life
10:10: Taking gymnastics to snow and working with Mike Hanley
13:45: Full of energy and toilet papering and did he get in trouble?
16:32: Winning the VT Open, getting sponsors and money
20:00: Filming with TGR and getting a RED camera
23:00: Getting into a bad car crash and the concussion
27:30: Drinking and the perception of him
30:00: Why does he hate himself?
33:00: When does he move out of the house and what is 2011 like for him?
34:59: First X-Games, getting into big air, winning and the JOI event
37:00: Getting real money in 2011, almost getting arrested and other incidents
46:30: How does he spend his money and partying/skiing
49:30: The goal that was the worst idea of his life
51:05: Olympic qualifying and Joss
56:15: Sponsors at this point and Ruroc Helmets
59:52: The end of skiing and the start of drugs
1:08:16: Suicide attempts
1:13:00: He gets arrested and what does his family think about him at this time?
1:15:00: How does recovery happen?
1:19:00: Concussions and the impact they’ve had on him
1:23:00: What’s next?
Joss Christensen was on the bubble to make the US Olympic Team in 2014 when he lost his dad. When he was selected to the US Team with the discretionary spot, skiers all over the internet were outraged and Joss was put down, harassed, bullied, and even asked to give up his Olympic spot for someone else. While this hurt Joss’s pride, it also gave him something to prove…And he did by becoming the first ever Ski Slopestyle Olympic Gold Medalist. Fast forward 4 years and Joss is on the bubble to make the team again. He’s coming off a horrific knee injury and has only been on snow for a month. Will he qualify? That and a deep dive into his while career on the podcast.
Joss Christensen Show Notes:
2:00: The knee injury, the complications, and the rehab
15:50: Born into a family of ski bums and growing up skiing in Park City
24:00: The enigma of Kerry Miller and young skiers today
30:00: Making a name for himself in 2011
34:29: Getting product from Line, trying to work his way into 4bi9 and being a tall skier
38:44: Olympics vs X-Games. What is the discretionary spot?
42:11: Making the team and being hated on online
45:12: The experience of Sochi, that time Joss thought he was kicked off the team and learning triples
54:00: Winning the Gold Medal
59:11: Losing his dad before the Olympics
100:04: The media tour and becoming a boy band.
107:40: Getting rabies in Bosnia
1:12:15: Losing his ski sponsor after winning a Gold Medal
1:16:10: String of injuries, signs with K2 and what will it take to get to the Olympics?
Jeff Ament is known for being the bassist for Pearl Jam but his story goes much deeper than that. He doesn’t do many interviews, and none go this deep. From working on a farm in small town Montana, to turning down football scholarships as an all-state quarterback, to music, to charity, the dude has done a lot in his life and he’s remained as humble as they get. Hear it all on the podcast.
Jeff Ament Show Notes
1:35: What has Jeff been up to lately?
3:25: Born and raised in small town Montana in a family of 5 and developing a strong work ethic by working on the farm and how that could have rubbed people the wrong way at times
9:25: Big Sandy High School, skateboarding, team sports and turning down football scholarships.
15:45: What did he see growing up near Indian Reservations that impacts him today, his dad wanting him to become a priest and understanding the poor kid
22:30: Art, getting into guitar, music in the 70’s and then Jeff going on a tangent that includes Seattle, Mark Arm, and opening for big bands for the first time.
29:18: Punk rock music during college in Missoula, putting school on the backburner and what his parents thought of moving to Seattle with Sergio.
34:46: What are the shitty jobs that he had when he moved to Seattle? Washing dishes and working his way up in the restaurant game
37:30: Playing a distorted bass, jumping really high and what he looked like at the time.
40:46: Green River, being an unofficial investor of Sub Pop, and being a part of the Seattle “scene”
43:04: The end of Green River, how long is he out of a band and the start of being in bands that weren’t his best friends….Mother Love Bone and getting a demo deal in a month.
47:52: Is he still poor when Mother Love Bone is signed?
50:00: Andrew Wood dies and Jeff needs a backup plan now that he thinks his shot could be over.
53:00: Music becoming fun again and playing with Stone Gossard again
54:00: Pearl Jam comes together quickly with the best musicians and Dave Kruzen
56:40: Singles movie
60:00: He has everything and nothing. Dealing with being famous
63:00: Money and things he’s splurged on
67:00: Fan clubs and building an audience
70:00: Ames Bros
73:00: When things go wrong at shows you do not cancel
80:00: Getting into skiing and snowboarding with Doug Coombs