Matthias Giraud aka Super Frenchie, is one of those passionate people who has way too much energy. He’s also pro skier/BASE jumper who travels the world creating insane videos for a living. We talk getting into BASE jumping without proper experience, a lifetime of gnarly things, how his perspective on risk has changed over time and how he’s still alive after hitting a cliff at 70 MPH. Hear the whole, crazy story on the podcast.
2:00: Skiing this year
4:00: Growing up in France, liking Americans and boarding school.
6:00: Losing his sister, a moment of clarity and skiing
20:00: Who is he in his teen years, euro ski heroes , drinking at 16, and too much energy
27:00: College, moving to America to continue education and sponsorship: These are his sponsors
31:00 Starting skydiving and getting into BASE jumping after 30 skydives, the viral Mount Hood jump and McConkey
41:00: 10Barrel Brewery
45:00: Ski BASE off the Eiger and the Matterhorn
56:00: Viral videos, social media and the influence it has and wingsuits Avalanche Video
60:00: Getting pregnant and then having his Ski BASE accident and recovery
70:00: Getting back into BASE Jumping and skiing
77:00: Inappropriate Questions
Mikey LeBlanc is a legend in snowboarding . He’s known for teeth breaking ollies, high consequence rails and riding just about everything during his 25+ year snowboard career. His story starts in Maine and takes him on a tour of mountain towns as he navigates his way through the snowboard industry coming to find himself at the helm of one of the most stylish outerwear brands in the game. Mikey’s story is one of heart, he worked his ass off to create some lucky breaks and then took full advantage of the opportunities he was provided. He’s a cool dude and it’s a great story!
Mikey LeBlanc Show Notes
1:30: What Mikey is up to now and is it Mike or Mikey
3:00: Holden selling direct
9:35: Growing up in Maine, skateboarding, snowboarding, sports, punk rock, metal and friends.
22:36: The ski and snowboard rivalry
26:30: Moving to Colorado for CSU and snowboarding, community service and then leaving and moving to Breckenridge to live out of his car.
34:19: The solid snowboard days, the best times of his life, getting sponsored by Ride, Whitey, Mack Dawg and the formative things that happened for him
40:00: Moving to Utah with Whitey, getting JP Walker on Forum and bringing back handrails
43:43: Riding everything and specialization and contests in snowboarding
48:54: 10Barrel Brewery
50:00: Money in snowboarding
54:00: Breaking his neck and injuries
58:00: Holden, Love/Hate, KidsKnow , Chris Miller, Jarden
70:00: VideoGrass and the Ollie/celebration
77:00: Inappropriate Questions
Murray Wais was a punk rock kid who left Seattle for a community college that put him in the mountains. He fell in love with that life, became an instructor and then graduated to studying journalism at the University of Oregon. Fast forward to being laid off by Microsoft, he decided to work for free and follow his ski bum dreams. He ended captured gold with a lot of hard work, some amazing skiers co-founder Steve Winter and what was to become Matchstick Productions. Listen to Murray tell it how it is on the podcast.
Murray Wais Show Notes:
2:00: Tradeshows combined and his history with the tradeshow
4:00: Growing up in Seattle, Microsoft, Steve Winter, punk rock, sports
8:00: The Ski Bus, snowboarding taking off and Warren Miller and ski movies
14:30: Community College in Wenatchee with Steve and Breckenridge, and University of Oregon
19:30: Getting laid off by Bill Gates, getting an internship at Powder Magazine and finding Steve Winter again
26:00: Getting into making movies as Steve’s right hand man and how things have changed
32:22: The helicopter crash
36:00: Taking over in the field when Steve couldn’t go out, Gaffney, and rebranding as Matchstick Productions
40:00: The personalities of the early movies
49:10: Athletes making money off the movies, distribution and getting into bikes (New World Disorder)
54:00: Making Money
57:40: MSP changing last year and the fan reaction
Olympic Judge Steele Spence has a storied history in the ski industry. He was part of the second wave of new school skiers and one who had a knack for greasing the burliest of rails. His urban game was top notch before most people knew that urban skiing was a thing. When pro skiing wasn’t an option anymore, Steele moved in-house and designed skis and products for 4FRNT. The life of a desk jockey was not for Steele and he quickly found himself in a new role, as a judge. Countless events later, Steele is an Olympic judge and with judging comes criticism. Listen to the podcast to hear Steel address everything around the scoring at the Olympic Games.
STEELE SPENCE SHOW NOTES
2:00: Just getting back from South Korea
4:00: Growing up in Aspen
8:30: Switching to pipe and slope and new school skiing
16:00: The Rip Curl event, partying and how things were back in the day
20:00: Working with brands, money, and the X Games
25:00: Filming, going to work for 4FRNT, and getting into judging
33:30: All about judging and Olympic Judging: Women’s slope, Elisabeth Swaney, general judging, ski slope and pipe judging.
70:00: Inappropriate Questions with Roy Tuscany