Not too many professional snowboarders, or race car drivers, come from the streets of Great Falls, VA. Tristan Herbert is the only person I know to have owned both those titles along with a few others. A naturally gifted athlete who always seems to land on his feet, Tristan has used up more than a few of his nine lives on his way to running the US Race Programs for Lamborghini and Audi. It’s a story full of injuries that changed Tristan’s career path time after time.
Tristan Herbert Show Notes
2:00: What is Tristan up to at Audi? Travel, responsibilities, and everything else.
4:00: Why Tristan is the ideal candidate to wear the suit for Audi but still understand everything that the race team has been through. He is also the logo police based on his prior career as a graphic designer.
6:00: Born in Leesburg and growing up with a charmed life in Great Falls, VA and realizing it was a total bubble to grow up into
8:00: Taking a year off after high school, riding Mt. Snow, getting on the Budweiser Ariel Assault Tour and enrolling at Keene State and how that was a strange college experience.
12:25: The pressure and risk of snowboarding today and what happened when you got injured on the Budweiser Tour.
15:00: The day Tristan decided to jump out of the back of pick-up truck going 100 MPH and treating everyday like it is his last after going through that.
21:25: The first career changing injury for Tristan happens on his motorcycle and ends any hope of a pro snowboarding career. Three years later he tries to ride and does his tib/fib. He’s back on his board now.
24:55: Moving to DC after college and starting to race motorcycles and then how does he transition to race cars?
25:00: Getting sponsors, winning Am Championships and then winning a pro race that he was “lucky” to be invited to.
26:40: How is he able to pull off racing while working full time at a design firm?
29:00: Turning his passion into a career based on his athlete skills, driver skills and marketing background. A crazy interview opportunity turns into a gig as the Lamborghini Motor Sports Manager. His whole life changes here.
31:10: Moving on to Audi in 2014 to manage their US R8 program.
32:00: Is he still able to race now that he is a suit at Audi?
32:40: Link to Tristan’s brake failure video
35:00: What is next with Audi? Launches, races…….
Cole Seely’s road to Supercross stardom is a lot different than most. It starts in an apartment in California, where his parents put everything they have into Cole’s career….and then Cole quits racing at 16. When he returns months later, the pressure is lifted and it all comes together for Cole. He consistently places in the top 5 in 250 class and then moves up to 450’s. Right now, Cole is at the top of his game and at 27, the next few years should define his career.
Cole Seely Show Notes
1:40: What is Cole doing in West VA and how are the injuries healing up?
4:33: Where he’s lived and moving to Florida for intense training.
7:44: Riding a bike for the first time without training wheels at 3 years old and BMX
9:00: How did he get into moto and was it a struggle for the family to make moto happen for Cole?
10:48: Why did Cole quit moto and what was High School like for him?
14:00: What did sponsors and family think when he quit?
15:01: Coming back with nothing to lose and trying to land a spot on a team
17:40: How does he turn pro in 2009?
18:52: Racing at altitude and wrecking himself in SLC in 2012
21:44: How much is he traveling during an average year?
25:11: Getting second in 2014 and how he dealt with that
26:05: Being part of a factory team and not having that luxury
27:09: 2015 racing 450’s, winning his first race, and adjusting
28:25: Does Cole party at all in a world where people like to get loose?
30:40: Conflict on the track. Rubbin is Racin
For most of JT Holmes’ 20+ years as a professional athlete, he’s been looked at as a pro skier and he still has that title. These days JT moonlights as a wingsuit pilot, off-road racer, and stuntman, all at a professional level. He’s worked to achieve some great things in the mountains, air, and on the big screen over the years while experiencing more loss (people doing what they love) than anyone I know. JT lives in a world of risk and he gets ‘real’ talking about death, his avalanche, and his career in general.
JT Holmes Show Notes
2:58: JT’s racing career is coming together and he’s winning. He even has sponsors (for cars and his other pursuits) and wins money. Red Bull, Squaw Valley, Polaris, Urban Armor Gear, BF Goodrich Head Skis,
7:04: Born in Boston but a 100% Californian at heart. Palo Alto is home for JT’s formative years
9:00: Growing up the son of a doctor who was into rad shit
9:50: What is the scar on JT’s lip?
10:50: What sports did JT play growing up?
12:04: Moving to Squaw Valley Academy and that life
14:00: Being on a team was a means to an end for JT, Jonny Moseley and realizing he wasn’t that good at moguls
21:40: JT is wise beyond his years at 14 years old and evaluates the options of how he can become a professional skier
24:23: JT decides freeskiing is his path to professionalism and contests are the way to get noticed and Kirkwood in 1998 is what puts JT on the map
28:17: Going back to public school and graduating in 3 years at 16 years old
28:53: Getting his first sponsorship outside of his freestyle program while skiing in a tie and sweater
38:00: How did his and Shane’s relationship evolve though nerding out on gear and Shane fueling JT’s increasing interest in parachutes.
40:33: JT’s first BASE jump (Chris Davenport, Aaron McCgovern, Jeff McKittrick, Othar Lawrence and Shane) in 2002 with absolutely zero experience with skydiving or BASE minus one illegal tandem jump when his was 16 in NZ
43:49: Learning to BASE jump (50 jumps) with Jimmy Freeman
46:10: How important are his gut feelings to what he does for a living and big airs with Julian Carr
48:57: Shane taking things too far and the funniest McConkey story I’ve never heard
53:00: Looking back on Shane’s accident, what would he do differently now that he’s had time to evaluate everything
56:11: JT is a professional in airborne sports and he does not endorse them
58:30: Has JT been to therapy for the losses he’s witnessed and experienced?
59:23: Living through an avalanche. JT is buried for almost 7 minutes in 2016
In a world of big personalities, adrenalin fueled exploits and high risk, Andy Farrington is the calm voice of reason. The youngest member of The Red Bull Air Force, Andy is looked at as the quiet, badass who can pilot a wingsuit like no-other. From cancer at age 2 to 25,000 skydives at age 33, to wingsuits and Hollywood, nothing can stop Andy Farrington
Andy Farrington Show Notes
3:20: His family history of skydiving starting with a downed plane in the war
6:54: Checking skydiving off their bucket list
7:44: Jumping in the womb and growing up with skydiving in the blood
9:36: Cancer at two years old
11:48: Making money in skydiving in the 90’s
12:07: What sports did he play growing up? Traveling the world for Paraskiing with his parents
13:40: How many kids in the Farrington family and what’s the craziest thing that happens when the family gets together?
17:56: How are they traveling all over the world on a skydiver’s salary?
19:09: Getting his first tandem jump in Austria at age 12 and then waiting for four years to really jump while dreaming of being a skysurfer
22:46: Jumping 16 times on his 16th birthday
24:20: Spending his life in the air and close calls
27:00: How many people close to him has he lost and what does he think of the risk?
29:40: How has technology changed everything that he’s doing? How has it changed in wingsuits? The flying up video
32:19: How has proximity flying upped the game?
37:00: Speed riding and when he started doing it and the Red Bull Unrideables
39:17: Red Bull Aces and how competitions change the game
42:58: What’s next? How do you push it?
Cam McCaul has done more in 31 years than most people do in a lifetime. It all started with his bike and he’s never looked back. From the beginnings of mountain biking to the slopestyle contests of today, Cam has lived through it all. Unofficially retired from competition, Cam is still at most events, only now he’s commentating on the action. And if you miss the comps, you can always see him hosting ‘Locals” on Outside TV.
Cam McCaul Show Notes
1:40: How are things in France and experiences traveling internationally.
4:14: Where was he born and what did his parents do
6:07: His dad was into racing motorcycles and raced before he had kids
7:22: How did Cam get into biking and what other sports did he play?
9:07: What was his relationship with his brother Tyler like?
10:36: How did the movie Evolution change his outlook on what can be done on a bike . The inspiration of Kirt Voreis
12:37: Getting a sponsor through a RaceFace UFC video contest, other sponsors and learning the sponsorship game.
18:20: What does he think of the evolution and slopestyle? What do they mean to the sport and progression?
21:50: When is the progression to much? When is someone going to die in one of these competitions?
26:38: Injuries, concussions, and competing when you are a dad.
28:50: Video parts that he’s most proud of? Check out Sweet Morning Light edit
30:27: Time on the Nitro Circus and the relationships he created
32:01: Transitioning to becoming an on-camera personality. Cam is currently the host of ‘Locals” on Outside TV.
36:46: What will the next innovation in bikes be for both the Pros and the weekend warriors. What is Cam’s quiver of one?
Jill Kintner is a badass on a bike and has been for more than half of her life. Regardless of the discipline, she had a drive to be the best on her bike and that drive was first instilled by her dad. Her story is a rollercoaster of emotions dominated by a lot of wins and one huge loss, it’s worthy of its own afterschool special. Jill tells her story, from the NW, to the Olympics, and beyond.
Jill Kintner Show Notes:
1:30: Winning the US Open and dealing with the conditions
5:00: Born in Seattle and chasing around her brother
7:00: Riding transitions and other sports and what she sucks at
9:26: Were there any girls to look up to when she was a kid?
12:38: Being a privateer and how her life is different than teammate Rachel Atherton.
15:38: Why is she not racing on the World Cup anymore?
20:10: Becoming pro at 14 and traveling on her mom buddy passes and the support of her parents.
24:00: Keeping her success quiet because she was shy and how she did in school
26:00: Having a social life in high school.
28:21: Hitting a wall with BMX and going to design school at RIT and then school in SF
30:44: BMX is going to be part of the Olympics and then losing her dad
34:50: Hurting her knee twice. Once right before the games and the drama of almost not making the team
38:16: The pressure on the top dawgs at the Olympics and her Olympic run
39:42: The emotions of winning a medal for her Dad and with her family and then the media tour
41:20: Win a medal get dropped from your sponsor and how the medal separates her from the rest of the bikers out there
42:52: Re-defining herself after the Olympics and focusing on downhill.
43:58: Her life in Bellingham and the pump track that she lobbied to have built.
Arlo Eisenberg was once dubbed the face and voice of his generation and his story sounds like the best 90’s movie that was never made. Arlo, the punk rock kid from Texas drops out of the University of Texas and moves to California to become a star in a sport that isn’t really a sport yet. He arrives on Venice Beach, gets “found” and blows up to be a global sensation who lives a life that is every 13 year old’s fantasy. Along the way he stirs up a national controversy, hosts the X-Games and rides off into a world of graphic design.
Arlo Eisenberg Show Notes
6:20: The early days for Arlo and the history of his family
9:43: Arlo talks about the dynamics of Texas
14:25: Testing into public art school in Texas and being bussed to school
19:46: How did Arlo first see Rollerblades and Ice Skating in Texas
22:14: Skateboarding in Texas
23:55: Was Arlo good at any other sports?
25:35: University of Texas and the 90’s movie that Arlo lived
31:00: Breaking his ankle and moving to California to create his new life
35:00: What is the look and style of Arlo at this point
36:27: Jumping barrels on Venice, getting a place and meeting Brook Howard-Smith
39:50: Making it shortly after getting to Venice, turning down a contract from Rollerblade and then turning it down based on principle
43:50: Going on his first Europe trip and quitting his job in LA
46:28: Starting Senate to cater to their product needs and ground zero for Aggressive Inline.
52:00: did they realize how the market would develop? What was the money like at this point.
54:28: Spohn Ranch as a hub for skating and culture
57:00: Not being a jock but had the talent and ability to where he expected to win contests and the pressure to win contents.
59:00: The Frontside and Arlo’s groin issues and how that impacted him at the first X-Games.
61:00: What did X-Games gold mean to Arlo?
63:00: His graphic design and marketing work at Senate and the Destroy All Girls and the exposure it generated.
109:00: How much did he make with Senate? What did he spend his money on? Did he invest? How did the park come about?
114:54: From USD to the commentating for ESPN and how was it working with ESPN?
117:46: The ESPN meeting gone wrong for Arlo
128:18: Is he aware of what people think of him?
129:36: His MTV Sports story
135:00: Being a skeptic in life
136:07: Joining the family business Eisenberg And Associates
Alex Broskow’s life is full of juxtapositions. From dropping out of high school and moving into the dorms of the University of Kansas to being an athlete who is looked at as one of the best to ever participate in his sport…but couldn’t afford groceries. This rare interview dives deep into the world of skating, travel and all that comes with being a pro athlete (minus money).
Alex Broskow Show Notes
:57: how did Alex end up back in Kansas
2:30: Alex works full time at a warehouse. Crazy for one of the best skaters in the world
3:52: Born and raised in Kansas City and growing up playing hockey and getting into inline
8:17: Realizing he was good at inline and being on the Gatorbladers.
9:15: Midwest skating and being taken under the wing of the older crew, not getting caught up in the wrong thing and going on road trips to Eisenbergs
11:29: Alex’s influences in skating
14:19: Moving to Florida and what that was like for him
17:40: Moving back to Kansas (to Brenton Wheeler’s house) and eventually the dorms at the University of Kansas with Adam Johnson and did he finish high school.
21:00: Shooting for the KFC videos
24:00: How does he do in contests and how much is he making?
26:43: Setting trends and is that something that is crazy to him?
28:25: How does he deal with the shit talking that happens to rollerbladers?
33:10: When did he realize skating wouldn’t pay the bills and who had a career that was cut short by alcohol or drugs. And thoughts Aaron Feinberg
36:45: KCMO and what Kelso said on The Mushroom Blading podcast
40:00: Can he still do the hammers that he used to and the Champagne movie in DVD format
42:51: Top skaters of all time
44:20: Does he regret not playing hockey longer?
45:23: Gap to rail with Ben Weis back in the day.
The road to wakeboard industry that Don Wallace took was different than most. From humble beginnings in Grass Valley, CA where life revolved around street rods, skiing, and hanging out with his brother/crew. From there it was on to college in the big city of Eugene where his Surfing Magazine subscription parlayed itself into and internship and eventually a career that is highlighted by the sinking of an $80,000 boat amongst other things.
Don Wallace Show Notes:
1:14: working with engineers in the Liquid Force world
2:31: The Road from Nevada City to Southern California
3:49: Life and work balance at Liquid Force
5:30: University of Oregon and Ski racing
7:51 How a subscription to Surfing Magazine changes his life
16:20: Cutting athletes
22:00: Vice President of Sales and Marketing
24:00: Aaron Grace’s role
25:25: What is he most proud of in his career?
27:05: What is his biggest career regret aside from sinking an $80,000 boat?
28:30: What’s next and needed in wakeboarding?
31:00: How to get into the wakeboard industry
Shane Bonifay has been a professional wakeboarder for 21 of his 33 years. From bringing closed toe set ups to the masses, to wake-pants, to acting as the driving force behind the ‘Pointless Crew’ Shane has done a lot over his 21 years of being a pro and shares the best and worst on the podcast
Shane Bonifay Show Notes
:10: The hit and run saga
8:05: Photo shoot for Liquid Force
12:28: Competing in three event and then getting a boat and wakeboard in 1994
13:34: Picked up a sponsor a year and a half later (Liquid Force) and being on them for 20+ years
14:30: Going under the knife
15:25: Wakeboarding is a sport for the privileged, how was his lifestyle growing up?
16:30: Waterski school at his house and the perks that came along with that.
17:41: Other sports, rollerblading and ramps in the backyard
19:21: What is high school like for him? Was he on the standard program?
22:30: School continued
23:28: Growing up with an older brother who is crushing it on a global level and who are his influences
25:05: The Pointless Crew and video shooting and editing today.
28:49: Controversy on the internet and how did it impact his career?
32:14: What does he think of contests in general?
35:47: Was there any jealousy of Parks’ success? What was it like coming up in Parks’ world and who wins at fights?
37:35: What are his hobbies outside of riding?
39:47: 2008 and being looked at as one of the second wave of rail guys….Any features that stick out?
42:29: How much can a pro wakeboarder make in a year?
44:19: The party aspect and lifestyle of his career compared to pros coming up today
45:11: The closed toe innovation in wakeboarding and Shane’s influence
47:35: The worst trick names in the world come from wakeboarding
48:18: What’s next for Shane?
On paper, Joe Ciaglia's life sounds like a mob movie where the mobster, Joe, is bagging groceries at a store conveniently located across from the track. He meets a couple older gentlemen who introduce him to the inside world of the track. While learning the underbelly of the horse game, Joey starts winning city contracts for skate parks. It’s an interesting rag to riches story that includes professional skateboarders (Rob Dyrdek), race horses, accusations of collusion and no mob ties that I know of.
Joe Ciaglia Show Notes
1:45: What does Joe do?
3:00: How the attitudes of perception around skateboarding have changed.
4:00: Does Joe skate
5:45: Grew in California and then he jumps ahead in the story and I reel him back to childhood, gymnastics and graduating at 16
12:33: Getting into the horse game and Enumclaw Washington
13:37: Getting into the carpet cleaning hustle and then selling the company and how he gets into landscaping
15:00: Getting into skateboarding through putting in a bid in for a skatepark and then that business exploded for him
17:46: Was he skating at that point or did he start skateboarding once he started building parks
19:10: The companies that Joe has under his umbrella and developing the Mega for Danny Way and the Great Wall
20:43: Maloof Money cup and the building of a concrete park in 5 days. They showcased their skills and that’s where he met Rob Dyrdek
23:01: World’s Largest Skateboard
24:00: Collusion accusations and legal issues
25:30: Horse Racing and his history in the sport
26:55: Rob racing a horse and Rob’s involvement in horses
28:40: How many horses is he in on? How much money has he made off horses?
31:39: What are the Jockeys like?
32:20: The Olympics and skateboarding. Joe’s thoughts
Tom Schaar is your average 17-year-old...sometimes. He goes to high school, likes to hang out with his brother and friends and gets in trouble with his parents for not doing his homework. In his other life, he’s traveling the world, winning X Games gold and even finding time to buy himself an Audi. While Tom can be the average kid on the personal level, there’s nothing average about what he brings to the table on the professional level.
Tom Schaar Show Notes:
3:00: How did he get into skateboarding
4:00: Being at contest as a kid seeing the pros and getting support from his parents
5:00: Getting sponsored by Half-Pint Skateboards at 10
8:18: What are his favorite things to skate and does he ever skate street
9:00: Traveling and are his parents going with him?
10:30: Three places in the world he would buy a house and his jet setting life
12:00: Skating with his idols and who has the best backyard set up of the pros and Bucky Lasek helping as a kid coming up
12:55: Skating Mega Ramp and how long does it take to get comfortable on the ramp
15:13: Landing the first 1080 and the response that he felt from it.
17:44: Famous encounters
19:40: What do kids think of him at school and what does he get in trouble for?
20:30: What is the coolest thing he’s bought with his money?
21:40: Has he had any major injuries and what does he do when he’s not skating?
23:32: Did he go to prom?
24:30: Any interest in the business side of the skate industry
At first glance, there’s nothing that screams “rad” about Mike Jaquet, but at points in his career he has been one of the most influential and visionary people in the world of action sports. From founding FREEZE Magazine to directing sales and marketing at Transworld to VP of College Sports TV (and being bought by CBS) and his last paid employment, a 5 year run as CMO of The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association that ended 4/1, Mike has left positive legacies everywhere he's been. His career has developed and intersected with influential personalities and moments in sports and we chat about them…
Mike Jaquet Show Notes:
2:34: Leaving his most current role as CMO of The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
3:18: The early years growing up in Sun Valley (Ketchum)
7:07: Mike as a champion cross country ski racer
11:30: The house in college where he lived with Shane McConkey, Kent and DJ Hodge and the story behind the Boulder Riots
17:20: Ski Movie, A movie that comes out in 1992 that Mike Jaquet edited and shot parts of (you can see the edits in McConkey) for a journalism project in college. How to see the lost footage of the McConkey
21:35: Huge cliffs with Shane in the 90’s, the Lake Powell trip and the insane footage they captured and what he was doing on snow
23:10: Was he there when Shane was banned in Vail? Jasper Gray, Futuristic Films
24:00 Was there any chance or interest in being sponsored?
25:20: Did he understand the importance of McConkey while he in college?
27:19: His football show in college, big time players and earning the nickname “The Convincer”
31:14: Going to Hollywood with his VHS Reel and getting his break with his ski movie getting on RSN
37:18: A reality show TV treatment that turns into FREEZE Magazine and the early days of FREEZE and Transworld gives him 200K to start the mag with issue 1 and it made money because the pitch was easy
43:11: Signing teenagers to contracts and sending them around the world to party
45:29: Shane and other new school skiers and what made Shane different and the credit he deserves in terms of marketing and development.
47:16: There is something in the water in Tahoe
48:13: The US Open in Vail and why the breakout year was kept off ESPN and was a huge missed opportunity but they cashed in on the Lifestyles condoms deal
52:31: Why Transworld killed FREEZE and what has happened to them by only listening to spreadsheets and not the market or advertisers
57:14: Working for startups and his next startup venture, CSTV. Who he met, what he learned and getting bought by CBS and making a little bit of money and then working at CBS
1:01:00: Taking a role at the USSA as CMO and working for Bill. What happened to his Anti FIS attitude? What did he accomplish at the USSA. Would he still be there if Bill was still at the USSA?
When it comes to Ian McIntosh, there's no flair, tricks, or showmanship... what you see is what you get. He started skiing at age two, was digging pits in the back country at age 8 and sitting in guide meetings at 10. Ian was born into the mountain lifestyle and this self-described “redneck” is a powerful skier who is the epitome of what Tight Loose is all about.
Ian McIntosh Show Notes
2:35: Thoughts on the Armada deal
3:56 It’s been a great season for soul shredding
5:28: What he’s realized that he’s 36 years old in the ski industry related to content
9:00: Who Ian is in the ski industry and in life…
11:32: Ian’s race background, his tight loose mentality, born in the backcountry
15:50: Quitting racing and being rich on life
17:10: Fernie to Kicking Horse to selling everything to live the eternal winter in NZ
18:08: Moving to Whistler
21:00: Dirtbagging it in Whistler
23:39: The World Tour and the secret to success on the tour and filming
25:47: Coming out of the closet and living with James Heim and Dana Flahr but still skiing poor
27:09: Did the change in judging pull him off the tour? His thoughts on the tour now
28:51: He gets a tryout with TGR and gets a seat
29:55: In heli’s with Jeremy Jones and Sage
32:00: Divorce and drama in 2011
34:49: The crash that changed his skiing
39:45: When does human powered adventure start? It’s all about slowing it down
42:00: Thoughts on Julian Carr
43:39: Being Leonardo Dicaprio’s stunt double and chilling with Tom Hardy
45:29: Getting into speed flying
Kevin English went from a dream job managing athletes to a dream job managing campers/counselors, and it hasn’t been easy. He’s lived through corporate layoffs, corporate selloffs and eventually, the drama that comes along with purchasing a passion-based project with friends. We talk about K2, Travis Parker, buying summer camp, merging with the competition and a lot more
Kevin English Show Notes:
2:42: What has Kevin been up to? Work grinding, life grinding family grinding
5:00: HCSC snowboard competition and how many campers do they need each summer to succeed?
9:27: Kevin and my camp experiences as kids and East Cost camp legacy’s
12:20: Riding for Simms and his first summer at HCSC
15:25: Growing up in Donner Summit and how he got into snowboarding and other sports growing up
18:07: What does he do after High School?
21:08: Sugar Bowl, a lot more exciting than it read on Linked in.
22:20: Counselor and then coach, then Head Coach at HCSC
23:09: His K2 days: Vashon, layoffs,
25:00: K2 Snowboarding Rollerblading Ad and the back story
28:55: Travis Parker
33:57: Who’s career did he have to end (Brian Savard ) as a TM at K2?
36:00: Who’s career did you help (Gretchen Bleiler) at K2?
38:55: How did he get back into summer camp? Running the business for Vans
40:21: Vans is dumping camp because it doesn’t fit in the portfolio and Kevin puts a buying group together and buying camp
42:36: Kevin leaves camp to develop real estate
40:12: Megan and Preston leave, big changes at camp
46:50: Getting his MBA and why he felt he had to do so
48:40: Merging with Windells, how does that happen and the vision for the future
Peter Line is the visionary snowboarding icon who helped start the “Rider Owned” movement in snowboarding. When Peter wasn’t busy creating the best team of snowboarders in the history of the sport-The Forum 8- He was creating tricks, the Backside Rodeo, that would completely change the sport. Still a player in the sport today, Peter now spends his time out of the spotlight, designing clothing for Dakine, board graphics and pursuing his other artistic passions.
Peter Line Show Notes
3:10: Born in Media PA and not remembering it and the PA Bikinni team
4:10: What’s the morning of Peter Line look like? Designing for Dakine and what that looks like being a remote employee
6:00: Everything is self-taught. It started at Four Square in 1996
7:19: Growing up in Kirkland, skateboarding and what snowboarding was like in the beginning
9:15: What group did he hang with in High School?
12:00: How did he get gear and things growing up. He didn’t watch TV for an entire year.
13:20: The crew he snowboarded with and was there any skiing in his background?
14:15: When did he realize he was good and he was going to focus his life on snowboarding? Division 23 Shoot
15:40: Kurt Heine, video parts and his career taking off
17:19: Did he start Forum and Foursquare himself?
19:25: The Forum 8 and making money
23:00: From Blockbuster Video to making money, Mack Dawk, The X-Games and his parents pride.
25:40: The effects of alcohol and partying on his life?
26:40: Injuries throughout his career: Knee, Shoulder, Arm, Foot, Back…. The injury that made him think about if the risk was worth it.
29:00: Standout moments of his career
30:30: When he did come to terms with not being a pro rider anymore?
31:00: Killing Forum and Foursquare and the end of an era
33:30: The Limo business
35:00: What’s next? Things he can’t talk about
Doug Bishop, the GM of Newschoolers.com is more than just a visionary in action sports. He’s a passionate skier who is focused on building community while wearing his heart on his sleeve. These days he finds himself behind a desk, selling the dream that is skiing in the digital world and creating a second home for skiers all over the world. While he didn’t have a solid plan out of high school, Doug’s career blossomed into owning a piece and selling said piece of Newschoolers.com, rising to the position of GM of the site and when traveling, being one of the scariest people at the bar (in a good way…I think)
Doug Bishop Show Notes
2:33 His title and what he does at Newschoolers
4:34: Born into skiing and being a ski racer and why every skier should wear spandex at least once
6:54: Doing Orienteering? A sport that kids like Doug did in Canada
8:19: Attempting to go to Carleton University with the idea of being a writer, seeing Freeze Magazine, deciding to drop out to become a pro skier and what his family thought about that.
12:00: High North Ski Camp
15:30: Getting certified, coaching park skiing and helping create the Level 1 for Canada and then getting a job at Blue Mountain on the park staff and competing when not working.
17:17: His pro career, using Newschoolers for the first time and who is Matt Harvery.
22:30: How did the first meeting with Harvey go, what happens when he takes a job with Freeskier?
24:52: realizing running the park was not going to happen at Blue Mountain, coming to the realization that he was losing every contest and his girlfriend leaves him and making a huge shift in life: moving to Montreal and selling for NS.
27:00: When did he start turning NS around with advertising dollars and then selling Newschoolers and getting paid.
31:00: The big changes that they experienced once Newschoolers was owned, The good and bad.
33:13: The latest acquisition has Doug working in print as well as digital. What he learns from print and what they take from him.
34:26: What marketers need to know
36:04: When Doug feels print is more important than digital
37:48: His antiestablishment attitude and how does he shake it up as he gets older? And why is the youth not angry anymore?
Jonny Moseley was the competitor that brought “New School” skiing to the masses. While the changing of the guard was happening in skiing on an underground level via the New Canadian Airforce, Jonny took it mainstream, winning Olympic Gold. Outside of competitions, Jonny was a fixture in early ski movies and has remained an ambassador for the sport he loves. He dives deep into the details of what made Jonny Moseley successful.
Jonny Moseley Show Notes:
2:10 The charmed life of Jonny Moseley and what’s up at K2
4:06: Glen Plake stories
7:03: Born in Puerto Rico
12:02: Growing up in CA and getting into skiing
13:58: Inspired by Dan “Squirrel“ Herby and Brad Holmes
16:26: When skiing gets more serious and winning Junior Nationals
21:00: Getting on the US Ski Team
23:57: The sport is changing, are you a part of it?
27:09: The scene and wanting to be a part of it.
29:28: Winning, earning the 360 Mute Grab and becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist
33:37: Fun partying and growing up after the Olympics
36:36: Skiing’s New School has fully arrived
38:37: The K2 Days and the real story of why he left
43:58: Getting on Head and winning the US Open
46:44: Mad Trix
49:16: The road to 2002 Olympic Games, getting FIS approval on the Dinner Roll, and 4th place
56:43: Top moments and regrets
1:00:59: My perception of Moseley shattered over dinner conversation
Anthony De Rocco has done all there is to do in the Snow Sports Industry. From engineering, to sales and marketing to CEO. The “work hard, play hard” philosophy has led Anthony to the peaks of many mountains, the heart of China and now, the forefront of American Ski, Snowboard, Surf and Skate manufacturing.
Anthony De Rocco Show Notes
2:50: I ask what life was like as a youth for Anthony. Anthony gives an overview of his career.
4:51: Getting into snow sports and skiing at Ski Acres (Summit Central)
5:43: Playing soccer for University of Washington and Gonzaga
6:30: Getting older and living younger. Anthony lives by the phrase “work hard, play hard”
8:06: Scholarships, Spokane and skiing
9:45: Anthony’s best college story involves a party reptile and meeting his future wife.
11:00: What happens after graduating from Gonzaga?
13:31: Being recruited by Notre Dame and University of Washington
14:55: Working for Boeing, The Robbins Company and finally Olin in 1990
16:30: The Olin, the early K2 days and the travel that goes along with it.
19:10: What was his role in the snowboard side of things in the early days?
20:18: What synergies are you finding between ski and snowboard design in the early days? How did you learn from each other?
23:52: What was the problem with skiing in the mid 90’s?
25:49: Executive Vice President of K2, the production shift and being the messenger
29:44: The travel and how much does it impact the family?
33:00: 2011-2014 CEO of K2. Did he have CEO aspirations?
34:15: How did he end up moving from CEO of K2 to running K2 China?
35:00: How did he get the job as CEO of Mervyn Manufacturing and what’s it like?
36:58: Green manufacturing, solvents, why Mervyn is the best he has ever seen (Anthony has seen almost every snow sports factory in the world) and American Made.
40:08: State of the art new offices in Seattle
41:45: The differences between K2 and Mervyn and getting better every year
43:00: What’s on the horizon: Bent Metal, Skis
44:48: Surf: Mike Olson driven process that creates counter-seasonal business.
Leanne Pelosi is known for putting her blood sweat and tears into any project she is a part of aside from working at Earl’s (A long time ago). She’s been named Rookie of the Year, Rider of the Year and this year won the first-ever Influencer Award. Leanne’s career and film project can be looked at as a vehicle for the progression of snowboarding and raising awareness for women, both past and present, who shred.
Leanne Pelosi Show Notes:
:20: What has Leanne been up to this fall?
5:12 From oil to snowboarding
7:44: Getting carded in Canada
10:43: Moving to Whistler against her parents’ wishes and sponsorship the Bieber way
13:30: Contest mentality
15:35: Focusing on filming
16:45: Working at Earls
19:40: Full Moon movie
25:30: Loyalty to her snowboard sponsors
27:35: Gender inequity in snowboarding
30:40: Best trip ever
33:15: What does snowboarding need?
K2 Snowboards www.k2snowboarding.com
Airblaster Outerwear www.myairblaster.com
Dakine Backpacks www.dakine.com/snowboard
Dragon Goggles www.dragonalliance.com
Lifetime Clothing www.lifetimecollective.com
Whistler Blackcomb www.whistlerblackcomb.com
There are few people more passionate about having 8 wheels under their feet than Mo Sanders. From his professional inline skate days to when he was a featured character on TNN’s RollerJam series, Mo has made a career, in turbulent worlds, that only happen when you have the athletic ability that Mo has. These days, Mo, also known as Quadzilla, is an entrepreneur and World Champion who globetrots the world getting skaters into shape.
Mo Sanders Show Notes
:30: Growing up in Tacoma
2:30: Getting into Roller Skating
5:45: Becoming Lanny’s Kid
8:41: Who was Mo in High School
12:00: The inline boom
21:16: The death of inline for Mo
24:00 : Roller Jam
27:09: Roller Derby is back
30:30: The need for better derby products
33:30: Quadzilla can teach and you better come prepared to work
38:30: The Olympics and Derby
Chris Haffey is part athlete, part stuntman, part survivor. He’s a professional rollerblader who started getting recognition for his skating when the industry was at its peak and became one of the top skaters in the world as the bottom was dropping out. While his peers were leaving the sport to find other ways to support themselves, Chris landed on the Nitro Circus, touring arenas across the globe with a motley crew of bad-asses.
Chris Haffey Show Notes:
1:45: In Japan on tour with the Nitro Circus
4:45: Growing up all over the country and getting into skating
7:45: Daily Bread Magazine days
9:19: Getting published and shooting as much as he could
10:05: Evo ad and discount code
11:30: Was skating something that consumed everything he did? Was he on be-mag
12:09: Meeting Chris Farmer in a chatroom
13:45: Who did he skate with when he was coming up, Brian Bell and Esco Zoo
14:50: What was High School like for him?
17:30: What did his parents think about him getting his GED?
19:30: Did he party when he was traveling to contests?
22:02: Spy Optics ad and discount code
22:42: Sierra At Tahoe ad
23:24: Being a street skater and then transitioning to contests and the differences
26:44: www.remz.com and making money in skating
28:40: Dealing with people flipping you shit when you skate
31:16: Park Etiquette
32:16: Finding inspiration in skiing and which skiers influence him and Is he familiar with Slvsh
34:37: What does he think of people looking to him to “save” rollerblading?
37:10: Fun on the road with the Nitro family
39:07: How is his body at this point?
41:04: Will we see another street section from Chris Haffey?
Sherry McConkey is the most positive, toughest woman I know. She grew up in politically charged South Africa, traveled the world, and landed in Squaw Valley, CA. Her story is one of adventure, love, loss and making a difference in her community and the world all while being an amazing role model for daughter Ayla, and the rest of the Tahoe community.
Sherry McConkey Show Notes
2:00: What is going on right now in Squaw Valley
3:30: What was it like growing up in South Africa
12:08: Stories of leaving the real world to travel the whole world and find her birth father
18:17: From Whistler to Squaw Valley, snowboarding and staying in the US
20:40: First time meeting Shane and the beginning of the future
23:57: What was the first trip like with Shane?
26:54: Preggo with Ayla
29:15: Outside TV FREE WEEK
30:22: What did she think of what Shane did and did she ever BASE Jump?
34:04: What was Shane’s life like in terms of travel and how was he as a dad?
36:12: Managing life with two kids in the house; Ayla and Shane
38:36: Life after Shane
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1:54: Air Force Brat, High School, College
6:30 Being a College Mascot and Fraternities
10:46: Post Grad year in Squaw and meeting Jimbo Fritsch, Jay Mueller, Shane McConkey, Frank Gambali. Kreitler and MC, Primal Instinct Bungee House
15:25 Mentor in B.A.S.E.
18:06 Living in a tent
21:35 Ski B.A.S.E
25:37 Year in Chicago
29:18 Back to Squaw
31:30 Crazy Schedule
32:30: try.outsidetv.com spot
45:42 RedBull Airforce
48:38: Dealing with people thinking he’s selfish/crazy
50:27: Jumping out of planes without parachutes
53:08 Recent video of wingsuit guy crashing into trees and living
Jason Levinthal has been a visionary in the ski industry for over 20 years. He's know for brand building genius, blue-collar work ethic and keeping his finger on the pulse of tomorrow. He started the revolutionary ski company, Line Skis, out of his parent’s garage and eventually was forced to sell his baby (while still managing it and other brands) to The Jarden Corporation. Jason’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for timely innovation led him to leave the comfort of his corporate check and start again from scratch with J Skis.
Jason Levinthal, Owner, J Skis
Jason Levinthal Show Notes
:31: What is Jason up to these days?
1:19: Typical work week for Jason
3:30: What group did Jason fit into in High School?
5:26: Jason talks college
7:17: The foundation of Line Skis
8:39: Why the name Line?
11:10: Did anyone believe in Jason Levinthal in the early days?
12:29: At Ski Magazine tests Jason is asked why is he there and told to “throw his skis down the stairs.”
13:55: Sacrificing life for the brand
16:06: Did Jason ever think about enforcing the twin tip patent and working with other brands
21:48: The Reactor Binding and bindings in general
26:40: K2 buys Line
28:50: The future of Levinthal is J Skis
31:10: Josh Malczyk and his Line and Levinthal history
33:00: The game-changing development process of J Skis
35:29: Biggest career regrets
37:42: What is Jason most proud of in his career?