EPISODE 143: SIMON DUMONT

EPISODE 143: SIMON DUMONT

Simon Dumont is a legendary figure in the world of freeskiing.  Known for booting higher than almost anyone else in the halfpipe, Simon’s career was full of podiums and video parts.  While he is a legend in the sport, things didn’t come easy for Simon.  He was always too small and told he would never make it and he never listened.  He willed and worked himself to success and it’s something he believes anyone can do, if they put in the work. 

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EPISODE 142: BEN WEIS

EPISODE 142: BEN WEIS

Ben Weis has lived a rollercoaster of a life so far and he’s not even 40.  Ben came up in a dysfunction family in Minnesota, didn’t have the money to play hockey and ended up finding rollerblading.  In just three quick years he went pro in a sport where there was no money.  So contest winnings went into backing drug deals, they went bad, and Ben found himself a heroin addict/criminal who was in and out of prison.  He’s been out for a month, he’s clean, and this tale is a must listen. 

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EPISODE 141: TRICIA BYRNES

EPISODE 141:  TRICIA BYRNES

Tricia Byrnes is on the podcast this week…. she’s a wealth of knowledge and a fun interview.  Tricia’s known for her competitive days, she was on the contest circuit for 20 years but these days, she’s organizing the contests and making sure she helps pave the way for the future of the sport.  We talk about her life and times on and off the podium, the future of the sport and some great old stories.    

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EPISODE 140: PEP FUJAS

EPISODE 140: PEP FUJAS

Pep Fujas is arguably one of the most influential skiers of our time, I’ve had so many guests bring him up on the show as the person they looked up to.  Known for his style, Pep has always seen terrain differently, which has always shown in his skiing.  On the podcast we talk about growing up in a yurt, contests, Tanner, Plake, Afterglow, K2, and his new venture WNDR Alpine.  It’s a do not miss episode with a legend.

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EPISODE 139: BLACK SAGE & PROVING GROUNDS

EPISODE 139: BLACK SAGE & PROVING GROUNDS

This week’s podcast is based around two mountain bike events in Prineville, Oregon, Black Sage and Proving Grounds.  Some of the best riders in the world converge upon this mecca of jumps and features and destroy them. The podcast is a mix of 15 interviews with athletes and insiders and 10 unforgettable minutes talking to Micah Black at Greg Stump’s house.

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EPISODE 138: JEFF GALBRAITH

EPISODE 138:  JEFF GALBRAITH

Jeff Galbraith is a writer stuck in a publisher’s office.   He’s also a dude with more history in snowboarding media than almost anyone and he is one of the last independent publishers in the world of snow focused print.  On the podcast we talk about his long career, the personalities, the magazines he’s worked for, created, and a lot more good stuff. 

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EPISODE 137: SCOTTY BOB MORGAN

EPISODE 137:  SCOTTY BOB MORGAN

Scotty Bob Morgan is different than most athletes I’ve had on the show. His focus on Proximity Flying, one of the most high-risk activities on the planet, creates a life that is different than your traditional action sports athlete. There are no huge paydays, organized ways to get exposure, or even a good way to learn. You need a heavy dose of sky, BASE, and wingsuit experience combined with huge balls in order to live to tell these tales. With a background as a combat photographer and dude that jumps off of everything, Scotty Bob has both. He’s not a household name, but that doesn’t matter, he’s a badass who does crazy shit and is looked at as an innovator in his sport.

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EPISODE 136: CHRIS COTÉ

EPISODE 136: CHRIS COTÉ

Chris Coté is an Action Sports Personality, a known entity in the world surf, skate, and snow.  He had a short pro career, realized he was never going to be the best, and worked his way into a long career behind the scenes in the surf industry.  Along the way, he’s toured with Blink 182, traveled the world, partied, broadcast some insane events, and cleaned his life up.  It’s an interesting and entertaining story.  

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EPISODE 135: TODD BARBER

EPISODE 135: TODD BARBER

Todd Barber is an events guy.  He has spent he has spent his life being the man behind the scenes for more than 100 events.  He’s known for being the guy who helped concept and deliver the best action sports event of our time, Red Bull Rampage.  On the podcast we talk about coming up on snow, getting into events and of course, a lot of talk about the ins and outs of Rampage.  It’s a business episode and another good one. 

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EPISODE 134: STEVE BUCKHANTZ

EPISODE 134: STEVE BUCKHANTZ

Steve Buckhantz, or as I like to call him, Uncle Steven, is a legend in the world of Washington DC sports broadcasters.  He’s won Emmy Awards, was the voice of the Washington Wizards for the past 22 years, was inducted into the DC Sports Hall of Fame, the list goes on and on.  His work speaks for itself, but in the world of business, that doesn’t matter.  Weeks ago, the Washington Wizards parted ways with their longtime, hometown, announcer, in the worst way possible.  We talk about his long career, Michael Jordan and more.  It’s an interesting one. 

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EPISODE 133: PARKER WHITE

EPISODE 133: PARKER WHITE

Parker White is one of the most creative, stylish skiers out there today.  He’s known for his Level 1 Segments, his friendship with Darkness, and the style he brings to the backcountry.  He’s one of the more likeable people in skiing and while he’s only 28, he grew up fast in the ski world, moving from the East Coast to Mammoth at an age when most people are thinking about getting a driver’s license.  He’s also started brands, developed a line of skis and a whole lot more.

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EPISODE 131: TIM DURTSCHI

EPISODE 131: TIM DURTSCHI

It’s summertime and in the snow world, that means summer camp.  This week I headed down to Windell’s Camp in Oregon to catch up with longtime camp veteran and TGR athlete Tim Durtschi.  On the podcast, we walk through Tim’s life and times.  Tim is one of those dudes that has no media training and is not afraid to answer anything which makes for an entertaining show and the “Inappropriate Questions” with Andy Parry may be the best yet.

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EPISODE 130: THOMAS VANDERHAM

EPISODE 130: THOMAS VANDERHAM

Thomas Vanderham is a living legend in the world of freeride mountain biking and he’s a guy that doesn’t do many interviews.  Over the past 20 years, he’s let his riding do the talking and his riding has said a lot.  I was lucky to get an hour with Thomas to walk through his career, that started when he was just 15 years old.  We talk about how things came into place for Thomas, sponsor changes, filming and a lot more.  It’s another do not miss episode.

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EPISODE 129: TODD RICHARDS

EPISODE 129: TODD RICHARDS

Todd Richards has done everything.  He’s a two-time X Games Gold Medalist in the halfpipe, he has hardware from slopestyle competition as well, and he’s pretty much the voice of board sports.  The funny thing is, he never really achieved the dream of being a pro skater and he had to settle for snowboarding.  The history, insight, and stories that Todd brings to the table are awesome and it’s another entertaining show. 

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EPISODE 128: FABIOLA DA SILVA

EPISODE 128: FABIOLA DA SILVA

Saying Fabiola da Silva is the best, and most underappreciated female athlete of our time is a bold statement…but it’s one that I fully believe.  I can’t think of another case in sport where a woman was so dominant in her field,  that the sport’s organizing body decided to cancel the woman’s event and have the women (Fabiola) compete against the men...And Fabiola did not disappoint, standing on the podium with her peers at some of the biggest events in the world. 

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EPISODE 127: CASEY BROWN

EPISODE 127: CASEY BROWN

Casey Brown has one hell of a story.  This bad ass mountain biker’s life has been filled with twists and turns that I will not spoil in this intro.  I will say that Casey had an upbringing different than anyone’s that I have met in my life.  Based on all that Casey shares, you would think that she would have a totally different, maybe even strange personality.  I found none of that, what I did find was an amazing athlete who knows all about highs and lows.  It’s another incredible story.

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EPISODE 126: CAROLINE GLEICH

EPISODE 126: CAROLINE GLEICH

Once labeled a ski model, Caroline Gleich’s path to becoming a respected ski mountaineer has been quite the climb.  From the billboards of Utah to the monsters of the Himalaya, there is no fear in this 5’1” ball of energy.  The podcast gives a little of Caroline’s backstory and then a lot about Everest.  It was a heavy year on the mountain and Caroline shares what she experienced.  It’s a real look into a world that most of us only read about and it’s a great listen.  

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EPISODE 125: RUSTY MALINOSKI

EPISODE 125: RUSTY MALINOSKI

Rusty Malinoski, aka The Bone Crusher, is a World Champion Wakeboarder living the Canadian/American dream.  He’s got the house, the truck, the family, the CrossFit business and life is in a good place.  But it hasn’t always been that way.  On the podcast, we talk about being forced to enter the working world earlier than expected, moving to Florida with nothing more than talent, work ethic and a belief that he would make it, his long pro career, and a crazy road rage incident. 

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EPISODE 124: BRETT TIPPIE

EPISODE 124: BRETT TIPPIE

Brett Tippie is a living legend.  He’s one of the influential pioneers of freeride mountain biking, he was the first to absolutely send it on a bike, ride insane lines, and became the face of a sport.  On the podcast we talk about being a pro snowboarder on Burton’s pro team, some amazing Craig Kelly stories, bikes, partying too hard, and coming back from that to sponsors and emcee gigs.  This is a funny history lesson that you do not want to miss.

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