EPISODE 122: JOEL GOMEZ

EPISODE 122: JOEL GOMEZ

Joel Gomez opened the first snowboard shop in the US when Sessions opened it's doors in Sunnyvale, CA in 1983.  The shop spawned an outerwear line, a record label, and the careers of some of the most influential athletes in the action sports space.  On the podcast he takes us through the history of Sessions, the legendary talent that happens to be his friends and what he is up to now.  The show closes out with some 'Inappropriate Questions' with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament.  

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EPISODE 121: GRAHAM AGASSIZ

EPISODE 121: GRAHAM AGASSIZ

Graham Agassiz is way more laid back than you would expect for a mountain biker who looks forward to putting his life on the line at Rampage each year.  He’s one of the best, who rides with a signature, loose style that really shines in a big mountain setting.  On the podcast, we talk about leaving Kona, the influence of moto and snowboarding, getting bullied, rampage, and injuries.  Aggy is one of those dudes that lives to have fun and that always makes for a great podcast. 

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EPISODE 120: SUPERPARK 22

EPISODE 120: SUPERPARK 22

Superpark is the signature event of Snowboarder Magazine.  For the past 22 years, Snowboarder has created an event that showcases the talents of some of the best snowboarders on the planet sessioning insane park features, built by world class terrain park crews.  It’s the end of the season celebration that is about having a good time in the name of progression.  The risk factor is through the roof and the action is non-stop.  This week I take you behind the scenes at Superpark 22.

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EPISODE 119: JIM RIPPEY

EPISODE 119: JIM RIPPEY

By the time Jim Rippey made it to high school, his goals were clear, he was going to punt in the NFL. When football didn’t work for Jim, he found snowboarding. Within a couple years on a board, Jim was a sponsored rider with Burton, eventually had 7 pro models, was the first to back flip a snowmobile. Then, one day in the Alaska, Jim found god and everything changed for him. Fast forward 15 years and Jim is a man of god, a correctional officer living a completely different life

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EPISODE 118: COLLEEN QUIGLEY

EPISODE 118: COLLEEN QUIGLEY

Colleen Quigley’s life has been a series of dream jobs…. but nothing never really seemed easy for her.  Coming up on the East Coast, Colleen was a shop rat who made a B-List pro snowboarding career happen.  Her time as a pro shred was nothing flashy but it set her up to shine behind the scenes in the world of snow.  On the podcast, we talk about her pro days, her desk jockey days, and being a woman on the office side of snowboarding.  It’s the first business episode in a while and it’s a good one. 

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EPISODE 117: CODY TOWNSEND

EPISODE 117: CODY TOWNSEND

Cody Townsend has been at the top of the ski food chain for over a decade but he wasn't supposed to be a skier, he was born into a football family with surfing and skiing habit. Well, Cody bucked the family tradition and chose skiing over team sports. He became one of the best of his time, married another one of the best skiers of our time, has created brands, projects and so much more. Another do not miss episode.

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Episode 116: Anne-Flore Marxer

Episode 116: Anne-Flore Marxer

Anne-Flore Marxer is a lightning rod for change and the first Euro I’ve had on the show, and she’s super Euro..  She spends her life fighting for equality…being the squeaky wheel is something that she’s really good at and I’m sure every event organizer and Team Manager has heard her polite wrath.   On the podcast we talk about her new movie “A Land Shaped by Women, her long snowboard career and her fight for gender equality.    

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Episode 115: McConkey PMS Event & Stories

Episode 115: McConkey PMS Event & Stories

Shane McConkey was the most influential skier of all time, but he was so much more than that.  Husband, father, funniest guy in the room, product visionary, goofball….there are so many words but none of them can truly describe who McConkey was.  On the podcast, I head to Squaw Valley for his signature snowlerblade event, take you through what that looks like, and talk to a variety of people to get some funny McConkey stories.  If you haven’t seen the movie “McConkey”, go watch it and then listen to the podcast.

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EPISODE 114: DALE REHBERG

EPISODE 114: DALE REHBERG

Dale Rehberg is a living legend in the snowboard world.  In the early 90’s he, and a few other legendary names, brought a style to snowboarding that was visibly influenced by skateboarding.  While not accepted at first, it quickly became the norm and Dale’s fingerprints will forever be tied to the evolution of the sport.  But Dale’s snow story doesn’t stop with being an athlete and we talk about his time on the board, in the boardroom and everything in between. 

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EPISODE 113: JEN HUDAK

EPISODE 113: JEN HUDAK

Jen Hudak spent the better part of the past decade standing on podiums, hoping to make it to the Olympics and fighting for equality in skiing.  And while her life has transitioned to life coaching and desk work, Jen is still involved in the skiing as an ESPN analyst who als represents one of the few female voices found in the meetings and on the air at the X-Games.  We talk about the lack of women’s tv coverage, how her fight can continue and her successful, injury plagued career.

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EPISODE 112: WILL WESSON

EPISODE 112: WILL WESSON

Will Wesson is a 32 year old X- Games Gold Medalist that doesn’t do contests.  He also happens to be the most popular pro skier that you’ve never heard of (if you're over the age of 35).  Hailing from the East Coast, Will is the quiet athlete in the pioneering webisode series, The Traveling Circus, a show documenting the style and travels of Will and his longtime bff, Andy Parry.  Will made it to the pro ranks the hard way and we talk about his route to internet fame and a long, pro ski career.  He doesn’t do interviews and I believe this is the most he’s talked in his life. 

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EPISODE 111: DAVID LESH

EPISODE 111: DAVID LESH

David Lesh is a hustler that’s living every ski bros dream.  He’ an athlete, a bachelor, a successful entrepreneur...who really knows how to live.  Along the way, he’s pissed a lot of people off, traveled the world, bought a lot of toys, has been to court too many times and has also hung out with Obama.  While people assume he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and that's not the case.  Love him or hate him, he's got an interesting story and it’s a good listen.

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EPISODE 110: TREVOR KENNISON

EPISODE 110: TREVOR KENNISON

While Trevor Kennison may never become a household name, he caught the attention of the snow world last week during the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s event.  Travis Rice and Caite Zeliff may have won the money but “Riders Choice” winner, Trevor Kennison, started a new life.  Five years ago Trevor had a life-altering injury that put a hard stop to life as he knew it.  While Trevor doesn’t know what his future will hold, what he did on his sit-ski in Jackson Hole last week...has the opportunities rolling in.  It will be fun to see what he does with them. 

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EPISODE 108: CHARLEY AGER

EPISODE 108: CHARLEY AGER

Gnarly Charley Ager is one of the biggest mysteries in skiing.  He came up from no-where to set the ski world on fire with his loose, sometimes scary style and switch landings that were way ahead of his time.  As fast as Charley’s career evolved, it disappeared in the same speed.  Charley walked away from skiing and into some personal issues and injury that we discuss on the podcast.  The good news is, this story has a happy ending and Charley Ager is alive. 

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EPISODE 107: CHRIS BOOTH

EPISODE 107: CHRIS BOOTH

Chris Booth’s career started as a competitive skier from Australia who was ready to take North America by storm.  But doing that is next to impossible while you are focused on your studies and don’t spend a ton of time training.  Eventually, Chris graduated from contests to the backcountry, became a lawyer, and realized that the law life was not for him.  He went on to become one of the most important behind the scenes players in skiing, helping build the Black Crows brand into a global force.  And now, he’s taken off in a new direction that could change the travel aspect of skiing and more over at Awayco.  It’s a great episode that provides a lot of insight into the ski world.

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EPISODE 106: RUSSELL WINFIELD

EPISODE 106: RUSSELL WINFIELD

Russell Winfield is back for round two of the podcast.  While a lot of Russell’s snowboarding career was travel and good times, we talk about some of the times that weren’t so fun; the business ventures he was a part of, some of his crazy stories, and his pro model with Offshore Snow Shapes.  It’s another fun one with a legend forefather of snowboarding.  Do not miss this one.

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EPISODE 105: AARON BLUNK

EPISODE 105: AARON BLUNK

Aaron Blunk has been competing since he was 8 years old.  When he was 10, he left the junior division, went to the open class, beat everyone and watched his much older competition leave the competition scene.  He never understood that it was because he was so young and good.  His career progressed to moving away from home to focus on the dream of being a pro skier and he’s made that dream come true.  His story, along with some great Inappropriate Questions from fellow Olympian, Lyman Currier, make this a fun listen.

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EPISODE 104: JOSH MALCZYK

EPISODE 104: JOSH MALCZYK

Josh Malczyk is one of the most influential behind the scenes players in the world of skiing.  His brands, Line and Full Tilt, have achieved cult status and are arguably reached the mainstream these days.  Josh’s path to his desk job involved a lot of skiing and a lot of working for free.  Nothing in life is handed to you and Josh’s story is a great example of how to make things happen in a world you are passionate about. 

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EPISODE 103: KYE PETERSEN

EPISODE 103: KYE PETERSEN

Kye Petersen was born to be a skier.  His father, Trevor Petersen, was the ski mountaineer that all the skiers were talking about and whistler was home.  What looked to be a ski fairy tale of a life for Kye,  all of a sudden wasn’t…Trevor was killed in an avalanche in France.  Kye was six years old.  The podcast is the story of a kid, who once had a lot of attitude, finding his way, for the most part on his own.  Do not miss this one.

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