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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EPISODE 123: CESAR MORA

EPISODE 123: CESAR MORA

Cesar Mora was born to become a professional soccer player and he was on track to make that happen.  He moved from Australia to Spain and began training with Rayo Vallencano before visa issues forced him out of Spain. When he returned to Australia, he worked at a skateboard shop, found rollerblading, and within two years, was on top of the sport.  He dominated vert from 95 to 99 and then he broke his arm.  While Cesar continued to compete, he was never the same.  It’s an interesting story with one of the best.

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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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