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 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 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 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 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 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 102: MIKE POWELL

EPISODE 102: MIKE POWELL

Mike Powell is me.  Strange for me to have myself as a guest on the podcast…..But you’ve been asking and I’m going to deliver.  High Fives Foundation Founder and good friend, Roy Tuscany takes my role as host as we walk you through my life from a 30,000-foot view.  Roy did his homework and some good stories come out and more of my story will come out in future episodes. 

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EPISODE 92: RYAN RUNKE

EPISODE 92: RYAN RUNKE

Ryan Runke has an insane resume but his path to becoming a successful sports agent is as far from traditional as it gets.  Runke looks different, acts different, and has done things his way for a long time and it seems to be working.  On the podcast we talk his team sports days, transitioning to a dirtbag team manager and who morphed into a professional agent to the actin sports stars.  They don’t make many like Runke...

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S2 / EP79: JON JULIO

S2 / EP79: JON JULIO

Jon Julio has done so much throughout his career, maybe more than anyone else.  Over the years he has built companies (Valo Skates, Dyna Wheels, Synergy Bearings, Runners Project, England Clothing), created and produced events (IMYTA, Blading Cup),  and helped develop a video game.  On top of all that, he had to deal with the bumps and bruises  of his successful  20-year rollerblading career.   Now, he’s controlling his own destiny, investing everything he and his family has into his new venture, Them Skates and the sport he loves.

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S2 / EP77: DEREK WESTERLUND

S2 / EP77: DEREK WESTERLUND

Derek Westerlund founded Freeride Entertainment and is known as an award-winning filmmaker who came up in the trailer parks of Kamloops, BC.  His tough childhood that taught Derek the hustle that he still has in him and a passion for skiing and biking.  He parlayed that passion into brief “pro” mountain bike career and then graduated to becoming the filmmaker who changed the look and feel of the mountain bike industry. 

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S2 / EP76: AARON GRACE

S2 / EP76: AARON GRACE

Aaron Grace’s career in wakeboarding had an auspicious start, working as the janitor for Rusty.  One day after cleaning toilets, he was invited on the Rusty boat, they saw him ride and the rest is history.  Aaron ended up a sponsored rider and had a 24-month pro career before it was time to manage the athletes and eventually the marketing at Liquid Force.  I should also mention that he doesn’t hold back with his opinions on the podcast and the “Inappropriate Questions” are some of the best.

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S2 / EP72: DAVE PAINE

S2 / EP72: DAVE PAINE

Dave Paine’s life started as a team sports kid from Philly who got into skateboarding through his brothers. When he got into rollerblading, he sent the equivalent of a “sponsor me” edit to a video magazine, his footage was used and Dave somehow ended up running the video company. He did that until the bottom dropped out and moved to Fuel TV where he launched a network.

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S2 / EP71: CHRIS ORTIZ

S2 / EP71: CHRIS ORTIZ

Based on his appearance, you may not guess that Chris Ortiz is the fixture that he is in the skateboard world.  It all started with high school photography class projects that he based around his passion, skateboarding.  Having a badass crew to skate and shoot with created opportunities for Chris to work in print when print mattered.   As his career grew, he helped revolutionize the media world with 411 video magazine and eventually made his way to the contest scene running things at the Dew Tour.  We talk about it all on the podcast.

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S2 / EP70: KHARMA VELLA

S2 / EP70: KHARMA VELLA

If you are into the outdoors, you’ve most likely heard of Poler.  Their unique take on camping and adventure made the brand instantly  successful. All of it was started by Kharma Vella and his former best friend Benji.  Kharma is my guest this week and we talk coming up in the world of snowboarding, starting a brand, building it and watching the same brand destroy both his personal and professional life.  The podcast is Kharma’s side of a real-life tale that outlines what can happen  when you do business with friends. 

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S2 / EP66: SCOT CHRISMAN

S2 / EP66: SCOT CHRISMAN

Scot Chrisman grew up with the dream of a pro skier and it never happened.  He was close as a racer, then competed for a few years and nothing really materialized.  Along the way there was drugs, alcohol, legal issues but things worked themselves out and today, Scot is an aspiring entrepreneur with his hands in just about everything.  He’s of interest to me for one reason in particular, he has a podcast that went from zero to number 1 on itunes and I wanted to find out who he is and how he did it.

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S2 / EP65: MIKE WILSON

S2 / EP65: MIKE WILSON

Mike Wilson is an athlete with elite ability and you can say he "made it" in the world of action sports.  You can also say that Mike didn’t achieve his full potential. Mike has always marched to the beat of his own drummer and while some athletes choose to  be team players, Mike was more of a lone wolf.  People thought he was a loose cannon and maybe he is. On the podcast Mike tells his story and he has no filter.

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S2 / EP61: MIKEY LEBLANC

S2 / EP61: MIKEY LEBLANC

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!

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S2 / EP60: MURRAY WAIS

S2 / EP60: MURRAY WAIS

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 up kitting gold with a lot of hard work, some amazing skiers and what was to become matchstick productions.   Listen to Murray tell it how it is on the podcast.

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S2 / EP59: STEELE SPENCE

S2 / EP59: STEELE SPENCE

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.  

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