A Superpark Standout Recap with Scotty Vine

 

Cred: Ryan Taylor

Cred: Ryan Taylor

Words by Justin Phipps and Scotty Vine.

Here’s an interview I just got to do with Scotty Vine. This kinda started when I needed some help with a trick and so my buddy, Seth Hill, hooked me up with his number and we talked on the phone about it and after then we just stayed in touch. Just last week Scotty was honored with his second Superpark Standout at Snowboarder Mag’s Superpark 19, presented by Nexen Tires. Scotty was really patient with me and gave some thoughtful answers. I think you may enjoy my visit with Scotty, check it out.

J.P. Hey so Superpark 19 just wrapped up and you nabbed your 2nd ‘Superpark standout award’ and i imagine that’s something you have to put a TON of effort into winning, like that’s about as high an honor as you can earn considering there’s like two or three hundred other shreds hamming it up for an entire week?

S.V. Well, in all honesty, I wasn’t aware that someone could even get the award twice. I went out there just to film some extra video part shots and just had a really fun week. Honestly, I was really surprised, but extremely honored because it’s just not something that’s handed out very often, there’s only been 19 years of it. I was really pretty stoked.

J.P. Yeah, it’s a big deal. In what ways was winning it the first time different than number two and did you perhaps appreciate it more this time being more of a seasoned veteran at this point in your life?

Cred: Sean Black

Cred: Sean Black

S.V. That’s a heavy question. I think the first year I was more working for it at Superpark 15. It definitely felt like I worked a lot harder (the first time). This year I was just trying to have a good time, the setup was really good so it really bred a lot of creativities in my mind. Just kinda kept charging the whole week. Yeah, you know the first time getting it was just really amazing, this time I was just really pumped, and honored.

J.P. Yeah, I kinda get that. I’ve been following your feed a lot this winter and you’ve been spending a lot of time back east with all the snow that fell in the boston area. Who were you filming with mostly and how many tricks or spots did you end up crossing off your list?

S.V. This year was actually a really difficult year as far as filming snow. I did make it out to Boston for about ten days and I got hurt. After that I sat on the couch for a month and a half, the first day back was actually Superpark

J.P. Really?!

Cred: T Bird @tbirdley

Cred: T Bird @tbirdley

S.V. Out in Boston I just kind hit handrails a lot. There was a lot of features we could have done, like roofdrops and things, I mean we had a really cool wallride that took us a few hours to build, but ended up getting kicked out. But, most of the time out there we were just digging out handrails, just to even find them. We had to do a lot of shoveling just to make the spots look appropriate for video and photo. It’s just been a whole crazy different season. I just want to do a couple more trips before its done even though the season is winding down in a lot of places.

J.P. You’re obviously known as a guy who’s put down a number of first time one footed tricks and I’m just wondering if you’re cool with that or if you even think about it at all? Has it ever annoyed you when people ONLY comment specifically about you and those kind of tricks?

S.V. Well, I did kind of take a step back from them a little bit and focused on other things. I don’t think it’s ever necessarily been annoying but it is annoying to hear people dis on one footed tricks. There was a couple other riders I had a conversation with about it recently. They thought it was funny that people just don’t like certain tricks and are out there vocally expressing it. I think it demonstrates a better overall sense of board control. Now this year I really did stay away from it, a lot. That helped me progress, in a sense, just overall in other areas. I think a lot of guys definitely excel in certain areas, but this really helps in other areas too. It doesn’t necessarily bother me a whole lot because that sort of thing ends up coming around full circle. I think any rider who is doing one footed tricks will be able to use it and help get themselves better in other types of riding, other types of terrain.

Cred:Kealan Schiling

Cred:Kealan Schiling

J.P. I understand, yeah that was a good answer. I’ve not been to Bear yet but i see you kind of make that one of your home bases. are you pretty tight with that build crew and do you get to have some input on the features over there?

S.V. Bear usually tries to implement a lot of surf like appeal. It’s a very skate-esque style setup. When they make features it’s about trying to zig zag back and forth to be able to hit things. They try to make it super fun and implement creativity in the design so that it’s not the average down rail park rail. Usually there can be up to three different ways to hit something. Lips off to the side that are Zaugged out. There’s a really good park flow here, top to bottom. They’re always trying to push the innovation and creativity. Also, they do a good job of trying to change it up weekly. Despite the warm weather they’re always trying to do what they can to build the best park they can.

J.P. Yeah, that’s cool. What’s up for this summer?

S.V. I’ll be headed out to Colorado to Woodward Copper for a short session.

J.P. Oh sick, which one!!

S.V. The Sandbox session. I’ll also be doing Sandbox sessions at Woodward Tahoe and then session three at High Cascade and that will overlap with the Arbor team takeover at Windells.

J.P. Okay that’s sick. So this may be a little random question but, have you EVER seen anybody mess with Pat Bridges before?

S.V. Well watching Erik Leon and Pat Bridges is kind of funny! They mess with each other whenever they’re at the top of the drop in. There was one 30 minute session at Superpark that was really funny where those two were going back and forth with it. But usually people are afraid to mess with Bridges cause he’s such a power figure in the industry. You know what I’m saying? He essentially has the power to make or break people’s careers almost.

J.P. Yeah for sure..

S.V. People have a lot of respect for him. But he is a regular person, he enjoys having fun.

J.P. Any shout outs or anything else to discuss before we wrap this up and make public?

S.V. Definitely love to give a shout out to Arbor Snowboards, just continuing all their support and just being there. The whole crew we had out at Superpark just make things possible for everybody to come out. It was really rad to hang out with everyone back there.

J.P. .. and, well that pretty much sums it up.

An Interview with Ian Boll

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

by Justin Phipps,

I got a chance to interview Ian Boll the other day and got some pretty thought filled answers. I met Ian while doing my internship with Satellite and he’s a super sick guy. Me and Ian also have some sponsor connections, such as Rome, VonZipper, and Satellite. I haven’t truly gotten the chance to ride with Ian, but when I do I’m sure it’ll be rad. Well, to me the interview seemed great, hope you guys think the same, happy reading!

IB: Justin! What’s up man?
JP: Jus chillin’, getting ready to go skate a little later.
IB: Where you going to go skate?
JP: Arvada
IB: Sick! That’s awesome.
JP: Yeah I just live 5 minutes away.
IB: Really?  Where are you now, at home?
JP: Yeah.
IB: That’s cool it’s just 5 minutes away, I miss that park.
JP: It’s probably one of the best.
IB: It’s so fun! So I’m just back here on the east coast now filming and trying to skate and surf. I think I’m gonna be back in Colorado a bit before SIA though.
JP: Oh nice, maybe we’ll get to hang out then.
IB: Definitely man! So you ready to jump into the interview?
JP: Yeah let’s do it. I’m in school so let’s talk school to start off. What was that like mixing in school and snowboarding? Do you think more riders oughta be doing both?

IB: Well I’d say IF you can do both, you should. However, when you get to college it becomes way harder. I did do it but I also didn’t snowboard nearly as much during school and I had to take a lot of time off. I wasn’t able to fully commit to filming until after I graduated. So it’s a toss up but if you can do both do it.

JP: I think of you as snowboarder first but you’re also known for your work behind the lens a little bit too. Is Seth Huot an influence in that regard and what other snowboarder/filmers work do you look up to?

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

IB: I just really like filming, editing, and shooting photos. I’ve always kind of done it. When I was younger we didn’t always have someone to film or a set filmer or anything. So I just would always have my camera, and that way I could edit my own stuff too. I think Tanner Pendleton does awesome video stuff and rips too.

JP: Okay, so I know you know Mike Ravelson, like you guys are pretty close, you maybe wanna talk about that a little bit?

IB: Alright, anything in particular?

JP: Just maybe something interesting about him or maybe exactly what about his snowboarding that kinda clicks.

IB: Mike and I spent pretty much the whole season together working on Roll Call. It’s super fun boarding with him because it’s easy and doesn’t have to be super high production. We could just go and pretty much have fun on any little thing which is a lot of what I like to do. We just kinda pushed each other like that. He’s just a hilarious individual and looks at things in a unique way. In snowboarding we kinda have similar attitudes where anything is possible. It’s fun to board with him, it’s awesome. He’s really doing his own thing.

JP: Getting back to the filming thing, do you ever film him (Mike Rav) at all?

IB: Yeah all the time. We spent the majority of that year shooting second angles and stuff whenever we went snowboarding.

JP: Coming from back east and kinda laying down some roots here in Colorado do you really care one way or another when it comes to some of the Colorado haters?

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

IB: No. I definitely don’t care, don’t really pay attention to it. I do think it’s pretty funny though. I mean Colorado has a lot of kooks, a ton of skiers, compared to most other places, but who gives a sh*t cause there are a ton of rad people who hold up the scene and maybe just arent recognized.

JP: Alright

IB: I don’t know if I can swear in this? Probably not, you’ll just edit it out. What do you think about the Colorado scene?

JP: I know we do have a lot of haters, and, I’m kind of against that. I mean I do see why yoBeat! kinda hates us but I don’t see why they hate us as much as they do.

IB: Yeah well there always has to be a scapegoat for something and Colorado’s just an easy target for that. I just don’t think about it, don’t let it bug you.

JP: Okay..let’s just discuss girlfriends for a minute. Are they good or bad for snowboarding?

IB: It all really depends on who your girlfriend is. That’s the first thing, if you have a cool girlfriend who doesn’t need to see you everyday and you can have a good time when you’re not apart then it’s good. But in general i’d say it’s tough, particularly if you just wanna lay around together all day. (laughing) Probably DON’T take my opinion on that one.

JP: Just wanna hear your take on ‘making it’ in snowboarding. You’re in your 20’s and I think of you as an having made it cause of your video and other published work, but I’m sure you can talk more about it.

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

Ian Boll. cred: Cole Martin/@coletaco

IB: Well just when you get to a point where you’re able to move on your board and do things you wanna do. Getting better and progressing on your own level. I feel comfortable on my board and I’m still learning new tricks and having fun with it.  That’s, I think, the most important part. I mean, there’s just a bunch of different levels of ‘making it’ and certainly getting the ability to go and travel is one. I think that’s important and snowboarding with your friends, filming a video part the way you wanna do it. In terms of long term ‘making it’ I don’t know, that lasts your whole life. It never ends, ‘making it’ never ends. For me there’s always some way to do it more, or better, however you want to categorize it.

JP: Alright, I get you. Let’s pump up Rome, VonZipper, and Satellite for a minute or two. What gets you stoked on these brands.

IB: I would say Im just siked that they all support me and help me snowboard. I think that their products are all really good AND I like the brands and if they help me out then we kind of both are better for it. Satellite is the same way, awesome shop doing good things for the community so I want to support that.

JP: Well basically that’s it, any shout outs or closing words?

iB: Well yeah just go out and snowboard as much as you can. Shout out to all my friends, my homies, my sponsors. That’s pretty much it.