By Justin Phipps,
A couple months ago I got a text from my buddy Brandon Kirkland in Minnesota freaking out about Ozzy Henning going pro, that was when I knew I had to interview him. Ozzy has been ripping forever and seeing him go pro was no surprise, just that it took so long. The man has some answers, and he should, he’s been putting in work year in and out and making tracks practically every month of the year. Ozzy had some really good thoughts and adds to the ongoing discussion of snowboarding, including his making a name in street snowboarding among other things.
JP: Where are you at now, who are you filming with, and what’s the most recent trip you’ve been on?
Ozzy: Right now I’m in Utah and I’m filming for Bode Merrill’s new called Reckless Abandon and we just recently got back from a two and a half week trip to Baltimore and Minnesota. We had a
week in Baltimore and a week and a half in Minnesota. A good time a really good trip, a lot of stuff went down!
JP: That’s sick! So relating to that, I think there’s a lot of people that don’t have ANY idea the amount of work it takes to get a single clip, let alone a hammer. So what can you tell the next generation of up and comers what to expect when it comes to street work?
Ozzy: Ooh, something I can tell up and comers.. haha .. it’s not about the snowboarding! You don’t end up snowboarding that much. You’re usually shoveling, all day long. When you’re not shoveling you’re usually pulling a bungee, or, you’re helping a friend film. It takes a LOT of work to get a good shot, ESPECIALLY a hammer. It takes everybody doing their job at once, and you’re friends shovel when you’re in the middle of a trick your friends are out there filling in the landing or help fixing the lip. It takes a lot to get an eight second clip!
JP: Yeah, for sure! So is lapping Brighton or Park City, and getting out of the street, and just lapping with your buddies, explain how big a deal is and what kind of therapy that can provide for you.
Ozzy: Lapping with your friends is the best. It eases your mind and reminds you of why you’re doing what you’re doing. You tend to, when you’re out in the street, forget what it is you’re doing because you don’t snowboard that much like I said with all the shoveling and other work so it’s nice to actually get back with friends and ride chairlifts and always stay strapped in.
JP: For sure. So if synchronized jibbing were an Olympic sport is that something you would bother training for and who would your partner be?
Ozzy: Synchronized jibbing.. um let’s see, I don’t know if I’d do it to be honest but if I had to do it I’d probably do it with my buddy Ryan Flaska that nobody’s probably ever heard of.
JP: So when you got the news from Rome they were turning you pro it had come on the heels of Alek, TK, and Thomas Delfino getting the news as well. As the people’s choice you had to be preparing yourself for an “I’m next” kinda of moment, right?
Ozzy: Um..you know I honestly didn’t have that feeling, never thought of that just because we’d always talked about my future plans and what would come and it hadn’t even been mentioned once and I didn’t care to think like that. I was just there, I honestly didn’t see it coming.
JP: Really? So when it did actually happen can you maybe kind of give me an idea of the feeling you had, like was it emotional for you and anybody else?
Ozzy: Woooo!! The feeling I had was, I mean just jaw dropping! You’re kind of just in awe and you just can’t believe that it’s happening cause a lot of kind myself including look up to as the thing to do growing up. The whole dream was to become a professional snowboarder, or a skateboarder.
JP: Yeah? Did you get emotional during it?
Ozzy: Not too emotional. When my mom called and congratulated me I got a little butterflies. She’s been the biggest supporter of me and backed me more than anything. So it was a little emotional for my mom. But, no tears shed or anything like that.
JP: Who was the first person you broke the news to?
Ozzy: The first persons I contacted was my family and my girlfriend. I sent them some snapchats to them of the big poster they (Rome) made.
JP: I’ve seen some footage of your skating, and you rip by the way.
Ozzy: Thanks man.
JP: Most recently I’ve seen some footage of your snow skating, do you think any of that will eventually work it’s way into one of your parts?.
Ozzy: Yeah I would like to! I mean even going back to what I said about just getting snowboard clips, it’s harder (snowskating) than you think and getting legit clips that you think look cool is another step. Any skate or snowskate clips that I think are good enough I’m definitely putting them in my video part.
JP: Alright, let’s turn the clock forward ten years, what do you want your legacy in snowboarding to be?
Ozzy: Ooh… I don’t know. I mean, well, creativity. Just that I was never a stock rider, hopefully to be remembered as trying the different.
JP: Well, yeah that’s about all the questions I got. Do you have any shout outs you wanna make?
Ozzy: Shout out to my family and my sponsors and you for doing this interview. To snowboarding!
JP: Yeah for sure man, sick!