Rome Global Pro – Ozzy Henning

Ozzy Henning, cred: Darcy Bacha

Ozzy Henning, cred: Darcy Bacha

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!

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Brooke Geery, Yobeat (If you know, you know)

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Brooke appearing friendly. Tee shirt is approved.

By Justin Phipps

I was ready to kick off the new year and make a splash on the site and land a super interview. Then we got more snow, and then school started up again, and so it just took a few weeks to get this piece out. I’ve had Brooke Geery on my ‘interesting personality’ list for some time. Until now each of the interviews I’ve conducted were either in person or over the phone. Brooke and I corresponded over email to make this happen. Don’t know? This is the mind behind Yobeat, an internet community known mostly for ‘Making Fun of Snowboarding’. It’s a quick read and covers some topics on my mind. Read it!

JP: I’m guessing you’ve had plenty of funny interactions with snowboard parents over the years in online media. Anything special you remember or care to talk about??

BG: I don’t get as much complaint and concern as you might expect from parents, they’re usually stoked at this point cause they remember Yobeat from the 90s or something, or are too oblivious to know the difference. No, usually the concerned citizenry at Yobeat is dudes who quit snowboarding three years ago and happened across some click-bait article that has hung around the internet (i.e. the Colorado sucks one) who wants to tell me how bad the site is for snowboarding. Actually, there was one dude who emailed me that worked at a local Portland bike shop and I considered going there to confront him with a camera but that’s as far as that idea ever got.

JP: Girl snowboarders catch some negativity online. Do you have strong feelings one way or the other as to what people comment on Yobeat? It is after all ‘Making Fun of Snowboarding’.

BG: Girls catch some heat online- it’s not just snowboarding. The gender bias in snowboarding and how I feel about Yobeat comments are definitely two different topics. As far as Yobeat comments, I find most of them to be hilarious. Either informative and smart, actually funny, or blatantly trying to be funny. It adds to the site and honestly makes it what it is. Do I agree with every comment left on the site? Absolutely not, but then again, I don’t disagree with a lot of them.

JP: Myself included, I think Colorado probably takes the Yobeat comments a little too seriously. Is that kind of part of the fun? Almost like teasing a little brother or something?

BG: You know what they say. The truth hurts. It makes sense that people who identify with Colorado would take offense to my stance on Colorado, which is not my favorite place. But a story saying its windy and has long lift lines is just the truth. Honestly, the main reason I continue to make cracks about Colorado is because people keep bringing it up. It’s just a funny snowboard mecca to mock though, no hard feelings.

JP: You’ve been doing snowboard online media for almost 20 years how have you been able to keep it real and inspiring?

BG: You think that what I do is inspiring? Thanks man. I think in days not in years, so I guess that’s the secret. It’s a daily process and I just try to get up and think about what people might want to waste time with that very day. It’s a constantly evolving and changing thing, that is at some points much better than others, but at the end of the day, my job is make media about snowboarding so I might as well try to do it well and make it interesting, at least to myself, and hopefully some other people too.

JP: I’ve asked this question on my blog before and usually get a great response, can you maybe talk a little bit about the ‘worst things’ about the internet as it relates to snowboarding?

BG: The worst thing is everyone complaining about how much the internet sucks. Nothing annoys me more than people complaining about Instagram while they scroll through Instagram. The internet is amazing and has made snowboarding and snowboard culture so much more accessible to everyone than it ever was before. The feed flood is a good thing. Yeah it’s harder to stand out, but the people who should usually do, where as before the entire snowboard industry and who got the chance to “make it” was much less democratic.

JP: Any trends in snowboarding you are kind of enjoying at the moment?? Others that you’d rather see go away?? Like on and off mountain trends. Like clothing, video, types of features, types of riding.

BG: I could do without autotune. Everything else is cool if that’s what you’re into.

JP: Shout outs or closing comments??

BG: Shout out to my mom and dad. As for everyone else, don’t take yourself so seriously. It’s all just controlled sledding.

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.