Actions sports are getting younger and younger by the year. You’re in the back end of your twenties, yet seem to be hitting your prime. What keeps you going?
I feel empowered. I have an amazing team around me. From the Brain Farm film and production team to my sponsors like Red Bull, it’s great. They have the willingness to commit and support an event like this. I don’t know of any other sponsor that would drop in so full-on to a wild idea. My agent Circe Wallace is always very supportive and has done her job with the right principles. They all support my creative expression and how I’d like to help snowboarding. The sport has given me so much. I’m passionate about it, and it’s something that everyone who is able to try it gets something out of it. I want to continue to promote its growth.
How do you outdo yourself next?
Supernatural is a huge step in the right direction. We have some other future film projects that we’ll be working on in the next couple years, but I can’t talk much about them yet. There are a lot of uncertainties. Hit me up next time this year and I’ll tell you all about them.
We’re going to hold you to that.
[Laughs] Fair enough.
The sport has given me so much. I’m passionate about it, and it’s something that everyone who is able to try it gets something out of it. I want to continue to promote its growth.
Many have called you the best overall snowboarder in the world. Your usual response is that “best” is a relative term. As you see it, who do you consider to be the best?
Nicolas Muller is a true savant. When he puts his mind to riding, his capabilities are endless. I can’t wait to see what Jake Blauvelt is capable of in the next couple years. Straight up talent wise, you watch Shaun White ride pipe and you got to give him his credit. He owns it. Iouri Podladtchikov is truly gifted. He’s the next up-and-coming rider. He’s the only dude I see really being able to take Shaun out.
In a previous interview with Louie Vito, it was discussed that Shaun’s perfect score caps the progression of snowboarding. What did you think of Shaun getting a 100.
It’s an interesting point. I always think the scores are relevant to that evening and that moment. I think they gave him a 100 for ratings.
100 percent. There’s no doubt that run was ridiculous. It shows Shaun’s competitive side that he had the thing in the bag and his winning run, which if it were me or most other people would just straight grind the pipe and have some fun, but he goes back up and lays down a run like that for his glory run. He is a determined individual.
I’m sure some people saw that in a negative way.
I saw it as the run he really wanted to land. I would have rather seen him blast a huge method and do a couple straights. He is seriously an alien. He’s so incredibly talented, and it’s not like he was just given that, he worked his ass off for it. I don’t always agree with the way he operates, but I’ll give him the credit he deserves. Another guy that I’m actually always blown away by is Seb. Sebastien Toutant, man. Watching him ride park or ride in general, he’s got such good board control.
And he’s only 19.
Yeah, it’s ridiculous.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Biggest thing is that I want people to watch Supernatural. The show itself is amazing. The way the course is presented is next-level. A lot of people came away from that event like, “Man, you got so lucky with the weather. It was as good as it could have been!” But I think that’s hardly the case. I see so many ways it could be better. Now that riders have something to reference, the level of riding is just going to go through the roof in the years to come. Nobody really knew what to expect. They were still trying to figure it out, maybe playing it a little bit safe.
Red Bull Supernatural airs on NBC on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. ET.
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