International Team

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Truckee, California

Home Mountain

Tahoe Backcountry

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2017 Season highlight:
Staying home the majority of the year and experiencing a record breaking season around Tahoe. I was snowed in so many days that I literally couldn't drive my car, so I'd just walk to Jeremy's house to go pow surfing around the neighborhood. I got to ride many Sierra classics around the basin and down along the Eastern Sierra. It was hard to leave the home range. The two trips where I did actually leave will stand out in my mind forever, riding in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and then a solo trip down to Mexico to shred off the top of Pico de Orizaba.
Favorite Jones boards:
Hovercraft 56, Mind Expander 154, Solution 61 and the Lone Wolf 168. I've also been riding the Explorer Split 159 lately and have been so stoked on it.
What is one lesson or reminder you learned in the backcountry recently?
No matter how fired up you are to ride something, take a minute to step back and consider all the factors. More often than not, we tend to see what we want and miss some obvious signs that it might not be the best idea in the current conditions.
How do you stay calm + confident when riding exposed lines?
It's a constant learning process. I try to have a solid understanding of the line and be able to anticipate any factors that may disrupt the flow. Things like snow quality, slough, blind spots and run-outs all determine how I ride it. If I can tune in with those elements, I am ready for the interaction between myself and the mountain.
What inspires you to keep snowboarding?
The majority of the world has no idea what snowboarding is, let alone freeriding. To live and spend time in the mountains is a very precious thing. I am quite aware how lucky we are to go snowboarding on a regular basis. I had snowboarding taken away from me this past year when I got sick. To be there mentally but not physically can be one of the most challenging things for one to endure. I intend to make the most of every opportunity I get to slide sideways down a mountain. Turning in powder is a tranquil yet contagious feeling that drives you to hike further and further for another fresh track.
How has splitboarding changed your view of the backcountry?
Splitboarding gives me an intimate view of the terrain that I am walking/riding in. It's a slower paced day that makes each step that much more meaningful and each turn that much more rewarding. It has also made me realize there is infinite potential out there. If you have the motivation and stamina to keep walking, you will be treated to empty mountains and an experience like none other.
Describe your "dream line".
Morning light on glory pyramid spines that lead right to a open 3000ft ramp with the perfect clean exit... Followed by fresh fruit and a bar of chocolate.

My Setup

Flagship
Hovercraft
Solution Splitboard
Explorer Splitboard
Minimalist 35L & 45L Backpack