Archive for January, 2017

Dave Downing

Dave Downing was a pro rider for Burton Snowboards in the early and mid nineties. Check out his part in Mack Dawg's The Stomping Grounds and you'll see why he was one of the most well rounded pros of that time. It contains Japan pow shredding, park, pipe, and back country cliff shots and even some surfing.

Dave's early ambition to become a pro surfer lead him to become an influential professional snowboarder. He still works for Burton and has been described to me as Jake's right hand man. and he's married to Shannon Downing (formerly Dunn) who was just inducted into the snowboarding hall of fame.

 

Tarquin Robbins

Tarquin has been credited with starting the fat stance and big pants phase of snowboarding but he'll tell you others did it first. A dedicated skater turned pro snowboarder, he thumbed his nose to the mainstream and carved his own path through the chaos of the industry at that time. We don't discuss the tradeshow gun incident that lead him to have a shotgun on the base graphic of his Aggression pro model but we do talk about his motivations and what snowboarding has meant and still means to him.

Tim Windell

 

Tim Windell was a world class competitor for the Sims snowboarding team.

He's the guy behind Windell"s Camp at Mt Hood and an original Sims pro rider. We caught up with Tim at camp headquarters and chatted about snowboarding. It's what we do.

Bryan Iguchi

 

Bryan Iguchi was essential in bringing freestyle snowboarding to resorts around the world. As a pro rider for Burton in the early 90's he helped develop twin tip snowboards as well as snowboard parks for resorts.

Bryan moved to Jackson Hole WY to learn about the mountains he was riding and has emerged as one of the seminal voices in snowboarding about avalanche safety and awareness. His expertise caught the attention of a young Travis Rice who befriended and later featured Bryan in his Brainfarm movies.

What a rad individual to interview, stoked we had the chance to do it.