Exclusive Interview with Ryan Hryckiewicz

  • DOB:10/5/88
    Sponsors: Niche Snowboards, Akinz Boardwear, FACE neckwear, Thuro Boardshop

    Considering what you have accomplished so far, what are your goals for the future?

    Lately I've been trying to not think too far ahead and just focus on the present. For the most part though I just want to keep upping my game at contest because that has seemed to be what takes me to the coolest destinations. But honestly if we want to talk about future goals, I really want to start a sugar bush and make lots of maple syrup.

    Do you like the direction that the sport of snowboarding has gone in since you could remember?

    Of course. I've been riding since like 95' or something, and to see where it has gone it unreal. If it came to aerials then that would suck, but I really don't understand why people hate so hard with where it's at right now. When I look at where it's at right now, all I see is ridiculous talent. Bottom line.

    What board are you going to be riding in the12/13 season?

    Niche Theme 154 for sure.

    Whats the hardest thing about your job?

    For me it's always been when to know to hold back, and when to step it up one more notch. It's a fine line. You never want to put yourself in a position outside of your ability, but at the same time you NEVER want to create mental barriers. Those are usually way harder to overcome than an injury.

    Any nutrition secrets?

    Not anything out of the ordinary. I try to avoid fast food because that stuff is just plain terrible for you. Also I make sure to cook with a lot of vegetables. I have have a hard time cutting down the amount of meats I tend to eat, so I just make sure that I through in more vegi's than meat to kind of even things out a bit.

    What are you doing when your not snowboarding?

    Depends on what season, but mainly I just love to skate and play golf. Once snowboarding slows down at the end of the season I love just going back to Vermont to spend my summer, I love it there.

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    At what age did you start snowboarding? Were you on Ski's first?

    I think I was around 7 or 8. YeOhYeah I was on skis first, big time haha. But as soon I started seeing snowboarders on the hill I instantly knew what I was doing wasn't nearly as cool.

    Family...What does it mean to you?

    Family is the backbone behind every decision I've probably ever made. Whenever I'm looking for advice that is usually the first place I would turn, because they would never intentionally steer me wrong. Without a supportive family I would have never achieved the things I have.

    Do you have any trips already planned for the12/13 season that you're stoked about?

    The one I'm on right now! My buddy was very persistent this summer about me going to Austria with him and his girl. I was pretty indecisive for MONTHS about it, but then finally sometime around early August I just manned up and booked a flight so I couldn't back out. So here I am, snowboarding in September pretty much stuck here until the end of November. It's been pretty cool so far, and everyone out here says it's just going to keep getting better.

    What is something that a lot of people don't know about you?

    In the summer when I go back to VT I live off the grid on alternative energy. Just a few solar panels a mind mill and spring water. A pretty huge garden and no neighbors for miles. A lot of people would probably lose their minds, but living like that I get a real sense of how awesome life is. You should try it sometime.

    What were you doing for work before you went pro?

    Pretty much the same thing I do now, just a lot less traveling. I actually was working at a pretty sick resort on the east coast, Jay Peak. It was such a great time, and that place was really what gave me my stoke back to go out there again and Go get it!

    How many days do you get to ride a year?

    Depends on how injured I am haha. I've honestly never counted. It's probably a pretty big number though.

    Favorite mountain/run?

    I'm kind of partial to the east, so I'm going to have to say The Dip at Jay. Those were some great times

    Favorite trick?

    Method Grab 100%.

    Favorite workout?

    Brazilian Butt Lift

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