Sponsors: Arbor Snowboards, Drift Innovation, Bear Mountain, Flux Bindings, NXTZ, Elm Headwear, Active Ride Shop
Considering what you have accomplished so far, what are your goals for the future? Though there are highlights and lows in my career, it’s a never ending struggle and at the same time the best experience ever. Eventually I want to influence others to start snowboarding or continue snowboarding to share the experience of it. It’s still a young sport and has a lot of room to grow, and I’d like to try and help that growth if I can.
Do you like the direction that the sport of snowboarding has gone in since you could remember? To be put simply, yes. To elaborate, I remember when people considered 270’s onto rails to be a hard trick. Now your average public park kid can do them. Snowboarding as a whole has a mind of it’s own. The sport has been changing for a long time. Style is back. Tricks have become more technical. More people know what zeaches are now and that boot grabs are lame. It has made snowboarding more proper and defined boundaries for what’s acceptable and what is not in the industry, which in turn makes the industry bigger as more people are accepted into it. I back all the change, and I welcome it. There are more than just one face representing the sport these days with the likes of McMorris, Horgmo and Rice, with good reason, and it’s about damn time.
What board are you going to be riding in the 13/14 season? I will be riding the 156 Westmark board from Arbor Snowboards. It’s a true twin rocker board with Arbor’s signature grip-tech featured on the sidewall that gives it the perfect surf-like feel.
Whats the hardest thing about your job? Doing things right is the hardest… Over the years I have come to realize the value of being a perfectionist. The difference between calling a trick good simply because I landed something, or spending 20 more attempts to make it perfect makes a big difference. Often times it becomes a grueling task, but at the end of the day it’s worth it.
What movies are u in? My first notable industry appearance in a video was StepChild’s video, Child Support. That’s ancient history as far as I’m concerned unless you want to watch me get knocked out in the original Boozy The Clown suit. Also around that time I started becoming more involved in the Bear Mountain videos, Paint It Red, A Walk In The Park, and their Parkumentary video along with a couple others. Recently, I’ve been focusing all my efforts on releasing my last two online video projects, Scotty Vine: Full Part, and Scotty Vine: Full Part 2 with Arbor Snowboards. I’ve found that releasing online parts has given me more options for snowboarding with a diverse group of people almost every film trip, while still creating a project of my own. It’s the best way to produce a video part these days as DVD sales have plummeted, and even online video sales don’t sell. I wanted to release parts online for free that were high quality and easily accessible for people to watch.
Any nutrition secrets? Staying hydrated actually reduces the chance of causing injuries. It allows your ligaments to stretch farther and stay stronger while being active. Beer does not count as hydrating fluids. (AWESOME SECRET NO ONE HAS MENTIONED)
What are you doing when your not snowboarding? When I’m not snowboarding I’m always doing something to keep myself preoccupied. I go to college in the off-seasons working on a degree in business and marketing. I make digital art and music for fun, and I’m also learning to play the ukulele. Playing video games takes up some time and I enjoy going on barefoot hikes, reading about random facts, and learning new information about brain neuroplasticity & the mind.
At what age did you start snowboarding? Were you on Ski’s first? My dad had me and my older brother on skis when I was really young, but then when I was eleven my mom signed us up for snowboarding lessons. Back then I still wanted to ski, but thankfully my mom made me stick with it, and I fell in love with snowboarding. (GO MOM)
Family…What does it mean to you? A bunch of random people who cook awesome meals and get together for holidays, birthdays, reunions and help one another. Without my family I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. They mean a lot to me, and my family is awesome!
Do you have any trips planned for the 13 season that you’re stoked about? My winter has already landed me on a few trips for my web series and new video part I’m working on. Mammoth/Tahoe, and Boston/Loon were the two big stops made already. There’s still one more trip on the agenda that will probably be in the north-west area, and I have a trip to France with Nick Visconti and the Dangerzone crew
What is something that a lot of people don’t know about you? I learned to cut my own hair because I got tired of barbers always cutting it crooked and messing it up.
What were you doing for work before you went pro? I used to work at a Round Table Pizza, in Crestline. And my dad also owns his own construction company, V.R. Vine Construction, and I used to help him out when he needed the extra hand. Now if I get into anything for the off-seasons it’ll be using my brain to make money. I’d rather break a mental sweat than do mindless tasks.
How many days do you get to ride a year? Every winter it’s different. My days riding heavily depends on snow because more than half of my season is spent in urban or backcountry areas now. If I had to guess, probably between 75-150 days a year in. Not a very good estimate, but that’s the best I can come up with. This winter I have around 50 days in so far, with the rest of February, March, April and May left to count.
Favorite mountain/run? Bear Mountain, chair 9 (the Express chair). The entire resort is a park. This is my tenth season riding there, and I’m glad to call my favorite mountain my home mountain.
Favorite trick? Good old fashioned methods have always been one of my favorite tricks. Personally I think they’re more fun to do switch though. One footed frontside 360’s are also really fun, and front flips. I can’t ride a day in the park without doing a front flip so I usually get a warning or have my pass pulled if I’m at a resort that doesn’t allow inverts.
Favorite workout? Eating is my favorite work out – I definitely burn some calories in the process, haha… I’ve developed an isotention/yoga/stretching mix that strengthens my core, back and promotes stamina that is my favorite actually. I do variations of it all the time, and I really enjoy running, though I don’t make myself run quite as often as I wish I would, but it’s a workout in itself. This coming summer I’m making it a goal to run a lot more and try different workouts.