Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Snowboarding means Freedom, Creativity & Aggression to Mikey Leblanc

Mikey LeBlance has been featured on over 10 major magazine covers, Ranked #1 in media exposure for the year of 2002 by TransWorld Surf Business & featured in Amped 2 video game. Mikey is an artist, actor, writer, poet, athlete, scholar and entrepreneur
Topsham, Maine, USA now living in Portland, OR, USA
Use 3 words to describe what snowboarding means to you.
Freedom Creativity Aggression
You've been snowboarding for quite a few years now, what have you seen change within the industry that has been good and bad?
To me “the industry” means the business. I think right now its corporate as hell which means someone is attempting to control something or make it plan able. Snowboarding at its roots is not a plan able thing, its a way to be free and react creatively, so the corporate thing can never capture that. The big companies are doing their best to make it HUGE, and that’s fine. But we need small ones to reflect what the heart of its about too.

It was all heart in the late 80’s and early 90’s, tons of small brands and a tone of energy. The last 4 years or so have been kinda wack to me. Still fun at its roots, but I am talking business wise. From the companies that dominate to how they run their pro teams and treat their riders like shit. And also video and magazines are to blame, on mass they have failed in representing the kids perspective and the energy and feeling they have for life and snowboarding, BUT there are some that are good. And there IS a new crop of pros and ams coming up that will be calling bullshit on this and not taking the attempted control of what they love so well. And of course the kids as well that are not pro and ams as well... So things will be changing back to something more “core” for lack of a better word I think.And the good and bad part, I am not sure about good and bad, its just about balance.

What is your opinion on the snowboarding & the Olympics?

I think its cool. I cant wait to watch the half pipe.

What words of wisdom do you have for aspiring snowboarders wanting to carve a career out of snowboarding?
Snowboard a lot, work HARD in the summer so you can move somewhere and ride all winter. Be driven to get better and ride hard. Also be realistic and honest with yourself. Don’t let people tell you what you are or if you can “make it”, look and tell yourself if you have it. If you think you do, ride more and meet people. Show them and don’t tell them how good you are. Show them by riding amazing film some nice stuff, shoot some nice pictures... Also align yourself with people with similar goals, that push you. Like riders that will wake up at 5am to go get first tracks, and filmers and photogs that’s are good and motivated.
Who are your sponsors and why are they good?
RIDE- because they let me do what I do
DVS- they back me 100%, and I get say in what they do in snow too
MATIX- they are 100% real people
HOLDEN- I own this company
CELTEK- Eric and BJ Lienes own this and they are a great company with the realest intentions for business and snowboarding
COAL- Because they are hands off and make awesome hats
We think you have a great attitude towards the snowboarding world. Who do you think has a great attitude?
Devun Walsh, MFM, NICO DROZ, Gigi, Nicolas Mueller, Jeremy Jones (extreme), Travis Rice, Scotty Wittlake, Keagan Valika, Cale Zima, LNP, Darrel Mathes, Desiree Melancon, Matty Ryan, Airblaster dudes, Celtek clan, Ashbury dudes, Pat Bridges, Jake Blauvelt, Terje, Ingemar, the list goes on,
If you had to take one thing to a desert island that you had to spend the rest of your life on. What would it be?
No regrets for what I left behind.
What trick whilst snowboarding give you the most pleasure?
BS 180
Bonus BSA question: What are your thoughts on England?

Its a place I need to see much more of.

BSA Snow thanks Mikey for taking the time answer these questions.

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