LEGENDS OF TAHOE | POWDER AND RAILS | VICE


Uploaded by vice on Sep 28, 2011

Transcript:
[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]
MIKE CHANTRY: Woo.

This is '80.
No, this is '90.
Yeah, '90.
It's a team board.
All the team boards were black.
The earlier Sims boards-- all the team ones were black,
except for a very few protos that were white.
And then there's a couple of red ones that
are floating around.
Those are back in the archives.
And I've got another white one.
I was one of the original pipe guys.
Every contest I was always in the pipe.
So I'd draft the pros and go, you want to ride?
Show up here.
After practice is done, be here with shovels.
When the CAT guy's done, we'll start shaping.
And then the hips and all the rails and stuff didn't come
around until 1991.
Just something different-- cool, a little
twist on the original.
Because we didn't do that the first year, or
the first three years.

Pipe builder's job is never done.

TOM BURT: Mike Chantry, he was kind of like our father
figure, the whole Tahoe skate team together.
He had mile high ramp, but he was--
he kind of took care of Terry and was always at the contests
and became a judge.
And he's kind of like a local guy who put it all together
for people around here for quite a few years--
for our generation, basically.
MIKE CHANTRY: Hey Don.
Don.
It's a lovely day.
Come on.

DON BOSTICK: It's a lovely day in the neighborhood.
He we are at Donner Ski Ranch.
MIKE CHANTRY: The snowboarders and skiers can get along.
There's no way they're going to get their hands dirty.
Going to need all them doing this stuff.
That's why they have the machines.
DON BOSTICK: Donny doesn't know what a shovel is.

Where's Frank Wells when you need him?
MIKE CHANTRY: Frank would kick ass on this.
DON BOSTICK: Frank here has definitely shoveled pipes.
The Zog would be about another 6, 8 feet over my head.
MIKE CHANTRY: Or a dragon.
DON BOSTICK: This is where a new pipe that's not even the
top of a normal super pipe.
Request of Jeff Brushie-- he wanted it a little
bit deeper this year.
So we're trying to make time to make Jeff happy, I think.
MIKE CHANTRY: Oh, Brushie's going to show?
DON BOSTICK: Yeah, he's in Reno for a poker tournament,
so he'll be here tomorrow.
MIKE CHANTRY: He's not going to injure his elbow at the
tournament, is he?
DON BOSTICK: No, Brushie's good.

Tom Zikas who's supposed to be here, is the head
judge on that tour.
And then Brushie's been doing X Games and Dew Tour for the
last few years.
Rippey's supposed to be here, too, digging.

The cool thing is taking pros like Rippey, Brushie, and like
Guillaume Morrissette who's got a US Open win behind him.
Taking guys like that and bringing them in to judging.
Just bring more validity to the judging staff
at those big events.
TOM BURT: Don Bostick, who was a shop owner, ran
Go Skate or Go Home.
But then he started some of the first amateur snowboard
series and then been involved in skating.
He puts on X Games for snowboarding and all the big
skate contests, also.
You name it.
He's pretty much involved in all those.

MIKE CHANTRY: That's why we invented the pipe dragon and
the Zog and everything else so that we didn't have to come
back and do this crap.
If anybody wants anything else, they know where the
shovels are.
In the morning, if they want to shovel
another run, go for it.
That's the way it was in the beginning.
If you didn't like it, there's a shovel, go dig it.
If you still don't like it, TS.
We'd come out, ride with the CAT guy, dig it out, Tom Sims
or myself, because we got the first three pipes.
And then everybody would show up to practice and we'd all
give out shovels, and there'd be 30 to 50 guys with shovels
running around the pipe digging their own
trannies and hits.
And one year, we wound up with like 100 hits.
Freeways all over the pipe.
So even if you missed where you wanted to go, you still
had the options.
So there was options A through Z. Oh, I'm going
to sleep good tonight.
DON BOSTICK: I see the line.
The line's going to be over there, but at least there's a
clean [INAUDIBLE].
MIKE CHANTRY: [INAUDIBLE]
DON BOSTICK: Yeah.
MIKE CHANTRY: Let's go, they can pop a little in here.
NORM SAYLER: When Don and Danielle Bostick came to
Donner Ski Ranch and came to work for me, I was the major
owner along with my wife and my family, and I had a lot of
stockholders.
And we were all home-bred stockholders.
This was just a family place.
The stockholders would come and help paint, fix, cook.
If I needed a bartender, needed a dishwasher--
that's the way this place was in the original days.
When I took over in 1958, I got on the phone and called
all my friends and said, I'm running
Donner Ski Ranch, help!
And they all showed up.
And that's how we got the place going.
But when Don and Danielle showed up, that was the start
of doing things.
And then snowboarding came along, and they stepped right
into that, because they were skateboarders.
We went from 25,000 skier visits to
54,000 in three years.
That's how much it increased, and all of that, basically,
was snowboarding.
We didn't know this was going to happen--
didn't have a clue.
Every snowboarder would show up with their snowboard and
their shovel, and they'd start working on the pipe.
And what you're looking at is truly about what it was.
So everybody would put in their individual hit.
This was the place they were going to do
their trick and stuff.
And that's what it was.
And you can see today, there was a lot hand
shoveling on this pipe.
And that's what made it.
But I'm a little disappointed now, because it's kind of lost
that really homegrown attitude that it had early on, when the
kids just came hardcore to have fun.
They were all street-wise.
They plain came and said--
I don't know if I can say this, you can take it out--
they just plain said, fuck you.
We're going to have fun.
Leave us alone.
And I says give me $10 and I'll leave you
alone all day long.
And this is kind of a place that really helped get it
started with them.
But without their help, it might have been a lot harder--
might have been a few years in coming, but I don't think it
would happened as quick.

[QUIET ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]
MIKE CHANTRY: We're going to make a warm up.
[INAUDIBLE]

TOM BURT: The hardest part about the day, trying to get
the Fastex buckles on.
The game, I don't know.
Hopefully, the Fastex holds out through the day.
It is what, 25-plus-year-old plastic.
You got no high backs.
Oh, these are L.L. Bean [INAUDIBLE] yeah.
They're actually the ones I used to ride in.
[INAUDIBLE]
they inlaid.

DAVE SEOANE: Bend the knees.

See?
It's all coming back.
First run of the year.
Gonna click in.
Clicked.
Here, come over here.
See that tree with that cliff right there?
That's the first cliff I ever went off,
probably 20 years ago.
That was the first cliff I ever went off.
It's probably about 15 feet and I thought it
was like 115 feet.
The first one ever.
Did I land it?
No.
Yeah?

I'm scared.
Way up there?
Altitude.
I've got to train.

First run of the year.
So we've got perfect weather.
2 to 3 mile an hour noreasterlys.
Think we're looking good.
OK.

It's just like riding a bike, except for--

[COUNTRY BLUES MUSIC PLAYING]
DAVE SEOANE: Look how far this pipe goes down.
Goes down for about a mile and a half.
I can't even get up one.

JEFF BRUSHIE: For real, dude.
That is so hard what he's doing.
I couldn't go down a pipe on a back hill.
The only thing I'm thinking about on a back hill is a
powdery field.

MALE SPEAKER 1: Hence the name back field.
JEFF BRUSHIE: I don't think that pipes were around either
then, so it's not really meant to be.
So that's pretty gnarly.

JASON BORGSTEDE: We're here at the Geritol Open.
And running with some old-timers, and talking about
some of the people that influenced me growing up.
And I would say probably--
at least of the people here--
I would say probably Chris Roach was the biggest for me.
When I first got into it, Fall Line Films was
the big film company.
And we'd watch those--
I mean, we're talking about films that were not half-hour
little quick snippets of snowboard porn like they put
on now, you know, like shot, shot, shot, shot, let's go.
Chris Roach was definitely one of those guys who had a sick
style that you didn't really see a lot
of yet to that point.
It was kind of like our transition out of the neon
era, and stuff.
You had a guy who wore black stuff was who had tricks that
weren't just three back flips in a row.
It wasn't just grab the tip of your board.
It was stuff that looked real smooth--
made you want to snowboard.
And as far as I knew, that's the only reason I wanted a
Santa Cruz snowboard, was because Chris Roach was riding
one, you know?

JEFF BRUSHIE: Chris Roach?
Chris Roach was always awesome.
DAVE SEOANE: Yeah, get a little Roachie shot.
JEFF BRUSHIE: Get a Roachie shot.
DAVE SEOANE: Yeah, zoom in, zoom in.

JEFF BRUSHIE: He's still got the style, too.
DAVE SEOANE: That's rusty Roach right there.
JEFF BRUSHIE: Yeah, but you could still see it.
DAVE SEOANE: Ooh, that's kind of classic Roachie.

So innovative.
He's so innovative.
JEFF BRUSHIE: Everyone always respected Roach.
He's right up there at the top of the list for
all time best styles.
Jamie Lynn's up there, Roach is up there--
classic method grasser style.
That was Roach, you know.
And just sick style overall.

JASON BORGSTEDE: Jeff Brushie, too.
Brushie was our pipe guy.
Funny story about Jeff Brushie.
When I was a kid growing up in Alaska, it was well known that
Jeff Brushie loved McDonald's anyway.
But he came up to Alaska when the trout board came out to do
a autograph signing.
And we ran to the autograph signing, saw him, and then
he's like, oh, I'll be riding tomorrow at Hatcher's Pass, a
hiking spot early in the year.
So we get up there I guess maybe 20 minutes after when he
said he would be there, but we were figuring everybody will
hike all day.
And right when we get there, Brushie's
coming down the hill.
And we're like, yes, Jeff Brushie.
And we're like what's up, man?
And he's like, oh, I'm going to McDonald's.
And we were like, oh, all right, I guess we missed it.
JEFF BRUSHIE: I remember it being either really cold or
bad conditions.
JASON BORGSTEDE: Yeah, it was pretty bony.
It's the beginning of the year-- it's October, so
there's rocks and stuff.
And we were little kids, so we had ultimate rock star
expectations of him.
We thought, OK, he's a pro.
He's going to want to ride all day long, and he's going to do
every trick perfect.
And he's going to do it 10 times, and then he's going to
give us all free stuff.
That's what we thought at that time.
And then he was like, you guys can come and hang out at
McDonald's, if you want.
And we were like, oh man.
So of course we went to McDonald's when we were done.
JEFF BRUSHIE: You know what?
I still have a deep love for it.
And sometimes I get the cravings for it, but I try to
stay away from it.
I don't eat beef no more.
I just eat chicken, and it's kind of mystery chicken at
McDonald's.
JASON BORGSTEDE: It's the hot dog of chicken.
JEFF BRUSHIE: Every now and then on a road trip, I'll stop
in for a six-piece.

JASON BORGSTEDE: Long live the trout.
[PUNK ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]
MALE SPEAKER 2: Sick, Mike!

MIKE BASICH: I like to support and be a part of the legend
thing just because it's a part of our history that most
everyone today has no idea.
Every kid doesn't know that you used to not be able to
have vert in a half pipe.
Even though it's on a small scale of contest, it helps
people remember what it was like.
And riding an old board, you ride like it was back then.
Technology has a huge impact on how the style is of
snowboarding now.
It's good.
I like seeing everybody again and hearing
what they're up to.
And you kind of get to see who really stuck with it as far as
a passion--
who still rides, like Chris Roach.
He rides at Sugar Bowl all the time.
It's neat.
It's the only event I know of to really
gather everyone together.

DAVE SEOANE: Can you just Photoshop this?
Kind of nervous.
You guys nervous?
MALE SPEAKER 3: No, I'm okay.

[CHEERING]
MALE SPEAKER 4: Let's see, do we have Jim Rippey?
JIM RIPPEY: Yeah, right here.
MALE SPEAKER 4: OK, you're next, Jim.

JEFF BRUSHIE: Watch out, you're going to
feel it for a week.
JIM RIPPEY: I already killed it.
I'm good?

[CHEERING]
MALE SPEAKER 5: Oh, backflip!

MALE SPEAKER 6: Here goes Farmer.

SHAWN FARMER: Dude, my stance was like this.
Actually, my board was sweet, but that stance was like--
I'm all, you've got to be kidding me.
I swear it was like 15 or 16 inches.
I was just like, wow.
MALE SPEAKER 7: You had this tail.
Like, you had to [INAUDIBLE] that to do a turn, the tail
would just--
SHAWN FARMER: Yeah, you could get a turn, but you had to
wait for it to come around.
Yeah, I remember that line.
That snow was so great, man.
You could have done that all day in there.
You could have done a couple of drops and stuff.
That was sweet in there.
That was great snow, man.

MALE SPEAKER 7: Whoa!
[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]
JIM RIPPEY: It's all good.
MALE SPEAKER 7: That looks really good.
JIM RIPPEY: Not bad for '84 gear.
MALE SPEAKER 7: Not bad at all.
JIM RIPPEY: No high-backs.
Got to go hit the rollers.
Look at that heel side to vert.

I'm going to take a quick lunch break.
I need to get some food.
I haven't eaten anything all day.
DON BOSTICK: [INAUDIBLE]
Italians [INAUDIBLE].
MIKE BASICH: On American soil.
DON BOSTICK: It's got to be great wine.
This goes to Tina.
Stay right there Mike, because we have a double b here--
Mike Basich winning the men's event at 300 bucks.
[CHEERING]
DON BOSTICK: And a bottle of wine from [INAUDIBLE].

What do you think it was that put you over the top, that
J-tear or what?
MIKE BASICH: I can definitely feel that J-tear the most out
of everything I did.
So I'm going to go hire a chiropractor.
DON BOSTICK: All right, the Basich is on top today.
Give it up.

I'll give you a hint.
He's from Grass Valley.
Chris Roach, second place!

150--
second place.
Chris Roach, what do you got to say to your fans out there?
CHRIS ROACH: Thank you for being here.
[INAUDIBLE]
Thanks for coming.
We had a great time.

DON BOSTICK: Give it up for Chris Roach--
class act right there.
Always a pleasure to see him out there.

Okay, third place, Jason Borgstede.

JASON BORGSTEDE: I would like to say a few thank-yous,
though, because there are a few people who came out
today-- like Noah Salasnik and Chris Roach--
who were my heroes when I was coming up.
And it was pretty awesome to see these guys
snowboarding, you know?
And I'd also like to thank Tom Collins for the best
impersonation of a hot dog today.
[CHEERING]
DON BOSTICK: Ladies and gentleman, Jason Borgstede.
We're going to get into our word presentations for
[INAUDIBLE]
snowboarding.
I was pretty excited that Damien Sanders said that he
would be here.
Damien was the guy that married Playmate of the Year.
He went out there.
He was the rock star, one of the first rock stars of
snowboarding.
Damien Sanders, we're honoring him this year.
Unfortunately, he was injured on a motorcycle just a couple
of weeks ago.
Damien Sanders could not be here with us.
We've got a nice Cross Rocket.
We'll be sending this to him.
Legendary-- in fact, if he was here, he would have won the
vintage clothing with that shot right there.
What do you think?
OK, I'm going to open up the mic.
I'm sure Joel's got something to say about this guy.
Come on up, Joel, I'm putting you on the spot-- talk about
Keith Kimmel.
JOEL GOMEZ: I have a lot of memories here in snowboarding.
Mike Chantry's a big memory, because we used to stay at
Chantry's house.
But this is about Keith Kimmel.
Bob Klein, Keith Kimmel, Terry Kidwell, Alan Armbruster.
These were all guys that I rode down from
'81, '82, '83, '84--
early '80s.
And Keith looked a little bit like Dave Seoane.
Except Keith is taller.
And Keith is a really good skateboarder.
I don't know if Dave can skateboard at all.
Anyway, Keith Kimmel.

SHAWN FARMER: Sound check.
Check, check, check.
We're trying to do sound check, dude, but--
[INAUDIBLE]

[LOUD ROCK MUSIC]