here goes.. my name is seth, i started snowboarding around 86 on skateboards ridden backwards with waterski bindings and when i graduated to a burton woody the next year i thought i had found nirvana.. my earliest distinct memories of riding where hiking backhills and riding powder in the trees because my local town ski hill still wouldn't allow us. as i got older i loved freestyle and became obsessed with riding halfpipes from about 1990-2003.. because i was from the east i focused on the competitive side of snowboarding even though by nature i am really not a competitive person. but it was the outlet to be able to form a career in snowboarding and thats all i wanted to do. i moved west briefly and loved it but couldn't really afford to live and travel and try to make it out there so i moved back east and have based myself out of home in maine since 96. now, i wish i could have simply ridden powder my whole life but that's a tough gig to come by and so i stayed in the trenches of competitive snowboarding through to this day.. the olympics are something that has shaped my life.. i wish i could have been in terje's position in 98 and i do think that what he did was good for snowboardings soul, but for working class snowboarders who didn't have gold ingots in there safety deposit box and the burton, oakley, volcom trifecta supporting their every whim to just be you, i decided to focus on the opportunity that was presenting itself. personally i would have loved to have been at the first ones in nagano but after making the podium at the first qualifier and crashing at the following two it wasn't in the cards.. then as i got older and didn't want to huck myself so much anymore my focus changed again to boardercross and that has become the way that i have been able to sustain my snowboarding dreams.. personally i don't like the f.i.s.. and i have sat through countless hours of riders meetings around the world to try to create positive change from within the organization on the world cup.. some of its worked but the system is still pretty backwards and ultimately its still a bunch of old austrian and swiss skiers pulling the strings behind the scenes at the edges of thunersee.. however i have had amazing surreal experiences at the olympics and i wouldn't trade them for the world.. i have also seen first hand how it can be good for the sport. for five years now i have been walking through life as an olympic champion and i see how that has an effect on people. from grandparents at the grocery store who tell you how proud they are and actually follow snowboarding because of it, to doing school visits for some of the non profits i volunteer for and seeing how it can inspire future generations of riders, it draws people to the sport which is ultimately good for sustaining our industry. in a way its weird.. i grew up in a time when you would get rocks thrown at you by football players and called a skate-fag because we were doing something we loved. to getting spit on from chairlifts or just straight told you can't do that here to getting globally recognized and accepted for riding a snowboard.. the sport has come a long way since i got involved with it and its truly been a mind blowing transformation.. the olympics have allowed me to continue to live the lifestyle i always wanted to live. the olympics create a platform for snowboarders to be able to expand their recognition in the world and in and of itself that is a good thing for snowboarders careers. its an opportunity that can be seized, or ignored and snowboarding will continue to do both. i just want to ride more powder..
so i attached an old photo of me doing a method for two reasons.. a. its still my favorite trick. b. i always liked this shot that ken achenbach took and it never got run. and c. i didn't get permission from people who shot with me in ak over the years yet to let me send photos from there but i will pull that together soon.