I started this interview a while back with Matty when the season wasn’t in full swing. Time, lack of snow, and injuries have passed in between finishing this up and getting it posted to the site. It’s good to see the Lamar and Atmosphere man am having a good season and out doing what he loves. Here’s what went down in our little interview.
Angry Snowboarder: Last season you did Gatorade Free Flow and the Alt Games. Those contests went pretty well now it’s a new year so what’s on the agenda for the contest circuit?
Matty Kirchgasler: Thanks man, both of those contests were a blast. This season I’m planning on competing in Dew Tour Slopestyle events as well as any Grand Prix slopestyle contests. I’ll also be looking for random contests and rail jams to slay all season long. So watch out!
AS: The contest circuit right now is dominated with some serious talent how hard is that for you coming up as a rider when you’re going against guys that have done it a while and are more favored?
MK: Yeah there is definitely some serious talent in the contest scene. All i can do is ride hard and hope the judges like my shit! That’s pretty much all you can do in contests these days because judging is always a little unpredictable.
AS: What do you mean by unpredictable, there some politics behind the judging?
MK: What I mean by unpredictable is that a lot of times the riding isn’t the only thing judges take into consideration… Which makes it hard to come up, but like I said you just gotta ride hard and hope they dig you.
AS:How gnarly was it hitting that jump at the GFFT at Snowbasin? I saw that thing and it was fucking HUGE!
MK: HA yeah it was pretty big… So floaty and perfect though and the speed was on-point! It was just super awesome to get to ride that course all together.
AS: For you as a rider what makes a good slope course that’s fun and challenging? Do you ever find that some of these contests you’re riding in are lacking in either creativity or challenge?
MK: What I hope to see when I show up to a contest is always something that both challenges me as rider, and also some features that will separate the huckers and kooks from the rest. Weather it’s through innovative multi-features which are always fun, well built jumps that aren’t so small that a 7 feels hucked, or just an innovative flow to the course. I get so sick of the same old jump, jump, rail, rail, set up so when I show up to an event that wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries and creativity of the course I’m automatically more stoked to compete. It seems like a lot of contests try to put together a stereotypical slope-style course but I have enjoyed riding some recent Dew Tour Courses that aren’t afraid to push the bar . Hopefully creativity keeps growing in contest course design because it makes it a hell of a lot more fun and challenging to put a solid run down.
AS:Think being on Vails park crew this year will help your perception of what a good park is?
MK: Without a doubt. Most people stroll through a park and expect that it just pops up over night. I am already experiencing the hard work that it takes to put a solid park together and I think more people should show love for their local park crew. Setting up and maintaining a park is no joke and takes a solid crew of people that actually care about the terrain park to make it happen. Next time you see a park crew worker closing/raking a feature to make it enjoyable to ride don’t get all impatient and frustrated, they’re doing it for YOU so quit crying and let him know that you’re thankful, instead of bitching.
AS: How do you feel about the FIS shitting all over the TTR in regards to the Olympics adding slopestyle?
MK: Honestly, FIS can take a hike. They obviously show no love for snowboarders nor do they give a shit about all of our opinions. I think they need to realize that the riders control the direction of our sport, not the Olympics, not these bullshit organizations, the riders. Personally I could care less if snowboarders boycotted FIS events all together… Maybe then they would put down their ski poles and listen.
AS: For you as a rider is there anything the public, media, IOC/FIS/TTR should consider that they’re not looking at to make contests better?
MK: I think that they should make a collaborative effort to ensure that competitors are happy and willing to risk their lives and bust their asses to compete in their events. TTR kills it in my opinion. I think FIS needs to either start listening and caring about what us competitors are looking for or double eject from their skis and yard sale. Keeping events creative, fresh, and fun to compete in/watch are the things that I think they should keep in mind.
AS: How’s it feel to be bumped up to the LaMar AM team?
MK: It feels pretty good man! LaMar is definitely an easy company to deal with as a rider and they are down to help me out so I’m more than willing to return the favor and stoke up the product!
AS: Thanks and shout outs?
MK: Shout out to the Vail Park Crew, LaMar Snow, Atmosphere Outerwear, HollyHoodz, SSCV snowboard team, and all of my room mates! ONE LOVE