Every season in not only SLC but other snow meccas such as Tahoe, Whistler, and Colorado there is an influx of kids looking to make it big and become the next hot thing. However just like Hollywood and its quick reality checks for wannabe actors and actresses the snow town life is normally not too kind. It’s a rare breed of rider than can come to a new town and quickly infiltrate the local scene and make a mark. Alex Lockwood is exactly one of those rare riders. He moved to Park City during the off season with a mission to ride everyday. I started seeing pictures of Alex pop up here and there among the local photographers and then started seeing his name on various contest result forms. In Utah, with a pretty solid local scene, this is no easy task. Soon Alex was hitting parks across the Wasatch on next seasons Niche boards and that’s when I really started to take notice. Word on the street was that Alex was not only a legit rider but a pretty good dude as well and here in Utah that goes a long way. When Alex’s season edit came out Avran asked me if I knew about the kid and I gave him all the info I had. He then asked me if I could track him down for an interview and here we are today. Hope you enjoy not only my first piece for Angrysnowboarder but getting to know Alex Lockwood as well.
Ok hit us up with the basics name, age, and where you are from…
Alex: Im Alex Lockwood I’m 19 years old and I’m originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota but I moved here (Park City Utah) in October and I’ve been here shredding The Canyons and Brighton/Park City a couple of times.
So what brought you to Utah? The Ride?
Alex: Yeah came out here to ride. I was not going to go to college, it’s not my thing, I just wanted to come snowboard everyday, work summers, and then just snowboard all winter.
How much snowboarding is there in South Dakota?
Alex: Maybe three months total all season, and then it’s usually icy. Kind of a Mid-West kinda vibe with 250ft vertical or something like that. Just laps all day.
It gets you good though…
Alex: Oh yeah
But you really didn’t get any snow here this year either haha…
Alex: Yeah no snow here this season, but really no snow anywhere.
Maybe next year you can get in some good powder days…
So how did you come to be in Park City over Salt Lake?
Alex: Well I picked Park City because James my roommate downstairs, he’s like my older brother. He’s 28 and I’m only 19 and when he moved out here he always told me “you gotta come out, you gotta come out” So I just packed up and came out here when I graduated.
Had you been here before? Did you ever visit?
Alex: No haha I just moved here and instantly knew I was going to stay here.
Any culture shock?
Alex: Nah not really, it’s not too bad
It’s way cooler here than people think it is…
Alex: Yeah you can definitely tell there’s a snowboard culture out here you just see people and can tell.
Yeah especially in Salt Lake.
Alex: Yeah that’s where I mean in Salt Lake. Like you just go places and see people and you know it’s part of the lifestyle.
Were your parents cool with you packing up and heading to Utah?
Alex: That’s one thing that made it a lot easier, like every time I tell them what I’m doing they are so down for it. They came out here and met everyone and saw the video I was about to put out and they were so stoked. They knew that I didn’t want to go to college and I wanted to do this for my life.
So did you come out to ride or did you come out with the goal of “making it” or whatever?
Alex: Well I just wanted to ride mainly and so I just came on out. If it ever worked out it worked out. Then my homey Tony Hagedorn, who rides for Niche Snowboards, he like got my name out there to Niche. So I started getting in touch with them and it evolved and now I’m with Niche.
You ride The Knew from Niche right?
Alex: Yeah I love The Knew it’s really fun and the HempHop gives it so much pop and it’s flat so it’s cool.
They are super damp too…
Alex: Yeah so fun and soft and I ride a lot of park too so it’s really good!
So you came out here to just ride but you’ve been banging out some contest results…
Alex: Yeah I got 5th at Brighton for the Volcom PBRJ, best in rails and best trick at Oakley Challenge at The Canyons, and then recently me and my roommate Ross entered a video contest for Strapdup.com and we won $250 for first in that. I got a “hustle” award at the PBRJ championships.
Is that your scene, are you really into contests?
Alex: It’s cool but it’s not like I’m “I HAVE to do this”. The only one I really feel like I need to do is the PBRJ. It kind of gets your name out there.
So after your first season here do you figure you’re going to hang around Utah?
Alex: Yes, for a really long time probably. A long time and just make trips out of here because everything’s close, California is right there, Colorado is right there.
What surprised you when you came out here and saw all the Utah kids? Were you like man I gotta step up on this and this…
Alex: Switch tricks and opposite way. Like for example I couldn’t SW back 3 off rails very well but I made myself learn them pretty quick. I ride with Ozzy Henning sometimes and seeing him and others do crazy gnarly stuff makes me want to progress.
Obviously you can ride PC, Canyons, or Brighton and see tons of people from videos but were you surprised at how many kids there are out here where you’re are just like “Who’s that?” and it’s just some local that’s not known or sponsored or anything?
Alex: Yes! That was one thing I was really surprised about. There’s a lot of good kids that aren’t blown up that could be.
Alex: Yeah definitely with like twelve year olds doing doubles. That’s where it starts with that younger age.
Haha for sure and now there’s these “Ride” Schools too…
Alex: Yeah for sure like PCMR has this half day program for kids in school and stuff like that.
So what are your summer plans?
Alex: I’m going to go to Hood with the Niche Crew.
Hows it going with the crew over at Niche?
Alex: It’s going really good, all those guys are great. Knowing Tony (Hagedorn) I met a lot of the people even before I got on with them and that made it a lot easier.
What about work?
Alex: Yeah I got a summer job here in Park City painting houses that will keep me occupied. Like I said I want to work all summer so I can not work in the winter.
So what other sponsors are there out there anyone besides Niche?
Alex: Well just Niche really and I’ve talked to the guy that owns Strapdup.com. Lemmy and I’ve been sporting his stuff lately… oh and Team Paradise
What’s Team Paradise?
Alex: That’s our little crew around here….
Alex’s friend James: It’s way to help out younger kids. He’s (Alex) ten years younger than me and I moved out here nine years ago but Alex was the next kid from our home town that was going to be good. Jordan Morse was the first kid I worked with and now Alex. I’m not the best snowboarder but I snowboard constantly so for a kid like Alex it makes it easier to come out here and get into things right away.
Alright well sounds sick, so before we go give a shout out to all the friends and homies that helped you out along the way.
Alex: Shout out to Ross Breen, Alex Gavic, and James Buehler, for making this house happen. My parents and all the crew back home for making it happen, Sioux Falls for life 605! Tony Hagedorn and everyone at Niche get on that. My grandparents, Wesley Stahlheim, Kade Schievelbien, and one of my old teachers from high school Ryan Folsom for doubting me!