People with three names attached are usually only reserved for serial killers and presidential assassins. Cody is neither. He’s just a good kid that’s overcome some obstacles to keep doing what he loves. This past fall I got to catch up with him at a skatepark and shoot the shit about snowboarding. Some might call this an interview I just call this a good conversation.
A little Summit County fencing.
Angrysnowboarder: Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Cody Kyle Potter: I’m a Summit County local who is trying to work my way up in the whole world of snowboarding. I’m not really sure what to answer with that.
AS: Just be honest!
CKP: Just a young up and comer just learning my ways in the world of shred. Keep up with my life and the rat race.
AS: You did have an injury there Cody how was that?
CKP: That was a rough patch of my life where I had to change my ways and learn a lot. That really showed me some growing up and had to… I don’t know… I have a hard time remembering things. I had to go through a lot of things. I had to restart and come back up to the mountains and relearn my way of life and this is who I am now.
AS: Are you a Sagitaricorn?
AS: You’re a vagitarian?
AS: Do you eat the Rocky Mountain Oysters?
CKP: I used to for sure.
AS: You sure it wasn’t bearded clams? Cause if you’re eating Oysters that probably means you’re gay.
CKP: That wasn’t good at all Avran. That was bad, that was a bad interview.
AS: Bad interview? We’re still going!
CKP: Oh Word!
A brief interjection from Kevin “Cobra Bear” Lacy from Woodward, “Where’s that 40 oz Cody we have to get you loosened up!”
AS: So who are your sponsors?
CKP: 32, Electric, Smokin Snowboards.
Another inappropriate comment from Kevin, ” Vagisil!”
AS: I heard you ride for KY any truth to that rumor? You like to keep things loose in the bedroom.
CKP: I wish!
AS: You don’t keep it loose in the bedroom?
AS: Have you been known to go frontside down the backside?
CKP: One might think.
AS: Cody have you ever nose pressed the fun box?
CKP: HAHA, No I’m more in lipsliding rails.
AS: You lipslide rails?
CKP: What the fuck, no. (Laughs at the sexual innuendo) I’ve heard that joke and thought that was the answer to that, but no I’m not gay. I love girls.
AS: So you definitely love nose pressing fun boxes?
AS: How would you describe your style of nose pressing a fun box?
Nosepressing for days.
AS: You have Wild Style? Are you all over the place? Do you swivel when you nose press a fun box?
CKP: *Laughs* Depends I guess.
AS: Depends I thought that was what old people wear.
Kevin Lacy joining in to ask the proverbial question of, “What is the best drunk munchies in Summit County?”
CKP: Um.. What would that… Ah.. Best drunk munchies? I would have to really think about that. Um I don’t know you asked that question at camp [Woodward at Copper].
KL: I was just pulling shit out of my ass. It was a bad idea.
AS: Have you been known to partake in Lucha at three in the morning?
CKP: No, but I’ve heard.
KL: You’ve heard?
AS: You’ve never partook in the Lucha at three in the morning.
CKP: That the burrito place by Cecelias?
CKP: No I haven’t.
KL and AS: What’s your problem with not going to Lucha?
CKP: I just haven’t experienced it yet! I haven’t experienced the real deal, I need to do that though.
KL: When did you start shredding?
CKP: Years ago, about thirteen years ago.
KL: How old were you then?
CKP: Ah maybe 8 years old.
AS: So how was your summer at Woodward this year?
CKP: Unforgettable, definitely fun times. Good times best answer I could say.
AS: Good times, great friends, good shred?
CKP:Yeah glad I got to meet the Woodward family. Kevin, Forest, all those guys. Definitely had a good time.
Woodward or bust.
AS: What would you say your fondest memory is of summer camp?
CKP: Ah, lets see. Um… Keegans birthday and drinking water.
AS: You guys did not partake in bad boy sodas?
AS: There were no adult beverages?
CKP: No. For him not for me.
AS: So what’s the best part about working at Woodward this past summer?
CKP: Getting paid and the job was real simple and real crazy. The kids are a bit intense.
AS: Did you teach a lot of kids how to Bernie?
CKP: Oh yeah!
AS: What about Dougie? Did they learn how to Dougie from you?
CKP: No, Bernie strictly Bernie!
AS: What is this whole addiction to Bernieing in all your It’s Always Sunny in the Park edits?
CKP: Uh… just.
KL: Have you ever seen the movie?
CKP: I’ve seen the movie. The Bernie is just a real fun dance that anyone can do and it doesn’t take any practice or any earlier knowledge.
AS: Were you even alive when that movie came out?
CKP: I think I was in 89.
AS: What about Bernie 2? You were definitely alive for that one.
CKP: I’ve only seen the first one.
AS: So what’s your most fond memory of working with Smokin Jay? And does he smoke a lot?
CKP: Smokin Jay is definitely a great name for him and a great guy and glad to have met him and be part of his squad.
AS: Were you scared of him the first time you met him due to the fact he’s like seven foot eight?
AS: Serious question who would win in a fight Binky or Jay? Street rules do apply.
CKP: HAHA those guys fight more than a married couple it’s real funny. But uh man that’s a tough one.
AS: Well you know Binky’s kind of short and stocky but Jays tall and gangly. I kind of have a theory that Joe Fontaine would intervene and beat the shit out of both of them. Then he’d be like rub my beard, but that’s just my theory. So what’s in store for the future of Cody Kyle Potter?
CKP: Letting the good times roll.
AS: Do you let them roll all over the place? Do you twist it at the ends?
CKP: Ah… Yes definitely.
AS: Why is it whenever you wear shorts it looks like you’re waiting for a flood?
CKP: Alright because …
AS: It’s your swagger isn’t it? You have swagger. Are you sponsored by Swagger for men?
CKP: Uh I’m a part of the beginning of it. No I am not a part of it.
AS: Do you wish you were?
CKP: I’m going to be!
AS: In a fist fight who would win Brucey my idiot intern or Kevin?
CKP: Definitely Bruce. Bruce is powerful he’s really big.
AS: Yeah a real big dumb animal. He did take a banshee bungee to the face twice.
KL: I’d hit him and he’d go down.
AS: Kevin have you ever woken up in bed next to Brucey? You haven’t! I have he’s a cuddle bear. You can rub him like a wookiee. So going back to your accident care to shed a little light on that subject?
CKP: Yeah sure. That took a lot out of me for the time being and I it changed my snowboarding. I had to rejevenate my brain waves and that whole thing. It definitely took a toll on me. I went from partying out like crazy to going to completely quitting all my party habits and that whole life and then going from a year of snowboarding and change my ways and take it easy. Just be more simple with my style on jumping and take my jumping down a notch and stick with smaller jumps. It’s been almost two years I’ll never be fully healed but I’m to a point in my life where I’m happy with who I am. I’m just going to keep raising the bar from where I’m at now.
AS: What were you doing when it happened?
CKP: I slipped and fell.
AS: Were you Bernieing when you did this?
CKP: HAHA. I wish. I unstrapped my snowboard because I was on this cliff and I was going to try and walk to the snow and I slipped and fell then rolled sixty to eighty feet down rocks and snow. I wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time because I wasn’t a helmet wearer. Then Dillon Armstrong god bless his sou,l came to me and saw what all happened to me and got down to me. Somehow everything fell into place ski patrol was on their way to get someone else but I was closer and took precedence. I cracked my head open and they took me to Denver Health Hospital. I went through three brain surgeries and have plates in my head and then…
AS: Do you set off metal detectors?
AS: Do you want to set off metal detectors?
CKP: It’s like titanium it won’t set them off.
AS: Where did that happen at?
CKP: Beaver Creek.
AS: Do you hold animosity for riding the Beaver?
CKP: Actually no I’ve been back there one time.
AS: Do you ride the Beaver long and hard?
CKP: Yeah as long as I can hold it up.
AS: Been back to where it happened?
CKP: No way I don’t even know where I was. It was an un-patrolled area. One of my good buddies that rides for Electric, Volcom, and 32 lives over there and I’ve been back to ride with him there and I’ve even competed in a little contest there. I did go back and see the ski patrol and they remembered me and I thanked them.
AS: What do you want to get out of your snowboarding? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
CKP: I’ve come up with a goal while working and Woodward with all these people I’ve met and my ultimate goal is to go pro and get my own promodel for Smokin.
AS: And why do you like riding for Smokin so much?
CKP: The whole reasoning behind and how he started his own company and making their own snowboards. You know by snowboarders for snowboarders that snowboard. Hand building them. Their whole team vibe and behind how they build their company and it’s so good or just great! Their team the pros are just good kids that I want to start working more with on the team.
AS: If you weren’t riding for Smokin who would you ride for?
CKP: That’s a trick question. That’s a hard question.
AS: Yeah I’m making you walk into that question aren’t I?
CKP: Yeah it’s a tough one. Ah yeah no I wouldn’t ride for anyone else but Smokin.
AS: You think brand loyalty is a good thing to have?
CKP: Oh yeah. Definitely I’m happy with what I’ve got.
AS: Anything else you want to add there Cody?
CKP: Like I said before let the good times roll.
AS: Thanks or shout outs?
CKP: Ah shout outs to all the sponsors. Smokin snowboards, 32 boots, Angrysnowboarder, Electric goggles, um definitely Randy Walker for keeping me a part of the team through my whole ordeal.
AS: What no thank you to the pirate?
CKP: Oh yeah and to Wyley for being such a character with that whole 32 deal.
AS: He’s a pirate!
CKP: Definitely. Actually he’s told me that he’s a wizard.
AS: Sure he’s not a warlock?
CKP: Truth be told from his mouth Wyley Cotton is a wizard.