Ryan Tucker Snowboard Part 2014
Ryan, Tell us about your snowboard story and how it led you to Stevens Pass?
I met Ryan Tucker a few years back and saw the drive and potential instantly. From the few opportunities of riding together Ryan has shown the hard working attitude and skills to take him far in snowboarding. Ryan not only has the style but great ambitions to make it, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on, I expect big things from this up and comer.” – Seth Hill
My snowboard story originated at a small resort on the Olympic
Peninsula, Hurricane Ridge. For those who aren’t familiar, Hurricane
ridge lies within the protection of our National Parks system. This
limits the resorts expansion beyond its two rope tows and a palma
lift. The snowfall is great however, and with a motivated crew there’s
endless possibilities. Growing up here with a small group of hungry
snowboarders (aka the McColl brothers), we got after it. Building
jumps and hiking ridge lines at Hurricane Ridge is where our crew
began developing skills. It was also a major bonus that our hometown
happened to be where Lib-Tech boards are made. This motivated us to
rip like the locals. From here we began traveling to mountains around
Washington, soon learning that Steven’s Pass was a great match. We
even spent a winter at Keystone resort, which had an awesome park, but
wasn’t a great fit. It didn’t take long until our crew (also known as
Fresh Cut Films) decided to make the move up to Steven’s. Blessed with
some amazing people, snowfall, and Washington’s premier terrain park,
we’ve been stoked to progress here. Sponsors?
The support i’ve received from sponsors is great. There’s a unique story with each connection. Each one is different yet personal and thats something I never want to lose. Special thanks goes to Lib-Tech for making badass boards, Vitalire Clothing for always keeping me stocked with new threads, Findlay for making the hat that stays, RPZN outerwear for keeping me warm and making me look cool, GCW bindings for making me a custom set of bindings, ZICO coconut water for constant hydration. Also to the photographers that have waited in the cold hoping I would do something cool, thank you Jordan Ingmire, Jimmy Hickey, Brian Scheafer, Isaac Gautchi, and Ian Koppe.
What have you been up to this summer while waiting for the snow to fall?
I spent a lot of time this summer surfing on the Olympic Peninsula, which has been a growing passion of mine over the past couple of years. Fishing is something that’s always been in my summer agenda too, especially when your the one cooking up salmon dinners later on in the winter. Besides that, its great to kick it with the local peninsula crew and visit with the parents.
Whats the Foss crew all about?
The Foss crew is our group of Steven’s Pass locals that live in the tiny town of Skykomish, more specifically on Foss River road. We like to shred hard and party harder. Everyone that lives at the “Foss compound” is motivated to charge whatever it is that we’re doing.
This season I will be based out of Stevens Pass. Hopefully i’ll get to do some traveling, I’ve always wanted to ride AK and Japan. Besides that just trying to put together a better part than last year and most importantly having fun! What makes the NW special?
The Northwest is special to me because of the people, memories I’ve made here, and our steep terrain. The locals to the NW are great people with a common goals in mind, methods and slashing pow. It’s hard to want to live anywhere but the NW because I’ve grown up riding here and this is where all of my memories have been made. Lastly, the terrain and snow conditions in this area give you the opportunity to progress with any style of snowboarding.
Talk about the mix of the emblem 3 tour last season and your
snowboarding and how the season ended up going.
So it’s not everyday your hometown friends get signed by Columbia Records, and it’s not everyday they ask you to come film a 5-week 26-stop tour around the country. The McColl brothers and myself had a tough decision to make this season, whether or not to go on tour. This was an opportunity of a lifetime that we could not pass up, even though it meant missing out on the two best months of our snowboard season. Fortunately we made the best out of both worlds, shredding before and after the tour as much as possible while having the time of our lives on the road.
What did it feel like to play your vid in front of 500 people at the SBNW fest?
To have my friends and family under one roof watching my video felt great. Its always been a goal of mine to have my part played on the big screen, especially with this group of people present. It was a rewarding experience that motivates me for the upcoming season. Thank you SBNW for the opportunity to play my video.