Spencer is in town with the Dragon Alliance crew for the second stop of the We Are Frameless tour, so I caught up with him while moving around snow in Red's Backyard and talked about hippies, his trip to Austria, joining Ride and more. If this interview piques your interest, you can hang with Spencer and the crew the next few days at Keystone where they'll be riding and doing a little giveaway this Saturday at 1 o'clock.
Schubert or Shubert?
Well, the proper way, indigenous from my tribe back in Germany, is spelled S-C-H-U-B-E-R-T. But, there is a clever way of spelling it the way it sounds, like “shoe” then “burt,” which is the way I spell it on my Instagram and also how I sign stuff.
Are you going to get that legally changed anytime soon?
You know, I don’t think so. It’s more of a, you know… sorry, shoveling right now so obviously a little out of breath. I don’t see a need to. I’m down with the Schubert, I respect that, the S-C.H. I’ve been running with it for most of my time on earth. Definitely never gonna switch up my Instagram name, that one’s staying true until we’re onto the next social platform, or whatever they call them.
What are you doing here in Colorado?
Well currently I am shoveling in Red’s Backyard because it’s getting dark and we’re about to have a nice little night session. So I’m getting it softened up because I tend to fall a lot. But here for the trip, I’m with Dragon, we’re doing the We Are Frameless world tour. Stop two: Colorado. We’re gonna be riding Keystone, some street, and also Red’s Backyard. We came from Austria, after this we’re going to Jackson Hole, then ending it all at Mt. Bachelor.
How was Austria?
Austria was crazy. I’d been to Europe once [before that], but not under the same circumstances. It was so much fun, we partied, we boarded, we hit some street stuff, we drank beer, we ate a lot of schnitzel and lots of meat, we drank beer, we drank a lot of beer, and it was awesome.
How’s your German?
I know a few words. I know how to say, “Do you speak fuck?” I also know how to say “mustard” and “I’m horny.” So I’ll start with “Sprechen sie ficken,” also “ich bin giel” which is “I’m horny,” and “senf,” because I love mustard.
I noticed you’re not rocking the bucket hat right now but you were a lot this summer, what’s the next big trend in snowboarding?
Wow! I think snowboarders steal it from skateboarders, and I am not on the cutting edge at all. The thing about that bucket hat, it was a reversible Polo women’s bucket hat, so it would stay on your head in the wind, jumps, rails, because it was so small. That’s why I liked it so much. And you know, loved the pink.
But next big trend? I don’t really know much, but I’ll tell you what I do know. I think style is on its way back instead of more technical tricks. There’s always been people with good style, but I think that it is more noted now than before. So maybe look out for that.
More hippies in Colorado or Oregon?
Woah, Oregon for sure, are you kidding me? You ever been to Eugene? It’s crazy! I met a girl named Water Sister Ocean Brother Leaf Uncle Grass, I don’t know, it’s crazy there. I’d definitely say way more hippies. We’ve got Portland, with Portlandia and that whole vibe. It’s got good food, Portland was named the food capital of the states of the while because of all the street food. So definitely Oregon, but you guys are cool too. No disrespect, you got a lot of cowboys out here.
You’ve been in two movies (Ammo and Foreword) with Dylan Alito now, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen him do?
Oh god. Alito is a crazy person, I mean that in a good way. He’s the best and worst, he is fully crazy. Like on a snowboard or out in public? I can’t say a lot of them. We used to light our farts on fire a bunch. This one time, I don’t even know if I was there for it, but I remember hearing about it: they were driving and there were a bunch of people in all white clothing going to church or something, and he sticks his head out the window and yells, “Hey! Who’s house we burning down tonight!?” Like he was a member of the KKK or something. He always yells a lot of stuff, it’s always really funny. I can’t put my finger on the craziest; it’s all crazy and it’s so fun to be around.
Last question, why’d you leave Capita and what’s up with Ride?
Ohh ok, nice, haven’t been asked this one yet. You guys actually know about me, that’s cool, usually people don’t know much. You know, there are a lot of really awesome boarders on Capita, just an insane crew, the am team is so messed up with Johnny O’Connor and all those guys, and I didn’t want to like battle my friends for a position in the company. Once my friend, Tanner McCarty, became the TM [at Ride] , and I already had a relationship with [Sean] Tedore, I just thought it would be really good to have a relationship like that and be on like a friend level with the company. That’s kind of why I made the switch, to differentiate myself a little bit.
And with Ride, I see it as a growing company. It’s always been big, but it kind of died for a while and was just kind of stagnant forever, and now there’s a bunch of awesome people there, including my brother, he is the marketing manager now (I was there first though, just saying…). I think we’re on the up, we’ve got a crazy team and a really good vibe with everybody. So I’d keep your eyes peeled, there should be some really cool stuff in the future for sure.
Actually one more question… What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Oh baby! Candied yams! Brown sugar, butter (lots of butter), and sweet potatoes, baked with marshmallows on top. It’s the best thing ever, make it every year.