Name: Brett Esser
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Resides: Breckenridge, Colorado
Sponsors: Rockstar Energy, 686 Outerwear, Smith Optics, Gnu Snowboards, Hudsen Collective, Breckenridge Resort
So I saw that you received your Dew Tour invitation. What other contests are on your schedule?
Yeah stoked on that! This year I have a few contests in mind. I'm going to do Dew Tour, a couple of the Grand Prixs, hopefully X Games, the U.S. Open, and European Open.
How do you “train” this time of year? Contests start in just a couple of weeks and there isn’t a halfpipe in sight?
[Laughs] Well, you can't "train" right now, but I usually try to just get super comfortable on my board before I have to go huck myself. I find turning your board a lot and hitting rails gets you feeling normal again. Yeah, pretty crazy that we have to jump into the pipe for a couple days and then compete, but it's always a blast getting back into it.
We’ve seen some crazy backcountry shots from you through the years, how often do you get out there?
Lately I haven't been out too much, which sucks. Last year I got out a couple times but this year I plan on getting out there a lot more. I fricken love the backcountry and always have a good time out there.
Any intention to film a video part?
I have always wanted to film a part. When I grew up, I was living off of snowboard videos (Full Metal Edges, Unleashed, Afterlame etc). So I really want to get into filming. This year I have a buddy that is a filmer so I'm going to hopefully get something online.
Last book you read?
Last movie you watched?
I'm watching The Amazing Spider Man right now, so I guess by the time I'm done with this interview it will be over [laughs].
What’s the worst part about living in a mountain town? The best?
Worst - the tourists. Everyone that lives up here depends on them, but every once in awhile it gets a little old. The best - Seeing people you know just about everywhere you go.
In your eyes, who is the “king” of Breckenridge?
Eric Willet, when I was growing up riding Breck, he would be in Freeway annihilating the jumps all day, everyday, no matter what the weather was like.
When’s the last time you hit up the slopes of Iowa?
I can't even remember, maybe four years ago? One year I went back with my family to see relatives and I went to my old home hill and I did some flips (which aren't allowed there_ and the manager of the mountain pulled my pass for life [laughs].
What’s going on your epitaph when you die?
Don't let other's negative energy affect you.