As the season approaches we wanted to catch up with some of Colorado's snowboarders to recap their past season and to see what they have been up to. First up is Benji Farrow.
What events did you ride last year and what was the most fun?
I rode pretty much every major halfpipe event you can do this year! With the exception of having to sit out the US OPEN due to a concussion. The most fun I had was for sure at the Red Bull Double Pipe in Aspen, it was new, it was challenging, and made you snowboard in a totally different way that I really was stoked on!
You've had some pretty interesting TV appearances, which one is your favorite?
[Laughs!] Yeah... being on Top Gear with Tanner Foust racing a Bentley down the mountain was pretty cool and something I never imagined doing.
Favorite member of the US team?
Well we are all friends, I get along great with Kelly, Lago, and Hannah 'cause we all have East Coast roots and came from pretty down to earth families. But my best friends are Taylor and Arielle Gold, we have been like a trio for the last 3-4 years, riding, living, and traveling together. And I owe half the tricks I learn to Taylor pushing me.
Any unique pre-competition rituals?
| just try to stay loose as much as possible, nerves have gotten to me more then normal the last year so I have found that if I can shut the world out right before I drop things usually go pretty well.
Do any jibbing lately?
YES! Being a competitive halfpipe rider makes me miss my rail riding days a lot, this spring Brett Esser and I spent a week back in Breck just getting our rail tricks back and even learned some new ones.
Favorite place to ride?
Breck hands down! The best pipe and the best park in the world made me move here 4 years ago. Lift lines can be a hassle I know, but after following Jake Black around I have found Breck has more to offer then meets the eye, but Jake does charge a fee for secret spots.
How did growing up on the East Coast helped you develop as a snowboarder?
People rag on the East Coast everyday, "it's icy!" "it's windy and raining" "the jump landings are too flat." Fair enough, those are all true. But the East Coast also has bread the hungriest, toughest, hardest working snowboarders out there. It takes a certain amount of passion to shred on half an inch of ice, and it's a darn good way to separate the men from the boys.