Mon, 19 December 2016
Paul and I trucked it up Joel’s office to talk with Joel about park building, his unique path in the industry, motorcycle racing, the Pittsburg surf scene, Laurel Mountain, and much more.
We also got a surprise visit from an earlier podcast guest, Jon Kramer.
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This episode covers:
Starting new trends in snowboarding
Getting top down commitment to make a great park and pipe
Gaining national recognition for the snowboard parks at Seven Springs
Paul gushes about how much he loves Springs (Nate and AJ agree)
Woking in the skateboarding industry pressing skateboards
First time in a snow cat
Working hand crew at Keystone
Working with Snow Park Technologies
Chris Gunnarson and jump science
How SPT helps off the snow as much as on
The secret of Seven Springs success
Starting at the bottom and working up.
Working hand in hand with the other departments on the mountain
Jon Kramer visits because he heard that we would be shooting guns.
Joel’s most impressive build ever.
When builds go bad and perfectionism
How snowboard park building is actually construction
Tremble units and man cards
The perfect halfpipe
Taking smaller features and making them look huge
Paul wears diapers - bathroom breaks
Enduro Motorcycle racing
Wake Surfing / River Surfing
Does Tom Dickey still have a job?
Why does Seven Springs not have a skatepark?
When will the Wagner headwall become an official terrain park?
Colleen Musson - please bring the apple grogs back to the top lodge.
Who is the best contest announcer ever?
The Angry Snowboarder asks….
Scott Darr - Why not more snake runs and hold bowls set-ups.
Seven Springs world record
The Motown Throwdown
Nate in the Seven Springs Superpipe:
Quotes from the episode:
"We’ve always had a great staff, besides AJ!”
“I worked there (retail) for about seven days, but I really wanted to be a outside.”
“We have support (for the parks) from the top down.”
“Seven Springs is never going to grow 1000 feet vertical… There’s no reason why our terrain parks can’t be as good as anyone’s in the country.”
“I really try to build everything like a skatepark.”
“I want to travel, build rad jumps and run a tractor.”
“The building of the terrain parks is one of the easier things at this point. It’s hiring the right staff, logging what you’re doing, testing the features, involving ski patrol, snowmaking - there’s so much behind the scenes…”
"My second Super Park, I think I worked 48 hours straight.”
“Don’t say anything, but we’re having Superpark here.” -Paul
“I got my man card pulled.” -Jon Kramer
“We’re not gonna have 40 foot halfpipes.”
“It’s a lot easier to leave the hip connected than it is to put the channel in it… you have to clear that 20 foot gap.”
“You can build the greatest feature on the world and if the riders don’t succeed - you might as well not have even of built it.”
"Riding dirt bikes on terrain that you shouldn’t ride dirt bikes on.”
“I wish I had a mini snowcat.”
Shooting guns after the podcast:
Sun, 4 December 2016
In this episode we connect with Will Ritter, Founder of Spark R&D Splitboard Bindings to discuss family, parenting, entrepreneurship, scaling a business, problem solving, education, rapid prototyping and of course splitboarding.
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This episode covers the following topics:
Family dinner at the Ritter house
Baby Sylvia’s premature birth story
Limiting screen time and reading with the kids
3D printing and computer assisted design (CAD)
Scaling up a business
3d printed pancakes
April Fools pranks
Working with his wife, Becca Ritter.
Sharing a shop with Tyler Jaroz of 26 products
Killing birds with wind turbines in college
Getting a Masters Degree at MSU Bozeman
Trials and error - Danny Harrison
The initial Spark
The story behind the name Spark R&D
Updates on the binding line
The wammy bar
Backcountry sketchy situations
Quotes from this episode:
"Dinner time manners are something we’re trying to work on at the Ritter house.”
"The two year old will throw food across the house.”
“Kids are just programed to find out where the boundaries are… As their parent - they’re always experimenting on you.”
“We crash landed into parent hood.”
“The screens come in handy - it’s like you hit the deactivate button on your kids…”
“They’re smart, they know how to steal a phone and unlock it (the 2 and 4 year olds).”
“Getting my Masters really taught me how to get into a big problem, slice it into small problems and go after the small problems.”
“If there’s something you want to do - just start doing it…. There’s a small step you could take every day…”
“If you want to get after something epic - you’re going to have to work for it.”
“For us, it’s always been about how much more of this can we do ourselves”
“The mega growth can be a huge problem - you can grow yourself to death.”
“You gotta take your hands off the wheel a little bit when you have people working for you.”
“I’m a former park rat from Minnesota.”
“I lost my Ice landing steez out here pretty fast.”
“The day I turned 30, I was out (splitboarding) with some friends…. As soon as we dropped in, everything just started sliding out… I went in the washing machine and was buried up to my waist.”
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