Blog - Professional Snowboarder Brock Butterfield

SLUG Magazine - Sounds From The Underground Interview

A bit delayed on this but here's a little interview I did with SLUG magazine and Jamie Stott. Interview starts about 18:55 in but the whole podcast is a good listen.

http://www.slugmag.com/soundwaves/episode-122-11-04-13

Photog Friday - Ryan Bregante

This week in "Photog Friday" I interview Ryan Bregante. Ryan has been crushing the photo scene in Vail for a handful of years and finally made the move to SLC for this winter.

Hi Ryan. If I recall we met somehow through Facebook. How did that happen again?

Mike Hood called me 10 hours before he was heading out to Salt Lake City to meet up with you for a backcountry trip. He asked me if I wanted to roll out to take some photos and run the video camera.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in San Diego, California. A whales vagina right?!


What brought you out to SLC?

I was in Vail, Colorado for the last 4 years. Tim Peare from Snowboard Magazine told me that Salt Lake City was the place to be if I wanted to push my photography to the next level.


I hear you used to be a chef. Why did you change careers?

Yes, I went to Culinary school when I was 19 in NYC and have worked in some amazing restaurants all over the United States. I decided that traveling, capturing the life of others doing there craft and being able to live out my late 20’s was more important then slaving away in a kitchen that was taking advantage of my skills and not giving me the chance to move up. I am glad I did so.


What was the first feature we shot together at?

Our first shoot together wasn’t really a feature but a sick pillow line somewhere in Idaho.


Out of all your shots last year, do you have a favorite photo from one of those sessions?

 Last year was a busy one, It was my last season living in Vail, Colorado and I had spots I scouted for 3 years that we finally had the snow and right crew to get it done right. But my favorite photo has to be the one I took at Mammoth, just shredding with the homies.


Can you think of one session that stood out to you for any reason due to a funny story, crazy trick, or bust?

The Boulder crazy kink rail. I was in Boulder with some of the Burton and Analog team, Corbin Clement did a BS Boardslide thru the whole thing in front of the whole entire Boulder lacrosse team.


Plans for this season?

My plans for my first season in SLC? I will be shooting part time at Brighton Ski Resort. Trips to Colorado when the snow is prime. Shoot as much as possible and hopefully make it to AK in Spring.


Anyone you want to thank that helped you get to where you are now?

Of course, there are so many people that have helped me over the last couple of years. I could name drop everyone but that would take up a whole entire page. I like to keep things simple. The Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone crews that were always down to shoot. The Neversummer family, Snowboard Colorado Magazine, and of course my family for the support.

Thank you Brock for having me on your Blog.

Dark Pie and Mark Noll for seeing my dreams of hoodward and making it a reality. The whole RDTM family and the OG Ravinos Crew.

 


Check out more of Ryan's work on his website.

Click on a photo below to make that shit go big! 

Mammoth, CA

Corbin Clement

Boulder, CO

Cody Gilmore

Copper Mtn, CO

Burton US Open

Hoodward, CO

Keystone, CO
 

David Biner - From Phoenix to the Mountains

Peep David Biner's season of shredding Tahoe and big lines in Alaska. I personally witnessed the last line in the video and can attest to David's energy and stoke from taking one of the best runs of his life. Alaska will change the way you think and ride forever.

Photog Friday - Justin Befu

In this weeks "Photog Friday" I introduce to you a man who will braaap circles around you on his sled. An outstanding sledder and snowboarder who has a deep passion for capturing every moment through photos when out with a crew. It is my pleasure to introduce Justin Befu.

 

Justin Befu ready to capture some gnar riding in Alaska.

 

What up Befu! I don't really remember how we met in Alaska, do you?

 Oh man, I think the first time we actually met was on the Heidan Glaicer.. (the books) I came in with a different crew but crews merge in the backcountry, saw you kill a line and just started shooting..

Where are you originally from?

Palo Alto CA, but have been in Tahoe now for 21 years.

What was the best thing about Tahoe when you first moved there?

Cheap housing, good snow

What's the best thing about living in Tahoe now? 

Summers!

So I've learned you have your own screen printing business. Any cool projects you've worked on?

I like to work on projects in the industry like Tailgate Alaska and such, I did a cool job for Lucas films and Sierra at Tahoe last year which was cool.

What was the first feature we shot together at?

Think that day in the Books or the first down day we broke trail to the cave on the Hoo doo Glacier (got a shot of you on that wall, it did get published) 

Out of all your shots last year, do you have a favorite photo from one of those sessions?

 Yes, the double page lay out of Brock Butterfield in Snowboard Magazine. 

That's one of my favorites as well! Can you think of one session that stood out to you for any reason due to a funny story, crazy trick, or bust?

 Darn, so many good times and great things went down in front of my lens, got to say that last day in AK when we where all together.  .. Great friends and great crews doing hard work.

Plans for this season?

Japan Europe Tahoe Alaska so say the least. ( i hope)

Japan?! Man, I'd love to be a part of that somehow. Anyone you want to thank that helped you get to where you are now?

All the riders that put in all the hard work.. you know who you are.

Thompson Pass, AK

David Biner

Thompson Pass, AK

Josh Diaek

Ryan Cruze

Thompson Pass, AK

Honey Badger

Thompson Pass, AK

Will Brommelsiek

Thompson Pass, AK

Alaska Snowboard Guides

Thompson Pass, AK

Nicolas Wolken

Thompson Pass, AK
 

Photog Friday - Ben Girardi

Each winter I have the pleasure of working with some truly talented photographers and I wanted to start showcasing some of these photographers and their work from last season.

In this first "Photog Friday" I'd like to introduce Ben Girardi. A talented individual with a unique eye and style for photography.


This is a grate shot of Ben.

Hi Ben. Remind me again how we met and started working together? 

You guys were up in Logan sledding and already had a photographer with you but due to bad snow made the decision to come back to Salt Lake to hit rails. Tony hit me up and let me know you guys were going to be around and I should come over and shoot with you. We got some shots that first day, and just continued going out on different missions throughout the winter.

And where are you from originally? 

I grew up in Syracuse, NY. Learned to ride at a small icy mountain, but it was open at night so I was able to snowboard everyday after school. I’m glad I grew up where I did.

What brought you to Utah? 

I knew after school I wanted to move west to the mountains. It was just a matter of where. I spent a little time in Colorado living out of my car. I had a great time but I didn’t think that was where I wanted to live. I always heard good things about Utah so I made the decision to go there. I think I had more pow days last December then my entire time in New York.

I hear you live with a legend snowboarder. What's that like? 

I do, I live at Chris Coulter’s house. It’s pretty awesome, sick roommates, sick location, and sick house. Chris knows the mountains super well. He has tons of experience in the mountains, so I always learn something when we get out. He got me into and been teaching me to climb. Really fun way to get out in the mountains in the summer. 

What was the first feature we shot together at last season? 

It was a mix of multiple things. You, Devin and Cooper were hitting a rail to drop.  Cub was hitting an intense C-rail. I think Tony was pretty bored being at a street session and was starting to try and climb things to find other ways to entertain himself.

Out of Devin, Cooper and myself, do you have a favorite photo from one of our sessions? 

There were stacks of concrete barriers in a field with a single one perched on top. Took a while to set up and get the winch out there so you could start hitting it. By the time Cooper started hitting it it was late in the evening and getting hard to see. He was front boarding it and kept slouching his back foot a little bit I kept asking him redo it. He finally stomped one with a proper front board. I don’t even know if he was able to see the landing.  The look with all the excess barriers in the foreground and Cooper with a solid front board definitely make this my favorite shot of the season.


Ben Girardi, Mike Germaine, Cooper Hoffmeister, Devin Whiteley and Tony Hagedorn setting up for a session.

Can you think of one session that stood out to you for any reason due to a funny story, crazy trick, or bust? 

Yes, we were shooting at what I think was an old abandoned mine out past a town landfill. Lots of graffiti and rebar everywhere. I was below the structure out in a field with Cooper (filming) and we were slightly hidden from view. Are buddy Mike who was just hanging out saw a guy roll up and pull out a semi auto weapon. He was just going to start shooting down into the field where we were. All we heard was Mike yelling to the guy that people were down there don’t shoot. I guess the guy was pretty startled, it was a pretty remote location where they always went to shoot. We made sure to keep a better eye out, but nobody else showed up. All in all though that session was sick, and we got some really cool shots.

Plans for this season? 

Well I just got a sled, thanks Brock, so hopefully learning how to ride that and getting out into the backcountry a lot more. Really want to explore deeper in the Uintah’s. Hopefully going to make it up to Jackson for a bit. Possibly a trip up to whistler and then maybe Alaska. I will see and try to nail things down as winter gets a little bit closer.

You're welcome dude. You'll enjoy "Ting". She's a good sled! Anyone you want to thank that helped you get to where you are now?

If I gave you an actual list it would probably go on for a while. Most definitely my parents for always being behind my decisions. Any one who has given me the opportunity to shoot with them and is willing to work hard to get a shot.

 


Check out more of Ben's work on his website.

 

Brock Butterfield

SLC, UT

Brock Butterfield

Tooele, UT

Brock Butterfield

Tooele, UT

Brock Butterfield

Tooele, UT

Chris Coulter

Argentina

Cooper Hoffmeister

Tooele, UT

Cooper Hoffmeister

Farmington, UT

Cooper Hoffmeister

Tooele, UT

Cooper Hoffmeister

Tooele, UT

Devin Whiteley

SLC, UT

Devin Whiteley

SLC, UT

Devin Whiteley

Tooele, UT

Devin Whiteley

Tooele, UT

Devin Whiteley

Tooele, UT

Tony Pavlantos

Brighton, UT

Tony Pavlantos

Brighton, UT

Brock Butterfield

SLC, UT
 

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