In this episode AJ (and his special guest Nikki) chat with Jeremy Jensen from Grassroots Powdersurfing.
- Differences between SIA and ISPO trade shows.
- The International powsurfing scene and culture
- The logistics of doing business around the world.
- Skateboarding in the 80’s and 90’s and skateboard shoe wear.
- How Alan Hashimoto (Jeremy’s professor) talked Jeremy into grad school by telling him that he could weave in the Grassroots business and a powsurfing documentary
- The filing and production of White Waves the powdersurfing documentary.
- Jeremy interviewed many people around the world including Terje.
- Jeremy’s early ventures into podcasting: Jeremy Jensen Skate and Snow Video Parts on Itunes.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Pay more attention to your landing when your snowboarding.”
“I’ve never been that focused on making money, I value experience in life.”
“Here in the states everyone tells me they’re too expensive but in Europe they’re like this is inexpensive!”
“It’s growing,but it’s small in comparison to skiing and snowboarding it’s like a niche within a niche within a niche.”
“Having a structured (powsurf) event is kind of like the opposite of powsurfing.”
“When I was cruising the backcountry a lot, I just realized that you can stand on theses boards (snowboards) between the bindings and turn them… so I just started out with stomp pads between the bindings and cutting up boards.”
“Well what if we take a whole run without the bindings?”
“At that time we didn’t think that were we going to have to make these for people”
“You have to slow things down on a powsurfer – like a kickfilp is not going to pop up as high as it would on a skateboard.”
“The original intent of snowboarding was to surf mountains.”
“I can challenge myself without having to jump 60 feet… I could do a 10 foot drop and it feels pretty big on a powsurfer.”
“I’m just one guy running a powsurf company – getting by with help from friends… That’s kinda what grassroots has been about from the beginning.”
“I pulled the second kick flip I ever tried.”
Intro provided by John Lee Dumas of The Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast: www.entrepreneuronfire.com
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