High on Life
Chris Martin, the grand prize Snowboard winner from the Oakley Rider Search
contest, just returned home to Colorado from a week at High Cascade Snowboard Camp on Mt. Hood. The 21-year-old contest winner flew roundtrip to Oregon courtesy Oakley and enjoyed a week of serious shredding and world-class coaching from Oakley’s Nicolas Mueller and Gretchen Bleiler. We caught up with him at the famous Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp for pancakes with Grete Eliassen and Kristi Leskinen before he headed up for his last day on the hill, which would be documented by an Oakley filmer and photographer.
[Grete Eliassen] How did you celebrate your 21st birthday?
Vegas! It was everything I dreamed it would be and more. [laughs]
Did you have to ditch work or school to be here?
I go to CU Boulder in the summer and fall and CMC during the rest of the year. I take online classes in the winter. I’ve been taking summer classes for three years, so I took this first term off to come up here!
What is your major?
Where are you from originally?
Pennsylvania. My mom used to drive me to Tussy Mountain, the local hill, everyday. I moved to Summit County, Colorado right after high school with five friends with the only goal to snowboard. We took a year off and got residency.
How did you find out about the contest?
I went on Loop’d and saw it advertised.
Were you surprised to win?
I won the monthly contest in December. When it came to the grand prize deadline, I was pretty anxious to hear who won.
Who are some of your heroes?
Scott Stevens, Chris Garnierâ€¦I watch videos way too much.
Do you want to turn videography or snowboarding into a profession?
Not really. It’s just kinda a lifestyle. I’m trying to get the most of it while I’m young. If I can do things like this and get a free session at camp, it’s pretty awesome.
What’s camp like?
Learned anything new?
Yes! A switchback 7 and a Backside Rodeo. I’ve been trying to learn backside rodeos for so long. It’s still really scary. The pipe is so perfect.