Sean Tedore has been backing Ashbury since before we even came up with a name. You remember him from Neoproto and now you may be riding some new technology that he's come up with at K2 since he's the man behind their snowboards. I've been trying to interview him for about a week now, and finally nailed him down. If you like what he has to say then you should peruse his blog, we have a link to the right.
Hey Sean, where are you at right now?
Sean: I am at work in Seattle, at K2.
Alright, I had to ask. You're in China one day, Hood the next, who knows where you're gonna be. It must be nice to not have to deal with me anymore in Seattle though huh?
Sean: No way man! I miss the peaceful nature walks to the coffee stand.
Those were nice, weren't they.
Sean: The best.
Well what are you working on now? Anything you can tell me about?
Sean: Some top secret super duper 09 flying saucer type shreds. Next level. I would try to explain it, but you might get confused.
I'm not opposed to flying saucers.
Sean: Gonna be real sweet.
I know it's been a while since you were filming video parts and stuff, but how do you like being on the other side of the snowboard industry?
Sean: It's really good. I definitely miss the days of filming with my friends, but I don't miss the debt, injurys, and stressing out about my job. So I am real happy with the change. I still get to shred a ton and get to hang with a lot of the same people I did back when, so it rules!
It does rule. You had my favorite part in Neoproto.
Sean: Really? That rules!
Yeah, your backside seven and switch frontsive five melon clinched it for me. I don't know if you remember those particular tricks.
Sean: Yeah I do. That was such a fun year. It was our first year doing Neoproto, and we didn't really have any idea how it was gonna turn out. I think it kinda kicked off this whole new video style that a lot of kids are into now. Pierre and Justin killed it right out the gate and made an insane movie. I am so stoked at how far they have taken it with the People movies.
Oh it definitely got people to make videos differently. So back to your new lifestyle, how is China?
Sean: China is crazy! So much action, poverty, smog, super rich people, dogs everywhere and just chaos. It makes you realize how good it is here. We really take it for granted. The people in China are amazing though. So smart, and super willing to learn more about our culture and styles. The best part is the driving. People drive crazy and cars always have the right away.
Yeah, do you drive?
Sean: No way. It's nuts. It makes me laugh when I come back to the states, and people get all pissed for getting cut off or something. They just don't understand how organized our roads are. I never get road rage anymore after being around driving over there.
Sounds like European lift lines.
Sean: The funniest thing is when pedestrians in the US get pissed about you not stopping to let them cross the road. If you tried that in China as a pedestrian you would get squashed.
How much time do you spend there a year? Do you have some clandestine family out there?
Sean: Haha, no family yet. I am there for about a month a year, but I am talking to the kids at the factory every day.
What other cool places does work take you?
Sean: Just all over the states, Colorado, Vegas, Canada, Hood, you know the usual west coast shred zones.
How is the dog?
Sean: Oh man the dog is awesome. We just took him to Mt. Hood and he loved it! We fed him Cobra Dogs and Volcano cones! Check this...
Oh man. What flavor is he eating right there?
Sean: Only vanilla, alot of that other stuff is bad for dogs.
Your dog sticks to the classics
Sean: Yeah real classy pup. Listens to all the old jams as well. Him and Scotty hung out a lot in hood.
That's good to hear, do you two ever argue over who is better between the Beatles and the Stones?
Sean: Sometimes, but we both agree the Stones have the edge.
Any rain in Seattle these days? What's your thoughts on Seattle compared to Reno or Tahoe?
Sean: Oh man, do I really have to answer? Just kiddin. I love Seattle, the people, the city, so much fun. I have met alot of great people here. But I have a soft spot in my heart for Reno. It's got the best of everything. Sun, Tahoe, my family, great friends, casinos, centrally located. So it's a tough choice. I really miss the pow days in Tahoe where it dumps all night and is bluebird in the AM. That's the best.
I can't think of anything better than that.
Sean: But Seattle is rad this time of year, especially since we have this rad crew of dudes that golf every Friday night. It's called the Men's Group.
Who's in the Men's Group? I would have joined if I were still there.
Sean: Yeah its rad, Brad Shueffelle, George Kleckner, Blue Montgomery, Cory Little, all sorts of fools. We even golf with none other than Russell Winfield!
I'm a little jealous. My first snowboard was a Joel Mahaffey/Russel Winfield snowboard.
Sean: Yeah I was totally star struck at first, He rules. If anyone is in Seattle on a Friday night and wants to golf, feel free to hit one of us up. West Seattle Golf Course. I actually need to get going since it's Friday and the cousre it waiting.