Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep18 - Danny Wheeler
Thank U Snowboarding
by Chris Cracknell
2M ago
Danny, for a long time, was far and away the most powerful stylish and progressive rider the UK had produced. He made his presence felt, not just in the UK scene, but internationally, with a heavy bag of tricks and a keen eye on what those tricks looked like. From humble beginnings in Pontefract to a life travelling and snowboarding, filming wih an A list of snowboarders, living in the Alps, countless photos and video parts, to designing outerwear and making films, his career took him far and wide, with progression always on his mind. After snowboarding, his desire for progression took him b ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Bonus Episode
Thank U Snowboarding
by Chris Cracknell
2M ago
Well, we are nearly there... The last episode for ths winter is coming next week, but in the meantime (which means I haven't recorded it yet) here is a mix of songs from snowboard movies, put together in a fashion by me, which I hope will get you frothing for snowboarding, bring back some happy memories, or both... As you all might know by now, my day job is in music, producing, mixing and DJing, and this project was born out of being booked to play an Absinthe movie premier in London, where I thought it might be more interesting to put together some of my favourite songs from snowboard movie ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep17 - Mark Munson
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by Chris Cracknell
2M ago
For those of you who don't know Mark Munson, and there are probably a lot of you, Mark is one of our cultures true individuals, almost aggresively so. Its fair to say that Mark didn't really want to be part of snowboarding originally. He wanted to acheive, because one of the things you'll learn, is that when Mark does something, he goes all in 100%. Regardless of whether that is skating, snowboarding, his business or growing rhubarb (he grows some fucking banging rhubarb btw) Mark is all in. That attitude to life is something I gravitated too, after hanging out at one fo the board tests many y ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep16 - Juliet Elliott
Thank U Snowboarding
by Chris Cracknell
2M ago
Snowboarder, guitarist, model, influencer, mother. It would be easy to not like someone like Juliet if you just looked at what she has done on paper, but that is a fraction of the story. Juliet has always been a bright eyed girl, stoked on life and what opportunities it has presented, her infectious smile and laugh about how absurd most things are has seen her through some pretty amazing situations without her turning into what those situations could easiy have done. The story of how she ended up as probably the most reluctant cover model for Vogue is a case in point, most models would kill fo ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep14 - Vicky and Nige Brookes
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by Chris Cracknell
3M ago
Vicky and Nige Brookes are lifers, simple as that. They have built their lives around a love of snowboarding, finding any which way to keep them doing what they love. They started off living in a van in Chamonix doing seasons way back when, and I can tell you, I lived in an Ambulance in Val D'Isere for a week in 94 and came close to dying, so its no mean feat they van lifed it, before there was such a thing as van life. So, having a child that snowboards would seem like a natural extension of their love for the mountains, which they did. The fact that this child got really fucking good is a te ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep13 - Matt Barr
Thank U Snowboarding
by Chris Cracknell
3M ago
Matt Barr, quietly (mostly) helped shape what UK snowboard culture, and the wider worldwide culture, looked like over the last three decades. Matt recognised his own talents early on, realising he wasn't going to be a pro snowboarder, set about making it his life in other ways. Learning a few tricks from the master of the blag, Chris Moran (he won't mind me saying that) Matt used snowboarding as a means to travel the world on someone elses budget, finding the interesting stories and bringing them back with him, sharing them in the pages of Whitelines and laterly, Transworld Snow. You might t ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding S1 - Ep12 - Oggy
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by Chris Cracknell
3M ago
When I first thought of the podcast, Oggys story is one I wanted to tell. This guy hasn't lived the life per se, but he has lived, and continues to live, his life in snowboarding. As a shop owner, Oggy made sure he treated his customers in a way that helped them become lifelong snowboarders, making sure they had the right kit, knew what to expect, what to take, what NOT to take, and all the good shit you'd know if you have some experience. Everyone I've ever met who shopped with Oggy were slightly in awe of this legend of a man, and I"ve never heard a single bad word about him. My own direct e ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - E11 - Tom Willmott
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by Chris Cracknell
4M ago
Its quite funny how UK snowboarders have spread themselves around the globe, I mean, its not funny per se, but UK snowboarding, for a small country, has a bigger influence over the world of snowboarding than you might think. I was chatting with Matt Barr this moring and both he, and Ed Leigh are on Travis Rices Natural Selection selection committe, which is quite mad, then you have Tom Willmott who is the coach of the New Zealand Ski and Snowboard teams. From a humble beginning up on Telford Dryslope, which. by the way, produced its fair share of talented shredders, to travelling the world co ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep5 - Graeme Chalmers
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by Chris Cracknell
4M ago
Fairy unknown in the history of UK snowboarding, a name lost to time. Maybe due to the fact that he sort of existed outside the UK scene to an extent. From skating and building his first snowboards, to decamping to the Alps to persue this 'sport', from meals with Jake Burton to hanging out with Shawn Farmer et al at the King of the Hill in Alaska, Graeme has had a pretty wild ride and is still frothing for the shred. Graeme heard about the podcast and got in touch to see if I'd like to chat with him, he sent me some career 'highlights' and I was blown away, so of course we needed him on! Such ..read more
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Thank U Snowboarding - S1 - Ep3 - Stuart Duncan
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by Chris Cracknell
4M ago
This weeks episode is with one of the pioneers of snowbooarding in the UK, and its not a term I use lightly... Stuart found snowboarding through skateboarding, at a time when snowboarding wasn't even really a thing in this country. Calling up Burton Snowboards in America (I wonder who he got through to) to find out where he could get his hands on a board, to setting up fanzines to help promote the sport, Stuarts influence has a longer tail than I realised. I really enjoyed this chat, Stuart is great company, softly spoken and thoughtful, returning to riding with his son after a whopping 30 ye ..read more
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