There were so many questions, Travis Parker had to get to them in two rounds, and still couldn’t get to all of ’em. So, if you didn’t see your question answered the first time, check again below. The second time around is even better than the first! Look for Parker next year in the sure to be ripping new video for 2002, Robotfood. He rides for K2, Sessions, DCshoecousa, Smith, and Milosport.
Q. Dear Travis, I have your snowboarding poster. I think that you are the best snowboarder in the whole world! How many snowboards do you have? Which one is your favorite? Mine is a Ride.—John Gaylor, Age 7, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A. Ahhh, Sheesh, John. Thank you. That makes me feel good, buddy. I have a Parka by K2. It’s my brand new pro model shred and I’ve only ridden it about 10 days. I love my snowboard. I have two of them. Shred on, crouton.
Q. I’ve been trying to do an underflip but can’t seem to get the right rotation down. Please help. And by the way your pro model kicks ass!—Festical Bro Rider
A. I’m not sure what an underflip is. Everyone has there own version it seems. The way I do them is just like a cab five, only I go off my heels and through it in the back seat a little.
Q. Travis, what made you back dat azz up in TB9?—OCD
A. Sometimes you gotta shake yer ass around.
Q. Dude, you rip, I hear you’re quite the chicken dance affictionado. Your efforts in the arena of the mullet have been really noticed. Are you aware of a brilliant website called mulletsgalore.com?
A. I’ve seen this website. The mullet craze is outta hand. I’m into bangs right now, personally.
Q. Who would you rather bone? Meg Ryan or Jack Nicholson?
A. C’mon, dude.
Q. How did you become a pro and how long did it take? Also, how ever do you want me and how ever do you need me?—Sam
A. Sam … It took me about 6 years, dog. Saaafuknweet!
Q. Just wanna give a quick msg to Travis to say he RIPS!!! He’s got the most stylish nose and tail grab in the business. Keep going strong.P.S. SNOWBOARDING IS FUN!—Mike
A. Thanks, Mike.
Q. Do you remember me? My name is Brie, I think we met at an ARC Party out at Mount Hood this summer. I think my friend Mike introduced us. Anyway, where are you going to be riding this season? I ride Stratton VT. It’s pretty rad, dude, their park is sick. Where is your favorite place to ride? Peace.—Brie
A. Hi Brie. I meet a lot of people. I know faces really well though. Sorry, I’m not trying to be a jerk. I’ll be riding wherever the snow is this winter. I like snowboarding in BC and all over the northwest, Mammoth and Tahoe.
Q. You probably get this a lot, but what advice to you have to riders when they’re goin’ for a flip or rodeo or something like that.— JF
A. Find a nice jump with not too much kick, a soft landing and do a spin with a little flip mixed in with it. Commitment is key. Good luck, JF.
Q. Dude, they pay you well? And what’s your favorite band and food? Take care, man.—Dr. Skull
A. Millions. I’m a millionaire. My favorite band right now is Grandaddy and I like the new Merle Haggard album. Indian Food is the best. Thanks, Dr Skull.
Q. Question for you: what’s your sign and is it compatible with a Leo? And by the way, how and why did you get yourself into the snow thing down in dirty ol’ Texas? Did any friends from there follow in your path, or was there a path to be followed? Where are you going to reside for this season, and, uhhh, what’s a girl gotta do to win your heart?—Kat, SLC,UT (a fierce lioness in heat)
A. Kat, the fierce lioness in heat … I’m a Cancer. I’m from Texas and I enjoy snorkeling, badmitten, I’m a wild dancer, and I have a nasty rash. Haa. None of my Texas buddies ever left. Suckers. They deserve a little smack talking. I will reside my winter season in beautiful sunny Lake Tahoe and I think you just won my heart, baby.
Q. Do you spin frontside off your heels or toes?—C.L.
A. Depends on the jump. I do both. If the runway of the jump is going from left to right, it’s natural to spin off the heels and visa versa.
Q. Travis I have a few questions—first how did you get your big break and who helped you out to get where you are today? Is it hard to get where you are today because all I can see myself in the future is riding my board but people around me have mix feelings about it. If you could just give me some pointers to keep my dream alive. Thanks—Peter
A. There are too many people who helped me out to name. They know who they are. And I hope they all know I appreciate every little bit of it. It’s definitely a battle to become a pro. You have to earn your respect. You have to trust yourself. It’s something you really have to figure out yourself. Everyone is different.
Q. Travis, don’t you ride for GMC gloves, too?-Chris
A. I get free gloves from GMC.
Q. Hi my name is Per, I’m from Sweden but right now I’m in Michigan as an exchange student. My question to you is—how did you become so good at boarding considering you grew up in Texas? Did you skate or what, ‘cuz I want to be jammin’ a whole lot more than I do because I live in rainy Gothenburg. What a dream, riding all day long for the rest of your life! Thanks for reading this.—Per
A. I only saw snow three times in my life before I moved to Montana. I moved there when I was a kid and fell in love with it. Nothing else really occurred to me. I just loved it. And went for it. I probably ignored a lot of other things in life, but I wanted to do was snowboard. Thanks, Per.
Q. I was wondering since I have a big poster of you up in my room, how ’bout you post a huge picture of me in yours? Thanks—Tyler D.
A. Okay … Send it to My DC team manager and he will get it to me. Thank, Tyler.Q. My name is Eirik Sandvik and I’m from Norrway. I enjoy watching you ride, and you inspire me to snowboard. I`m wondering what’s the most important thing to think about when you will learn a trick? P.S. Keep up the good work.—Eirik
A. What’s up, Eirik? The most important thing about learning tricks is not being in a competitive or stressed environment. Every trick I’ve ever learned was when I was dorkin’ around, having fun. Good luck.
Q. When you get crabs do you shave off all your pubes or do you get that little comb? Just curious, a friend wants to know. Really … it’s for a friend.—Anonymous
A. Shave it all.
Q. I just want to know how the hell you cork your backside spins backwards, it’s incredible. That’s all.—Dero from Ft. McMurray, Alberta
A. Thanks, Dero. I go off my toes and initiate the spin with the tail of my board. That’s the secret.
Q. Pizza or hamburger?-L.A.
Q. Don’t want to bother you too long, but I have a couple of questions. Coming from Texas, how have you gotten so good at a young age of 25? Hard work and lots of fun I’m guessing. Did you go to college, in the mountains, near the mountains, did you go at all, or just take a lot of trips to the mountains from Texas? I go to UT at Austin all I want to do is hit the snow now and after I graduate. I am trying to take a trip to Breckenridge and Tahoe, and I am going to Steamboat and New Mexico this season. Keep going big. Later.—Price Peeler, Austin, TX A. Hey Price, good to hear from some Texans. I have 11 years of experience and you were on the money with hard work and lots of fun. I went to one semester of college. Then said screw it and went snowboarding.
Q. You are probably one of the sickest riders out there and I respect your style so much. I just want to know how you keep your shit together when you go so huge. Also, how did you get your first sponsor and what would you advise a fat (not really) redhead who jibs but isn’t a bling bling JP W
alker look alike who just likes to have fun and go big? How should I go about getting sponsored, or wait ’til it comes to me. I’m from Mt. Hood and ride a lot, so please give me some tips and good times to ride when maybe someone important will be there. Thanks.—M.
A. Thanks, M. Sometimes I don’t keep my shit together. I crash a lot. Anyway my suggestion is focus on your riding and do some contests. Get involved. Summer camps are good, too. You learn a lot. Go to Windell’s Snowboard camp.
Q. Hey Travis, I met you this summer at Windells when you and Bybee where signing autographs. I would just like to say that they’re right, you are a funny guy. When you asked to know something about me I told you I had a weird cat, and you drew a psycho cat holding a knife all over my poster! Thanks, I have it on my wall right now.—Anonymous
A. Sketchy cats.
Q. What I really wanted to ask you was how you got to snowboard living in Texas, and how old where you when you entered your first contest, and learned your first invert. Thanks for your time.—Brandon Matteson, Irvine, CA
A. What’s up, Brandon? I moved from Texas. It’s hard to snowboard there. I was 15 or 16 when I entered my first contest. And my first invert was when I was 19.
Q. Did any of you guys lay those models from Utah in that decadence photo gig? Shiz …sinners.—Josh Walker
A. No … those girls were payed to make us look cool.
Q. Hi, my name is Thomas, I’m from Colorado and I’m trying to get a small sponsor. My question is if I put hard dedicated work into a normal video camera, with great riding of myself, is there a chance of me getting a sponsor?—Thomas
A. Yes Thomas. It’s worth a try. You should make your own movie, too. Software and computers are easy to get a hold of if your interested. I encourage you.
Q. Dude, what’s up with your hair?—Sam
A. I don’t know. Hair is easy to mess around with. I’m glad I have some. A lot of my friends are losing theirs.
Q. Travis, your’e the man, dude. Your part in Optigrab is killer. What’s it like being on K2? There’s a lot of snowboarding media hype that tells the sheepy consumers like myself, “don’t buy from a Skier run company!” Is K2 really down for the snowboarding cause or are they just fronting the jack for some good riders to sell boards. What’s your gut feeling?—Thanks, JIM
A. Hey, Jim. At K2 they are really into making good product. Progressive product. Everyone there likes to snowboard. Not too much into to the whole scene, though. That’s what the team and I are for though. They have supported me or a long time, and I like the freedom I get from them.
Q. Your best day on snow ever?—Cab5
A. My fith day riding with my best friends in Montana. It was my first sunny powder day.
Q. Yo T-dawg! I just wanna say that you rule, man. Not only are you a sweet-ass snowboarder but, you also know how to rip it up on finger blades. So what I want to know my bitchin’ blade brotha, is how long have you been kicking it with yo fly finger boots and when will the next Insane Blade video be released?—The Mangler
A. Thanks, The Mangler. I’ve been thinking of how to go about “Blade Wolf” (insaneblade2). I still have some things to consider though.
Q. My name is Peter Gruppo. I’m 17. I just moved to Brazil from Vermont ’cause of my dad’s job. It sort of sucks ’cause of no snow. I’m going to Utah this winter and Vermont and then to Chile and Argentina this summer. Good surfing, though. But anyway, I was just wondering about the new DC boots. I got a pair of the Premier’s and I like them a lot but are these new ones with the pump good? Like the Revolution 2 and the other ones? Are they worth buying ’cause of this whole air system? And what mountain do you think is the best to ride at? The one that has the best backcountry, park, and freeride? Well thanks a lot for you time. Oh, do you have an email that you check often? cause I was wondering if you could give it to me so I could ask you a couple of questions about some tricks I wanted learn. But if you don’t want to give it I understand. Thanks a lot, anyway. Peace.—Peter
A. Hello Peter. Sorry about the relocation. Things happen for a reason, though. Utah is a good place for snowboarding. You’ll be happy snowboarding there. The pump works. Advice … Don’t pump before you go up the tram.
Q. How the hell do you do your rodeos? They are the best ever.—Håkon Andrè
A. Thanks, Hakon. Approach the jump relaxed. Spin backside off your toes and tail.Not too much, though. Cork it. Good Luck.
Q. Have you ever said “it’s colder than cheese on a cheeseburger.”? I heard a Texan say that to me once on the chair lift and didn’t know what it meant.—Willy Wonka
A. Hahahahhahahhahahah. I know exactly what you’re talking about, Willy Wonka.That’s totally hilarious and funny. Great stuff, Willy.
Q. What are the Europe rumors, and are they true ?—A.
A. They are rumors, A. You decide.
Q. Hey Travis, is it true you grew up snowboarding in Montana with Andrew Crawford? What makes you Montana rippers so good and so stylish? Do you think Montana is underrated as far as the snow and terrain? I’m thinking about going and checking the place out, know any good places to lay down some turns and drink some good brew? Cheers.—Mr. Charcoal
A. Mr. Charcoal, it’s true. It’s also true that Montana kids are underrated. They raise ’em good there. Good people, unseen talent. I recommend checking it out.
Q. I’m also a fellow Texan. My family moved out to Colorado in June of ’97. I’ve been riding for 4 seasons going into number 5. I started at age 27 and a half. How did you get so good at Snowboarding while living in Texas? I don’t remember seeing much snow in Austin or Houston growing up. It inspires me to know that you made it. Can you give me some tips on progressing really fast this season? Are there things I could work on to become a consistent aerialist and ripper. I have been working on 180s, 360s, moguls, trees, and freeriding everything. The frustration has mounted with pulling 270s into buttslides. Also I haven’t tried grabbing on the 180s, yet. That is the Backside ones. The FS 180s are easy to pull. The pulling of tricks hasn’t been as easy as expected. It inspires me to see guys like you doing things that I didn’t think were possible. Is there any one thing you can tell me that will help me get in zen with shredding the jumps and not having fear? Do you compete much? If so will you be at Buttermilk this season for the X-Games? I’ll try to make it out. Thanks for your time.—Martin
A. Hey Martin, Good Texan. Not many people snowboard from Texas. You should be proud. I’ve been snowboarding 11 years. I moved to Montana when I was 14. It takes time to learn. I don’t know a fast way to progress that doesn’t have a consequence (injuries/wack steez). Plus over time you develop style, which is one of the most important things in snowboarding. Fear off jumps is another thing that comes with time.You’ll get over it. I do a handful of contests. I’ll be doing the X-Games this year.
Q. You’re the best rider on the K2 team and they’re lucky to have you. My question to you is, how do you get over that initial fear when your going for something big, especially when you have seriously injured yourself before? Another thing, can you give me some tips on how to do backside rodeos? Thanks.—Danielle
A. Thanks, Danielle, I try to look at eh the grand scale of things. Slowly work my way up to getting back on the horse. I realize that the accident that hurt me was a mistake and I try not to repeat it. Keep it simple.
Q. Travis, you used to do a nosegrab with every trick. I do believe you single handedly played out the nose grab. But now? No nose grab to be seen. Since you killed it you might as well revive it again.—Elliot
A. I shall revive the nose gra, Elliot. Timing is everything.
Q. Aren’t you in the warriors click with JP Walker and Jeremy Jones? If so, where did you get that dildo? Hhhaaaaa classic shit right there… also …. is there good snow in Texas? W.T.F.? Utah sucks!—Jack Hyatt, Sandy Utah, beatch!
A. My roommate says you should rub one out because that pent up aggression will make you violent.
Q. Travis, what computer setup do you have and can we expect some new extreme videos produced by you in the upcoming future?—K.P.
A. I have one of those G4 laptops. I like to fool around with Imovie so I can anticipate more Xtreme action.
Q. When, but, when are we going to see you over here in Australia?—Shane
A. I know, I’ve never been, damn it. I need to organize something.
Q. How much money do you make a year to the nearest $10k? Where does the bulk of the paycheck come from, your team or your sponsors? It’s nice to see sick snowboarders gaining some wealth due to the high risk of injury during competition.—Anonymous
A. I’m not public yet so I can’t say, but I agree money is nice sometimes.
Q. How much time is spent developing/testing boards for the company? Do they listen to your inputs on improvements, or do they just make a bunch of different models that you guys ride and give thumbs up or down, and engineering modifies them from there?—Anonymous
A. It’s give and take. On some stuff more than others. I have a lot of say in stuff but sometimes it gets changed. I have a lot of control of my boards, though.
Q. How many days a year do you ride? How much riding is backcountry versus resorts?—Tom
A. I don’t know, maybe 200+ 70% backcountry … 30% resorts.
Q. What up, Travis? I think you rip shit up, and are funny as hell. I love all your movie parts. I was wondering how long you have been snowboarding and did you ever skate? When did you decide that snowboarding was what you wanted to do with your life? How do you like riding for K2? Is there any other company that you would like to ride for? And what is your favorite place to ride? Keep killing it, aight. Later.—Jeremiah
A. Thanks, Jeremiah. I’ve been snowboarding 11 years and I love skateboarding. I’ve been skating on and off since I was 10. I don’t know if I ever decided that snowboarding was gonna be my life. It is something I love, I would still be doing it if I wasn’t a pro, I’m sure. It’s cool riding for K2. They let me be myself. They don’t control my image like a lot of other companies seem to do. I think that would suck. Maybe that’s just my perspective, though. My favorite place to ride is Mt. Baker on a sunny powder day.
Q. Hey, Travis. Im living in Texas right now and ‘m planning on moving to the mountains next year. In your opinion, where is the best place/resort to move to get the most bang outa my buck?—Patrick
A. Salt Lake City.
Q. Hey Travis, do you have any fun story from your trip to Chile and Valle NEvado like two years ago?—Francisco Gormaz, Santiago, Chile
A. I didn’t snowboard there much that year. I had to leave early. Chile is a cool place though. It’s always a good time. Pisco Sours, beautiful landscapes, girls.
Q. Did you find K2, or did K2 find you?—Andy
A. My friend Josh Hemminger got me a Kevin Young pro model for me. He was a pro at the time for K2. I loved that board. That’s what my pro model shape is based on. Daniel Franck and Chris Engelsman were on the team then, too. I had a lot to look up to.
Q. Why does Travis don’t shave his ugly mustache?
A. I don’t have a mustache anymore. Sorry dogs. Palmer has one. I’ve seen Devun Walsh run the handlebar stash, too.
Q. Like any pro snowboarder, you’re awesome. Say, I’m kind of sketchy on those jumps with a flat part then the landing, I’m always thinking I might not get enough speed, land in the flat and f-up my knees, then I’m worried about over shooting. How do you “guess” how much speed you need to clear jumps like these? I’m not afraid, just that I don’t want to blow my entire season because I went to slow or too fast. Then again, I want to step it up a notch. Thanks a lot man.—Ryan Ahles
A. Hey, Ryan. Thanks for the compliment. I suggest you start small and work your way up. hat’s how I always did it. Like anything … the more you do something the more natural it seems. It takes time. Snowboarding is a lot of mental. Don’t let your fears control your actions. You could blow your season walking down the street and getting struck by lightning. Good Luck.