Chris Engelsman Interview
When Chris Engelsman asked me if I’d write an introduction for his interview, I thought it was the last thing I wanted to do. I take photos–I’m not a writer. Basically, I hate to write for public consumption. The editors of this fine publication usually cringe when I send them anything other than snowboarding photos, but I feel so strongly about Engelsman’s riding I figured, “What the hell? I’ll take a crack at it.”
It’s real simple. Kids, this guy can ride a snowboard. Put Chris in any situation, and he lays it down. Take him to Alaska or to a 25-step kinked rail in Salt Lake City, Utah, and you know you’re going to come away with keepers; his riding is so solid and so well rounded, I can hardly think of many other riders I’d say the same thing about.
Chris doesn’t put much stock in the “what’s cool” or “what’s dope” trends. What you see is what you get, which is a very respectable characteristic in a sport where some people put just as much effort into their image as they do their riding.
This is what I know about Chris as a snowboarder and as a person. Those of you who think he is overrated or has bad “steez” are entitled to your opinions, but I encourage you to study the photos on the following pages, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn something.–Kevin Zacher