Andrew Geeves Talks Dope on Hump DayBy Darrah Reid • Nov 28th, 2012 • Category: Features, Hump Day Interviews, Latest
Andrew Geeves’ signature snowboarding style matches his personality: loose and wild with a lot of character. He has strong values regarding snowboarding, and no intention of selling out or changing who he is. His approach might be unconventional but he has passion and energy to fuel his natural talent. He’s super entertaining both on and off the snow, plus he taught me how to snowboard. He’s pretty great.
I’ll just start with the big question… After a 5-year relationship with DC, why the mid season switch back to DWD this year?
7 years I think. Fuck. I got let go, kicked off, the boot, whatever you wanna call it. Canned.
Did they say why?
Yea but I don’t wanna get in to it cause there’s two sides to this story and I don’t think I should be talking about any of it. Sorry. Well fuck, I got a paper a while ago from DC I had to sign but I never did, probably said something like don’t badmouth or trashtalk our shit you know…
Alright, would it be safe to assume possibly that your image and attitude regarding snowboarding is a bit too much for the safe, wholesome image DC is trying to sell to 8-year-old kids these days?
Hahaha yea… for sure.
You told me a little while ago that you thought Dope was going to “save snowboarding.” How are you guys doing that?
Hahaha was I wasted when I said that?! That’s epic! Fuck yeah. Brockle just keeps it raw. The whole crew does, it’s sick. They just love boardin on whatever, it’s cool. I like the whole party image too. It’s what I grew up on. I watched Wildcats videos everyday. I just think snowboarding’s gotten soft and Dope keeps it raw and sick the way it’s meant to be.
Yeah, I’ve seen you guys in action. You go about filming way differently than any other crew I’ve seen. How is filming with them now compared to Standard and Sandbox in the past?
A lot different… We always got booze and weed goin at the sessions which I think is a good motivator. Get your shit done so you can party with your homies after. We all like to have a good time.
Plus you go to spots with like 20 people
Haha yeah that too! I remember goin on trips with Sandbox and it was like 3-4 rider crews. Dope is open to the public.
How did you get into backcountry coming from the prairies of Canada?
Once I got outta WPG and got here I realized there was so much more to riding… I could barely turn. So that opened up my eyes to a whole new world of epicness. I bought a sled and my parents bought a house in Bralorne so I moved up there. Stayed a winter and learnt a bit, went a little crazy and came back. Sorry I’m so baked. Is this all good? Am I doing ok?
Yeah you’re good… so you went from living in a 1 bedroom apartment in Whistler with like, 5 other dudes, to all by yourself in Bralorne. How was that, and since no one reading this will know what Balorne is, can you describe it?
Bralorne is a small mining town just north of Pemberton with a population of 65 or something. Its an hour snowmobile ride over the hurley in the winter or a 2 hour drive to Lilloet then another 2 hours down “highway 40″ which is a sketchy fuckin road with death drops the whole way. It’s insane. It’s really secluded in the mountains. Super sick backcountry zones and you can sled to your front door. No cops. Pretty much the best place in the world, and yeah I went crazy there. I was just so young living alone so far away from friends and family. It got kinda rough sometimes. It didn’t help when my ex dumped me on Christmas. Fuckin bitch. I was 19 though, I don’t think any 19 year old should be alone for that long.
True. What are your plans for this winter? Will you just film around Whistler again or do you have plans to travel? Have you ever thought about trying to break more into the American snowboard scene like fellow manitoban Jake Kuzyk?
I donno how to I guess. I mean maybe if I kept jibbin I would have but I don’t know. I just don’t see the point in traveling anywhere when I got sick backcountry terrain right beside me. As far as jibbing goes, I’m not gonna waste any money doing something I don’t really care about. I’d rather use what money I have on sled gas.
Will Erin be dropping you and your sled off at zones again this winter or did you get your license yet?
Hahaha! Nope I just got my license 2 days ago! She’s so stoked. I have to drive her everywhere now though. I don’t mind it though she deserves it. She’s hooked me up so many times with driving me and picking me up. People made fun of me but they’re just jealous. I donno too many chicks that would drive their boyfriend from Pemberton to Brandywine at 6am to go sledding. Or wherever I had to go.
Yeah you’re a lucky guy. You and Erin both have face tats, hey? What’s with all the ink in recent years? Any plans for more face ones?
Yeah we both got some. She just got her first one. I don’t know. Kinda crazy I guess. I just like tattoos really. I kinda wanna die an art piece. Kinda weird and creepy, I know. I think it would be sick though.
Do you have any particularly fond memories from your days of being a corn-row sporting, grill wearing, 16 year old celebrity in Whistler?
Fuck yeah. Dating Peak Season’s Amanda Schellar. Good times. I was such a little fucker. I’m embarrassed when I look back, to be honest. I have come a long way since then.
Yeah you’re all grown up. Are you excited to be back on DWD? Big plans for this upcoming winter?
I’m hyped to be back on DWD. They have always had my back. I plan on filming with whoever I can get out with, get all my shots together hopefully and give them to Dope.
What are you doing for outerwear?
Mikey’s old Burton gear. I’m stoked. Finally something that fits me. It’s hard being 6’3.
Forum was your first sponsor when you were like, 12, right? How do you feel about hem being over?
It hurts me a lot but to be honest I feel like Forum was done a long time ago. I mean the whole vibe and spirit you know. Pretty much when Burton bought ‘em and Fourstar was no longer. Forum, Blend, and Foursquare were all my favorite companies when I was a kid.
The other day your status on Facebook read something like “Snowboarding has become wack” can you elaborate on that?
Yeah let me rephrase that. Snowboarding is sick, everything else about snowboarding has gotten lame. Same with skating too. Street league and shit. Skateboarding is on tv… wtf. Snowboarding too, but skateboarding?? The snowboard x games street parts…. good job dudes, now the whole world knows you’re jumping off roofs and sliding rails. Gonna start caping rails and getting kicked out faster. I donno I just think it’s so commercialized or whatever you wanna call it. Wack, gay, lame, shitty. I love snowboarding more than ever but I don’t like what comes with it you know. I know people that rip, tear it up, and don’t make a dime, rip harder than a lot of pros.
Haha yeah exactly. And then you got buddy there sucking his dick to the top with half the skills. Just cause he can write a good e-mail. It’s fucked up. We wanna progress snowboarding not sucking dick. I don’t wanna sound like a negative nancy, I love snowboarding and I always will. I will always shred with or without sponsors.
You’re a pretty experienced partier, wanna end this with a memorable story?
Party stories… I got lots of em. Lots of x-rated ones that I should never share with the public… One time when I was 17 or 18 I went on a 3 day bender before the U.S. open. No sleep or nothin, was insane. Came 3rd in my heat, then I slept, lost my passport and ended up coming 3rd last in the whole event. I had to get a letter of facilitation to get back in to Canada. It sucked. I hate contests. I think that was the last big one I did.
Aha thanks that’s perfect.