Ian Boll is the type to embrace anything thrown at him. I was lucky enough to spend about half of my season filming with Ian, and it was the best season yet for both of us. Every trip we went on was better than the previous and it’s because those trips weren’t just business, they were adventures. All it takes is one person with the right attitude to infect everyone else, and Ian personifies that trait. He’s the guy who shows up in the morning with a big cup of coffee, ready to help everyone in the crew get a clip, and has all of the resources to do it. With a fearless mindset, an incredible aesthetic and creative outlook, he went out this year and filmed some of the most incredible snowboarding I’ve ever witnessed in my life. The best part about it is, Ian got to where he is in snowboarding right now through sheer love for the sport. Even if he wasn’t getting any love from sponsors, I know that he’d be out there pushing himself just as hard and having a better time than anyone else. So after you replay his upcoming part hundreds of times, trying to figure out what the hell just happened, remember that Ian loves snowboarding and inspired me in so many ways, and I’m sure he’s going to do the same to you. Watch out world.
Taylor Boyd: What did you do today?
Ian Boll: I woke up and went skateboarding. I went to the Erie Park. It’s this new skate plaza.
Street League, man.
It’s definitely Street League shit. It’s not my favorite park; I like a little bit more transition. I also slammed really hard on a front lip. Completely missed my board and went straight to my face. Other than that, it was a great time.
Do you think snowboarding is headed in the Street League direction?
Honestly, I hope not. The X Games Street set up is kind of already like that. It just seems a little forced.
Why are we in Boulder right now?
Great question, actually. I guess because I went to school here, and I still live here. It’s been maybe 7 years, 8, way too long. I guess it’s just, I don’t know where else to live. Boulder’s awesome but you just get sucked into partying and whatnot. It’s sick for skating though, cause there’s like 20 skateparks within 45 minutes that are all amazing and built within the past like, 5 years, so that’s awesome. I mean Satellite’s located in Boulder too, and they’re one of the best shops I’ve been to. There’s always a whole crew of guys there to go skate with. But for me, Oregon’s definitely a better place to be in the summer.
What’s your degree in?
I got a bachelor’s in fine art and photography, and then a minor in atmospheric and ocean sciences. Pretty random, and they have no correlation whatsoever.
Are you going to pursue anything related to that degree?
Am I going to be a tornado chasing videographer? Yes. The answer is “yes.” Probably not, no, but weather events and weather patterns and climate change, all that kind of phenomena is interesting to me, so I studied it
What about the film thing?
I don’t know if I’m going to do anything with the film degree. It’s just kind of something that I always do anyway. When I was travelling this winter, I’d set up a camera and get second angles and whatnot, shoot film, some Super 8 here and there. I mean, professionally I don’t know where that’ll go, but down the road it’d be cool to be working on some sort of video or photo projects.
You just got back from Greece, isn’t that what you were doing?
Yeah, actually. My title was Production Assistant, but I was pretty much just doing bitch work for the cameraman, lugging around the tripod, changing lenses, setting up interviews. We were filming this group of guys who quit their jobs in Athens during the financial crisis, and moved to the country to start an eco-community. It was absolutely amazing being over there, no question some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Also, I was a driver, so I drove a big van around. That was fun, except in Athens, where it became a nightmare; there has to be a million little scooters jetting around that city that completely disregard cars.
That sounds really awesome. Let’s talk about Colorado. This state catches some hate, and I think we would both admit that it’s not entirely unfounded. Give us your take on this.
As much as I’d like to say there’s a good scene, compared to other areas on this continent, there’s not a good cohesive scene. It’s hard for good shit to come out of here. With individual riders, it happens, but for a group of individuals, it’s tough to make a breakthrough cause the scene’s not here, which is one of the reasons I like living here. People aren’t all concerned with it 100% of time. I mean, yeah, the Bangshow, all the homies there, (Mike) Goodwin, (Nick) Brewer, but in the scheme of snowboarding, it’s relatively small. Chad Otterstrom and Role Model Productions had a sick thing going on.
15 or so years ago, Colorado was the spot. Do you think there’s a chance of a Colorado revival in snowboarding, outside of the contest circuit?
Nothing’s permanent. Things are always in flux. Yeah, it was huge 10 years ago and whatnot, and it could see a revival next year.
It would take more than a year.
Alright, well it could see a revival five years from now. That stuff is dependent upon psychology and all these factors we don’t even understand. Maybe a couple key people move here, and more follow. Videos are all online now. So if you’re seeing videos, it’s going to start changing people’s minds. Like Smoke Signals, that’s going be sick as hell. If more projects like that, and more crews like that, and even younger guys than that, start pushing their own type of videos into the web world, it starts getting people’s attention. I think that’s the key right there. The riders are here. They’re mostly people who don’t give a shit about being famous because they just care about going and riding doing their thing, they don’t care so much about being in the scene. Kyle Hay is one of the first people that comes to mind, best style, great snowboarder. Him and Colin and the whole Hobo crew are amazing, hugely talented and definitely on the come up. The One Glove crew is also killing it. But for the most part it’s a lot of people who are just focused on riding, and not necessarily going 110% to film some video part that people may or may not even see.
I think that actually summed things up really well. This is out of left field; you’ve got two younger brothers, one skis and one rollerblades, how did you let that happen?
Dude, I tried really hard. I pushed skateboarding on my brother from the time I was eight years old, but he doesn’t give a fuck and is going to do whatever he wants to do anyway. My other brother skis. I also tried forever, but he was never down. He just wanted to fuckin’ ski. He’s really good at it, so maybe he made the right decision.
Aside from those choices, they’re both awesome, so good job. It seems like whenever we party together, there’s a point late at night where you disappear, and it’s with a chick.
Is that really how it goes down?
It’s how it goes down.
I mean, you’re a nice guy, heart of gold, but you must have broken some hearts.
Are you talking about your sister?
No, I know you hit on my sister at some party during SIA or something, but we both know you didn’t get anywhere with that. Good try, but I mean just in general. When did you become a ladies’ man?
I’m not a ladies man, I’m just not good at having a girlfriend. Dude, mad girls are going to read this.
No they’re not, it’s Yobeat.
I’m just trying to find the love of my life.
You have Mono right now. You get mono by making out with people.
I do have Mono right now. I don’t know how I got it. It definitely could’ve been from a girl though. Who knows, it could’ve been from anything, partying way too much, drinking other people’s beers, being at the bar and just taking other people’s drinks. I have no idea, but Mono definitely sucks.
You take other people’s drinks?
If I get really hammered, sometimes around 1:45, you know, they stop serving, and there’s like tons of people who leave their full beers.
Yeah, I’ve actually done that too. Have you ever sent a dick pic before?
Are you lying?
You were in an Apple iPad commercial. Yobeat actually posted it and said they had no idea who you were, then one of the commenters said “Homie got 16 Gs for that 2 sec clip.” Is that true?
Definitely not. It might have been a quarter of that. I still don’t really know how it happened, but my buddy just called and goes, “Was that you in the Apple commercial?” And that was how I found out.
Did you have any idea that it was going to happen?
Yeah, I knew it could happen. I guess how it went down is, my friend who used to go to school at Colorado here, works for Apple and he hit me up saying something about “I showed Apple your YouTube, essentially. And that was it. Two weeks later, people started calling and texting me saying that I was on the Apple commercial and that was pretty sick, and I did get a check, but not for $16,000. That’s pretty much how I spent all winter snowboarding, that was the 2010 or 11 season I think.
Your footage in the Skeleton Crew’s Media Offline was cool, but your shot in the intro, that was really cool.
Yeah, Alan Parenteau and I had a few shots in the Skeleton Crew video together. Are you referring to when I got my hair cut by a machete, on a chopped log?
I’d call it a stump, but yeah.
Yeah, that’s what it’s called, a stump. Yeah, I had really long hair, that was two summers ago, I hated it, so I started cutting it off with my knife and then Cody Booth said, “Why don’t I just cut your hair with this machete on the stump, and it was a horrible idea, HORRIBLE idea, but we did it anyway, and he sliced three inches, maybe four inches off my hair. I got a lot of compliments on that haircut, actually. I thought it was a pretty damn good haircut.
It was a pretty good haircut. Let’s talk about Keep the Change and Roll Call. You didn’t have a sponsor that bought you into the video, but you went out and filmed with those guys for the majority of the winter, and you should have your season’s shots in the video.
Yeah, basically there was no plan of me being in the video, but I’m good friends with (Mike) Rav, and Skylar Brent, all those guys. Rav called me up; I just randomly happened to be back home, I think early for Christmas or something. He called me up and said, “You want to come meet us in Worcester for a couple days.” They had just gotten a bunch of snow, so yeah, I went and met them and it worked out pretty well. We got a whole bunch of shots, everyone who was there. It ended up being really fun, super easy, really mellow, so we just kind of kept it goin’ from there I guess
What now? You’re leaving tomorrow for Oregon.
Yeah, leaving tomorrow. I’m driving out to Oregon and I’ll be at Windells for the rest of the summer.
One time you told me that when you drive cross-country, you put your laptop on the dash of your Suburban and you watch movies.
Yep. There’s been a couple of times going to Oregon, solo. I don’t know, there’s not much else to do.
Do you not care about the safety of others on the road?
I’m a superb driver and can multitask quite well. It’s always a movie I’ve already seen. I don’t need to watch 100% of the picture, I can listen to it.
It’s like a book on tape, with visuals.
Exactly. It’s like a book on tape, except you get visuals every couple seconds.
Have you ever watched porn while driving?
Have you ever rubbed one out while driving cross-country?
I’m not going to say anything on that.
What happens after summer?
After Windells this summer, I don’t really know. I’ll probably try to do some video work in the Fall, like production assistant work, or editing, or shooting photos. I have no idea yet, cause we’re not there, and I have nothing lined up. Ideally I’ll make some money and then do it all over again next season. I’m hoping the East Coast gets a lot of snow again cause this winter was really easy having it snow all the time there and having things really close together. It just makes going out and filming awesome. It’s not a chore that you have to do.
So would you say you’re trying to pursue snowboarding?
I mean, of course I’m trying to pursue snowboarding, but what does that even mean? What does that get you these days? It’s just one of the funnest things I’ve found to do, ya know? And I’ll do it as long as I can. Pursuing it might come in a bunch of different varieties. It might mean something in the industry, it might mean something video or film related. If everything allows, it might just mean snowboarding for awhile, which would be awesome in my book. I can’t really see further than a year. I kind of just take it one year at a time.
Who has helped you out?
Satellite- Raul and JG, those guys have always hooked it up and been a huge help, and then Rome for the past couple seasons. They pretty much made it possible for me to do a lot that I did this year. Stephen and Brad at Von Zipper have also been a big help, Rav and Skylar, Colton (Feldman), Rob (Balding), all the KTC guys, they’ve been a huge help, my parents bought me my first snowboard, wouldn’t have been able do shit without them. And all my friends who I snowboard with, they’re the daily inspiration.
When I got here you were reading Jason Dill’s latest rant in Thrasher. Do you want to go on any sort of rant?
No, I don’t want to go on a rant, but his was pretty damn funny. He basically claims that for the past twelve years he has been a drug addicted, alcoholic, lazy piece of shit, doing nothing, who gets out of jail, gets a cover, and everyone praises him for it and he gets high fives, then he ends it with, “This is why I fucking love skateboarding.” I cracked up when I read that. It pretty much made my day. That’s not necessarily my approach. Fuck it, though. It’s entertaining, more power to him.