With his mountain man redbeard and muy loco steelo, New Hampshire's Pat Moore is the future of East Coast snowboarding. At only 21 he's destroying everything he shreds and just copped a nomination for the Transworld Rider Poll's "Best Video Part" for his performance in Forum Or Against 'Em. I linked up with Pat on an unseasonably warm NYC afternoon overlooking the city skyline from the 27th floor of the Hotel on Rivingtonto politic on everything from his upcoming Skyscrapers event to getting Slayer to collaborate on his pro model. This is the one and only: Pat Moore. Pay attention.
Read the full interview here.
Think Air and Stylebut way sickerbecause it's here in New York.
How is Snowscrapers going down? The actual event is going to have a scaffolding jump to a hip landing so you can go either way, frontside or backside. There's gonna be sixteen riders, all the gnarliest dudes are coming. We've got legends like Terje who's gonna be there and some of the young dudes like Danny Davis and Kevin Pearce. The contest is gonna be crazy! Plus there will be concertswe've got Anthrax playing and Ludacris. So it's gonna be a big deal. The total prize money is 100k. First place gets 50. What has your role been in putting Snowscrapers together? I've been involved in anything as far as the riders go; anything as far as the jump goes. It was originally going to be a Big Air event but then it changed to a Quarterpipe event, and now it's a Hip Event. I think it's cool because they've never done a hip contest. Throughout the whole process, I was the one it had to pass by to make sure it was legit. Also I helped develop the rider list and in terms of how the whole contest was going to be run right down to the prize breakdown. It was my first event that I've been this involved with so it's been pretty fun. So switching it up a bit, you got nominated for the Transworld Rider Poll "Best Video Part" for Forum or Against 'Em. How does that feel? I'm way stoked. It sounds corny to say but just to be nominated is really rad. I voted for Travis because his movie is insane and he's done so much this year. I get stoked because I know I voted for him for a reason and to think that people voted for me for a reason is really rad. Did you think your part was going to be the shit when you finished it? I was psyched on it for sure. During the season I was psyched because things were working especially in the beginning of the season. The stuff that I wanted to get I was getting. But at the end of the year I had some injuries so in my own mind the part wasn't as strong as I wanted it to be. I'm still stoked on how it came out and our filmers and editors, they did a sick job and that goes a long way. Do you have a favorite part, of your part? My favorite shot in my part is this powder line. There's crazy snow everywhere and there is this triangle thing that I ride up and then do this line down and I was psyched that that made it into the video because I was trying to do backcountry lines all year and it wasn't really working and then that one, we were literally just up there for fun taking cruisers and enjoying the snow and just happened to get that shot. That was sick because a lot of times you work for something all year but for some reason your jump stuff isn't good enough or your rail stuff isn't good enough so it gets clipped. So to work for something super hard and then actually have something come out of it like the freeriding stuff when we really don't have freeriding in New Hampshire was awesome.
I voted for Travis because his movie is insane and he's done so much this year. I get stoked because I know I voted for him for a reason and to think that people voted for me for a reason is really rad.
How does it feel to go up against Blauvelt for the same award? [Laughs.] Well if I didn't vote for Travis I would have voted for Jake. Are you guys competitive? There's some of that for sure. But also there's a lot of camaraderie. My video part is only good because my teammates, my friends helped me get that and vice versa. So the competitiveness is positive. What do you think of the comparisons being made between the Forum 8 and the current crew and The Resistance and Forum or Against 'Em? I don't know. That's been said this year, comparisons between that video and this one and the old team and ours and I don't want to compare them. The Forum 8 was a whole different entity from what it is now. I think that you can't compare it, at least I can't. Growing up, I probably watched each of the old Forum videos hundreds of times, replaying and replaying every one of those parts so for me to make a comparison just doesn't equate in my head. Maybe to some other people it does. Does it bug you out that that's what you were like as a kid and now there is some kid somewhere feeling that way about you and watching your part over and over? Yeah it does. Haha! It's weird. I've totally fanned out on people. Like the first time I met JP I was like mad fanned out on him and the first time I met Peter, the same thing. So to have people do that to me is so weird because I'm still just a kid and fanning out to the dudes that I look up to. For real. So for this year are you doing a bunch of competitions or just riding and filming mostly? I'm gonna do a few of the Dew Tour stops and the Skyscrapers event and hopefully the Vans cup. I'm going to do as many contests as I can but we are also filming another Forum video so I'll be doing that pretty full time. What about FIS points or the Olympics or any of that? I don't have any of that really in mind. I tried the whole Olympic thing last time and just got hurt a lot and it was pretty much an uphill battle so that's not really one of my goals anymore. I'm more way stoked on the film and being one of the core riders putting out video parts and trying to progress snowboarding like that. Do you think snowboarding in the Olympics is a good thing overall? Yeah I think it's good. It not only has put snowboarding into the limelight but its also progressed halfpipe riding quite a bit. Through that it also progresses snowboarding outside of halfpipe competitions like the Olympics and stuff. Especially with the US sweep in Salt Lake, it just happened at the right time and snowboarding was ready for it. I think that Nagano was a waste but once they figured it out and had such a good showing in Salt Lake and then in Torino, it really became a good thing. Switching it up again, what's the story behind your board this year? For me it was a freak accident. I talked to our graphic designer and said, "Hey I have an idea, I want to do one like the way World Industries used to make knock off Slayer boards, I want the Slayer crest but for it to say Forum." The next day he called me and told me he was thinking about it and how the knock off had been done before and did I want him to just reach out to Slayer and try to do a co-brand? So I said "Hell Yeah!" I was freaking out and I didn't think it was going to happen at all and now in my mind, I wish I could have every board have this graphic for the rest of my life. The crest right between my feet is the sickest thing to me. Did you get to meet them? No but my team manager for Red Bull knows Jeff the guitarist so hopefully I will meet them next time they come around. Sick. So one last thing what's up with the Pat Moore foundation? Well it's a program I'm developing in New Hampshire... Wait you mean it's not the center for drug rehabilitation in southern California? You know that's the first thing that comes up when you Google your name? What?? No way! But I really did start a scholarship this year. I bet that's gonna come up in conversation again. What it really is, though, is a way to get kids to be able to go to Waterville Academy who don't have the money. Also I want to help local kids from the surrounding towns like Campton and Holderness to be able to get into the snowboard program at Waterville for cheaper because it sucks to have such a sick mountain right there but not have the money to be a part of it. Anything else that's on your mind for this year? I just want to keep it going. I have so many ideas in my head for tricks and for contests so I'm just trying to catch up to my thoughts. Big time I want to film another really good video part. My ultimate goal is to have the last part in a Forum video and also to win "Video Part of the Year" sometime in the future. That would be the ultimate. Well you just might have your chance sooner than you think. Holler at your sponsors and fam. Thanks to my family and friends in New Hampshire. Forum, FourSquare, Red Bull, Electric, Volcom, Eastern Boarder and Waterville Valley. Thanks a lot Pat! Thank you.