Look Who's Calling Eric Messier

Dylan Thompson

His style isn't limited to his riding.

Eric Messier is a mystic creature. He has been slaying puffy powder pillows in near obscurity around the Tahoe area for some time now. He's immersed himself in the life of a mountaineer and just watching him turn is satisfying. Though many people will recognize him as the guy who never says much in the new season of "Danny and the Dingo," others know him as the guy who soul surfs down buttery lines in all 14 edits of the new COMUNE video -- it's an odd duality indeed. Messier is a hero for the new age beatnik mountain revolutionary in all of us, because in 2011, the revolution will be televised.

How are you?
I'm not feeling that well -- last night was Robbie Sell's going away party.

Perfect. I just saw the first episode of Danny and the Dingo... I'm not sure what happens later in the season, but you didn't talk once.
[Laughs] Yeah, it was kind of awkward at first because I'm not use to having a camera in my face, and I didn't know Danny or Dingo before that. I met them the first day we started filming. I got used to it a little bit, but I'm not really a TV personality. I just went so I could go shred with them.

You don't really seem to push hard to be a professional snowboarder -- are you naturally that mellow, or is that a conscious choice?

Jeff Beard

So big-mountain pow turns aren't all he can do.

I think that's just the way I am. I don't want to take snowboarding too seriously. I'm not trying to make a fortune off of snowboarding, I just want to travel and see the world. Snowboarding is something I love to do. I don't want to ruin it by stressing out about it all the time.

Do you still live in a car?
[Laughs] That only happened for like a month! After that I started sleeping on my friend's floor for the winter.

Your friends are like the urban hipsters rail kids, but you seem to be more of a soul carving freeride dude.
Yeah, I don't know. Ben Rice and my other friends are getting more into the backcountry stuff. We have snowmobiles this year. I like the powder best, but maybe I will hit some urban stuff this year. I think I've got it in me.

You seem like you were born in the wrong time, like you should have been alive in the late 1960s.
Yeah! I'm way into oldies music even stuff earlier then that from like the '50s. I wish I would have been alive in that era, but I like all types of music. I'm into everything. Wait... what was the question?

You answered it. You have always walked your own path in snowboarding -- is there anything right now that bugs you about it?
Nothing really bothers me about snowboarding. Maybe kids talking s--- on the Internet -- yeah, Internet haters!

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