Old School – Fear of the Park Interview

by The Good Life on September 18, 2010

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I just saw this on fear of the park.  A small interview series they are running.. check it out… sorry to post things about myself, but good on them for their website….http://www.fearofthepark.co.uk/?p=11576

Old School – Jon Weaver.

Welcome to the Old School – a series of new articles on Fear of The Park that takes a look back at some of the talented individuals from the UK scene past, getting an insight into what snowboarding was like when they were top of the pile.
First up, we’ve got the words and thoughts of Jon Weaver, UK rail slayer and all-round good egg.
Enjoy the first round of Old School.
When did you first start riding and how long have you been riding for?
I started riding at the age of 17, and am still going aged 30.  No I don’t have a media age.
You’ve done some seasons for sure. How many winters did you ride for?
I did 2 winters before Uni, on a punter season working as a Chef. Then after Uni another 3 seasons. I worked for Whitelines though through those seasons, doing the dryslope section so always had myself involved in various things.
Of all the places you have been do you have any favourites?
Probably Norway, or Iceland. Both are amazing places and have such a surreal light it’s just amazing to experience.  I am lucky to have been there.
What would you say your snowboarding speciality was? Park, pipe or rails?
Park and street rails, but loved a bit of pow too. Couldn’t land it for toffee though.
jw_stefankornfieldHow about film? All snowboarders love being in the limelight – so did you make it into any films or productions?
Hungerpain.  That was the one and only.  I remember choosing the song; Damian Doyle said “imagine this is your one and only part for ever.  It needs to be a song you can listen to again and again.” I chose The Distillers. Great choice!
My most outstanding achievement…. Making the Hungerpain movies.  That’s the thing I am very proud of because I felt something needed doing in the UK scene, and so just got up and did it.  I was out of pocket on each movie, but whatever, you gotta do these things for your own good.
It annoys me so, so much nowawdays when I hear UK riders say “what can I do with my footage, no one is making a video this year”.  Just get up and do something for yourself! Just pull your finger out! Even if you just make a small edit once a month in your season, its all good.
When you look back over your career, you must be pretty stoked at what you achieved. You essentially pushed the boundary of UK Jibbing and street riding to a new level. Do you have a certain sense of pride, or are you playing it cool?
Thank you very much!  It was not that I set out to do it, but it was just that I grew up watching Simple Pleasures, Decade and True Life and spent time at Calshot dryslope while at Uni, where they had amazing rails. I decided against riding on snow for 1 year to get my degree finished and learnt as many rail tricks as I could.
I guess the best rail I have ridden was in Axamer Lizum, Austria, and the photo made a poster. That was amazing.
I have to say back then even others like Tom West were technically way better than me on rails, but it always just depends how much you apply yourself to it.
jw_ruvorembergWhat was the appeal of street rails to you? At the time when you were killing it the whole urban thing was pretty new?

It just came quicker than everything else to me.  I wouldn’t want to be in the game now though as a “rail rider”. You have to be soooooo good to make it. Look at the Euro’s like Halldor and Eiki its just unreal what they are doing. Even in the UK now. I mean look at the crew on rails – Jonny Russell, Little T they are all so good, I wouldnt stand a chance now against them. 

Street riding is a tough game, did you ever have any serious injuries as a result of rough falls?
Ha ha.  Never.

But since, well this year in fact, we went to Mtn High and I was doing frontboards and thinking I had it back, then I tried a boardslide aka baglady, and caught my edge.
When I came round to get up my left upper arm was snapped and pointing the wrong way.  Thats the last rail I will hit from now on.

I also broke my neck 4 years ago riding the park, landing on an ice cookie.  I had surgery, but it’s all good now.

You’re also a pretty rad park rider too, where has been your favourite park to ride over the years?
It’s been said before, but Mayrhofen is amazing.  The lift is quick, the jumps are perfect, and honestly after travelling to a lot of resorts, nowhere else compares.

They have this thing on your liftpass now which tracks where you ride – Last Christmas me and Tom (West) were doing 60 laps a day. Thats 3 jumps a run, so 180 hits a day! That wouldn’t be possible in Laax or Breck for example because the lifts take so long!
Even with all that you achieved over the years, would you take anything back or attempt to do things a different way?
All I would do is offer some advice to younger riders who are way more talented than I was (and there are a lot from the UK) – don’t go and screw it up by drinking your way through seasons.

Take some time to look after yourself. Go to the gym, eat well, sleep enough and actually concentrate on your riding.

There is so much good stuff to do in snowboarding and drinking every night of the season doesn’t get you there. Ask anyone and most will tell you the same thing.
How many days do you now get to go shred per year?
Oh… maybe 30-40 I suppose. I am a full-on weekend warrior. I shred more, but for example when I am at an event with the team, you don’t ride. You just bring food, drinks, give riders sunscreen, talk to the magazine guys about why that kid is the new future.  But days riding for myself is probably 30 days.
Are you still stoked on snowboarding?
Opening day in Hintertux last season, I stomped all four 5’s and two 7’s, and I recently re-learned methods after my horrible attempts of the last 6 years.
That should tell you that I absolutely love it still!
Thanks to the photographers for the photos of Jon – www.ruvophoto.com nataliemayer.com – Stefan Kornfield

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