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Friday, April 6, 2012
Look Who's Calling Sean Black


Sean Black
Sean Black, getting kinky.

Sean Black doesn't have a bedding collection featured at Target, he wasn't sponsored at age four, and he doesn't wear jeggings. In fact, despite a vaguely similar last name, Sean Black doesn't have much in common with that other Shaun at all. That doesn't stop the jokes from rolling in, though.

What Sean Black does have is an outstanding part in Think Thank's movie "Ransack Rebellion" that was full of kinks, street gaps, and enough creative jibs to make you want to run out into the streets with a crew of friends and a Banshee Bungee. Instead of contests, Black represents the side of snowboarding that's all about getting creative in the snow with your friends. And if he keeps rolling with Think Thank this should be something he continues accomplish for a long time to come.

So Sean... where are you from, exactly?
Well I was born in Michigan, but I moved around with my Mom a lot. So I've lived in New York, Ohio, Southern California, San Francisco, and Colorado. Now I live in Utah. I started snowboarding at Killington in Vermont, but my Mom kind for made it happen for us wherever we lived. I think I really started to take it seriously in Colorado, though, when I was riding at Crested Butte.

Sean Black
Always put your money on black.

Crested Butte isn't exactly a hub of urban snowboarding. Do you have some backcountry skills?
[Laughs] Yeah, for sure. I wouldn't say backcountry, but I definitely grew up riding steep terrain with a lot of powder. I always liked rails, but didn't really start riding them until I moved to Salt Lake. I still have a sled and the first couple of years I lived here we would go out a lot, but the last few seasons I haven't been riding as much backcountry, just because of the crews I have been filming with.

I feel like you got noticed because of web edits and just sort of doing your own thing filming. Is there any truth to that?
For me it was definitely trying to take exposure into my own hands because I realized there were a lot of gate keepers that could control your destiny. So I just wanted to have control over what I was putting out, which ended up being a bunch of web edits.

So do you think it's easier for kids to get noticed now because of the Internet or harder because of the influx of web edits coming out?
It's a double edge sword for sure. There are a lot of snowboarders who have become well known who would have never had the opportunity to, but everyone is putting out videos now so it's harder to really stand out. I feel like I got lucky with that because I was at the beginning of the online video craze.

Now you're with Think Thank, which is a well-respected film crew. How did that end up happening?
I was working at High Cascade and knew the Salt Lake dudes that film with them. I had met Jesse Burtner that year at Superpark, so while I was at camp Scott Stevens told me that Jesse was talking about possibly letting me film with them. I thought it would be awesome. That same year I signed with Arbor Snowboards and they sponsored the video so that help get me a spot.

Your trip to Michigan made the local news. Is it interesting to see how non snowboarders react to what you guys are doing?
That was super fun. It was almost refreshing -- when you're filming you get so stuck in this mindset. Everyone you're with is focusing on the same thing and that becomes normal for you. When you get an outside perspective it can be pretty funny because they don't speak the same language or understand it really, but they're hyped.

Why wasn't Victor [Simco] wearing pants?
[Laughs] I think he was trying to hit on the news lady.