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|Alex's mom doesn't care if he slides handrails, as long as he stops standing up on his motorcycle.|
He's a motorcycle madman and there's footage floating around on the Internet of him trying to seduce a bear, but Alex Andrews is more then just some wild child on the verge of losing control. The Salt Lake based Burton am is just starting to shine and if his part in last year's Videograss movie is any indication of what his future is going to look like, then we have a special talent on our hands.
Andrews' riding is fast and loose, and just like those hellcats in Top Gun he isn't afraid to get inverted. From hand plants to gnarly kinks, Andrews has made a name for himself both in the streets and in the park. We caught up with the young up and comer to find out about his future and what his mom thinks about him playing Evel Knievel.
Hey Alex, how are you doing?
I'm doing real good man.
How has your summer been?
My summer has been really good. I went to Hawaii with the family and I rode my motorcycle to Yellowstone with my friends and did some camping and skateboarding.
Did you surf Pipe while you were in Hawaii?
Yeah, I totally surfed the North Shore! No, I just did some longboarding, toes on the nose type stuff.
How did you get into motorcycles?
Well, I've always been into motorcycles since I was a little kid, so when I turned 16 I bought a little street bike. Jeremy Jones and those dudes were really into motorcycles so I started riding around with them and getting really into it. I actually started riding motorcycles with Jeremy before I started snowboarding with him.
Sixteen is pretty young to get into motorcycles. Were your parents bummed at all?
(Laughs) Oh yeah, my dad isn't motorcycle inclined at all He's mechanically inclined, but he recently wrecked my motorcycle in the driveway. My mom is always worried, but she understands and lets me do my thing. The other day my mom told me should would stop paying for my health insurance if she saw me standing up on my motorcycle seat one more time.
|Andrews stays loose even in the tightest of situations.|
Do you live with your parents?
No, my girlfriend and I bought a house in Salt Lake about a year ago.
Wow, that's very responsible.
Yeah, people say that.
You don't strike me as a very responsible person.
(Laughs) That's funny. I guess I was just tired of putting my money into the black hole of rent.
I saw a video on the Burton website where you are flirting with a bear. Do you have the ability to communicate with animals?
I'm super hyper active and I really love animals. Everyone was telling me to stay away from the bears, and when people tell me to stop doing something it just makes me want to do it more. Burton isn't known for hooking up rail riders who don't compete. How did you get on the team?
Well, I worked really hard. I wasn't one of those kids that got to go to a snowboard academy. I went to a regular high school and actually graduated. I basically was just working at a shop and was getting boards from the local reps and filming with friends. The reps were sending my footage to Jeremy and one day he called me and told me he was stoked and invited me on a trip with the Burton dudes. I would say Jeremy was my biggest help, but it took a lot of hard work.Jeremy has a reputation of being a little cold. Do you think he's misrepresented?
Your VG part this year is sick. Who are you filming with this winter?
Thanks! I'm going to have shots in the Videograss movie and I will have some in Think Thank. I have a full part filmed, so I might put out an online part with Analog or something like that. I feel like you a lot of your personality shows in your style. Is that conscious?
To be honest I just sort of snowboard the way I have my whole life. I just s try to look at things differently and like lines that are a little more creative. I like a looser style and I guess that goes pretty well with my personality.