[Photo: Cyril Mueller]
For day two of Ethan Morgan's In Focus takeover week, we reached out to some of his fellow riders, team managers past-and-present, and filmers he's worked most closely with, to give some insight into what makes the guy tick.
Thankfully there was a healthy mix of love, respect and shit-talking from the boys - can't have this being a full-on long walk at sunset after all.
Scroll on to find out what the guys who know the Germerican Bataleon rider best have to say...
Ethan Morgan Freemo AJ Simpson Anderson is one of my all time favourite persons.
Always in a good mood even when he is in a bad mood, one of the funniest persons of all times, professional/amateur partier and on top of all that he is a sick snowboarder.
I first met Freeman in 2009, I think, during the Andreas Wiig invitational. We were both wearing as many colours as we possibly could, of course.
We started spending a lot more time together when we were both riding for Nike and I can only say that we have had some awesome insane time together haha: riding, filming, contests, (not) qualifying for the OldLimpDicks, partying, traveling, creating the RV juice, stealing carpets, making edits, DJing and we even made a song together called Where Are The Meatballs From?
Thank you, AJ, for the good times, and let’s keep them going.
Jon Weaver - Former Forum and Nike Team Manager
I’m not sure if anyone cares to hear from an old washed up snowboarder like me, but, well, here goes...
Ethan. When we signed him way back when he was like four-foot-zero and probably wore clothes for someone seven feet tall. He was part of the Rippendales crew, but despite all the bagginess, he was an amazing rider who progressed pretty quickly and lived through every era pretty quick.
- He was the XXL gangster.
- He was the park rat.
- He had a coach and did the Olympic thing and quit that.
- He did the filming thing and was actually pretty good at that. One of those riders who could hit rails one day, backcountry next day, jumps the next.
- He tried the Olympic thing again with Halldor and quit that. Probably for the best.
- He then filmed some more and his part last year in the Method film was amazing, stoked to see that.
I’ve known him for like 12 years, I guess, and he is one of the nicest kids ever. Some of the stories you couldn’t publish here, but he’s a good dude.
"When we signed him way back when he was like four-foot-zero and probably wore clothes for someone seven feet tall" - Jon Weaver, ex-Forum TM
Ethan Morgan was born in a Japanese gas station. Lived in the USA until he was 4, then Germany took him in, and now he calls Austria home. I first met Ethan in Breckenridge at Dew Tour, we ended up having a massive party at the Swoosh house when we were probably 17 and knew Ethan was A) One of the sickest humans ever, and B) Able to party like a true German/Japanese/Austrian American.
I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with Ethan in various parts of the world and also different elements (contests, rail trips, backcountry trips) and he can seriously ride whatever is in front of him whether it be an icy park jump, a savage handrail, or a legendary backcountry spot. On trips he is always one to bring the best attitude and laughs... or goes full freakout, Mikey LeBlanc-style, only to be laughing his ass off at himself 10 seconds later. When Ethan Morgan is given an opportunity, he goes 110% into it and leaves it all out on the spot.
He has more nicknames than I can count, after a few drinks he will basically agree with anything anyone says even if he isn’t down, and he honestly is a hands down badass snowboarder that doesn’t give a damn about anything and let’s his raw snowboarding do the talking. The crazy thing is, he hasn’t hit his peak at all yet. Snowboarding is lucky to have someone like Ethan Morgan in this generation.
"On trips he is always one to bring the best attitude and laughs... or goes full freakout, Mikey LeBlanc-style, only to be laughing his ass off at himself 10 seconds later." - Sage Kotsenburg
Ethan Morgan ... what can I say? I've known the dude for almost two decades now (DAMN WE'RE GETTING OLD!?!?!?) and am happy to count him as one of my closest friends. I don't know any person that is as hooked on snowboarding as he is – he's always thinking about new tricks, new projects and creative ideas for his next project... He's definetely the one dude I love riding with the most, always making me try new stuff and getting me to step out of my comfort zone.
Besides snowboarding, I really hate him. He's always late, lazy as fuck, insanely stupid, thinking he's the best cook in the world, the world's sketchiest driver, a fucking Vegetarian cause he watched a documentary... the dude's a mess, hahaha! But at the same time that's all the stuff I love him for, so it's all good I guess.
But for real, he's one of the nicest and kindest people I know and I really hope he'll stay the way he is.
"He's always late, lazy as fuck, insanely stupid, thinking he's the best cook in the world, the world's sketchiest driver, a fucking Vegetarian cause he watched a documentary... the dude's a mess, hahaha!" - Flo Corzelius
Daniel Diedrich - Videographer
Isänmäan, Anal, AJ, or Freemanson? German, American, Japanese or Austrian? Or
Germamerijapanaustrian? Nobody even knows what is going on here, not even Ethan himself.
A few years ago, confused about his identity and searching for financial stability after Nike's strong pull out game, a state- and penniless Isänmäan asked me if I was down to do a bigger project with him. Without having talked about any concept/story or whatever, of course, I agreed. Since we generally have a very similar perspective on snowboarding (TFA times together with Flodschli (Flo Corzelius), Swagman (Simon Pircher) and some pow-fuzzis) I knew, this would be a fun – or, let's say, different – project.
While we were trying to find a suitable name, admittedly, a lot of bullshit came out of our mouths. Disgusted by that classic "full part/season edit", in a state of pure ingenuity, Anal somehow proposed the name "Ethan Morgan Sponsor Me Tape". Throughout the whole project, we continuously outdid each other's stupidity and randomness and had tons of intense times filming and editing that thayyuuunggg...
And that's exactly why I am pumped on AJ. Whether it's casually hangin' at the spot or when workin' our asses off for di people dem to watch pan di Vimeo account, it's never gonna get boring with that mofo. Freemanson somehow always manages to forget – or fuck – something up, ask a dumb question or just randomly forces you as the filmer to get a super heavy cameo, even if that means downgrading his own shot...
To put it in a nutshell, as you journalists say, that weirdo E.... (whatever you call him) deserves some mad props for his general approach to snowboarding coz I think a healthy dose of weirdness/randomness is surely a cure for the notorious wank...
"Whether it's casually hangin' at the spot or when workin' our asses off for di people dem to watch pan di Vimeo account, it's never gonna get boring with that mofo" - Daniel Didrich, Filmer
Larrogs - Bataleon Team Manager
Definitely the highest profile German rider since David Benedek, Ethan Morgan’s juggled his time between parks, street rails, BC kickers, and… paaaaaaarty!
Ethan is one of those riders that can ride anything equally well. Ethan is talented: whilst his skills are obvious, he breaks conformity with his laid back approach to riding, he always want to learn again and again some news moves with his own dope style, which shows that having a good time is paramount to his snowboarding. He is inspiring me and so many others riders.
I remember seeing this lil’ kid back in days, when he was still riding for Forum Snowboards, and I was thinking: “Damm it, this kid is ripping it with the flow and the attitude, he knows how to snowboard like anyone else… One day he will be in my team, I know it!" Just watch his bangers in the Nike movie Never Not Part 1 (2012), in the Standard Films movie 2112 (2012), in all the Sexual Snowboarding movies, his rad Sponsor Me Tape (2015), all the TFA movies with his homies, his Ethan Morgan's Intergalactic Park Edits web series, or his last mental edit Coming Home - Top To Bottom Nordkette… then you will know what I’m talking about, period!
Hell yeah he is a crazy, lovely dude and an insane mad rider. I simply love to be in his funny company, and do some trips with him as I know that it will be all about some crazy adventures with a lot laughs and some complete mayhem.
Here is E-hund, my lil’ bro.
"I remember seeing this lil’ kid back in days, when he was still riding for Forum Snowboards, and I was thinking: “Damm it, this kid is ripping it with the flow and the attitude, he knows how to snowboard like anyone else…" L'Arrogs, Bataleon TM