[Photos: JK Media/Grilosodes]
For our latest instalment of Face/Time, we sat down with Slovenian bossman and mastermind of the Grilosodes, Marko Grilc, to talk about the importance of creativity in snowboarding.
Marko Grilc is one of the elder statesmen of snowboarding these days, but it doesn’t mean he’s content to rest on his laurels. His career has spanned the gap from ‘The Good Old Days’ to today’s technical insanity and information overload, yet he’s rolled with the punches and kept himself and his riding relevant. He’s also not afraid of thinking outside the box, so we hit him up to chat creativity…
What do you think it is about snowboarding that seems to draw creative people to it?
Well basically I think that it’s just the way it’s set up. You don’t really have that many boundaries, or there are but they’re not that tight, which show you the path you should go. There are all these ways to do it and it’s so wide – the range of snowboarding – so you have the freedom to choose and express yourself in any possible way. And choose the way you’re gonna ride or go through your day or whatever. It’s just such an open field and I just think that that kind of ‘lifestyle’ or that state of mind that gives you that throughout time, it opens up for so much creativity. I feel like if you’re getting put in a box from the beginning your mind doesn’t even think that it should get creative because it doesn’t see the opportunities, but if you have all this freedom then you start to think more and more what could be done, or what your way of doing it is, and that opens the door for so much creativity, I would say.
It’s not like tennis where you’re bound by the rules or the court…
Exactly. Basically a lot of sports have so many restrictions from the beginning – ‘this is the way you should play it, this is the way you have to do it’ – but snowboarding doesn’t have that many rules, when you step out of the competitive side. So that’s pretty cool.