Snowboarding is growing up – there’s no doubt about it. And as our contributor Pingu once asserted, in metaphorical years it’s well into adulthood and staring down the barrel of the big 3-0 by now…
So it might not be such a big surprise that there is a significant proportion of the pro community who – as well as finding time for snowboarding – have graduated into that role of ‘parent’. And while there are plenty of hard-shredding mamas out there, seeing as today is Father’s Day in many places of the world we decided to throw some shakas to members of the tribe who can proudly call themselves Rad Dads.
Unlike aspiring Rad Dads who provide countless fodder for Jerry of the Day, these guys actually have a history of radical feats to support their claim to that title.
So here they are…
Slovenian snowboarder Marko Grilc has had a long career loaded with the kind of currency all pro snowboarders strive for: contest wins, video parts, interviews and web series. But at the start of last winter he evolved his popular Grilosodes into primarily Facebook-based Grilogs, and for many of his missions he brings along his kids Maxx and Ema along for the ride (see above).
What prompted his focus on not only taking his kids shredding, but bringing the world along for the ride?
“So I took [Maxx] shredding and I posted the video and it got like 800,000 views or something. I was like ‘Holy fuck!’ I got a lot of messages from people who didn’t know kids that young could ride, or that you could get gear like this for kids. If one little dude goes and shreds, which means his parents as well, they are going several times a year. Just that was enough to make me think that we’re gonna shred more and cruise as a family.”
As parenting goes, it’s certainly a world removed from yelling from the touchlines on a Sunday morning. Yeah Grilo!