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!
The Polish rail master Wojtek Pawlusiak - who you'll no doubt remember from his heavy urban jibbing in Pirates' 2014 movie Perceptions - has had a long career full of rail jams and movie appearances in the aforementioned Pirates movie, as well as Isenseven. More recently he's been keeping himself busy shredding both at home in Poland, at some of Europe's glaciers, and even heading to Dubai to shred sand dunes.
Back in spring this year, though, he embarked on no doubt his most important trip as he and his partner welcomed their daughter into the world. We're betting she's gonna have a heavy back tail on her...
Japanese US Open winner, star of a host of movies, and downright badass - Kazu Kokubo is the proud papa of no fewer than three nippers these days.
With a heritage in learning how to snowboard from his own father - and having already famously taken a young prodigy by the name of Ayumu Hirano under his wing - we'd say that Kazu is pretty well placed should he choose to train his grommets in the snowboarding arts. But if anyone expects him to do things by their rules - they're probably in for a shock...
YES snowboards co-founder and keen surfer (see above), DCP has had a long and diverse career in snowboarding - and, no stranger to tackling new challenges, he seems to have happily incorporated family life into the the mix now too. And, as his part in the recent Wildcats Never Die movie shows, he's more than capable of still sending it. As well as joining DCP in his sideways sliding endeavours, it isn't uncommon to see little cameos from the clan in the more recent videos out of the YES camp - like at the end of his YES Influences vid below:
Oh and this:
Fresh-faced Austrian bossman Gigi Rüf may not look it, but at 36 he's now officially in the realm of 'grown-up' - not only that, he's also a father of two.
Running Slash snowboards and bringing up a family, while putting out more insane video parts than pretty much anyone else in snowboarding (for a time he was averaging two a year shooting for both Pirates and Absinthe Films) is no mean feat by anyone's standards. These days he's still out there on the grind every season, and as this recent part of his from the Pirates' As The Crow Flies shows, Gigi is still one of the raddest guys to watch snowboard - dad, or otherwise...
Romain de Marchi
If you remember the YES Missions: The Pillow Search from a few years back you may well be aware that Romain De Marchi is another member of the YES crew that doesn't mind getting the family involved in video cameos.
And while he might not be charging quite as hard as he did back in the days of his memorable parts in Vivid or Pop, Romain is still fond of going full send with his patented wild style as evidenced by his recent section in Wildcats Never Die.
Xavier De Le Rue
Xavier De Le Rue has the uncanny knack of getting away with many things few of us would consider - but when it comes to dads who send it there are few who go as all in as this Frenchman.
From dropping some of the steepest lines around, to shipping off a whole crew to Antarctica, there's no doubt he's got the chops when it comes to serious snowboarding, and these days he's also passing on his knowledge to us more mortal riders through his Shred Hacks tip series. The straightline one, below, is a prime example, and if he's giving away these nuggets to us kooks then imagine the knowledge he'll impart on his kids...
Another recent recruit of the Rad Dad squad is longtime Ride and adidas ripper Jake Blauvelt. After bursting onto the scene as part of the 'new' Forum following the disbanding of the original team, Blauvelt made his name by taking his preternatural park skills increasingly onto natural terrain, before sacking off inbounds freestyle features entirely in his seminal part in Forum or Against 'Em - as good a reason as any to post this barnstormer below.
Following that he was the focal point of Naturally, filmed with Videograss and dropped one of the best edits from Chile that we've ever seen a couple years back. Bouncing between a wintertime residence in the Pacific Northwest and summers on the east coast to be closer to the family, we can imagine this winter he'll be choosing his snow-bound battles more discerningly, but you can be guaranteed that whenever Jake straps in it's going to be memorable.