When our editor in chief returned from his trip to Mt. Baker in mid December he talked a lot about the freezing temperatures. But I don’t recall him mentioning Lucas Debari once. This kid is a true Mt. Baker local – his family owns Milano’s, the infamous restaurant in Glacier. When he wasn’t scrubbing cheese off dishes in the kitchen, he was up the road shredding pillow lines, spinning off natural hits and getting buried in the white room. His skills earned him a Transworld Rookie of the Year Award, a win of the Banked Slalom in 2007 and impressive parts in Transworld’s “These Days" and People’s “Nice Try".
Why we are writing this? Well, he is the latest addition to the ROME SDS team. Here’s what Rome's Ryan Runke has to say about this great moment of team management: “About 15 months ago I sat down with Bjorn and watched Lucas’s part in ‘These Days’ and since then I have wanted to find a way to get him on Rome. It was just a matter of timing. His obvious ability to ride the entire mountain with power and style, mixed with a humble and down-to-earth approach to life feels like the perfect fit."
Bjorn adds this: “The first word that comes to mind about Lucas is ‘powerful’. He’s a straight up all-mountain charger who attacks whatever he is riding. He rides on the edge but makes it look smooth with crazy amounts of style."
And here’s the man himself on joining the Rome SDS: “I am stoked to be a part of a company that is true to the soul of snowboarding. They have been keeping it legit since Day One. It is going to be great to be part of a tight crew of riders and have a brand that is supportive of who I am and what I want to do with my riding."
For the winter that just started firing up, Lucas has a full filming schedule. He’s already working on his part in the next Absinthe video. He’ll also be filming for Rome’s new project, and he’ll be taking a late-season trip with Jeremy Jones for Deeper.