For our latest instalment of Hacked, we rifled through the hard drive of British bossman Tyler Chorlton and discovered some gold dust from the early-season ripping he's done so far...
Tyler's had a hella long career in snowboarding, which seems to be able to be neatly split into three phases. The first began when we he caught our attention: back around the year 2002. The standard of British snowboarding had been steadily climbing, but at the British Champs that year in Mayrhofen our heads were turned by this 15-year-old grommet who was living in Andorra and riding at a level above and beyond what we'd come to expect from one of Her Majesty's servants. Even at that tender age he was riding at a level above most of Britain's pros, and it was clear that he had a bright future. From there he established himself at the forefront of a core group of British riders pushing boundaries in the UK movies and starting to get noticed further afield.
Never the kind of guy to be comfortable being a big fish in a small pond, Tyler was always keen to get in the mixer with the Euro-level riders and had the skills to make this happen. His undeniable talent and blanket UK coverage helped him step up to the Euro team with his sponsors, which in turn opened the doors to shoot with some of Europe's biggest movie crews - he filmed some memorable parts in the Yeahh Productions movies and, later, with the Pirates.
"His undeniable talent and blanket UK coverage helped him step up to the Euro team with his sponsors, which in turn opened the doors to shoot with some of Europe's biggest movie crews"
But when the industry's belts were forced to tighten, Tyler found himself cast aside by his main sponsors and endured a bit of time in the wilderness. Enter his third phase - Bataleon, Vans and Horsefeathers showed him some love, he got busy pushing out clips of himself pulling some mindbending carves and fell in love with a powder gun for freestyle riding. Now, he's back filming parts with the Rusty Toothbrush crew - a fine bunch of dudes to complement his approach to snowboarding - and his part in #DutyFreeCorruption is a solid example of where his riding's at as we shuffle into 2018.
Now it's his turn to get the Hacked treatment – the clips we swiped were from his pre- and early season adventures. From the Stubai Opening, to the Rusty Toothbrush premiere tour, to a Horsefeathers 'Sneak the Tweak' contest in a small Czech resort, and finally to a pow-laden early season time in Flachau at the Bataleon sales meeting.
So hit that play button and strap in for some trademarked Chorlton carves (that one-foot one though!), cameos from the likes of Alex Stewart, Eiki Helgason, Halldor Helgason, Ethan Morgan and the legendary Larrogs, and some of the finest car techno you'll see this week...