Name: Billy Bjork
Setup: Ride Helix, Ride Rodeo bindings, Ride Triad Lace boots
Other Sponsors: Nectar Sunglasses, Ride, Neff, Giro, Black Strap
Where do you attend school?
I’m a senior at Chanhassen High School. Still trying to decide on college for next year.
How was your season last year?
This last season was my best season so far. I rode after school with my friends every day, and hit street spots on weekends. We made a park video series called Young & Hungry, which turned out great. Now, we have a street movie in the works for this fall. I am also about to go to USASA Nationals and then SnowboarderMag’s The Launch after that.
What are your plans/goals for the upcoming season?
With going to college, I’ll probably have a lot less time to ride since I’ll be so busy. I am going to try ride on weekends and hopefully find a good crew to ride with. I still want to keep traveling and competing if possible, and hopefully get to go The Launch again.
What is the weirdest thing thats ever happened to you while snowboarding?
A couple years ago at USASA Nationals at Copper, my friends and I built a backcountry jump to learn doubles. Eventually after all of us got tired from hiking, we decided to relax and build a bonfire in the snow. The bonfire was super cool, but eventually it got way too big and we had to put it out. After I left a helicopter flew by checking to see if it was a forest fire!
What are the best and worst things about snowboarding?
I would say my favorite thing about snowboarding is that there is always room for progression. No matter what level you are at, beginner or pro, there is always something new to try. I love riding with a bunch of friends, all with different riding styles, and being able to continuously push each other on to better, more creative tricks. The only negative aspect of snowboarding I can think of is that it can get pretty hard on your body, especially when you are taking +100 laps per day via towrope.
So far, no major injuries besides the regular soreness in my knees and stuff. I want to keep riding as long as my body will allow me- so far so good!
What do you do in your free time besides snowboarding?
I played varsity football for Chanhassen. It was cool having a team sport as well as an individual sport, and it has taught me a good work ethic. I also stay busy wakeboarding, cliff jumping, climbing buildings, and doing whatever gets the adrenaline pumping. I also like to chill with friends when I am in the mood to relax and hang out.
Something unique about yourself.
My family has hosted 7 foreign exchange students over the years.
All of my friends from school, the Hyland crew, the Goon Squad, my parents, and anyone else who has helped me out along the way.