MATT CHASE

 

Name: Matt Chase

DOB: 07/31/1995

Age: 18

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Height: 5-5

Weight: 135

Instagram: @mattchase5

Setup: Burton Women’s Déjà vu Restricted Snowboard, Burton Malavita EST Bindings, Burton Ion Boots

Other sponsors: The House Boardshop & Burton

Where do you attend school?

Southwest Christian High School

How was your season last year?

Way too much fun! I got to snowboard every day, travel a bit, and film some too.

What are your plans/goals  for the upcoming season?

I’m looking forward to film at some burly urban spots this year. The House Boardshop is going to help me out. I’m looking into getting a few construction vests so we don’t get busted shoveling on top of roofs and such.

I’m also traveling the Rev Tour Slopestyle circuit this year, USASA Nationals, PBRJ National Championships, and whatever other trips comes along my way.

What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you while snowboarding?

I’m at Wild Mountain in Wisconsin about to go for a frontside 900 on one of their bigger jumps. I spun too early and caught my toeside edge on the lip of the jump. I dipped my shoulder and landed a frontside rodeo. First and only frontside rodeo I have ever landed in my life. One for one.

What is the best and worst part about snowboarding?

The best part about snowboarding is that feeling you get when all the hard work at a spot or at a contest finally pays off. Such a great feeling.

The worst part about snowboarding is without a doubt recovering from injuries. You care about snowboarding so much, and you would do so much to stay in the game, but you have to cope with the fact that the best thing you can do is sit on your couch and do absolutely nothing.

Any injuries?

Concussion, broken ankle, stress fracture in the back, muscle contusion.

What do you do in your free time besides snowboarding?

I love hanging out with my friends from my school. God has blessed me with such a fun group of friends. Shenanigan city: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUx2gIGgLsI

Something unique about yourself:

I have no idea why I do this, but if I don’t eat breakfast, I sneeze 2 or 3 times. It makes me less hungry. It’s weird.

Shoutouts:

Jesus Christ, Guf, Jayson from Burton, my parents, Bolt, Connor Piche

Matt Chase Hand drag

BILLY BJORK

 

Name: Billy Bjork

DOB: 08/23/1997

Age: 16

Hometown: Chaska

Height: 6’1

Weight: 180

Instagram: @billybjork

Setup: Ride DH2.7, Union Force bindings, Celsius Wasatch boots

Other Sponsors: Nectar Sunglasses

Where do you attend school?

I’m a junior at Chanhassen High School

How was your season last year?

Definitely my best season so far. I got up to Hyland almost 100 times, always a great time! Filmed a lot with my friends as well. Also, competed in USASA competitions and went to USASA Nationals at Copper in the spring. No major injuries besides a concussion on the second to last day of the season.

What are your plans/goals for the upcoming season?

I definitely want to keep competing in USASA competitions, and then do the Rev Tour my senior year. I would also like to film a lot with my friends at Hyland and do more urban. I hope I can have a long, injury-free season, and keep learning new tricks. Above all, I just want to enjoy every day out snowboarding with my friends!

What is the weirdest thing thats ever happened to you while snowboarding?

Last spring 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. One of us had the idea to build a bonfire, so we dug a huge hole in the snow, and searched for sticks to burn. Once we got it started, we just sat around for a while. When we were about to leave, we saw a firefighting helicopter fly by thinking it was a forest fire. Scared out of our minds, we all quickly destroyed the fire pit, strapped in, and made a dash for the woods. All of us pretty much straight-lined from the top of the mountain to the village… it was epic!

What are the best and worst things about snowboarding?

This is tough because there are so many good things I can think of, and hardly any bad ones. 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.

Any Injuries?

So far, no major injuries besides the regular soreness in my knees and such. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I got a concussion on the second to last day of the season last year, so I didn’t really miss anything. I hope I can continue to stay injury-free this season, and keep the old noggin safe of course!

What do you do in your free time besides snowboarding?

In the summer, I play football for my high-school. I like having a team sport as well as an individual sport, and it has taught me a good work ethic. I also stay busy wakeboarding, golfing, cliff jumping, 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.

Shoutouts:

My friends at Hyland (Evan, Grant, George, Robbie, Lukas, Belbas, Ford, etc.), my friends at school (Matt, Quinn, Z, Tyler, Derrick, etc.), and the goons (Colton, PK, Condor, and Chuck).

Billy Bjork double grab

JOE LOMAURO

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Name: Joe Lomauro (Joe Lomo)

DOB: 02/26/1995

Age:18

Hometown: Loveland, Ohio

Height: 6’1

Weight: 160

Instagram: joe_lomo

Setup: Nike boots, Burton Cartel bindings, DC MLF

Other sponsors: Noice Watches

Where do you attend school?

Iowa State (Heading back to school in Minnesota)

How was your season last year?

Last season was real dope I got to travel a lot this past year and miss a lot of school. I went out to North star and Sun Valley for the Rev tour. I went out to Colorado two times with the homies to shred and once for USASA Nationals. I also took a bunch of trips to ride around Minnesota and Wisconsin.

What are your plans/goals for the upcoming season?

This year I plan to not compete too much, I plan on coming out with a Backcountry/Urban part with Main Limit Productions out in Montana. This year will consist of a lot more of shredding for fun and becoming more rounded.

What’s the weirdest thing that ever happened to you while snowboarding?

I smelt the Turtle that lives at Hyland.

Any injuries?

I have had 6 concussions.

What do you do in your free time besides snowboarding?

I own a company called Noicewatches. Check it out.

Something unique about yourself:

I like turtles

Shoutouts:

@Noicewatches Noicewatches.com, Runamuck clothing for putting me on the team and supporting me from the beginning, my manager (Pat Mcgonagill), The Core 3

Joe Lomauro

GRANT ABRAHAMSON

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Name: Grant Abrahamson

DOB: 5/12/98

Age: 15

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 155

Instagram: GRANTABRAHAMSON

Setup: Salomon Sabotage 159, 32 boots, burton cartel bindings

Where do you attend school?

Chanhassen High School

How was your season last year?

Last year’s season was very promising. I met a bunch of new people and my riding increased exponentially.

What’s the weirdest thing thats ever happened to you while snowboarding?

When I was a mere child I spotted an elf on behind a tree and I unstrapped my snowboard and followed him to his cave where he was making toll house cookies for his master… Linus from charlie brown. He gave me a cookie and I left. I’ve never told anyone about this, but it is a true story.

What is the best part about snowboarding?

The best part about snowboarding is definitely the friends. Every time I go out snowboarding with my buds I have a great time. There’s nothing better then riding with people that make you laugh.

Any injuries?

I have broken my arm twice.

Something unique about yourself:

Due to my large amount of leg hair, I don’t have to wear pants in the winter.

Shoutouts:

George McDowell, Nick Belbas, Lukas Caye, Evan Severson, and Billy Bjork

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