Rider Insider / Parker Szumowski

A Couple Corona’s and Parker’s World Turns Upside Down – Photos: Colton Jacobs

If we had to describe K2 International Am Parker Szumowski in three words, we would use GOOD VIBES ONLY. With a heart of a gold and a smile that never fades, it’s hard to not feel excited when you’re around Parker. A board-dork at heart, Parker’s the last one to bed and the first one up in the morning, acting as a full cheerleader and getting the crew pumped for the day. Whether he’s searching for powder, paddling out into head-high waves, or rolling around in the deep end of a pool, he oozes style and creativity and just wants to keep the train rolling. It’s not hard to see his talent and work ethic, but it WAS pretty dang hard to lock down Dr. Zoom long enough for this interview.

Somehow, we got Parker to sit down long enough in-between swinging a hammer and fishing for lobster to chat with him and get a peek behind the curtain of some of his favorite things in our newest installment of the RIDER INSIDER:

FIRST 5 THINGS YOU DO IN THE MORNING:

  1. Wake myself up
  2. Wake up my roommate Tyler
  3. Get dressed
  4. Brush my teeth
  5. Go to work

5 SONGS YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY:

  1. 50 Cent – I Get Money
  2. Hell Rell – Get Them Bricks Off
  3. Roxy Music – More Than This
  4. Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
  5. Primus – John The Fisherman

5 FAVORITE MEALS YOU’VE COOKING UP:

We’ve been grilling a LOT so I’m pretty much eating most of the stuff off the grill

  1. Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
  2. Grilled Corn on the Cobb
  3. Potato Salad as a side
  4. Avocado Toast in the morning maybe
  5. More stuff off of the grill

Feeling Like Home in OR with the board slide on the Loon NH feature. – Photo: Colton Jacobs

5 ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER SNOWBOARDING:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Water
  3. Energy
  4. Lunch
  5. Friends* That’s the most important one

5 BEST THINGS ABOUT SUMMER IN OREGON:

  1. Mt. Hood
  2. Sassy’s
  3. Cruiser Boards
  4. Food Carts
  5. Burnside

No Letter on Parker in SKATE with a Frontside Air. Photo: Colton Jacobs

5 TRICKS THAT GET YOU A LETTER IN SKATE:

Oh gosh! Holy cow…

  1. Tre-Flip
  2. Varial Flip
  3. Name any flip trick
  4. Name another flip trick
  5. Name another flip trick

5 HOMIES, 1 VAN, 1 LOCATION – WHO’S IN & WHERE YOU GOING?

All my childhood friends are in! We’re loading up and heading to Connecticut for a skate/camping trip. So many good parks, just get in the van and go.

  1. Trevor Bradbury
  2. Kit Gallager
  3. Evan Boches
  4. Jared Healey
  5. John Pezzela

We Told You He Had Style. Front 3 Melon. Photo: AG Photo


Parker is often found riding the Happy Hour or the Daniel Franck Whales LTD in the park, the Joy Driver Split in the backcountry, and he’s always riding the Formula binding. You can check out Parker’s gear (and all kinds of other NEW gear) over at K2Snowboarding.com.

WE KNOW, YOU’RE STOKED FOR WINTER. SO ARE WE!

Shaun McKay, Leanne Pelosi, A Rob & Friends 11/12 Re-edit

The Grand Finale of 2012 will culminate with footage from Shaun McKay, Leanne Pelosi and our great friend and brother Aaron Robinson and the Manifest crew. Plain and simple, snowboarding kicks ass and anyone lucky enough to ride is blessed with the opportunity. Enjoy snowboarding my friends because it straight up rules!

More from Shaun in PEOPLE’s “Pretty Wise,” Leanne in P.S. Reports’ “Intervals.” Rest in Peace A-Rob, we love you homie!

Danny Larsen 11/12 Re-edit

Danny Larsen is not only a badass snowboarder, he’s full blooded metal head straight from the depths of Norway. Danny’s style is certainly unique and defined by the hard core music he rides to, check him out further in Video Grass’ “Enlighten”

AirBlaster Stay Wild Wednesday with Dirks, Lynch and Eddy at Mt Baker

We guarantee that its not always pretty, but when you’re snowboarding with your friends its always a blast! Mt. Baker “Bails and Fails” with Ben Lynch, Nick Dirks,Tim Eddy, Max Warbington and Ninja Suit rider Tucker Andrews!



Trick Tip with Jordan Mendenhall “the backside 180”

It’s time to learn your new favorite trick—the backside 180. Jordan Mendenhall takes a break from filming with the Videograss crew to teach you BS 180 basics: start small, focus your gaze on the nose, and don’t force the 180 around—trust that it’ll come around. This is a trick you can make all your own just by adding personal style. You got this!


Afterhours at Copper Mtn with Matts Kuli on his Happy Hour

A short recap of the Paul Mitchell rail jam at Copper with Matts Kuli, Jordan Phillips, Johnny Lazz, Eric Beauchemin, and the boss Yale Cousino.



New Zealand Rider Stef Zeestraten on his K2 Happy Hour

Cardrona Parks team ride Stef Zeestraten is due to go under the knife any day now. We took this opportunity to rip a few hot laps with Step through Cardona’s park befor he out of action.

Film Edit & Directed
Jase Hancox