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 GOODVIBESONLY. 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:
Wake myself up
Wake up my roommate Tyler
Brush my teeth
Go to work
5 SONGS YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY:
50 Cent – I Get Money
Hell Rell – Get Them Bricks Off
Roxy Music – More Than This
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
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
Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Grilled Corn on the Cobb
Potato Salad as a side
Avocado Toast in the morning maybe
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:
Friends* That’s the most important one
5 BEST THINGS ABOUT SUMMER IN OREGON:
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…
Name any flip trick
Name another flip trick
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.
We Told You He Had Style. Front 3 Melon. Photo: AG Photo
We kept it loose. We went to Mount Hood to go snowboarding, hang with campers at High Cascade, talk shop, and test some new product. Filming wasn’t priority, but we passed the camera around and decided that we should show the world what we were up to. With the exception of the incredible meals, heavy-flowing beers, and endless laughs around the dinner table, this is what our trip to Oregon looked like this summer. Snowboarding in it’s purest form.
Hannah Eddy goes red on red with a frontside air. | P: Colton Jacobs
Mount Hood is our second home. The environment is variable and demands ultimate versatility out of boards, boots, and bindings – lending to an incredible testing grounds for product. The snow is soft and wet, the trails are wide open (for carving up a storm), and the parks are on-point. That aside, there’s something extra special about summer snowboarding; maybe it’s the sun, or the soft snow, or the mini-pipe, or maybe a combination of all three. It’s a feeling that can’t be described, and certainly can’t be beat.
Jake Kuzyk tests out a new board, and a newer look. | P: Colton Jacobs
Team riders Leanne Pelosi, Jake Kuzyk, Tim Eddy, Jody Wachniak, Matt Belzile, Parker Szumowski, Alex Rodway, and Kael Martin were all on hand the first night to help us surprise Mark Wilson by officially welcome him to the pro ranks. A house packed with friends and teammates made for an amazing night of high fives, good times, and may have lended to the next day’s late start.
Couple of boards ready to hit the waxing iron.
The parks were incredible. Perfectly manicured rails, boxes, jumps, and pipes from both Timberline and High Cascade made for smiles lasting from top-to-bottom. We took turns passing the camera between the crew in between features, watching footage on the chairlifts, and laughing ’til our faces hurt because Jody or Parker were cracking everyone up.
Alex Rodway Frontside Airs himself on a snowboard from the future. | P: Colton Jacobs
Afternoons were met with tons of lot-lurking that spilled over to the house. Heavy post-boarding hangout Sessions had K2 Team riders (past and present) snacking galore, telling stories from past winters, talking about product, and arguing about what was for dinner. After a quick re-charge, a skate Session with the HCSC Campers or a trip to Windells was never out of the question.
HEAVY Hangin’ with Parker, Mark, Jake, and Bryan.
Departure day lended to hugs, high fives, and “see ya laters” as everyone headed their separate ways. After a little break from life, some riders went back to work, some headed out for a vacation, and some dove in head-first to a new project. Grab a snack and check out our new edit, Not The Beach, we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.
Hurry up winter, our patience is waining.
Stay in tune with everything we have going on…
Timberline at Mount Hood is often seen as the holy grail of summer snowboarding (and for good reason), but what happens between the wet winter and the influx of summer camps is a mystery. The Keep The Change gang answers all of these questions and more in three minutes, and it’s safe to say that hot laps on Stormin’ Norman have never looked so good.