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
Hotlapping some of our favorite zones, everyone was real stoked at how light the snow was thanks to lower than average temps we are seeing this winter. Perfect for getting our shred legs back up and running!
Greg, Jay and Kael
Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn’t quite work out, but it still looked cool.
Sometimes you get bit by the pit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The northwest is known for its interesting vegetation, and accumulation of features: pillows, stunt ditches, tree jibs, the list goes on. While the early snowfall did provide excellent coverage, it was fun seeing trees, shrubs and sticks that are usually completely covered up showing their heads (amidst deep pow).
When we weren’t hitting the side stashes, the slopes were a medley of slashes, bashes, carves and airs.
Kael with a nice carve.
Jay serving up some style on the Party Platter. This tail grab 3 was a particular beauty.
At the end of the day, we just wanted to keep ridin’ powder. Lucky for us, the snow came back and free refills became the new policy.
Greg and Kael hidin’ in the white room.
We’re stoked on what’s to come, hope your season is also off to a great start!
He’s weird yet calculated. He’s confident yet humble. He’s a country boy with good ol country style and he fucking rips on a snowboard. Travis parker’s protégé and our good buddy, Ben Lynch. We expect to see more from this hill billy in the near future but for now take a look at what Ben’s been up to so far this season.