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:
- Wake myself up
- Wake up my roommate Tyler
- Get dressed
- 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
5 ESSENTIALS FOR SUMMER SNOWBOARDING:
- Friends* That’s the most important one
5 BEST THINGS ABOUT SUMMER IN OREGON:
- Mt. Hood
- Cruiser Boards
- Food Carts
5 TRICKS THAT GET YOU A LETTER IN SKATE:
Oh gosh! Holy cow…
- Varial Flip
- 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.
- Trevor Bradbury
- Kit Gallager
- Evan Boches
- Jared Healey
- John Pezzela
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.
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