Kumara Kelley interview
Interview by EXIT real world
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Skagit Valley, WA.
What’s up with your name?
My dad is the ultimate hippy. He studies Hinduism, has a beard, long hair and sometimes wears skirts. He named me after a Hindu warrior god.
How did you start snowboarding?
My older brother snowboarded. Anything he did I wanted to do, so I started snowboarding. I was thirteen.
What’s the real reason you started snowboarding?
I crushed on all my older brothers friends.
P. Aaron Blatt
What was it like growing up riding at Mt. Baker?
Amazing. Pow days at Mt. Baker are the best.
So you lived in Whistler?
When I was seventeen I moved to whistler. At the time Redbull was banned in Canada. I negotiated my way into paying rent with smuggled Redbull. I crossed the Canadian border dozens of times with cases of Redbull I bought at Cosco. I even got approached by a club owner to “run” Redbull for him so he could be the only bar in Whistler selling JagerBombs and Vodka Redbulls.
How did you first get sponsored?
I won a Burton Am Stop last January and afterwards, while partying at the mountain bar, a few people asked if I had any sponsors. I said no and a Burton Rep was sitting at the same table. He gave me his card and told me to send him video/resume/photos. I didn’t have any video/resume/photos but I said okay. I got something to send him and the rest, as they say, is history.
P. Greg Miller
Bet you thought you were pretty cool?
But really your a closet nerd?
Yeah…….. I love scrabble and logic puzzles, I geek out on algebra and I use to be president of Spanish Club and an officer of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Big nerd indeed.
What do you like most about snowboarding?
Trying new things, being silly, powder and good jumps, laughing and cheering on my friends, getting pumped, being outside, shifties, getting creative and singing my heart out while airing out of the pipe.
What do you like least about snowboarding?
Jaded pro snowboarders, industry gossip and haters.
P. Greg Miller
Who are your snowboard heroes?
Devun Walsh for his smooth style, his backside 180’s are sentt from Heaven. He’s my style Guru. Travis Parker for not caring about being cool and always doing fun stuff even if when it’s not “super sick and technical.”
Last serious injury?
Dislocated elbow. Most painful thing. Ever.
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