After Arthur Longo, we continueourseries of interviews with an another 22years old kid with mad steez :KeeganValaika. He fastly became a reference in street shreding for the "core" scene... while ripping the backcountry. And he never gives interviews, almost.
And to top it all, in order to introduce this first class interview, here is his part from the last Burton movie "Standing Sideways", exclusively on Fluofun !
Fluofun : So first, can you introduce yourself ?
Keegan : Well, I’m Keegan, from Laguna Beach, California, and
I’m just here to do some rail jams and go film some stuff in Helsinki
with Forest (Bailey).
How's been last season ?
It’s been fun man, I've just been in the powder actually for three weeks or so before heading to Europe, just hanging in colorado back home where I live
and it’s been nice, we had tons of snow out there so, it’s been a good
one. I hadn’t touch to many rails lately tho, so coming out here, is a
little… of a sketch.
It's a bit surprising to see you in a contest
... (Stair Set Battle Final in Munich) Yeah, I know, we came out to do the Gnarly clothes booth at
ispo and then since I was out here and I talked to the event organiser
and I was like « whatever, I’ll do it », you know it’s just for a day
and he hooked us up with the hotel and everything... it worked up sick, Forest came out and Ethan (Deiss) was also supposed to come, but
some shit happen…
So Burton is making a movie...
They’re making a movie yeah, I don’t know how it’s gonna be
called yet, but I think they’ll got most of the pro team, and then a
couple of the ams, filming parts of it. I’m sure Ethan won’t have like a
really good part for it, and i think Freddy might be filming a little
bit for it… But the things is, Freddy and Mikkel and all them are
filming for our movie too, so it’s gettink like, a little complicated
some times, I don’t know. It’s just hard to figure out where everybody’s
at, specially when you’re out here in Europe.
You’ve boomed last year ?
I don’t really know if it’s really different, I'm just snowboarding so…
Here in Europe,
you were not that famous… but then all the sudden, you were
everywhere. Your parts were the best for the kids and everything. That’s sick man, that’s cool, those kids amazed me, they’re good as
fuck. I can’t wait to see some of the parts these guys pull out beacause
I never got to see the Euro videos and stuff... Alexis’s been show me a
bunch of since I got here and they’re some fucked up kids out there
I’ve never even seen before you know, some really good kids for sure.
So, how did it start for you ?
I filmed for Bozwreck when I was younger, with Nate Bozung and
Matty Ryan made a movie and I wasn’t really sponsored for snowboarding
when the first one came out and then I get on Burton, I won like some
little rails jam. But I told the team manager « Ryan, I don’t wanna really do contest
if you don’t mind » so I just film for Bozwreck 2 (his part 08/09 here). Then Transworld came
about, I’ve known Joe Carolino the guy who make the movies (In colour)
for a while. He told me they were making a new movie and he wanted me to
be a part of it. He also told me that Jake OE, Mikkel and a bunch of
other kids I am good friend with were filming for it so I was like « Of
course man ! ». I pretty much hang out with em the whole year, it was so
Latest project ?
It will be GIVIN Films, me and Aaron (Hooper) we just
brought our own production company. I guess, it’s sick because we do
whatever we want, it’s not like I just go film and then they take the
footage and put some songs I don’t like and… some wack shit. It’s sick
cause it’s all us, we sit at the computer we pick the music and edit the
Give us the envy to see the video. What it’s gonna be like ? Do your promo job.
Yeah fuck man, Forest is gonna have probably the best rail part
of the year, for sure. And…god there’s so many ! Alex Stathis, he is a
kid from Canada and he’s already got a bunch of good footages too. And…
Wyatt Stasinos, he is this powder kid from Colorado, he kind of lives in
the mountain and does his own thing, he’s got no sponsors right now but
he got 6 minuts of footage already, all like gnarly lines and stuff…
it’s gonna be awesome.
You can see a lot of mixing between rail parts and « real
mountains » parts… it wasn’t really the case before, with rail vids OR
mountains vids. I think that’s how it needs to be for sure too,
it’s just so much sicker to ride natural terrain, you just look at it
and it’s like « Damn I can go from here to there » cause when you go
build a park kicker it’s just so stuck like « Go do this trick or
whatever ». It’s so much cooler when you watch Nicolas (Muller) or
Blauvelt or or any of those guys who just find the terrain and then ride
it how they see to. I feel it’s like the same way I look at rail riding
so it’s just make sense to mix both of those. You don't build your own
rail in the street, you just go there and find something that works and
snowboard on it.
There’s always controversy about tricks amongst the core kids. How do you decide if a rail trick is legit or not ?
I don’t know… basically if you do good what you’re trying, is
what it look like. If you try a lipslide and you land inbetween your
bindings and go down the end of the rail, come off and land that’s a
sick lipslide if you ask me. But a lot of times people in snowboarding,
would be like do a lipslide and just turn around down the rail and… I
just think it looks cooler when you really lock your tricks. Just like
all the french kids and Forest, they are all good examples of propper
snowboarding I guess. I mean you just should DO trick… it’s that easy !
I’m not a big fan of jumping around while you’re on
the rail you know big combos and stuff but… it’s cool, I didn’t care if people do it, if it’s
what they want to do, if that they’re having fun with, whatever. It’s
just for me, I’d rather look nice and locked on long good tricks for sure.
Tell me any embarassing story.
Oh dude, I don’t know… me snowboarding in this contest, that was embarassing !
With your freeride board ? (the pics right there -> ) With the freeride board yeah ! I’m riding the Burton Baracuda reverse
camber for pow board so, I can’t go switch or… just like it’s all fucked
up. It’s fun cause it goes fast, faster than a rail board. It will be a
That’s sick, I wanna see that shit. Steph Maurer right ? Moo is da shit, I love that, he is awesome !
He does tons of tricks on it, 720, 1080 and all…
Ten eighty on that shit… oh my god ! You’re like « no way,
that’s so sick » ! And you’re so far back on that board dude ! It’s
sick, it’s kinda of more like skating you know cause skateboards are so
directionnal and nose is little biger than the tail so it kind of makes
sense. But at the minut you go switch it’s like no way, doesn’t make any
In fact I was in the Colorado powder like few days before and I just flew straight from there to there… and didn’t really
had the time to pack my shit.
Keegan : hey, that's Forest, that's him you should be interviewing ! Forest : Bullshit !
Tell us a funny story about this guy.
No funny stories… Um, I was really drunk the other
night at the bar, we all were but I… yeah I don't even know if I want to remember, I wish I
could tell you some funny stories.
How long have you been in Europe ?
Four days… I think, cause we haven’t slept tho, so I couldn’t tell
you really. We just got here at the ispo tradeshow and, everybody’s
drinks just all day long you know. So, here in Europe, we just do like
It’s more german than european.
Yeah more german I guess (laughs).
In here they’re drinking beer in the morning... Keegan : Yeah they get like wasted !
Forest : Everybody does, they’re just drinking constantly. It’s sick !
Keegan : But now I’m so like... my body’s feeling it. I need to
get some good sleep. Last night we rested so it feels a little bit
Was that you’re first time in Europe ?
No, it’s like probably my third or fourth. I’ve been to Norway
twice and I went to Switzerland, I went to Saas Fe with Freddy, to shred
the powder, it was fun. Freddy is da shit. Freddy is so cool, such good
style on jumps man, looks like he’s sleeping, he doesn’t move… « I’m Freddy, i’m doing 720 like i’m waking up, no problem » haha.
So, what’s difference did you notice between Europe and US ?
Keegan : Oh fuck, beer is so much better out here man, it’s
amazing. But I like darker beer and here they keep give me this light
beer and when I asked for dark beer, they bring me the shit with coca
cola, it fuckin suck. Why would you ever put coke and beer together ?
It’s like half dark beer and half coca cola.
Forest : It’s not even dark beer, it’s just regular beer… It’s like super sweet.
Keegan : It’s nasty, I just want the beer. Anyway, we’ll post a bunch of shit from the Euro trip but
is just lazy as fuck, we
got to motivate him. He’s listening to pink floyd all day and don’t talk to anybody.