8 Riders Who Represent the Future: Brock Crouch

Originally published in the November 2017 issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding, Brock Crouch’s interview is the third of eight conducted with up-and-coming riders over the course of a week in Aspen, Colorado in April 2017. Check out Red Gerard’s interview here!

Just wait, this will be the 2018 trend. Brock Crouch. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Imagine if someone put Spicolli on a snowboard. Brock Crouch is a character, and the beach-stoney approach he takes to every situation can make you question if the rest of us are seeing everything through too serious a lens. He’ll guinea pig the largest feature at sunrise then hike until daylight’s gone, while the rest of the crew is drying their boots. His antics and outgoing persona put him at the center of attention, and his laid-back attitude is rivaled only by work ethic and talent. This combination is what has positioned Brock as a standout in the water and on the snow. Somehow he’s managed to become a competitive threat in both realms; it doesn’t make sense. But Brock lives in his own world, and there are less rules there. — Taylor Boyd

You can rarely find a picture of Brock from last season without this striped shirt on. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Where are you from?

Carlsbad, California. Four minutes away from your office.

How did you start snowboarding?

I went to Mammoth with pops. He used to work at this construction company called Lusardi, and they had a condo up there. The first day I started snowboarding, I was like three so I could barely talk; all I kept saying was, “I want to hit a jump, I want to hit a jump, I want to hit a jump.” But they didn’t let me hit anything until I could do turns from top to bottom.

When did surfing come into the picture?

I started competitively surfing when I was like 14, but I started surfing when I was 12. I always used to just skate, I used to only skate. That was all I did when I was younger.

The only member of the USA Surf and Snowboard team. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

What does pops do now?

He owns a business. He builds houses.

Do you want to go to the Olympics?

Yeah, I think it’d be pretty sick.

Would you rather go to the Olympics or film a full video part for a movie?

Definitely film a video part, especially back a few years ago, that would be the best life ever. Just three or four sponsors that just back you, legit like, “We want this kid just to film.” That would be insane.

“How the fuck does this snowboarder kid just come here and surf like three days before the contest, beats my kid in the heat, then just goes and does another snowboard contest?” PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

So you compete in snowboarding and surfing currently? How do you manage to do both?

I don’t know. Somehow I caught onto it pretty quick competitively. Last summer, I surfed this contest, and another kid’s parents were standing right in front of my parents like, “How the fuck does this snowboarder kid just come here and surf like three days before the contest, beats my kid in the heat, then just goes and does another snowboard contest?” And my mom just walked away. And that guy’s wife was like, “His parents were right there.”

Do you enjoy competing in general?

Yeah, for sure. This year was the first year I did the bigger contests. It’s so much better, because Gunny listens to us. If we’re like, “Gunny, you’re fried; we cannot go and hit these jumps right now” He’ll be like, “Alright.” That guy Tim [Reid] from X Games, he’s pretty high up there too, and he’s super chill to work with. Everyone at the US Open is chill too. The US Open is hard though because they invite 39 or 40 riders. It was cool this year at X Games how they brought back qualifiers, but it’d be sick to just be like top 16, three runs, let’s do this.

Many call Brock the “Chill Legend,” and by many, we mean Mark Clavin and Mike Yoshida. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Easy style that is always easy to shoot. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Do you have a coach?

Yeah. Growing up it was actually Tyler Flanagan’s dad, for like nine years. I just rode with Tyler every day. It was crazy.

Was that Tyler’s coach too?

Yeah, he was sick. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without him, for sure.

Crouching Brock. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

What’s your favorite trick?

Favorite trick? I learned it yesterday. I did a weird grab; I don’t know what it’s called, and it was the craziest feeling ever. The Rocket Lien, I guess. Someone posted a photo of Noah [Salasnek], and I saw that photo, and I was like, “We need to get this photo in Aspen.” So my favorite trick to do would be the rocket lien on a backside hip, and my favorite trick to watch is a switch method. A proper switch method.

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