MF: Last year, we interviewed 19-year-old boarding pro Shaun White. You’re nearly twice his age, so what business do you have being here?
TR: I’ll probably be 37 by the time people read this. I’ve been snowboarding since 1984, before snowboarding even resembled anything that could be remotely classified as a sport-it was more like stand-up sledding at that point, and I’ve seen it come all the way to the point where it’s a mainstream Olympic sport on every friggin’ TV commercial in the wintertime. But I’m still out there, proving you can actively snowboard for as long as your body can take it.
MF: And you don’t feel like you’ve hit any limits?
TR: No way-I’m still learning stuff! I ride with kids that are much younger. I’m kind of a novelty act at this point, you know-it’s like people freak out when they hear how old I am after seeing me chuck myself all afternoon. I dig that.
MF: So you’re like the antithesis of Shaun White?
TR: Yeah, I mean, I try. I’m still out there promoting the brands. I don’t compete as much as I used to just because I don’t really have anything left to prove. I’ve done well in everything that I’ve ever wanted to do well in. I’ve got other things to focus on now.
MF: Like what?
TR: I’m starting a snowboard brand with a couple of friends. It’s called O-Matic. The name was inspired by what people in the ’50s thought the future was going to be like, when everything was like the “Dish-O-Matic,” or something. It’s just a fun play on words. But getting the brand off the ground is a massive endeavor. On top of that, I’m commentating and competing in the Winter X Games again this year.
MF: So what is your training regimen like?
TR: Training is something that I never really thought much about in the past. I’ve always been really afraid of that word, training-it’s like guzzling raw eggs Rocky-style, and that’s just not me or my personality. But I have to stay active or else I get really stiff, and I’m starting to get, like, early signs of arthritis in different parts of my body that have been taking damage over the past 20 years.
MF: What are some things that keep you active off the snow?
TR: The No. 1 thing I do to stay in shape is surf or go out in the water and paddle. It’s helped me in so many ways. I shattered my arm a couple of years ago and really did some crazy nerve damage, and the rehab that I was going through at the hospital wasn’t doing anything. But surfing and paddling really helped me out. Plus the fact that you don’t realize you are getting such a good workout, because it’s so freaking fun. Surfing has become a huge part of my life. I think that at this point if someone said you have to choose something to do for the rest of your life, it would be surfing over anything else.
MF: You have a reputation for being into cars, so what kind of whip are you pushing these days?
TR: I’m an Audi freak, and that’s a huge hobby of mine. I have an ’01 Audi RS4; there are only four of them in the U.S. It’s a twin-turbo supercar, but it’s a station wagon. It’s very fun, and it’s pretty much been my dream car. I got it through a trade for another Audi that I built from the ground up and that was featured in a few car magazines.
MF: So do you work on your cars yourself?
TR: Yeah, I try to do as much as I can-you can’t trust the guys at the dealership.
MF: I don’t know how you find the time.
TR: I know, I keep thinking that things are going to slow down, but with so much crap going on with the Olympics and the X Games, and filming and traveling for the snowboard thing, every year just gets crazier and crazier. But that’s how I like it. [Laughs]