I toiled over this intro for an entire week — never has writing the foreword to an interview caused so much emotional and mental havoc. It wasn’t the subject matter, though there are some profound parts; and it’s not necessarily the subject himself, though I do have an immense respect for Mr. Huffman, both as a professional snowboarder and intellectual. No, the reason I have struggled with so much internal turmoil because to evoke the emotional importance of snowboarding videos before the internet era of YouTube and Vimeo is nearly impossible.
The words that could express how important professional snowboarders like Lukas Huffman were to my generation simply don’t exist. Neither do the words for the impact that videos like Happy Hour and Shakedown had on our collective snowboard consciousness.