Last season anyone with a film project in the works descended on Massachusetts as record snows blanketed Boston. For long time New England transplants and SLC residents Ted Borland and Andrew Aldridge the journey was less film trip and more homecoming. We caught up with both to get their perspective on spending most of their season back home where it all started with their family.
Arkade: So l assume at the beginning of the season you had at least an idea for what you want to do travel wise to film. This is of course dependent upon the weather and all of that.
Arkade: An East Coast trip seems to have become the norm for most crews, but when did you realize that it was going to become a bit more than just your average week or two filming trip and really take up the bulk of your season?
Bundy: I didn't really realize until I was there. I actually went out twice this year. I panicked in December when they were getting a few inches. I was planning to go back anyways for Christmas so I was just like, “fuck it I’ll go now”. I figured it would be quick. I was planning to stay in SLC a good bit of the winter but thought “ok I’ll run back, get my East Coast trip out of the way”. We ended up getting rained out so we headed to Minnesota. The second trip was the one where we stayed for most of the season. That was early February. That time we knew there was 5 feet of snow and we would probably stay a few weeks, but then it just kept on snowing. I planned on a few weeks but people just kept coming and staying at my house and I ended up being there for two months.
Andrew: Yeah this season I took two 6-week trips back east. I went home for Christmas with a one-way ticket and it just started snowing. Usually I go home for a week during the holidays and then come back but there was no snow here in Salt Lake. Once it started to snow I met up with the Rendered Useless dudes in Massachusetts. I crashed at their house for a while and eventually John Stark drove one of the HCSC vans out and we met up with him as well. We stayed in Mass for a month and a half and then I had a Bungee injury where I got hit in the face. I came back to SLC for a couple of weeks to heal up and then went back for another month and a half. I pretty much went out Christmas, came back for a couple of weeks around Valentines, and then went back out until the end of March.
Ted Borland - Photo: Max Warbington
Arkade: How was the family vibe?
Bundy: Oh that was awesome! My family loves having everyone at the house. It’s not a big house at all, but everyone just kind of piles out on the floor. Like six dudes in a 30-foot long room you know. My parents are stoked because my brother and I moved out a long time ago and they've been posted up by themselves without too many visitors so they are way down. We try to keep our stuff neat and not make too much of a mess in the kitchen you know.
Andrew: It was awesome. Not only awesome to just stay with my family but also Jessie Gouveia and Jon Stark came out so they got to meet my family. It was awesome to be home especially having home cooked meals.
Arkade: Is there a downside to shacking up with the fams while you are trying to get your video part on?
Bundy: Not too much. Both of my parents work, but my mom does like to talk a lot in the morning. She wakes up at 6:30 and has too much coffee and it’s hard to handle how “up” she is at that time of the morning ha-ha. A couple years ago she used to try and really keep tabs on us and want to know when we’d be home to eat and all that stuff, but she kind of learned that pretty much anything can happen when we are filming and we don't ever really have a solid plan.
Andrew: Honestly there weren’t too many drawbacks. I’m one of four kids and we are all out of the house so they were pretty stoked to have us visit. I always dreamed about taking some my friends back east to my home. Gunstock Mountain, where I grew up riding, is right there so we took a day and met up with Rav and Johnny O’Conner and rode there. I like being home and it wasn't like my parents were bummed on us crashing there. It was good.
Andrew Aldridge - Photo: Ian Boll
Arkade: So how was the miracle winter for hitting a lot of your old local spots? Did you get to film on some new stuff, or hit some spots you’d been eying for a long time? How did all of that play out with so much snow on the ground?
Bundy: Well I’ve always had spots on my list for so long since I grew up there. We revisited a few spots but for the most part with so much snow we really tried not to hit the same old stuff. We found a good amount of new spots and even with all of the snow there are still a few that I wasn't able to really scratch off the list. The list is always going in your mind you know.
Andrew: Yeah there were some local spots that I had been eying since back in the day that I was able to hit. Then Mass had so much untapped territory. We hit a few OG spots but many things we hit hadn’t been hit before because of snow levels. There was also stuff that people might not have stepped to 5 or 6 years ago but would be totally in play now you know. It was the easiest filming situation I’ve been around a long time.
Arkade: What will it mean to the average kid growing up in New England to see so much local footage in the major releases this upcoming season?
Bundy: It’s huge. I mean even thinking back to growing up and still living there I would be really excited to see videos with pros from out of town coming through and hitting spots I knew. It is important for kids who have aspirations of doing bigger things to see these well known guys come through and hit their spots you know. It kind of legitimizes the spot and your scene in an odd kind of way. I do think it is important to ride your hometown spots you know, like going back to where you came from through out your career. I think you should be stoked on where you came from no matter where it is. I think it’s kind of lame when people don't like to go back to their hometown spots for a few shots. To me it’s really important to show where you are from, and this past season was kind of a mix of both of those things for me; going back to hometown spots, but also bringing the crew to have all these other guys come in and stoke out the kids as well.
Andrew: It’s gonna be sick. Any kid that grows up snowboarding in Mass is gonna be pumped to see like their spots in like VG, Déjà Vu, and Think Thank movies you know. I would imagine it would get them stoked to go out and at hit more handrails you know. It’s like gas on the fire, especially to see that they can be like “hey we can do this here” you know. You don't have to move to Utah or whatever. It will be interesting to see who hit what and where because the whole time out there we would see remnants of set ups, or the occasional Instagram post. There will be some over lapping of spots for sure, but it will be cool to see how everyone interprets each spot you know.
Ted Borland - Photo: Max Warbington
I guess all in all it was one for the record books and kind of a neat thing, but it would be nice to get some of that snow in SLC this season too.
Bundy: Yeah I mean I always like going back but maybe this season Id like to go back for not so long ha-ha.
Aldridge: Yeah exactly.
Photo: Ian Boll
- By Daniel Cochrane
- Photos by Ian Boll & Max Warbington