Mason Moore from Salt Lake City

It seems to be that all the best mountainboarders in the world have already visited spring extreme show Breakthrough, but this year a new one made it. Mason Moore finally brought to Russia his double backflip.

Am I right that it was your first international show? What are your impressions of the trip?

Yes, that was my first international show, and it was a blast. Everybody is much nicer in real life than on Facebook and it was really nice to put faces to names that I’ve seen around the industry. Everybody in Russia was super welcoming and patient, especially since I don’t speak Russian well ha-ha. It is definitely a trip I won’t forget.

Breakthrough 2013
Mason Moore © Irina Gorodniakova

From the last season you started to take part in Nitro Circus shows. What are the differences for you as a mountainboarder between Moscow’s Breakthrough and Nitro Circus’ Live one?

Honestly, the Nitro shows are on a whole other level. We’ve done shows locally in my home town where the smallest crowd was as big as the Breakthrough crowd but they seem to have so much more energy and just go nuts. Possibly because they’re also jumping contraptions like homemade tandem bikes and bathtubs. I think the energy also comes from the fact that at those kinds of shows the crowds are almost expecting you to fall, so when you land a trick it’s even more amazing. As where you’re more expected to stomp your tricks at an event like Breakthrough.

Jereme Leafe and Mason Moore
Mason Moore and Jereme Leafe © Andrey Yenin

Breakthrough was definitely a cool show, especially the layout of the venue. They definitely did it differently. The jumping is a little bigger with Nitro too, but the pressure is there because that’s what they’re known for — going bigger! The landing they use is called «Resi» which is a soft padded landing of the same degree with a more forgiving polyurethane/plastic top. It’s a little more forgiving than dirt or wood and allows riders of all sorts to try different and new tricks. The only thing you really have to worry about that landing is burns from the friction of sliding down the surface if you don’t land wheels down.

Everyone noticed that trucks on your board stand inverted. May be it’s helpful for jibbing, but what’s about big-airs?

Yeah, some would definitely call my trucks «backwards». It’s something I was suggested to try by Casey Thomas so I tried it and haven’t looked back. It definitely helps for jibbing because you’re stalling or grinding on the flat axle part of the truck rather than the short indented side. It also shortens the wheel base which makes manuals easier to pull (not hold) and pumping smaller transitions easier. Flipping the trucks raises the ride height as well, so on bigger drops that I’d normally bottom out on by board doesn’t even tap the ground. I don’t really notice a huge difference in big air. Since it shortens the wheel base it brings the weight of your trucks and wheels closer to your feet keeping a tighter spin. Some would argue that because you’re shortening the wheel base it makes your board a bit more instable. Again, I don’t notice. Riding traditional trucks feels weird to me now.

MBS Big Air Show
MBS Big Air Show © Brandon Johanns

For the past few years we (in Europe) haven’t seen any new names from US. I mean all edits what we sees are from already known riders. How’s mountainboarding in US?

I can definitely say mountainboarding in the US is gaining popularity again, more so than in the past. Being featured in events with nitro circus and in viral video projects helps out quite a bit too. I hear from new and younger US riders all the time, but because there isn’t a huger base of riders over here it’s hard to keep the stoke going. I’ve been seeing so really progressive stuff lately and wouldn’t be surprised if somebody from the US takes the rest of the world by storm. In the mean time I hope to put some more current stuff out with new riders doing new tricks with some bigger events.

Great to meet you in Moscow, hope to see you and other Americans again. In conclusion, may be you have any remarkable story from this trip that you can to tell…

I’d love to come to more international events, be it a show or competition. Oh man, Moscow is entirely a different world compared to where I’m from. The drivers are crazier, public transit is more relied upon, and people will sell anything they can to make a buck. One thing I remember was a woman selling little sea turtles outside the metro in snowing conditions. Also, I don’t know a word of Russian so after listening to it for five days straight once I heard some English rap music that sounded like mumbling at first. (But doesn’t it all?) Anyways, Moscow is a very beautiful city and the size of every building there is insane to me as well. Thanks for having me! And I hope to return soon, possibly when it’s warmer?

Albuquerque © Brandon Johanns

I’d definitely like to shout out to MBS Mountainboards first and foremost for their support through the years and DYAD Clothing as well. TUBAinc, Rockwell Watches, Salty Peaks Mountainboard Shop, Endless Thoughts Digital Media Company and 2Netz for bringing me out and the rest of Russian mountain board community for welcoming me as well.

Мэйсон Мур из Солт-Лейк-Сити

Фестиваль экстремальных видов спорта «Прорыв» 2013