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Local Snowboarding in Utah – Kyle Porter

One of the features of The Last Trick is a weekly publication on local snowboarders in Utah. This week is with Kyle Porter.

A few years ago I had the pleasure of snowboarding and hanging out with Kyle Porter. I met him through Uri Ruvalcaba, and I touched some handrails, played a few games of poker, and rode to Brighton with him.

Although he is not from here originally, and does not currently live here, he lived in Utah for a few years and returns from time to time, and according to him he will also return this winter. I thought it would be great to get a perspective on someone who is not originally from Utah, but who lived here long enough to know what it is about. Here’s a bit of what he had to say.

Q: How old are you?

A: He just turned 21 a couple of days ago.

Q: Where are you from?

To: Sacramento, CA

Q: Did you like your extended stay here in Utah?

A: Yeah definitely amazing snow and mountains, super good food, and I was able to miss school there more often than California.

Q: What was your favorite part of Utah?

A: How much snow was there and how easily accessible it was, the mountains were close and there were rails everywhere.

Q: What was your least favorite part of Utah?

A: The culture, it was a drastic change from what I grew up with and it was difficult to get used to. People make you really uncomfortable if you don’t follow the same things as them. Luckily I found a cool group of guys to hang out with and just snowboard most of the time.

Q: Do you skate?

A: Not much on normal tires, but I’ve been riding a lot on little cruiser boards, we always find good trails and embankment hills and stuff.

Q: Favorite Utah resort?

A: Definitely Brighton, that place is amazing on a good meeting day.

Q: Overall favorite resort?

A: Sierra in Tahoe, probably because I’ve ridden it more, but the pow days are amazing and it has a super good park for when it hasn’t snowed in a while.

Q: Favorite snowboard movie of all time?

A: It is difficult to choose one again, I will say 91 words for snow and post it.

Q: Best movie of 2011?

A: I haven’t had a chance to see all of them yet, but the art of flying turned out really good.

Q: Favorite trick?

A: a good method to tighten the nose.

Q: Favorite snowboarder?

A: It’s hard to name just one, Nicolas Muller, Corey Smith, Jed Anderson, there are a lot of really good new guys too.

Q: Do you still play poker?

A: Haha, I’ll probably get a game in a year.

Q: Talk about eleven: eleven a little bit.

A: I wanted to try making a banana board in my garage, so I tried making a press to get the shape correct. The boards started to turn out pretty good, so my friend Kris and I had an idea to start a banana board business, which started spawning a bunch of other little creative ideas. it’s basically just an excuse to make whatever sound like fun right now.

Q: Famous last words?

A: Don’t take life too seriously, just do what makes you happy.

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