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.