The Season Three finale of Powder & Rails catches up with pro snowboarding legend Bryan Iguchi in the backcountry of Jackson Hole, Wyoming (i.e. the middle of nowhere). We found him with his head stuck in a snow pit boning up on his knowledge of snow pack densities. You see, The Guch has become an experienced backcountry guide and all-around snow wizard while maintaining his reputation as a pro snowboarder. Later we find out what the heck you’re supposed to do with a loop, a crystal screen, a big saw knife, and a snow pit.
A cast consisting of Travis Rice, Kevin Jones, Dave Downing, Bjorn Leines, Mike Ranquet, Billy Anderson, Pat Bridges, and Jackson Hole O.G. Willie McMillon throw in their take on Iguchi and why he’s become so important to snowboarding. Oh, and we also dig up some dirty ole hoars—surface hoars, that is. Like, frost.
We were so intimidated by Bryan Iguchi’s mountaineering man-skills in Part One that we made him do the sit-down interview in a fluffy white chair so we wouldn’t feel like such sissies in Part Two. He takes us back to his Southern California roots as an up-and-coming skateboarder introduced to snowboarding at Big Bear Mountain. Around that time, Bear had become the first resort to let snowboarders, with the help of Mike Parillo’s chainsaw, build their own jumps, rails, and halfpipes. In this D.I.Y. terrain park setting Iguchi flourished, emerging as one of the leaders in the new snowboard park agenda. In turn, Bryan’s career with Burton took off and soon he became a staple of video parts with FLF Films, Mack Dawg, and Volcom. The culmination of this work came when Bryan and a bunch of friends camped out in Sonora Pass, CA with a few super 8mm cameras, their snowboards, and some serious bro vibes, yielding Volcom’s The Garden, one of the most classic videos of all time.