Stay Spooky Snakes
Jake's part in The 1817 Movie blew our tiny, fragile and often hazy minds. So much so, we could barely contain our excitement and had to reach out to him for the following interview.
Thankfully, he hit us back almost instantly, which in the world of snowboarding is not a common thing. He even double checked his writing to make sure there were no mistakes. That's literally never happened in the entire history of online snowboard interviews. Ever. He's crushing it at the moment and is working super hard, so certainly deserves a taster of the limelight. In fact, he should be feasting on the main course of his successes right now. We can't wait to see what he gets up to this winter. So keep a close eye. This dude might be nicknamed snakes but he's not throwing any snake eyes. Double 6's all day, with a healthy dose of magic snowboard manoeuvres mixed in.
Read on to discover more about Jake's trials and tribulations filming in the streets, moving from Minnesota at the age of 16, getting hooked up with The Interior Plain Project, filming with the Gooner and a bunch more.
Words: William Sleigh. Photos: Peter Harvieux, Stephan Jende and Jordan Enger.
Yo Jake! What’s up? Where are you now and what’s been happening in your life recently?
Yo! Thanks for having me. I’m currently at home in Minneapolis. The hills have been opening here in Minnesota so we’re getting back into the swing of things.
You’re originally from Indiana, when did you make the move to Minnesota and what it was like to grow up there?
I moved to Minnesota when I was 16. Being separated from my friends at that age felt like the end of the world, but in hindsight, the move was really good for me.
Growing up in Indiana was cool. My family lived on a horse farm adjacent to my grandma’s house, so I had plenty of room to roam. The majority of my childhood was spent outside doing whatever. There were woods and a creek and some hills. That’s where I learned how to snowboard.
How often do you go back to Indiana? Do you still have homies out there?
When my friends were in high school and college I would visit more frequently. I’d go down for a month in the summer and do weekend trips throughout the year. Now that everyone has dispersed I get back maybe twice a year. We still keep in touch though. Three of my closest friends and I do an annual trip in the fall. One of those guys just got engaged so we’ve got a bachelor party in the works.
Your part in The 1817 Movie was sick, how long did it take you to film all that?
Yo, thank you. That was all last winter. The street stuff was filmed between December and February. The Japan footage was from an IPP trip in March.
Check out Jake's insane part in The 1817 Movie here, or, watch the whole spooky thing.
What’s the one trick you’re most psyched about?
Every trick has its own story but I’ll pick the hippie jump. Streets were dry for a while but there was snow in the forecast and Riley sent me a few pins for spots to check out. He mentioned that a hippie jump would be cool for that spot but I had never done one so I went to see other options. When I got there I kept thinking of that Max Palmer clip where his board goes through the supports and decided to go for it.
We got the snow a few days later and I went at night to set it up by myself. I had a really solid crew to help me out the next day and it ended up working out. Winching in without bindings was pretty wild. We had some drunk guy trying to give us advice the whole time too. It got annoying but he eventually wore himself out and left. There’s a clip of him and Brett drinking wine at the beginning of Joey P’s part.
How did you get hooked up with the IPP crew?
Before Pete started IPP he was the midwest rep for Rome and I was just starting to get hooked up with them as he was making the transition. Pete and Joe Mertes were at the helm, Boody and Jack were on. I knew it was only a matter of time before Jeffy was on, and at the time I thought Colin Wilson would go as well. I knew I wanted to be a part of it so I called to see what was up and it was basically “film something this winter and we’ll see what happens.” So I filmed the rest of that season on Rome boards, and the footage was used in my IPP welcome part and WFTC2.
Being a part of something from the beginning has been really rewarding. Seeing kids on IPP boards at the resorts and knowing I had some small part in that is pretty cool.
Are you dropping a signature board with IPP? How did that come about and what was your involvement?
Already dropped! Go buy that shit :)
But yeah Boody and I got signature boards this year and I think I can speak for both of us when I say we are very thankful. Pete surprised us with those in the summer when we had a bunch of the team guys together. Since the first boards were a surprise neither of us had much say in the graphics, though mine is similar to a sketch I had when we were first brainstorming for Sin Eater collection.
Getting them at the premiere was crazy. I was hopeful that it would go down like that but was at Pete’s earlier that week and he was stressing that boards hadn’t shown up. I just assumed it wasn’t happening. Having them handed to us on stage with all the guys was really special. That was the first time we had one to hold.
We’ve been more involved with boards for 18/19 and they’re looking really good. Cameron Strand is helping out with the next collection and I’m a big fan of his work.
Why does the Gooner call you Snakes? What was the loosest moment filming with him?
Pat Raff was actually the one to coin Snakes. This was while he and some other friends were living in Steamboat and I would go for extended stays on the couch. For a while, the name only lived there in Steamboat, but eventually, Vinny came with me for a visit and brought the name back with him. It’s been stuck ever since.
I met Lucas in Duluth spring 2016 while we were getting some last clips for SHAPESHFTR and he was there with Beef filming for the Snowboarder video. Someone must have introduced me as Snakes, but he took to calling me Snake Bite right away. I don’t think he’s ever called me anything else.
Having him be a part of the 1817 movie was rad. He’s one of the more motivated people I’ve met. Hangovers, bitter cold, and near-broken boards don’t phase him. Even when it’s not his spot he’s eager to help you get your clip. A lot of his footage was filmed in a very short amount of time and I was able to be there for most of it. 15-year-old me would be proud. I’m still proud.
Shouts to the Saratoga.
Tell us about your Euro Skate trip to Copenhagen etc. What went down? Any stand out moments from that trip? What’s your take on Europe?
That was such a fun trip. Way too much happened to recall here, but some standouts would include Tom and me’s layover in Amsterdam, Ratzeputz at home bar, Mark’s soundboard, and the pink pull up.
Tanktop was going to Helsinki to visit a girl he had met earlier that year, and I believe it was Mark to suggest making it into a bigger trip. Tommy and Derrek got on board, and then myself. We did Copenhagen, a day in Malmo, and then Stockholm. Thanks to those guys for having me along. It was one for the books.
Who are the Pass Out Pilots and what are you all known best for? Tell us about the story behind the name?
Pass Out Pilots currently consists of Boody, Jack Thonvold and myself, though we are always seeking new members. Applicants must share an enthusiasm for apres-ski.
Finally, what’s your plan for this winter?
Snowboard as much as I can and hopefully see some new places. There's talk of another 1817 project.
Any shout outs?
Anyone who rides an IPP board, team or otherwise. Derek Combs, Riley Erickson, and everyone involved with The 1817 Movie. Joe Sexton and Jake OE. Impaler crew. Mom, Dad, Emily. Chickenteriyakiboyz.
The Interior Plain Project
The House of 1817