Do you still compete at all?
M- No, not anymore. If I didn’t have the opportunity to film then I would probably compete again. I realized after a while that it would be better if I were to focus on one, and seeing that I like filming better I decided to focus on that.
What do you consider the highlights of your career so far?
M-The first two years that I was able to film with Rome really put me on the map. The first year (2008) I won Transworld’s Video Part of the Year, Rider of the Year and Reader’s Choice of the Year. Then the next year I got Video Part of the Year and Reader’s Choice and then this year I got Reader’s Choice again. Last year I also got to film with Absinthe which was a great experience! I have never podiumed at X-Games or anything, I always seemed to finish 5th or something…I would come back from a film trip and be %$#@&*% pissed (laughing).
Do you have any plans or goals of getting back into competitions?
M- No, those are not my major goals right now. My goals are to film a really good video part this year and get more tricks in the backcountry, you know? I feel like in the last two years I have just been getting into it. Even just to stomp all the tricks that I already know in the backcountry has been really hard. Eventually I want to start to learn new tricks in the backcountry
Have you ever had a ‘Eureka!’ moment when you realized exactly what you have to do to be happy?
M- There have been so many of those…but there are so many things in life that make me happy. Of course when I discovered snowboarding it completely changed my life. It’s all I would talk or think about when I was in High School. But living on the Island during the summer is amazing. I love surfing and cooking great food. These are all the things that make me stoked on life. Good friends, good times and being able to have the lifestyle to enjoy all these.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
M- Just the fact that I was able to realize one of my dreams. It was a dream, it was a fantasy, and I never thought I could reach it. It is something that eventually happened just by loving what you do, working hard and being patient. I was never like “I need to make it” or anything like that, but just the fact that I have been able to get to this level is a big accomplishment.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions?
M- I am a firm believer in Karma and everything that happens in life is meant to be and even when it’s hard there is a reason for it. If you act with respect and think positively you will provoke good reactions and good things around you. As for superstitions, I’m not that superstitious. Although sometimes It gets to me, like let’s say I throw something at the garbage can and miss, I’ll think about how something bad might happen to me unless I go pick it up and put it in the garbage, and then once I’ve thought about it I have to go pick it up (laughing), know what I mean? Just stupid superstitions like that (laughing).