Blair Habenicht

Who brought you into snowboarding? Have you given him any thanks for his influence?

My cousin Scott Stamnes brought me into this mess, and I thank him almost daily.


Who was your local hero?

Temple Cummins.


Where and when was your first snowboard pic published? What trick was it? did you land it?

My first published picture was in Frequency, the Spring issue 2.3, 2003. It was a shot from the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, just going down the course. I think I made down without crashing, maybe.
I was so stoked though, because it was a two page article with two pictures, one of Terje on the left side, and my shot on the right. Still stoked about that.


Where was your first video appearance with what music (local snowboardmovie...)?

The first video I was in, I can’t even remember the name. Nathan Avila, who now films for Burton, gave some shots to some random snowboard production out of Tahoe. Don’t even have a copy of that one. My friend J Dubs from Baker made a few Loc videos, and I had a few shots, But I consider my first ‘part’ to be in Think Thanks “Thanks Brain,” a duet with my good friend Matt Edgers. The All Nighters were the jam. They are a band from Bellingham, WA, who rip the steel strings and sheep skins and party nightly until most people usually wake up.


How did you get your first sponsor?

My Cousin Scott Stamnes rode for Lib Tech, and kept pestering Pete Saari, the owner, to hook me up.
They gave me a couple of boards, and after I won the younger Amateur division of the Banked Slalom, they started to help me out a bit more. Thank you Mervin!


Would you still ride as much as you can, if no one would support you (no sponsors, no filmers and photographers) ?

For sure.  I didn’t start snowboarding with the goal of sponsorship and filming video parts. It just happened to work out that way.


What is your favourite moment on the mountain?

My favorite moment? There are so many moments in the mountains that pierce like a spear into my brain when asked this question, but one that stands out is the feeling you get when you ride a line that you have been looking at for a long time, and you nail it. At the bottom, you look up, and all your turns and airs are in the right spot, you hit the transitions perfect; to me, that is the best.

What is the worst time during the time on the mountain?

When you get hurt on a powder day and have to sit it out while your friends shred. Then later, they tell you all about it. Fuckers.


How important is the time on the mountain for you?

It is the motivation for the rest of my life.

How important is music for you in a snowboard movie?

It has to link up with the editing. It could be a great song, but if it doesn’t fit the feel of the part; if there is no flow, it doesn’t do much for me.


Give me your percentage of importance of the following factors to go snowboarding:

Being in the nature: 70%
Having a good time with your friends: 29%
Doing your job: 1%


How did you get in contact with the PiRATE project?

Pirates filmer Justin Hare and I surfed a bit this summer, and we decided to share a house together in Glacier, run by our girlfriends and Justin’s 9th place show dog, Vasco. He talked to Basti about it, Basti and I talked about it, and yeah, we are still talking, eh?


How important is it for you to be a part of it?

I am so stoked on the visual direction and artistic approach the Pirates have taken. From the art book to the intros to the creative minds behind the brain bending riding this group of shreds produces, the Pirates are pushing their boat into unsettled winds, the only way to find your paradise island, you know?


Credits: All my Family and friends who have given me support and laughter over the years, my girl Jenell, sleep, food, my sponsors, and dark chocolate. Thank you.