Welcome Joel and Nate to the BLAK Headwear team! As we like to say, We Are A Bunch Of Misfits That Found A Home In The Mountains and we are stoked to welcome you into our Family. We couldn’t be happier to support two of the most stylish up and coming riders coming out of Aus, and we are absolutely stoked to have you both riding at Mt Hotham. Breathing life back into the Victorian scene that has been lacking for many years.

We sat down with the two of them to ask a few hard hitting questions so we could all get to know the fellas a little better.

At what age did you first start snowboarding and how did you get into it?

Joel: I started riding when I was 3 but only really got into it following high school. I went to France with a good friend of mine, about 2 seasons after that I started riding park. I Have been doing just that ever since.

Nate: I had saved up enough to go on my high school’s ski trip when I was seventeen. I think I got four days to learn at Thredbo, I can’t really remember much actual snowboarding from that trip but I do remember that I loved it! Three or four years later I came to Canada where I guess I learnt to ride properly. It’s only been in the last four or so seasons that I started riding park and now that’s all I want to do!

You both seem to put a lot of time and effort into chasing winters, why do you think that is?

Joel: It’s not worth missing a riding season to hang out in 40-degree weather. I’d rather be having a new adventure than sweating at home, sunny park laps beat sunny beach days any day.

Nate: I just love boarding and usually the time and effort is worth it. I’m pretty over working seasonal mountain jobs, I do it so I can be on the hill though! Anyone got any industry job opportunities HMU!! 

Joel your Instagram name is @slipperyplanker? What’s the story behind that?

Don’t take life too seriously.

Nate well yours is @Nate.reis I’m tipping there is no story behind that one?

It’s actually been reis’s pieces for a while. Not much of a story there. My last name is Reis and I love the candy!

Tell us about your ride? brand? size? bindings? and why?


Board: Capita, Ultrafear, 149

I had been through 5 Salomonders then Salomon stopped making them. I wanted another flat board so I bought an Ultrafear and loved it. Linton from Capita was nice enough to get me on the new one and I don’t want to ride anything else. 

Bindings:  They are a Frankenstein of Union’s Springbreak, Travis Rice and Scott Stevens bindings with artwork on the highbacks by Joel and my buddy Braedon.

Boots: I have 32 Mavens. I’ve loved them but they stopped making them too so I just ordered a pair of Vans.

Stance:  I actually have no idea, I always just eyeball it. Not too narrow, not too wide. Angles are 3 -3


Board:The Interior Plain Project, Honalee,150
The lovely Beau reps for them Australia and I’m lucky enough to get a board every season. I decided to go with something slightly stiffer and larger this year, cause why not? Last year it was the Harrow 147.

Bindings:Bent Metal Transfers
Courtesy of Sam, the Victorian rep. Thanks my man! Best pair I’ve ever had.

Boots:Vans High Standard Orgs
Nice and soft, don’t tie them past the ankle for extra flex.

Stance:19 at 3 -3.

What are your most memorable experiences snowboarding thus far?


Definitely the trip to Grouse last year was nuts. Filming for 1 Full Tape was pretty fun too. As well as with the Grouse crew thus year. Such good vibes in all these experiences. Its all about the people your with.


The trip to Grouse last spring was the most fun boarding I’ve ever had. We had a pretty average season at BW where the park was kinda whack and we never saw any sun. We were planning all season to spend spring at Whistler but they decided not to do the Spring Pass, so we decided to go to Grouse instead. Best turn of luck ever!! I remember turning up at the Side Cut park first day and we were all losing our minds that every feature was set-up perfectly. We had two weeks of sun and +10 temps riding the most amazing park with my best friends. Shout out to Marcus and the whole Grouse Mtn Park crew for consistently building one of the best parks in North America.

We know you’ll both have something epic up your sleeve for this spring care to fill us in?

Joel: Grouse is the plan, we will see if I can make it. Probably fill a bunch of tapes there and try make something worth watching!

Nate: The plan is Grouse again. Hopefully we’ll be able to film a lot more this spring.



Where do you lads get your style inspo from?

Joel: So many different places, try and take bits and pieces from a bunch of my favourite riders. Definitely like to try stay ahead of the curve and watch skating edits, Hotel Blue. As for filming, Chad Unger or Seamus Foster.

Nate: Definitely from watching edits. We’ve been filming a lot on tape lately so lots of VX skate edits too. Hotel Blue was been a favourite of late.

OK speed round, we are going to ask you a bunch of random questions to help the team get to know you a little better. We want to know all your favourites.


Favorite grab? A well done Mute or melon with a backside nose bone

Food? Burritos or a rice and everything dish

Music? Rap and Zamrock while riding
Colour? Baby Blue

Movie? Landline or Crazy Loco

Snowboarder? Jed Anderson or Ojo

Resort? Grouse or Bear

Brand? BLAK (Great Answer)

Beverage? Tea or Hot chocolate made with old gold

Car? My Nissan Navara


Favorite grab? Indy Nosebone

Food? Mexican or Thai

Music? A bit of everything

Colour? Is Blak a colour?

Movie? Vans Landline

Snowboarder? Jake Kuzyk

Resort? Grouse

Brand? Blak  (Great Answer)

Beverage? Black drip coffee!

Car? My buddy Braedon’s Delica Van!

One last question for you both, If you had to pick a song that best represented you what would it be? 

Joel: Changes Charles Bradley. Nate’s addicted to Golden Brown by the Stranglers amongst other things, I think it’s a hint.

Nate: I keep heckling Joel to make me an edit to Golden Brown by The Stranglers. I hope it doesn’t represent me as it’s about Heroin, but I think the song will work so well. Hopefully by the time this comes out the edit has been made!

Welcome aboard fellas, like we said super stoked to have welcomed you both to our family and look forward to working with you both during winter 2019 and helping you cook up whatever crazy ideas you have got stewing for this season.


Check out their latest creation below, 1 TAPE we think its pretty epic!

March 30, 2019 by Andrew Buchan


March 30, 2019 by Andrew Buchan

In The Summit EP1

Latest recruit to the BLAK Headwear team, Joel Meakin and co. making the Mt Hotham Summit Park look so fun! Episode 1 of In The Summit leaving us hanging for more, stay tuned for some more instalments of nice to watch snowsports from this crew.


September 03, 2018 by Andrew Buchan


We would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and let you know a little more about who we are and where we came from.
BLAK Headwear Formerly known as Blak Apparel is the brainchild of two best mates, Andrew Buchan and Kane Lowen (B.L.A.K). Two tradesmen from the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, we shared a passion for snowboarding and hunting out quality headwear and apparel to wear whilst in the mountains.
From the frustration of constantly finding poor quality or kooky designs, BLAK Headwear was born. We wanted to create high-quality headwear and apparel that would hold up to the harsh conditions of mountain life without compromising on design. While spending a few months living in a small room above a karaoke bar on the outskirts of Hakuba, snowboarding by day and drinking Japanese whiskey by night, in 2014 our first range came to life.

BLAK Headwear now offers a range of quality headwear and apparel, designed with a strong streetwear influence which has been inspired by the big smoke of Melbourne City where we grew up and we couldn't have done it without all of your support!!

We would like to personally thank each and everyone of you that has purchased from us and all the crew out there that has helped us along the way to to get BLAK to where it is today. We are super excited to have our Winter Range live and we hope you all love it as much as we loved producing it.
THANK YOU and see you in the Mountains!!
Bucks & Piggy

July 09, 2018 by Andrew Buchan

Hold it down - Spring Laps at Northstar

Winter is almost here and we can't wait! We don't want to wish winter away before it arrives, but how fun do these slushy spring laps look! 
Team rider, Scotty Twible and his bros having an absolute blast in the sun at Northstar. Chairs will be spinning soon, time to wax up the boards and prep the snow gear. W18 range is so close, see you on the mountain soon!


May 28, 2018 by Andrew Buchan


Heading to Japan? Lucky you! Whether it's your first time heading overseas on a shred trip or a seasoned veteran checking through their kit, fear not we have put together a nice little list of what the team here at Blak Headwear have called the Japan Essentials.
The Japan powder factory is running at full capacity, it's cold deep and epic in Japan at the moment, that being said to maximise your shred time on the mountain during your holiday there are a few little items that are a must have in everyone's shred kit!
  1. Balaclava - Our Ninja Mask is the perfect balaclava for Japan, tested in the Hakuba Valley by the crew before we launched way back in 2014 our Ninja Mask will keep that blower Japanese pow off your face whilst scoring those Japanese pow slashes and be dry by the top of your next chairlift ride to do it all again.
  2. Necksock - Running Hot? Can't deal with the double layered head protection, one of our Necksocks could be the perfect option for you, unless you're sporting a mean beard, don't leave the face protection out of the kit that Pow is cold! 
  3. Beanie - Take your pick, we have plenty. Thick weave beanies for those cold days, and thin weave beanies perfect for under a helmet or whilst running a Ninja Mask. All Blak Headwear Beanies are made from 100% Acrylic wool for maximum comfort and long lifespans, you can sleep easy our beanies once they are blown out and it cant be rescued with a whizz in the washing machine (This takes a really... really long time) are Recyclable.
  4. Hoodie - Our Cut Throat Hoodie is the perfect hoodie for your shred kit, made from super thick warm cotton it's super warm for layering under your outerwear on a cold day and equally as awesome lounging after your day of shredding. Featuring zip closing kangaroo pocket with media outlet for those tunes when ripping down the mountain, double lined hood for maximum warmth and comfort, 300 GSM cotton fabric.



February 18, 2018 by Andrew Buchan

Hold It Down Crew - Disrupt


Team Riders Scotty Twible, Devan Peeters, Andy Betts & The Hold It Down Crew have been hard at work Shovelling their asses off and Scotty has been deep in the booth to bring you their latest offering! 


Here we bring you DISRUPT, our first movie shot from the streets of Lake Tahoe and Canada to the back country of Japan and Australia. After initially beginning filming over a year ago, we were forced to stop filming due to injury, all plans were disrupted. After a year hiatus the crew regrouped and shovelled their asses off to bring this movie.

December 22, 2017 by Andrew Buchan

BLAK Team Season Re-Cap



Winter 17 recap BLAK team riders, Andy Betts, Scotty Twible, Jack Watt and Devan Peeters made the most of the erratic snow conditions this season scoring crazy pow days and a handful of sunny laps through Perisher and Thredbo Parks. The exact opposite conditions to what we are used to in Australia, but there are no complaints here! 



We are a bunch of misfits that found a home in the mountains.
We Are,
October 29, 2017 by Andrew Buchan

Cardrona Rails

Edwin Poulston wearing last years hoodie 2 still looking as good as the day he got it, ripping through Cardrona Terrain Parks rail line, showing us why style is so important! This guy is greasier than a re heated kebab you found on the kitchen bench.
September 03, 2017 by Andrew Buchan

Leichhardt Laps



Sun was out the boys were on, a team affair with Blak Headwear team riders, Devan Peeters and Andy Betts ripping through Leichhardt Terrain Park Mt Perisher, James Fleay on the lens.

Film and Edit : James Fleay "Ganggucci"

August 20, 2017 by Andrew Buchan