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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
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.
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!