Surf and snowboard in the same day... that’s the concept behind Red Bull Switchboard, a one-of-a-kind event that went down over the weekend in New Jersey—Asbury Park and Mountain Creek, to be specific. Of course we had check out the action and learn from the larger-than-life athletes in attendance. Here are just a few of the swag lessons we picked up from guys whose style is as aggressive as their riding.
Wear something comfy: Convenience is crucial to your success on the slopes or at the beach. Something as simple as a cushy sweatshirt or shacket is ideal when hitting the terrain park. With a layer or two underneath, it will keep you warm enough while allowing you the freedom to move around and do your thing. Meanwhile, wetsuits or board shorts and a rash guard are musts for optimal surf performance.
Layer properly: Your first layer is crucial. Choose something that is a poly blend and sweat wicking. Manage your layers appropriately throughout the day. At the height of the sun, feel free to ditch a layer in order to prevent fatigue. The hotter you get the more tired you will be and that can affect how you shred. Similarly, when it cools down, be sure to put those layers back on. Drastic changes in body temperature can result in poor execution.
Look good, ride good, feel good: Simply stated, wear what looks good on the beach or the hill. Looser fitting garments work well on the mountain while something a little closer to skin is better for the water, but it all comes down to preference. “Keep it light and groovy,” said one athlete “...and always keep your ‘taint’ zipper open.”
Get ready to get crazy: From what these guys were saying, the styles for 2017 and 2018 are going to get a little nuts. This year, solids are in, however the hot pinks, yellows and purples are coming down the pipeline. So if you still have your highlighter bright clothing from the ’80s, next year is the time to pull it out and rock it on the beach and the mountain.
Let your riding define who you are: Simply stated, ride well and your style will shine through, no matter what you are wearing. Take surf, ski and snowboard lessons to dial in your skills. “It’s not the clothes that make you look good,” concludes veteran rider Jon Coen, seen shredding in the photo above. “It’s your ability.” Photos by Kyle Arcamano