Greyson Clifford talks urban snowboarding in Breck
Greyson Clifford is first to admit that he was kind of a jock before stepping on a snowboard.
“Honestly, I grew up playing sports and being a jock,” the 29-year-old Breckenridge local said. “I got tired of the whole training and practicing thing, so when I started skateboarding it made me happy being able to do things for myself rather than the coaches.”
That’s all it took for the Texas native (Yep, he’s from Texas) to trade the manicured grass of a ball field for the wild, unpredictable world of urban snowboarding. After making the move to Breck in 2006 — it was the first time he’d ever seen snow — he wasted no time strapping onto a deck. It reminded him of skateboarding: No rules, boundless creativity, filming with friends instead of tossing triples for judges. He ditched team sports to get away from that rigid mentality of practice, practice, practice — and it worked.
“That’s why I have some resentment towards coaches in the boarding world,” Clifford said. “It’s supposed to be about the soul and fun, not being better or beating other people.”
Needless to say, you won’t find Clifford in the Dew Tour pipe, this year or any other. He’s a filmer at heart, with recent parts in “Boysnite” and “RDA Casual Movie.” If he says yes to any sort of organized anything, it’s an event like the streetstyle jib session happening tonight in downtown Breck. He competed last year and it was surreal.
“I got to ride in the street jam in town last year, which was kind of funny,” he said. “After being kicked out of spots around the county for years it’s strange mashing on cars a block from my house.”
If all the medals and glory and fame aren’t on his radar, why does he still ride? After all, he’s talented — shouldn’t he want more?
“I truly don’t expect anything from snowboarding,” he said. “There is so much talent in the world but only an extremely small percentage of people will ever see a dime from snowboarding. I do what I do because I love it! The adventures, friendships and experiences I’ve accumulated over the years are what it’s all about. Snowboarding at its core isn’t about money, energy drinks, fashion, social media or anything superficial.”
Just watch his switch backside lipslide sometime. You’ll see what he’s talking about.
Shout outs: K2, Gnarly Clothes, Rad Gloves, Dang Shades, Sugapoint Outerwear, High Country Healing and Lumberyard Skate and Snow in Breck. A huge shout out to John Brossman, Brendan Barry, Matt Norris and all the homies — you know who you are! Of course, my beautiful soon-to-be wife, Morgan Anderson, who has always supported me!
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