“Didn’t hit as many jumps as I wanted to. The snow in MN sucked. Hit to many rails. Thanks to Alex, Matt Coobac for most of the filming.”
Music – Cunninlynguists – “Phantasmata”
Interview with Kory Kirby April 19, 2012.
1. Q: How old are you? What city do you live in?
1. A: I am 18 years old, and I live in Stillwater Minnesota
2. Q: When and where did you start skiing? When did you start hitting rails?
2. A: My first time skiing was in Spirit Mountain Duluth, and I was 8 years old. I first started hitting rails when I was 12. I was absolutely horrible. My older brothers were snowboarders and could put on skis and hit rails better then I could. It made me so mad.
3. Q: Advice on rails, you are pretty good on them?
3. A: Someone once told me to take an entire day, and only hit rails unnatural. I did that, and its life changing. I don’t have a natural or an unnatural way to hit a rail. It helps so much! Once you get good with both feet, any trick is possible, and much easier. So thats my advice, learn to grind with both feet forward. If you think about it, it doesn’t make much sense to grind a rail right foot forward for your first time, after you learn your first change up.
4. Q: What was your favorite shot/trick from your edit? How many tries did it take?
4. A: My favorite trick in my edit is definitely my ender. Its on a extremely long mellow urban rail, and I got really lucky. I hit that rail about 20 times, and the only time i got to the end was on this trick. It shouldn’t have worked.
5. Q: Most fun trip or day of skiing last winter in Minnesota? Out west?
5. A: The most fun day of skiing I had all year was a warm 40 degree day at Hyland. I lapped that tow rope for about 4 hours straight. Paddy flanagan was the only other skier I skied with, other then that I just skied with my brothers, and some of their snowboard friends. It was just to fun. The best day out west, was my last day out west, Micheal Hibbs and I filmed an edit that day, called “Steamboat Hot Laps“. He killed it, and it was just an all around great day.
6. Q: What do you like about shooting skiing and making videos?
6. A: I enjoy filming too, so i really don’t mind filming that much. I love follow cams, its the best way to get the shot. Getting filmed is nice to, its nice to see your style, and helps what you have to work on.
7. Q: Inspirations?
7. A: My biggest inspiration is definitely lj strenio, seeing his rail tricks just inspired me. It all started with his part in “Such is life”, I watched that and I couldn’t believe what I just watched.
8. Q: In a perfect world how does a perfect day of skiing going for Kory Kirby?
8. A: The perfect day of skiing for me would be bluebird, around 35 degrees out, a tow rope, a perfect park, and only me, paddy, hibbs, and a couple of my snowboarder friends, alex, ricky, twins, brother would be allowed to hit it. All day.
9. Q: Predictions on any young up and comers from Minnesota?
9. A: Paddy Flanagan is going to be the next big thing. He’s 13, and he is better then most 18 year olds. Watch out for this kid! Check out his season edit to!
10. Q: Plans for next year?
10. A: My plans for next year are to go to school in Bozeman, and just ski. I would like to hit a lot of handrails too.
11. Q: Sponsors / Shout out?
11. A: Thanks to Summit Boardshop, they really do a good job for me, couldn’t really ask for much more from them. Thanks to k2 skis for all they have done, but I no longer ride for k2. Looking for something new? Anyone looking to help me out?