I'm Clay, I've been snowskating since the year after they came out with the first g-3 in ccs i think. I remember I ordered one for christmas that year but couldn't get it until Christmas day. Whenever my parents were gone, I would sneak in the garage and pull it out of the box and just fuck around with it for a few minutes. My favorite website back then was Richie Bowen's "What the fuck is a snowskate?" For those who remember, it was sick. I would watch the first Premier video every day (it was like 5 minutes long). I was always thinking, "Shit, I could do that..." Me and 2 of my brothers got the black and white g-3's with the robot on them. I was hooked.
A few years later, I got my first wooden snowskate (red, white, and blue cardiel 04) and the year after that I started filming and editing videos and posting them on the premier forums. That year, I progressed a lot just from filming and watching other people's videos. At the end of the year, I put out like a 7 minute video. I still have no idea how I did some of those tricks, but it's always fun to look back on them.
A few years ago, I went to that Rye contest. The riders had every reason to feel let down by the course, organization, and weather. I was really just a mud pit with a picnic table and a big rail with about 10 feet of run-up. That's when I learned why kids like Matt Plays, Phil Smage, Justin Parsons, Rico, and Maxime were on the team. They didn't complain about the setup or weather, or the fact that there was no snow and shitty runups... they just skated and they ripped. I had a lot more respect for those guys after that. Oh yeah I met Alex that day. No suprise that he was there shovelling snow and making everything work, even if he wasn't going to skate the setup that much.
My biggest influences were Richie Bowen, Rico (he used to put out a mini-vid like every week), Kyle Syrenne (soo tech), and Crizzle. To this day, Crowzander has done the best hardflip and best inward heel on a snowskate.
These days, I skate with Nick Stefani and Crizzle. They were the first kids I really snowskated with on a regular basis. They like landing 6 tricks before I can get one, but every now and then I'll suprise them with a proper stomp. I like shooting photos, and hopefully I'll snap a few more this year that you'll get to see.