Photo: Ashley Rosemeyer
As the final session of Last Call 2015 was winding down, Timmy Sullivan, who’d been hucking giant michaelchucks over the hip for the past hour, hiked up just a little bit further. On the mic, Nelson alerted everyone that something was about to go down, and a hush came over the crowd. As everyone pointed their respective media devices towards the wallride, Timmy sent it, flying over the entire obstacle in dramatic fashion. It literally shut down the event. Everyone just stopped riding.
The moment will be forever frozen in my mind (yes, even TWO MONTHS after the event) as the highlight of the 2015 season, and for that reason, we set out to find out more about the maniac who’s giving Coonman a run for his money.
What actually happened when you hit the lip of that hip at Last Call? I heard you weren’t planning on airing the whole thing?
My plan for the hip was to michaelchuck it quickly and then try some stuff onto the wallride transfer from the hip lip. Trying to grab on my michaelchuck was not really working out, but I managed to ride away from two with time running out in the session. At this point I was hiking up past it and I decided I wanted to give the big girl a go straight over. My first drop went well but, I got pushed into the end of the hip landing and couldn’t manage to grab. I figured I needed to get a grab in and go straight over. I proceeded to hike higher for the next drop. I pointed it and hoped to reach the other side. Coming into the lip I noticed I was definitely moving faster then the drop before. This is right before things got interesting. When I came into the bottom of that tranny, I believe a combination of things happened that veered my course off my heels. My triple base lobstah got twerked in some ruts and swallowed by that tranny and threw me onto my heels. At the point of no return you just have to give her and hope. The only thing I saw from the moment I left the lip was the green closeout on that back of that wall. When I realized I was going to make it over I felt great relief, followed by oh shit where am I going to land. In the frozen chunder there was some tranny that found me and managed to ride away.
Not just a one-trick pony… photo: Ashley Rosemeyer
At any point did you see your life flash in front of your eyes or were you pretty sure you had it?
I was confident in airing the whole hip into the back of the landing. Jumping over the wall off my heels added a whole different perspective for sure. The green closeout and the staring competition I had with that thing in the air felt like forever. I am just grateful and lucky I made it over that green steel!
Did you land? Or at least ride away as clean as Billy Morgan from his quad cork?
My landing would be comparable to Billy’s quad. haha. Mine was sloppy with a hand down, but at the same time I was extremely psyched to be riding away healthy.
Who are you and where did you come from? What’s your day job?
I am a snowboarder from the Hudson Valley area of New York. I have a beautiful wife that is a school teacher and helps me keep my shit together. I am a concrete operator / mason that works in the tri-state area. My work seasons keep me real busy until winter comes, when things slow down some and I am able to find some time on the hill!
Where do you usually ride?
My home mountain is Carinthia at Mt Snow! Carinthia is an amazing park mountain with great vibes, creative parks, and awesome people! It’s an awesome camaraderie of diggers, operators, and rippers. I have been riding at Mount Snow since middle school, and I still love being there each and every day. I already can’t wait for next season and be able to make sum turns alongside the homies! I just want to give a big thanks to Gnu, Carinthia, Ramp Hog, my wife, Snowboarder, Buck 90, America, all my diggas, and everyone who makes snowboarding the special feeling that it is!
I just want to thank everyone at Eastern Boarder and all the other people involved, “diggas, cat operators, events staff, etc..” that make Last Call the great event that it is!