For roughly 12 years (yep, you’re old), Shaun White has stood atop the podium, shredding snow and vert ramps alike. Every year the fearless and unmistakable (remember the hair?) White seemed to put more and more space between himself and the ramps. With 23 X-Games medals and a pair of Olympic golds to his name, White, 28, has taken on a new challenge: music. Swapping his Burton for a Gibson, the SoCal native has ditched the pipe and hit the stage with his band, Bad Things, which toured with Jared Leto’s “30 Seconds to Mars” this summer and played the festival crowd at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
While balancing touring, his athletic career—no word yet on future half-pipe endeavors—and designing the new 1960s rock 'n roll-inspired Oakley Enduro, the most decorated snowboarder the planet’s ever known took a few moments last week to chat with Supercompressor about guitars, hucking his s*** in the nude, global warming, and shoving as much Stride gum in his mouth as possible.