Season Recap: Tom Wallisch
Interview by Mike Rogge
Photos by Kyle Decker/Level 1
Hey Tom, how’s it going?
Yooo Rogge! It’s going great. How about you?
I’m doing well. Just kickin’ it in San Clemente. Let’s start this interview off by chatting about your pro model boot for a minute. Not many skiers have pro model footwear.
Hmm… all I can say is that I’m really stoked to have a pro model boot. It’s a really unique ski accessory to have a pro model for. I love the design and love having the ability to create anything I want! I definitely have moments when I look down and wonder how I ended up with boots that say my name on them.
Winning Euro X Gold must’ve been a great feeling. Take the readers through what it feels like to be on top of the podium at Euro X:
It’s just a crazy feeling, I can’t really describe it. It was surreal. I was worried about my run all morning, and with so many features in the course it was hard to remember what trick to do on everything (laughs). But when I got to the bottom after my second run, I just remember being satisfied. I felt like I had stomped my run as good as possible that day and that was a cool feeling. It didn’t matter to me what score I got at that point, it just felt great to land a good run and be in that moment right there. Just competing in the X Games was a dream come true.
I hear you made a bet with Allegiance Sports Group agent Matty Horn about podiuming at a major halfpipe event. What are the terms of the bet? Why get into the pipe game?
(laughs) I’m not going to leak all the details of this unfortunate bet, but yes it does involve me learning how to ski halfpipe in the near future. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to ski pipe at all, but I figure I at least want to try. Watching people like Jossi, Simon, Tanner, Dorey, and Riddle ski pipe makes it look so fun. It’s just another part of skiing I wish I was better at, so I’m gonna learn!
There was a bit of controversy surrounding your JOSS edit with Team America. Why did you guys release the edit early and what were your gripes with the competition? Will you be back next year?
Haha well ya there was a bit of controversy. I guess. There were just some discrepancies about the predetermined judging and rules. We by no means thought that we should have won, just simply that we would have liked to known beforehand how it was going to be judged. We released our video simply to let the world see what we had worked our hardest on for two straight weeks. As for next year, who knows, but in all honesty I’m not sure if I will be making it back out to JOSS.
In the Level 1 flicks, you’ve migrated from the park into the backcountry jump scene. When do you think we’ll see Tom Wallisch in Alaska?
I’m not too sure. I’ve definitely gotten a chance to experiment more and more in the backcountry and it’s been a lot of fun. I’d love to make a trip up to Alaska to shred some serious mountains, but I don’t want to do it until I’m fully prepared and have the time to do it right.
You’ve completed your first year on the Scott program after leaving Amplid last summer. Any regrets? What’s one thing you love about Scott?
Definitely no regrets at all, I’m really stoked on the new relationship I have with Scott. The people are great and it’s nice to have a company that wants to work with me to make the best possible products. We’ve got a lot of really cool things in the works!
There’s an episode of Firsthand featuring you airing on Fuel TV in a few weeks. When is the premiere? How did the Firsthand come about? What can people expect from the show?
The show is premiere on August 8th on Fuel TV. I’m not really sure how the show came about. I guess I owe a lot of thanks to Jeff Harper and all my sponsors for pushing for me to be featured on Firsthand. People can expect to see a cool in-depth look at my season and what goes on behind the scenes. It’s awesome to get to share my life and fun times of my season with the world. I hope everyone tunes in, checks it out and enjoy!
Kids openly follow you around the hill. What’s the strangest fan interaction you’ve encountered? Are you finding it tough to handle the growing number of fans?
It’s definitely gotten crazier and crazier over the last few years. One of the wildest interactions I guess I’ve ever had happened last season while I was filming in Helsinki, Finland with Level 1 Productions. We were shredding a local ski resort and tons of local skiers ended up following me around all night. It was sort of strange having kids follow me around as if I was mother goose.
And finally, what can people expect from 4bi9′s Gunnie Season this Fall?
All of the 4bi9 kids have been working hard this season. We’ve got a few new athletes filming with the crew and a lot of film talent. The movie will be an awesome watch with great music, great riding and good times. It’s definitely one of the movies I’ve been most involved in and helped with. I’m really excited to see how it turns out and I’m sure everyone is gonna love it!
Season Recap is a running series on Powder.com. Check out Tim Durtschi’s recap here.
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