Chris Abadie - An essential aspect of creative riding is not being afraid to fail.
I think everyone wants to be a little different, set apart from others in some way. This is where creative juices start and outside-the-box thinking comes from. “How could I do this in a way no one has thought of?” or “What will make me stand out?” You need to have something unique to be looked at and acknowledged. Being creative is having fun and fooling around with ideas till something good comes out of it. It can’t be taken too seriously. People are always judging what we are doing, and it’s “whatever” to us. I love the way we shred and the result at the end of the day. It’s not always that we’re doing something first and totally new, but we try to add some kind of twist or tweak to the setup or trick being tried.
People have been doing firecrackers down stairs for forever in other board sports, so why not throw a set out in the water? So we framed out some stairs on our floating barge, put a 24-foot corrugated tube up to it and made it happen. Andrew decided to try to go up the stairs and got worked. With some things it’s questionable if they will work, but there’s only one way to find out. The risk might be high sometimes, but riding away is the most rewarding feeling that I strive for.