What can we say about Bryan Iguchi that hasn’t already been said? He’s the kind of snowboarder that even those with no prior knowledge or even affinity with the sport can delight in watching. Elegantly drawn out turns, death defying terrain and a passion so evident it can be spotted a mile off.
“When referring to Bryan Iguchi we feel that you’re given carte blanche to use words like ‘legend’ and ‘iconic’”
Much of what we’re saying is undoubtedly cliché, and it might even come across as disingenuous, but when referring to Bryan Iguchi we feel that you’re given carte blanche to use words like ‘legend’ and ‘iconic’, and, in fact, it would be nothing short of a disservice not to.
There aren’t many riders who’ve managed to have careers spanning multiple decades, especially not ones who dropped off the competitive circuit and out of the public eye for several years. No mean feat considering the fast-paced social media heavy world we live in, where the next big thing is yesterday’s news by the time you’ve scrolled through your feed.
A stronghold of old-school riding and values, Iguchi has been with the sport from its early germination with its punk rock anti-establishment roots, and has watched it bloom into the global phenomenon it is today. Although fame and fortune haven’t been the driving forces behind Guch’s career, he’s arguably more successful now than he was in his international circuit heyday. Like many riders before him Iguchi made the move from competitive freestyle to the backcountry, completely ditching the glitz and glam of podium life to pursue his passion for out of bounds exploration.
Bryan Iguchi: “My first real backcountry experience was while filming with Volcom for “Alive We Ride”. At the time we had only been filming at resorts. We were on our way from Mammoth to Tahoe and decided to take a left turn on a high mountain pass in the middle of nowhere. At the end of the road we found a jump feature a short hike from where we parked. We got a session going and it was super fun. We had a really good day filming and decided to skip going to Tahoe, got a hotel and spent the rest of the trip out there. We returned the next spring with the crew and camped out and filmed the end segment for “The Garden”… still to this day my most memorable project. I guess you can say seeking ‘garden vibes’ has been the theme for my backcountry pursuits.”