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“People always say ‘You retired at your peak’, but I’m always like ‘No way, I milked the shit out of it’”. I knew it was a good one – and predictably enough, my conversation with the fascinating, erudite and compelling @da_kuru has been going down extremely well.
Back in the day, Benedek was known for redefining what it means to be creative in snowboarding (as above on the infamous ‘Lame’ kicker) and today he is still questing away in his own unique fashion. Our chat covered the powerful sway of American culture, the pain of growing up, how creativity works, the emotional dullness of being an adult compared to being a child, finding flow in everyday life, the fundamental trickiness of signs and symbols, and plenty more thoughtful hand-on-chin chitchat. Oh aye: and some snowboarding too.
If you’re a skater or surfer who is yet to listen to any of my snowboarding episodes, I would say this roving conversation with one of the most creative thinkers in any action sport would be a great place to start. So you know what to do 👀☝️



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Episode 034 – @da_kuru – David Benedek

On my recent trip to Munich I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the greatest snowboarders of the lot and a true legend – the great David Benedek.

For the first decade of the millennium David was undoubtedly one of the most influential snowboarders on the planet.

Think of any significant cultural snowboarding development from 1999 to 2008 and chances are Benedek was involved. From the moment he burst onto the scene with a podium at the 1999 Air and Style, his career was one long list of significant milestones, whether it was that classic trio of Robot Film movies, his ground-breaking double corks (as above) or later more personal projects such as 91 Words For Snow.

And then, seemingly at the top of his game. Benedek made the Cantona-esque decision to retire so he could concentrate on his creative ambitions. Since then he has produced the book project Current State, headed to film school and today makes a living as a renowned and award-winning creative and designer.

At the end of January 2018 I headed to Munich to catch up with David – this one is a roving, freewheeling, all encompassing conversation in the finest Looking Sideways tradition. The result is one of my favourite ever episodes with one of snowboarding’s proper creative talents. You know what to do ☝️👀

Big thanks to David for coming on the show, and to Frederic Egli, @hamiltonick @twsnow and @hansherbig for the pics.

Episode 034 – @da_kuru – David Benedek

On my recent trip to Munich I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the greatest snowboarders of the lot and a true legend – the great David Benedek.
For the first decade of the millennium David was undoubtedly one of the most influential snowboarders on the planet.

Think of any significant cultural snowboarding development from 1999 to 2008 and chances are Benedek was involved. From the moment he burst onto the scene with a podium at the 1999 Air and Style, his career was one long list of significant milestones, whether it was that classic trio of Robot Film movies, his ground-breaking double corks (as above) or later more personal projects such as 91 Words For Snow.
And then, seemingly at the top of his game. Benedek made the Cantona-esque decision to retire so he could concentrate on his creative ambitions. Since then he has produced the book project Current State, headed to film school and today makes a living as a renowned and award-winning creative and designer.
At the end of January 2018 I headed to Munich to catch up with David – this one is a roving, freewheeling, all encompassing conversation in the finest Looking Sideways tradition. The result is one of my favourite ever episodes with one of snowboarding’s proper creative talents. You know what to do ☝️👀 Big thanks to David for coming on the show, and to Frederic Egli, @hamiltonick @twsnow and @hansherbig for the pics.

Episode 034 with the great David Benedek is now live! For over a decade, David dominated the snowboarding scene as a true creative powerhouse, both on and off the snow.

On my recent trip to Munich, I caught up with him to discuss his life and career, and find out what he’s been out to since his retirement. As you might expect from such a smart cookie, this is a proper wide-ranging chat with one of the greatest of all time.

Click the link below to have a listen. Thanks for coming on the show David! Love your work.

Thanks for coming on the show Billy Morgan. Ave it!

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