Dash Longe is most known for getting rowdy in the backcountry; packing a newschool punch right next to his shovel. We let last week's TUNESday Athlete, Julian Carr interview him because we were too busy rocking out to his playlist.
Julian Carr: I hear you are engaged. Congratulations, can you tell all of us who the lucky girl is? How did you propose?
Dash Longe: Yep, you heard right. I proposed to my girlfriend of 3 and half years, Alexandra Taft. I didn't really have much of a plan, maybe because I never do, but I figured proposing to her the weekend of her graduation from nursing school would be a good way to go. I didn't want to take from the excitement of the graduation and celebration of 4 years of hard work, but my thoughts were that it would be fun to do it with all of our family and friends around. I asked her right after she was pinned by her professor at the end of her pinning ceremony and then we announced it to the family when we were all at dinner.
JC: Who inspired you to start doing insanely technical switch to switch straight airs (Zero-Spin) back in the day? Vincent Dorian? I remember you doing a switch to switch straight air over Flagstaff gap like in '99. Rowdy!
DL: Well, I wouldn't say that my inspiration came from one single individual. I think it more of less came from my passion for skateboarding, and dudes that flowed over obstacles with grace. I was always the biggest fan of guys who floated tech tricks over big sets or gaps with ease. At that point on my ski career I was really fed up with all the spin-to-win B.S. that was generating from the comp scene, and I was trying to make an impression by showing people that you don't even have to spin to make something look cool. At that time in the industry the buzz word that everyone was focused on was "style." A lot of skiers were trying to over exaggerate certain movements and over tweaking grabs thinking that would give them style. In my mind, style is something you either have or don't have. I was definitely inspired by guys like Skogan Sprang, Eric Pollard and Peter Mitterhofer though.
JC: Would you rather get swallowed alive by a giant snake or abducted and probed to death by aliens?
DL: Thats hard, I think that death by gigantic snake could be a little less torturous but it would be cool to see new forms of life, although probably a bit more frightening. I going to go with snake. I don't really like the thought of being probed.
JC: Which on-snow athletes do you have the most respect for pre-'05? And now?
DL: There are so many bad asses. It is really hard to put my finger down on one person that I respect the most.
I have always loved Gigi Ruff both pre and post 05. I really respect Sage and all that he has done for skiing. I watched his Highlife seg again the other day and it was ahead of its time for sure. If I narrow it down to just skiing I guess it would have to be Pollard pre-'05 and Sage and Seth post. I really admire their wisdom, experience and ability to make good calls and stay healthy.
JC: You have a very talented brother, what's the scoop with him, inform us?
DL: Well, he is my twin brother and his name is Hunter. Growing up with a twin is like having your best friend at your house for sleepovers every night. It really allowed us to explore our creative minds by constantly feeding and learning from one another in all aspects of our life. We grew up in Tahoe with two artists as parents, so naturally we both loved to shred and loved to make art. By middle school he was a snowboarder and I stuck with skiing but we would ride together all the time. We pushed each other to go bigger and try new tricks. Just a few years after I got sponsored, Hunter was offered sponsorship deals. Companies were pushing to get him on board and he would always turn them down. He didn't want to be sponsored because he didn't want it to take the fun out of the sport. I always admire him for that. Around that same time he really started to get into art. He now lives and makes art in San Francisco. He has done graphics for numerous ski and snowboard brands including Discrete but his true passion resides within his own personal work. He has had many solo and group exhibitions over the last few years and is making a name for him self in the art world. His newest work employs many different mediums and is very conceptual. It has turned many heads. You can check out his artwork www.hunterlonge.com.