Zak Hale… We caught up for a quick interview with him a few weeks ago and just as his tricks are nicely pulled off his comments were straight and to the point. Hale’s been living in San Clemente this summer and he’s there until October when he starts moving around for the winter season. He just been doing his thing… surfing, skating and doing his physical training. But even though Utah will be his base camp Hale is excited to come back to Bear once the winter hits and of course for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails (HDHR).
During our interview Hale was reminded of his long history with Bear Mountain as he was reminiscing about how he actually learned to Snowboard at Bear as a kid. He moved to Big Bear at the age of 4 and the rest is history…”It really all just went from there. I learned to ride at Bear when I was 5… I’d do all the contest and growing up there one thing lead to another. I eventually got more sponsors and here I am today.” Hale was also remembering the very first HDHR. “11 years… that’s crazy to think about”. And in those 11 years Hale has competed in every single HDHR with the exception of the first one where he was only a young spectator.
The year Hale won 3rd place was of particular significance to him. “I don’t remember exactly what year it was, but it was great to be up on the podium in front of all my friends from High School. That was pretty cool for sure.” Since that time Zak Hale has definitely been one of the local kids in the industry making it happen.
It was a pleasure catching up with Zak and get his perspective on HDHR. After his interview got finished up nice and quick we stated… “Well, that was easy enough”, to which he responded “Easy peezy lemon squeezy.” If only we could make our own riding look as effortless and “easy peezy” as Zak does on any given day in the People’s Park.
Join us Saturday, September 27th for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails. Tune in next Tuesday for another edition of Tales From the Dawg where we’ll be bringing you up to speed on what the plan is for this year at the 11th Annual HDHR!
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