HUMP DAY FRIES CHICKEN WITH CAM PIERCE
Cam Pierce has been fucking up street snowboarding for years, and filmed some epic parts for Forum doing just that. Fact of the matter is, Cam also destroys jumps, cooks better than your mom and brews beer with the best of ‘em. On the last night of his signature session, Cam cooked fried chicken for over 25 people including the media Crew, the entire Gremlinz bus, and various stragglers like myself. When I managed to lick my fingers clean and get a recorder running, this is what we talked about.
My first question is how the fuck does some one start snowboarding living in North Carolina?
Basically there is a tiny little hill there with a chair lift and a rope tow. The first day I was up there skiing though I sad fuck this and wanted to snowboard, didn’t want anything to do with the skis. Just hopped on the hill. Probably 500 feet of vertical called Catalucci ski resort. I started there when I was 14. Nothing serious. I would probably compare it to a midwest hill or something. Small.
How did you end up hitting rails?
Well I told my Dad that I wanted to start doing tricks and stuff but the mountain didn’t have anything so he started building the rails for the mountain. He was the dude who started welding all their rails and got the mountain a park going. It started with just a couple janky ones that he built but it was fun.
So why did you leave? Your dad blew up the park scene and then it was onward? Does the North Carolina Shred scene owe it all to your dad?
Maybe my home mountain does, but I would also drive two hours to go ride at Appalachian where Chase and Leonard are from. I would go up there on the weekends for contests and that’s how I met up with all those fools. They had a way better park with actual jumps and real rails and a real park crew that wasn’t just me and my friends moving around picnic tables. Once I graduated high school I some how finagled a digging job at Windell’s. At the time Jared Winkler was the head park guy and I met all the dudes who were park crew at Brighton. They persuaded me to get the hell out of North Carolina and go to Utah by giving me a job on the park crew that first winter and I’ve been there ever since so six or seven years now.
Windell’s kids literally line up to watch Cam. He’s that good. P: Erik Hoffman
Seven years? In all that time you must have Mormon Soaked…
(Laugh) You see, No one can really tell if that is real or not, it’s kind of like a mythical creature…Like finding an Albino Unicorn…I hear it’s real, but I don’t know anyone personally that has done it. I want to assume it’s real.
Is it easy to spot the Mormo chicks though, so you at least know which ones you have a chance with?
Oh ya. I mean. People always talk about how crazy it must be to deal with the mormon scene out there but it’s really not a big deal at all because they don’t go to the same places we do. They aren’t at the bars, the pubs, or concerts… you never see them. But when you do see them, its obvious. Super conservative style but they can be Reallly hot. There isn’t much of a point in me talking to them.
Ok, so the soak is ellusive, what about Mormons that just do anal, is that real?
That could be real, but I have not come across that either.
COME ON CAM, I NEED TO KNOW.
I don’t know… In case I should ever find myself in that scenario. Can you just keep your ear to the ground for me please and check back?
I’ll start going to church on Sundays when I get home. I’ll see if I can finagle a little sum-sum from a mormon chick I guess…
Thank you. Call me while it’s happening so I can hear the nuances for my self…If there is one thing that I like more than sex with Mormons, It’s fried chicken…You are a friend chicken master, Where does the skill come from?
When I moved out from home and my Mom wouldn’t do it anymore. She has a way better recipe than me. You had mine which is the quick and easy version. Bare bones. My mom is the real deal. It’s a science: fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, fried okra. The best stuff ever. She has about 10 recipes that I essentially recycle now that I do not live at home.
Do you make them in secret while working at spedelli’s?
No, I don’t. They don’t have all the ingredients I need.
Are you the best cook at Spedellis?
I don’t think so. I’d say Bundy has been doing the longest so he is probably the fastest. There aren’t very many complicated recipes so It’s not about being the best but the quickest. Bundy is pretty good. Sam and Mac have been working in the pizza world for a while now, so they have skills when it comes to tossing dough. I’m still trying to learn that shit. It’s cool though because it’s all homies that work there chilling together, listening to music, bullshitting and working. No liquor license but there is beer on tap so that is good enough.
That’s fucking Terje looking back. He’s the only one that still gets away with the denim look. P: Erik Hoffman