http://www.yesnowboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Y15_Greats_52-300x684.jpg" alt="Y15_Greats_52" width="230" height="525" />The return of the Greats has been one of the most rewarding projects we have done this year. It is a tribute to both the riders and photographers that together have captured iconic moments that have inspired and pushed our culture forward. Though these images are a collaboration of rider + photographer, we know that each of these moments conjures as many stories as eyes that have seen them. With the greatest of respect and admiration, we thank all of the contributors to this series.
Jeff Anderson. 1979 – 2003.
Featured on the Greats 152.
JP Solberg: Jeff was one of the greatest snowboarders that ever lived, he breathed, bled, slept and loved snowboarding like no one i ever knew. True to his impression of the culture.
Romain DeMarchi: Teammate that I lost too early. Best style in snowboarding. Wonderful charisma and personality. Wish you were still here, UnInc creator, roll model – miss you!
DCP: I remember a friend, a team mate, a time traveler of mystic illusion, Jeff was so talented in many ways, his snowboarding, his persona, his artistic influences, his street cred and street shred, made him 1 of the raddest guys in snowboarding history, in my books. I miss riding pow with him. I’ll always remember a early season pow shred in Mammoth with his brother Billy and him, Megs and I. It was fueled by a pure “seems to be the first time you see snow” type of stoke. The great kind!
Interview with Jeff’s Brother
Who did your brother look up to – who were his greats?
He look up to a ton of different riders Jamie would have probably been at the the top of the list. Jaime Lynn, Terje, Guch, Any one in Roadkill Also Craig Kelly, Palmer.
When did you realize your little brother was going to make it as a legit pro?
There wasn’t a defining moment. It was apart of his life. It was who he was. There was a mind shift, when he moved to Utah it was time to work. Jeff had made a commitment snowboarding and himself to has hard a possible to push his snowboarding. There is a metal commitment you have to make to be a true pro. A few week before he died we met up and he was really beat up, broken ribs, and stuff like that, but he was as happy an I had ever seen him. The pain was like a badge. He had worked as hard as he could and that was his proof. Do you know what he felt about what he was doing at the time? – By that i mean, did he feel or was he aware that he was at the forefront of new era of urban riding? (As everyone always describes him as being) I think so. Anyone that make a commitment like that know what they are doing. When you put your entire life on hold for one thing you better make it worth it.
For another interview with Billy and a timeline of Jeffy’s life go to:
Can you re-tell me a little about when and where this shot was taken?
Jeff had an idea, for an editorial feature he had upcoming in Transworld, about how no matter what he was doing.. He still embodied snowboarding. So we went to skate parks, the ocean, the pier, and even walked down the middle of the road and had him in all his gear walking with his board. This shot was taken in Malibu that day, at 1st point by the pier. Half the people looked at us like we were crazy, the rest were
stoked to see this professional snowboarder standing in the ocean in all his outerwear.
What year was it?
It was taken the year before he died and I’m pretty sure was the last portrait photo shoot he did. 2002.
What was the art direction/theme you were doing and how did you end up shooting Jeff?
Jeff and I grew up together in Mammoth. I’ve known him since we were 10. We were neighbors and good friends. As we grew up and I was pursuing photography and he was riding professionally, we were really excited to collaborate on something together. The ideas were his, he art directed, and I shot. We basically goofed around together all day and got to call it work. Which is one of my favorite things to do with my friends.
What equipment/film were you using?
I shot this on a Hassleblad 503cw and used Kodak Trix 120mm film