Reno - Nevada - USA
Venomous BlackBoard 152
|Sandboard Magazines March '97 featured rider is California born and raised
J. Peter Pilcic. A long time resident of beautiful Lake Tahoe California
since '89, now living in Reno Nevada, needless to say, Pete's a serious
snowboarder and as we'll learn in this interview Sandboarder Extraordinaire!
Pete, as he prefers to be called is 37 years young with two offspring, age 19 daughter and 17 son, yet one would never know it by his appearance. Being so unusual, I became curious about the origin of his family name."Yugoslavian, Serbian, that area of the world " Pete told me.
Inquiring about Pete's first time on the dunes taking his sandboard down the sandy slopes as a 10 year old boy, Pete related how his uncles led him out to the dunes at Montana deOro in San Luis Obispo California. If I've done the calculation correctly, I can safely say that Pete has been carvin' dunes for a good 27 years now and has his Uncle Charlie to thank for making him the mahogany board he was initiated to sandboarding on. These days Pete has abandoned the wood boards and prefers to"carve dune" on his composite Venomous BlackBoard!
|Pete's sports interests are similar to many sandboarders,
snowboarding is a major love but Pete is also active with league softball
and back packing. Teaching himself to snowboard 7 years prior to this interview
Pete was flying off cliffs by the second season. Snowboarding came fairly
easily after all the first board he ever rode was a sandboard. This is
quite unusual considering that most all sand riders start out with the other
board sports first, (surf, skate, snow) and then gravitate to the sandboard.
Pete is the first person that I've spoken to that started with sand and
ventured over from there. "Until I can find a way to sandboard at the same
speeds that I snowboard I'll always be on the lookout for the steep and
deep runs of the cold white stuff." Although, recent designs have brought
sandboard speeds right up there so speed won't be a factor any more.
Being that he has taken to board sports like a kid in a candy store, I was wondering how he managed to steer clear of any and all injuries. Pete's eyes opened wide and then his face grimaced while he explained how wrong I was. "While snowboarding (not sandboarding), at around 40 mph I slammed fully into a tree and snapped my leg like a twig!" In five pieces tobe exact. Suddenly, in the back of my mind, I can hear the tune to the old "George of the Jungle" cartoon, "... WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!"
Let's escape the pain for a moment and inquire of more pleasant things like favorite locations to sandboard. "Sand Mountain, Nevada" he answered with enthusiasm. A huge wave of quartz sand towering into the sky. Of course you'll want to bring a dune buggy or bribe a ride from one of the locals because hiking up this mountain of sand is a major effort.
What's your favorite trick, Pete? "Staying upright... with this leg, it's best that I not push it anymore."
In regards to other sandboarders, whom do you most admire? "Marco Malaga the Peruvian. He's the best I've seen yet and inspires me ride my best. "It just so happens that Marco was Sandboard Magazines featured rider in February. Publisher, Lon Beale, recalls "watching Pete and Marco chase each other down the pipe at Dumont Dunes was the most fluid riding I've seen yet on sand. It looked like surfing but it was sand."
|Living so near the Tahoe resorts Pete presently snowboards 3-4 days a week
and sandboards as often as he can make it out to the dunes. A graphic designer
and advisor for the offset, screen print and computer graphics industry
how does Pete find time for a relationship? In case your interested,he's
single and just so happens to be keeping his eye out for an equally sporty
gal. "The ratio of men to women is Tahoe is 3:1, without snowboarding I
would go NUTS!"