“I ride Sparks because they are simple, strong, and I can trust them. I have ridden hands down the heaviest lines of my life on my splitboard and I wouldn’t be able to do that without having total faith in my equipment.”
A native of Elfin Cove, AK, Ryland is no stranger to riding the steepest and most technical lines in the mountains of Alaska. Riding alongside Jeremy Jones, Ryland has headlined in the award winning TGR films Deeper, Further and Higher and appeared in the Sweetgrass productions Solitaire and Valhalla. Growing up as a commercial fisherman, Ryland now tries to take his hard work ethic into the world of professional snowboarding. When he’s not pushing the boundaries of big mountain freestyle snowboarding riding spines in AK or the Tahoe backcountry, you will find him salmon fishing off the coast of Alaska.
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 16 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 7 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. I have been riding the Burner, but now I ride AfterBurners.
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. I ride Spark gear because it holds up. I can feel confident in it when I need it most. I’m a heavy guy and when I’m barreling down mountains, solid gear can be the only thing keeping me alive.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. I do about a third of my days on a splitboard. And I ride 150+ days a year.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. Splitboarding has made a new culture within snowboarding. It is much more like surfing now. All you need is your board; you aren’t controlled by lift access or machines. Just pack up your kit and go wherever you like.
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. Climbing peaks in AK and charging pow!