Interview With Australian Olympic Half-Pipe Snowboarder Ben Mates Is Available Now [...]
The Ben Mates Interview.
Jason William Harding
Andrew Fawcett, Mike Weyerhaeuser, C. Laurila
When February 2010 rolls around, Ben Mates will be the first Australian male half-pipe snowboarder to have qualified for two Winter Olympic Games. And this time round he did it on his own terms and with his own green. Put that in ya crack pipe and smoke it. He has spent the past four years free of any restrictions, focusing on hunting down the Olympic standard 22ft pipes and elite-level competition that would provide him the means to qualify for Vancouver 2010. In doing so the south coast local has succeeded whilst flipping the bird at the sports establishment that seemingly did not want anything to do with him. There is no doubt Mates is antiauthoritarian. A ‘fuck em if they can’t take a joke’ kind of guy. It is a refreshing attitude. Anarchist Athlete founder Jason Harding caught up with Ben via email just before he drops in and throws down at the 2010 O-Show.
Harding JW. (2010) The Ben Mates Interview. Published on www.AnarchistAthlete.com on 10th February 2010.