My name is Luke Gonty, as you’ve probably figured out by now. You may not know who I am, but you know that I’m a snowboarder. Being that is all that really matters, I suppose you know everything, but just in case you’re into details I’ll make this a little more than a one liner.
I was born and raised in a small town called Virden, Manitoba. I started skiing when I was 4, and continued the french fry legacy up until the age of 8, when finally I made the jump onto one plank instead of two. And from the first time I made it down the hill, aside from the casual tears resulting from spending a large chunk of the run on my ass, I guess you could say I really liked it. That preschool crush would quickly burst into a full blown love affair at the age of 12 when I discovered Snowboarder Magazine. The first snowboarding video that belonged to me was “It’s Always Snowing Somewhere,” and after that it didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with the idea of someday carrying on in the footsteps of riders like DCP, Gigi, and Heikki Sorsa. Its safe to say that I’ll never live up to the timeless lines they’ve laid down, but I guess it’s really my dream to lay my own down.
My dream isn’t to become a commercial snowboarder who makes a ton of money and only rides when he has to. My dream is to be riding until I’m so old they won’t let me on the mountain anymore. I want to spend each possible minute on the backside of a mountain building hits and riding with my friends. Going big, filming, and having fun. I guess what I really want in my career is to have a video part, even if it’s just one, that kids will look up to, and someday say the same thing that I’ve said many a time watching videos. I want to pass down how it feels to just ride, and share something with such a huge community of people who just love snowboarding. I want to leave some tracks for people to follow in, just as I said about DCP, Heikki and Gigi. Mine may be a little easier to follow in, but none the less, they’re tracks, and they’re out there. Knowing that will be all that matters. Just to be able to contribute to this thing that is anything but just a sport.