Grilled: Checking in with Gremlin Niko Cioffi
In the 80s cult flick “The Gremlins”, Stripe is the leader, does the Gremlinz have a leader? If so, who would it be?
I would say Lucas Magoon but it depends on what we’re getting led into. Everyone has a role and the leader depending on what the thang is.
Sababa… what’s it all about?
Sababa is something we are striving for. Tyler Lynch came up with the name and idea in San Francisco. Basically, we are tryin to get land and off the grid, live a full sustainible life that’s not dependent upon anyone for food and water. If your interested in it, check out “Garbage Warriors” on YouTube/Netflix or our sababa section on our website: www.gbp-gbp.com.
How has life been since the fallout of Forum Snowboards?
It’s been way better than I could have imagined! I had the best winter of my life so far, and not so much stress. Kept it 100 percent filming with the homies. There’s nothing better then handling your business with your friends.
What snowboarder has impressed you recently?
I would have to say Tyler Lynch. He is so underrated and so raw and has amazing style. I was hyped to watch him film in the streets. Look out for him.
Who would win in a boredom fight? Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Vine? Of the winner, who’s got the best account to follow?
Haha, Vine has been my shit lately and the best two I follow are @riffraff an @thekidgbp. @riffraff is hilarous and the kid films everything goin’ on around the bus and the house.
Last book you read?
Last book I read was “A Hustler’s Son” about some gangs. I’m really into reading gang books.
I always remember specific days during a season that standout. What was your standout day this year and what was good about it?
There were a couple stand out days, long nights that were cold and miserable in the East. One of the good days was when it finally snowed in Tahoe and we took the sleds to Blackwoods and tried to get some pow and I got to ride a 4000′ run from the top of Blackwoods to Sunken Meadeows… one of the longest and best pow runs of my life.
A lot of kids dreams to have their own pro model snowboards. When I saw you at SIA, you were holding up your own pro model from your own company. How did you make that happen?
It all happened cause of fate and Forum goin’ under on us. Having the idea for a year or two to make or own stuff, then Smokin’ Snowboards was down and it all just clicked… it was suppose to happen, try fate.
Most fun trick in snowboarding for you?
It will forever be a front 3, best feeling ever.
Got any exotic summer plans?
Yes, I’m goin back East for the Friendly Gathering, then flying from there to Italy with Zach Itka Lefter for 10 days. We gonna be sippin’ wine and eating like kings, I’m hyped for that trip!
Jonathan Glass is the Online Editor at Snowboard Magazine. If he says he is going snowboarding it means he's at après, early.
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