The world of the urban snowboarder is a far cry from the sport's ideal conditions of blue skies, crisp mountain air and champagne-powder descents back to the hot tub. Instead, the urbanist has to face long, late nights shovelling grime-laced slush, hassle from the authorities and a lot more falls. Like Graffiti artists, urban snowboarders find themselves searching the same kinds of places in pursuit of their art: the dirty, broken corners of the city where nobody cares what you do.
When it comes to documenting the hard-working elite of urban snowboarding in America, nobody is more respected than Ethan Stone Fortier, aka E-Stone. Another rider who discovered his true talent behind the lens, somehow E-Stone manages to juggle his role as staff photographer at Snowboarder Magazine with running his legendary snowboard brand, Tech 9. Each winter is a grind, but for Stone, the satisfaction of travelling the world in search of gritty new spots never gets old. Here’s a street art-themed sampling of a career dedicated to shredding in the city, in E-Stone's own words.