I can say without a doubt that Castro is by far one of my most favorite people to snowboard with at Timberline. When he’s not busy helping perfect every feature in the HCSC park with a rake and bag of salt you can catch him bobbing and weaving through each feature like a pinball shot out of a slingshot. Following Castro’s line will have you hitting rails from angles you would have never considered, transferring from a lip to the side of a landing on a jump, popping in and out of the mini-pipe, airing over features, catching tiny transfers and tweaking grabs the entire way. When you stop at the bottom of the park for a second to catch your breath you’ll catch a glimpse of him halfway up the rope tow ready to do it again and again. Castro spends more time on-hill than anyone else at camp but his day doesn’t end by calling out ‘THE PARK IS CLOSED! ¡EL PARQUE ESTÁ CERRADO!’ When he’s back in Govy you can catch him wolfing down Volcano Cones in-between sessions at The Battle Zone™, the technical ledge/manual pad/bank area he designed and built for the HCSC street course. Castro is one of the biggest influences in helping create the spaces both on and off-hill for you to shred so I’m glad to have him featured in our latest installment of The Highlighter™.
-Terence Stilin-Rooney, HCSC Camp Director
NAME + WHAT YOU DO AT CAMP
Jonny Castro, Assistant Head Digger
WHERE YOU LIVE DURING THE WINTER, WHY DO YOU LIVE THERE + WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK
I live in Big Bear and am a park builder at Bear. I live here cause its super fun to shred at Bear.
WHY DO YOU WORK AT HCSC?
Cause snowboarding all summer is the best, and High Cascade is the best place to do that.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGGER?
Working and shredding with all the homies, and going on crazy adventures with everyone.
WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO GET A JOB DIGGING AT HIGH CASCADE?
Definitely dig to ride for a summer before to make sure you really want to do it. Be ready to work hard for not much money, wake up early every day, be on hill for 7+ hours a day, and hang out and shred with some of the most awesome people you’ll probably ever meet.
FAVORITE FEATURE ON-HILL AND IN THE SKATE PARKS
Favorite on hill feature is definitely the mini pipe. Skate wise, I’d say the battle zone, cause its got the smooth ground and buttery ledges.
WHY DON’T YOU RIDE WITH HIGHBACKS?
It’s way more fun without. It feels sweet tweaking grabs.
EXPLAIN WHY SOMETIMES JUMPING OVER A FEATURE CAN BE MORE FUN THAN ACTUALLY RIDING IT
I’m a fan of big stair skating, so I always try to recreate that feeling with stuff on snow. Plus its fun to get some hang time and tweak a grab
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT SKATING OR SNOWBOARDING?
Work. In between that and the other stuff I DJ and listen to music. Drat Pack stand up!
OREGON HAS SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST CONCRETE SKATEPARKS; WHICH ONES ARE YOUR FAVORITE AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM?
Ed Benedict!! Hands down favorite, best street park ever created. I skate pretty much only street stuff; Most parks in Oregon are super-gnarly tranny oriented so Eddie B is right up my alley. And it’s pretty close to Govy so it’s basically perfect
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKATE TRICK? WHAT WAS THE LAST SKATE TRICK YOU LEARNED?
That’s a tough one. Favorite trick is probably the ollie because you can make it look however you want and spend an entire day just cruising and doing ollies. Last trick I learned was front feeble, cause I wanna be like Figgy.
WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHILE YOU’RE BUILDING THE PARK AT BEAR?
It depends on the task at hand. If I’m gonna be doing some gnarly pushing and moving a ton of snow I usually put on some aggressive metal like Skeletonwitch or Cattle Decapitation to get in the right mindset. For the more mellow nights, I listen to everything from Los Tigres del Norte, Action Bronson, Flocka, Built to Spill, Billy Joel, really everything. Sitting down and listening to music for 8 hours at a time really forces me to expand my music library at a very rapid pace.
BEAR MOUNTAIN IS CONSISTENTLY ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE PARKS IN THE WORLD; HOW DOES THE PARK STAFF CONTINUE TO STAY PROGRESSIVE AND INNOVATIVE?
We have a really good staff of people, from the day Park Staff guys who keep everything SO dialed, to the Risk Management people who allow us to do a lot of really sweet stuff. We’re always working on making things more fun and safer, but I think it’s really all about the flow of our park. We try to eliminate dead space and provide transitions and features at every possible opportunity.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EVENT THAT HIGH CASCADE HAS HELD ON-HILL?
Unfortunately I missed out on the ASJ years, but I think that Bode’s event is probably the best event I’ve been a part of. I hope it continues to grow and expand, and that Bode once again asks me to judge so I can reap the sweet, sweet rewards.
IF YOU COULD HOLD YOUR OWN EVENT ON-HILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would definitely be a grab competition. Very small jump, requiring maximum pop with a lot of hang time, and everyone just tries to tweak out the heaviest grabs they can. This sounds super fun; can we actually make that an event?
All the diggers, C-mac, Ramp Crew (GMGB-RCNBS), all the homies locked down (Free Max B) and the entire Lunch Ramp family.