30 years of Animal
Throwback Thursday interviews – catching up with Johno Verity
The year is 2001 and pro snowboarder and mountain legend, Johno Verity joins the Animal Team.
Over the coming years we get to know him for his incredible backcountry snowboard antics, as well as his supreme talent as a professional filmmaker—responsible for gems including ‘Farmer Jack,’ created with the Athertons back in 2008.
As we catch up with some of our most influential riders from the last three decades, we of course wanted the lowdown from Johno on his Animal days.
Date signed with Animal?
What was playing on the radio?
N-Trance - Set You Free
All the cool kids were wearing…
Baggy trousers...Very baggy trousers!
The bike to ride was?
BMX, pretty sure I had a DK General Lee back then.
Favourite-ever piece of Animal gear?
Loved the striped jumpers and they used to do a long snowboard jacket too.
Most memorable Animal trip?
We used the big Animal bus to drive around the French Alps. Although officially the 2005 trip to Russia was an Animal trip and that was epic.
Too many good ones—I always loved hanging out with Dom Harington, Stokesy and Kirsty Jones. The team was always a rad crew.
Teammate with the most annoying habit?
Dom Harington, annoyingly good at snowboarding and so humble so you could never give him a hard time about it.
Behind the scenes antics that we never heard about?
Pretty sure Animal knew about what went on at those parties!
Impact of Animal sponsorship on your career?
A massive boost. Enabled me to travel and focus on my riding, I learnt to surf because of this help too.
Animal career highlight?
Stoked on my road-gap poster/advert that was shot in Austria.
What the brand means to you?
Good times, good people.