Aratik founder, Matt Piercey, and Chicago Tom went on a road trip through California, Utah and Colorado in January to hit the SIA show and meet some new shredders. The mission was a success when they met up with Colorado local ripper, Chris Corning. He stopped by to say hi to the Never Summer crew and the Aratik Booth. Chris had a positive vibe and clearly a passion for riding. Matt looked up Chis’s edits and was blown away. This kid is a BOSS.
At 13 years old, Chris is loving life and absolutely slaying the contest scene and currently ranked first Nationally for USASA Slopestyle. He has momentum for a shot at the title this year and Aratik is behind him 100%. Here is a quick bio and some audio/video to show you that this kid has it!
Welcome to the team Chris.
Name: Chris Corning
Age: 13 years old
Home Town: Arvada Colorado
Home Resort/Park/Lake: My home resorts are Breck and Keystone
Favorite food: My favorite food is Mac & Cheese
Favorite bands/Music: Lecrae. Christian rap
Favorite Place to Ride: My favorite place to ride is Brecks terrain park.
Who are your sponsors/supporters: Aratik, Never Summer Industries, Smith Optics and Helmets, FireHouse Hats, 686, 32 boots, Flow bindings.
What will you been up to this summer: Dirt biking
How long have you been riding: This is my 6th year.
What do you love best about your sport: That it is a way to get away from the city and I get to have fun with my dad and friends.
Where do you want your riding to take you: I want my riding to take me to the pros and turn it into a job.
Who are your biggest influences: My biggest influence is Chas Guldimon and my dad because they are both very nice and Chas because I think that he is awesome. He also has a sick style and is a good all around rider.
What are your goals for this year: My goals are to win Nationals and then get invited into the Rev Tour.
What events can we catch you at this year: You can catch me in USASA contests for slope and in rail jams the Rocky Mountain Series.
Where do you see yourself in 2 years: I see myself progressing a lot and entering lots of bigger contests.
Give us a little history on you, how long you have been riding:
Who got you started: One of my friends at my old house got me into snowboarding because we went skiing with him and I said that. “That looked like a lot of fun” and the next year I switched over and have never wanted to go back.
Where have you ridden over the years: I first started riding at LoveLand and then three years ago we got the epic pass and we started riding in Summit. I also rode at Echo Mountain before it closed last year. I have ridden a few times at Monarch Mountain. I also rode Telluride and Silverton mountains. I finally have competed at Mammoth and Park City.
Currently Chris is ranked first in the Nation on points in USASA for Stope Style.
He won first at the Vail SS and got First at the Breckenridge Stop. Chris has also won 2 USASA rail jams so far in 2013 and had qualified for Nationals for Slope Style and Rail Jam. Earlier this year Chris won the “Future Rockstar” award at the So Gnar Contest and won “Best Grom” at the Yam Jam Contest both at Copper Mtn.Last Year Chris won the USASA Rocky Mountain Series in Slope Style. That earned him a spot at nationals where he placed 6th in the Nation. There were 75 competitors from around the country. He won Best Style at the Mighty Midwest Tour Shred Circuit Event. (All ages) He won Best Style at the Mighty Midwest Tour Shred Circuit Event. Chris has also won the “Tapped” award at the Woodward at Copper 3 years in a row.
Put down anything that you want here: I want to thanks to all of my sponsors and can’t wait to ride with you.
Dream it, Live it, Shred it!!!!
A Day in the Park with Chris Corning from FireHouse Apparel on Vimeo.