The journey is the reward. Forrest Shearer’s splitboard adventures around the globe on some of the highest peaks and farthest unexplored regions have brought him to the forefront of the self powered backcountry community. Earn your turns is his mantra. Brought up surfing in Southern California, Forrest now calls Utah home. When he’s not sending it straight down vertical frozen waves, he works to raise awareness for the environment and actively engages in the snow sports community to lead the fight against global climate change.
Hometown: Dana Point, California
Currently Living: SLC, Utah
Working with Protect Our Winters on the Hot Climate/Cool Athletes campaign
Working on Forrest Shearer My Wilderness Campaign with The Wilderness Society
Promoting Winter Wildlands Alliance as a member of the Ambassador Team
Featured in the Academy of Sciences Museum, San Francisco, California
Filming along side Jeremy Jones in the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy for Teton Gravity Research
When did you first start snowboarding?
My family always took me camping when I was growing up. I enjoyed being in nature and the adventure of what lies around the next bend or over the ridge. I started skiing for fun soon after and already being a surfer and skateboarder, I was naturally drawn to snowboarding. Splitboarding was something that just naturally evolved from my snowboarding. Naturally moving with the mountains on my own two feet into the backcountry and out of resort boundaries.
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
I like that there’s no right way to ski or ride down a mountain. It’s kind of like climbing. Everyone's style and approach is different. There’s beauty to be seen in a powder turn or line left down the mountain.
How do you define success?
Coming home safe every day from the mountains. Every day is a challenge; overcoming obstacles, snow conditions and staying alive is paramount.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
Taking the time to appreciate technique. Learning new things and combining other sports into the way I approach the mountains.
Who are your heroes?
My friends are my heroes, along with other athletes before my time that have paved the way in the mountains.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from unexplored mountains, untouched nature and striving to make the perfect turn.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What are your hidden talents?
I can climb like a goat.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
Anywhere there’s deep powder and steep mountains.... With a perfect left-hand point break close by.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to do something outdoors. An explorer or an archeologist I think. I guess you could say I’m on the quest for the deepest powder.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
Maybe paid more attention in school. I was a daydreamer, always dreaming of what was happening outside.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Every time I’m on top of a mountain in Alaska. That moment right before I drop in and feel that dry heaving sensation in the back of my throat.
Describe your perfect day:
Shredding a steep white wall with one to two feet of blower powder and good stability.
How would your friends describe you?
A calculated risk taker.