A Proud interview
posted by Ian Kruger on 17th May 2013
A Proud Interview
Q&A with Jared Houston about his recent sponsorship
So after having, what seemed like
a very cosy and comfortable relationship with Turbo, why did you jump ship?
The key word here is
"seemed". I resigned from my contract because Turbo breached their
side of the agreement, and didn't remedy it within a reasonable period nor did
they provide any evidence that things were moving forward. Basically, I wasn't
paid for 3 months and never received even one dollar of owed royalties. Just
last week, I received an email from the board of investors at Turbo, simply
stating that Turbo has ceased to operate as a business. Some people say the
business has been sold to GSI, some people say it's dead. I really don't know
to be honest, but I have learnt more in the last 3 months than ever, so I guess
that's something positive from an otherwise very uncomfortable situation. I
have been in negotiation with other companies for the better half of this year
now, but right from the get go, Pride grabbed my attention and I am overjoyed
to be a part of their "super team" that they have assembled. I love
that the main focus of the company is the next generation, or the current one,
whichever way you look at it. I feel an instant affinity for the boards too,
which is a great sign and I am so excited for the worldwide release of my
signature collection in August, they look INSANE.
Now that you have joined the
likes of Pierre Louis Costes (I would hate to see Pride's travel budget for the
both of you), are there any special projects in the works?
Of course there are special
projects in the works, but I can't really divulge too much of that at this
This also happens to take the
rivalry between you and PLC to a new level. How has that rivalry blossomed? You
guy's see each other a fair bit, any animosity? Or is it the age old friend's
on the beach, enemies in the water deal?
The rivalry between Pierre and I
is very tame, at least it is too me. Pierre has been at the top end of the
sport for a few more years than me and has achieved a heck of a lot more than
me as well. I've got nothing but respect and a lot of time for him. That being
said, he pushes me harder than anyone else and if there's one guy I want to
beat it's him. Totally friendly though, he is a ledge! Just don't expect him to
be on time for any departure of any sort, haha.
Can you outline more or less what
your year is going to be like going forward?
2013 is going to be a BLUR! It's only
May and I've already been to 2 comps and am en route to the 3rd as we speak, I
went on the 7th edition of the Riptide Experiment earlier this year and right
now, like I said I'm in Santiago, Chile with 7 hours to go until my flight to
Arica. From here I'll be hitting Brazil with Le Boogie magazine to film for the
up coming "Passing Through" movie before competing at the Itacoatiara
event ( Natasha is coming over for that one, AMPED). After that I'll be heading back to PR to get
some things before heading HOME for a few weeks before a "secret
trip" somewhere special with the Pride Team. That's as far as I have
gotten for now. Don't even dare asking me on another trip, I really have to
learn to say no!