SNOW TEAM


Full Name: Nial Jeffrey Romanek

Age: 27

Regular or Goofy: Regular

How many years boarding? 13

Go to video? Stand and Deliver

What about video part? Anything Louif puts out 

What's your current setup? Smokin AnNIALator 156 with some Burton bindings and boots

Camber or Reverse? Camber

Tell me about growing up in Bob Dylan's hometown: 
Well it's an old mining town in northern MN. Nothing much happens there. Most people are a bunch of redneck alcoholics that like to hunt and fish. So most of my childhood I was surrounded by four wheelers (three wheelers are way better), boats, hunting and fishing.

Now for some Crucial shit: Bring it on

Who warmed up the backseat when you banged the first time?  
Well it wasn't in a back seat of a car, I'm classier than that. Hahahaha no I'm not, but my first car was kinda a pile so I don't think that was the easiest place to woo a girl (great car tho very reliable). I'm going to leave her name out of it, but the first time it happened I didn't really know it was happening till like halfway through. I will keep the story short but what pretty much happened was that I thought she was going down on me, so I was like epic, but in the end she just wanted to sit on it. I figured out what was actually happening after a few moments which in the end wasn't the worst thing cause I never really had the virgin scare thing happen since that card got taken out of my hand without me really knowing till it was too late. (Can't rape the willing)

Blondes or Brunettes? Brunettes 

Dome or Handies? Dome duh

Most memorable trip? Either work...... 
Well it had to be the first official trip I had ever gone on. I was filming my first part with Think Thank ( Mind the Video Man). I met up with a few of them in Marqette, Michigan. The trip was going kinda how I figured it would go. Find spots, set them up, get shots, sleep, eat, repeat. This all changed when I started to feel sick and then I just started puking everywhere for no reason, didn't have nausea or anything. We got back to the hotel and I noticed that I had purple spots all over my body. So I ended up going to the hospital where they told me that I was allergic to an antibiotic I was on and that was causing me to have the spots and throwing up. They ended up putting two bags of IV fluid in me , and I was on my way back to the hotel. Once I got back to the hotel everyone was ready for some food, so we went out to this bar to grab some dinner. We got done eating and a couple of the guys wanted to stay and drink a few bevees so we were like okay see you back at the hotel. When the guys got back to the hotel they were like yo there are some girls coming over to party. I was so beat I was like have fun I can't party after puking all day. The girls ended up coming over and they started playing drinking games. As the night went on I woke up and figured I'd see what everyone else was doing in the other room. They were playing this horrible drinking game with a air soft gun and a toy roulette table.  As the night escalated I ended up going back to my room and passing out. What happened after that was one for the books. So pretty much the girls ended up getting naked and had a photo shoot with the photographer we had on the trip. Also someone hooked up with one of the chicks and I guess she was a huge squirter and soaked the whole bed out. The next morning was probably the craziest story time that I have ever heard and the best part was there were pictures and evidence that it all happened. Still to this day that's probably the craziest trip I have ever been on and it was my first. I don't think I will ever forget that trip.

What's up with companies not making hardcopies?
Well if people would buy them then they would make them. Unfortunately it's just not cost effective for the company to make a hard copy anymore. I wish it was cause it's bullshit how some movies now you can't even buy them, you have to rent them or use wifi to get to them. That doesn't seem like you own the video if you have to have wifi and be logged into a website like Vimeo on demand.

Sponsors, shout outs, and that good stuff
Well I would like to thank my parents for all their support through the years. Damage for being the dopest shop out and always having the best gear to choose from. I would personally like to thank Jesse Burtner for believing in me that I could film a video part and letting me film with Think Thank and all my sponsors that support me and let me do what I do.

See Nial in:
And much more...

Current board setup? Rome Reverb Rocker 153W with Mob bindings.

Favorite crew to ride with? 
Homies. Mont du Lac locals. Anyone who wants to have a wicked awesome time!

Go-to trick? 180s and phat ollies.

Trick that you hate?
I think anything more than a 360 onto a rail is kind of wack.

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall?
When you go to Damage you get those family vibes you can’t find online or at a big chain store. All of the shop dudes ride so you can relate to them and what they do. 

Goals for the winter?
Ride 100+ days, film a full part, slash pow, and have as much fun as possible!

Blondes or Brunettes?
Gonna have to go with brunettes.

Favorite video part?
Too hard to name just one part...Absinthe’s ‘More’, Deja Vu, and the Think Thank videos are all so good and get me hyped to ride.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift?
Coffee! I run on coffee.

Jumps or Jibs?
I’m an ATR (all terrain rider).

Best resort to ride in MN?
Mont du Lac is always a good time.

Itunes or Hardcopies?
Hardcopies. Gotta stack them tapes.

Reverse camber or camber?
Reverse, but nothing too soft or severely banana-shaped, ya dig?

Sponsors and hookups?
Damage, Rome, Rhythm. And a big shout out to my friends and family. Wouldn't be where I’m at today without their support over the years. Thanks everyone!

Current board setup? Capita Ultrafear 155 with Union Contact Pros.

Favorite crew to ride with? Usually the vet crew Eric C., Olson, ect..

Go-to trick? Tranny Catchers and 360's all over the hill.

Trick that you hate? Anything spazzy.

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall? 
Shopping at a local business put your money directly back into the community that you live in rather than giving it to someone elsewhere.

Goals for the winter? Get another 100 fun days in and not get hurt.

Blondes or Brunettes? Brunette with blonde mixed in?

Favorite video part? Jake Welch's Vacation part

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift? Grain Belt Premium

Jumps or Jibs? Jumps

Best resort to ride in MN? Lutsen

Itunes or Hardcopies? Hardcopies. VHS if possible.

Reverse camber or camber? Just a little bit of reverse.


Current board setup? 
2014 Nitro Sam Taxwood pro model. Six year old Forum Bindings. Jake OE Celsius boots

Favorite crew to ride with? 
I would have to go with the mbMN crew, Damage Crew, and The Strange Brew Crew. 
All these crews know how too have a great time on hill. There is never a down day.

Go-to trick? Rails: Back 180 on. Jumps: Any 360

Trick that you hate? Front 180 on Cab 360 Out

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall? 
Supporting small businesses is a must. You are helping a core shop who cares about their employees and customers, while providing the best product.

Goals for the winter? 
Stay on my board every day that I am not working. Film as much as possible. Hopefully learn some new tricks. And to have fun riding with my friends.

Blondes or Brunettes? 
I've always thought that I’m more of a brunette kind of guy but friends have told me that I am about the blondes so I'd have to say either or.

Favorite video part? Any Jussi Oksanen part.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift? 
PBR (Produces Better Riders) and maybe a street slammer (32oz Highlife mixed with 4loco). 
The new swag.

Jumps or Jibs? Rails generally, but if the jumps are on point that day I probably wont touch a rail.

Best resort to ride in MN? Giants Ridge. Lutsen.

Itunes or Hardcopies? Hardcopies are timeless.

Reverse camber or camber? Flat!

Sponsors and hookups? 
Must be Minnesota, Damage Boardshop, and some help from Nitro with a new board.


Current board setup? Rome Butterknife with 390 boss bindings

Favorite crew to ride with? The Damage Dirtbags!

Go-to trick? Nollie or Wheelie!

Trick that you hate? Backside tailpress frontside 180

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall?
The owners and employees actually snowboard and aren't some gauged-ears and lip pierced weirdos.

Goals for the winter? Snowboard 150 days

Blondes or Brunettes? Sucker for Sandy blonde beach hair

Favorite video part? Tie between Gigi Ruf in Happy Hour and any Mike LeBlanc part.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift? Can't go wrong with a corona. 

Jumps or Jibs? Switch methods and boardslides.

Best resort to ride in MN? Lutsen

Itunes or Hardcopies? 
Hard copies can be played on big screens at high volumes! Plus they help shops stay open. 

Reverse camber or camber? Camber

Sponsors and hookups?
DAMAGE, Rome, Party Shades, Airblaster, Dye Goggles, Vans, MyPakage Skivvies.

Current board setup? Rome Cross Rocket 154 with Targa bindings.

Favorite crew to ride with?  All my friends and family in Duluth.

Go-to trick? Front board

Trick that you hate? Slams

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall?
Damage does a lot to support the local snow scene and local business in general.

Goals for the winter?  Attend all Damage events and shred hard so there are no regrets.

Blondes or Brunettes?  Blondes

Favorite video part?  I like the old FODT vids.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift?  Monster Energy

Jumps or Jibs? Both, Halfpipe and Cruisers too.

Best resort to ride in MN?  Spirit Mt.

Itunes or Hardcopies?  Hard copies.

Reverse camber or camber?  Camber for life.

Sponsors and hookups?
Much thanks to 32, Rome, and Damage

Current board setup? Nitro T1 155.

Favorite crew to ride with?  Zee Spleff Crew.

Go-to trick? Back One Sw Nosepress.

Trick that you hate? Sw Back One.

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall?
Because you always have to support local and stay true to the game. Damage is the truest.

Goals for the winter?  Snowboard as much as possible.

Blondes or Brunettes?  Brunettes all day.

Favorite video part?  Scotty Wittlake in Happy Hour.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift?  Ranger IPA.

Jumps or Jibs? Natural.

Best resort to ride in MN?  Spirit Mt.

Itunes or Hardcopies?  Hard copies.

Reverse camber or camber?  Camber.

Sponsors and hookups?
THANK YOU DAMAGE BOARDSHOP, HOBO HEADWEAR, 32, NITRO SNOWBOARDS, ZSC and my FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Current board setup?  Rome Butterknife, Rome 390's.

Favorite crew to ride with?  Keep The Change dudes, Damage Crüe.

Go-to trick?  Switch backlips are a fun one for down bars 

Trick that you hate?  I'm not a big fan of 180 in 360 outs.

Why people should shop at Damage and not online or the mall?
Because Damage is a shop run by people who actually skateboard and snowboard. They throw contests and premieres and do everything they can to better the local skate/snow scene.

Goals for the winter?
Film another video part most likely with the Keep The Change guys and just get as many days on board as possible.

Blondes or Brunettes?  I like em all.

Favorite video part?  There are too many good ones to narrow it down.

Favorite beer to chug on the chairlift?
Twisted Tea. Easy chug with no carbonation!

Jumps or Jibs?
I grew up riding more rails but I like to get some air-time too.

Best resort to ride in MN?
Giants Ridge and Lutsen are rad for all-mountain. And if you wanna head a couple minutes into Wisconsin Mont Du Lac and Trollhaugen are my favorite for rope tow boardin.

Itunes or Hardcopies?  Hard copy!

Reverse camber or camber?
I've been on a flat board for a while now.

Sponsors and hookups?
Damage Boardshop, K2, Dakine, Celsius Boots, and Dragon Optics.



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