It's a pretty heavy thing that happens to me when I'm at competitions. I get so sucked in, I can't really turn it off.

I didn't want to make a game unless I felt in the position to make something new and different.

I've always been under the impression that it would be such a bummer to be in a peaceful place like Hawaii or the tropics and be stressed about catching waves.

You have to be prepared to take a spill.

Trick names are so ridiculous!

My mom was a waitress, and my dad was a plumber who worked for the City of San Clemente fixing mains breaks, so not too glamorous.

I know my family and I would always go up to the mountains just for fun. We always skied. Then, all of a sudden, my brother started snow boarding. Older brother thing, I had to do what he was doing. So I started snow boarding.

I've always wanted to land a 1080, it's been a beast of a burden for me.

Every time I've had a bad performance at an event, I've come back more determined and focused.

Whenever I do a deal I always have the right of approval.

Having all eyes on me at all times is hard to deal with, but it's great. It feels like you've already accomplished something. It's already predetermined that you're going to do well.

If you eat the same cereal every day it's gonna get old. And if I had thought about snowboarding every day, I would have quit a long time ago.

There's not really anywhere I can go without being recognized, but if I put my hair up, that cuts the crowd in half.

You know the best thing about competition? There's this whole strategy game, and when it all works out its like solving that hard math equation. You finally get the answer and you're so happy.

My friends ask me why I still live with my family, but I feel comfortable there. We've all been through so much together.

When I went pro at 13, I had plenty of sponsors that give me endorsement deals and stuff like that.

I get e-mails from mothers asking me to call their daughters for a date. I have a great life.

When I'm on planes, I'd talk to people and I'd tell them I compete in the X Games. Some would know what it was, but maybe half didn't. But everyone knows about the Olympics. They're really like the X Games for the world!

I'm on the road a lot so when I get some time to relax I definitely take advantage.

My dad got me a huge board when I was little. He loves to surf. He suited me up and sent me out on this huge wave. I went under, and when I came out and the board hit me in the face. So I said, I never wanted to do this again. I stayed away until I was 13.

Games have always a big part of my life. I was that kid freaking out over his new Nintendo.

I was sponsored when I was about seven by Burton Snowboards.

I don't think the sport is any more dangerous than it's ever been.

Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness... it gets your senses to be spot-on and it's also a great way to take my mind off things.

Getting into music has changed my personality and way of doing things. I'm far more open now.

There's always room for improvement, but the judges are looking for big airs and stylish tricks.

I've always been a guy who wants to play sports, not watch them.

I'd love to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Skateboarding is training, but I don't think of it as training. It's fun.

Surfers have the most attitude.

We all started snowboarding in the beginning as a family just to be closer together, go on trips. It was our soccer, but instead of Dad yelling at me from the sideline he is there riding with me and hitting the jumps even before I am hitting them.

I think everybody can agree that you can hear a certain song and it will put you in a certain mood, and that's just the beauty of music and I am so inspired by that.

I totally forget about snowboarding in the summertime.

I personally think skateboarding is harder because it has so many moving parts. With snowboarding, your feet are strapped to your board.

I was a monster, a problem child.

I don't know where my first gold medal is.

I like to stay in the moment.

I like being able to have things that identify you in a brand without blatantly showing a logo.

I can't really describe a trick as much as I just feel it.

I'd like to date, but I'm not really in a position to meet girls.

Cement doesn't give as much as snow.

I'm just having fun.

Everywhere I go I buy new music shirts.

Meeting actors and TV personalities is one thing, but I just feel like meeting musicians is the coolest.

I've got to stand up for the sport.

If you think I've got a lot of sponsors, you should see the stuff I turn down.

If you do a trick and it doesn't work out, that can stick with you. I like to go back, nail the trick, and, 'OK, I'm cool, it's all good.'

I want to perform well.

If you're going off a 90-foot jump, you can't say: 'Oh, I don't want to do this now.' You're going no matter what.