There’s a reason we call Joel the people’s hero. Joel is one of those people who you always love to see around town or on the hill. He has a passion for life that is super contagious. He’ll never fail to greet you with a smile and he’s always good for a laugh. I’m lucky enough to spend a great deal of time with him exploring the coast range around Whistler on snowmobiles and split boards. His passion for life really shines through in his timeless shred style and through his eye catching graffiti art. When you watch one of his web edits or see him in the pages of Snowboard Canada you’ll know what I mean.
Words by Dave Henkel
01 Mt. photo: I can’t stop thinking about this zone and cant wait to shred it.
02 Spines: I’m always searching for steep fluted spines to shred.
03 Fly: I just started to learn how to tie my own flies. I’ve had a lot of good luck with this one.
04 Prior sketch: Drawing up new logos for prior snowboards, looking forward to adding some color.
05 Train: Found this one on flickr. It’s an older piece but I still like it.
06 Pancake: Everything always tastes so much better in the backcountry.
07 Dave and Cam: These are my best buds that I spend a lot of time with. Dave Henkel and Cam Unger split boarding
08 Metal piece: Free art supplies are hard to come by, but I found a use some scrap metal from work.
What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Nordic.
What do you do and where?
I pretty much spend all of my time in whistler. In the winter I snowboard and snowmobile as much and possible and in the summer when I’m not working I like to be at the lake ether flyfishing are hucking myself into the water.
What are you working on?
Right now I’m working on anything new. I am planning on just starting a painting and seeing how it turns out. I like going into it without much of an idea. Each time they come out a little different.
Where can your work be found?
My work is found in random places around BC. Even if you seen it you might not no it was done by me unless your into this style of art.