His choice of edit song was off Tha Carter II. Long hair, Lil Wayne blasting, a young Clayton Vila tossed every trick in the book onto a backyard handrail. His shirt was about five times too big. Clayton didn’t cheese for the camera. Simply, he was showing the ski world what he had. A few weeks later I signed Clayton, along with Nick Martini, Sean Jordan, Shea Flynn, Will Wesson, Andy Parry, and Ian Compton, to Ski The East. Their careers have gone to different, unimaginable places, and today they’re some of the most respected skiers in the game.
Here’s an interview I did with Clayton about his rise in the street game and a new project, FIVE, coming this fall for ESPN.
Side Note: This photo was taken by the super talented Alex O’Brien. Look for more of his work on AlexOBrien.com.