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Person 2 Person: Forrest Shearer

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Person 2 Person: Forrest Shearer (Photo courtesy Andy Earl)

(KUTV) Forrest Shearer is a snowboarder based here in Utah.

He grew up surfing competitively in southern California.

"I kind of grew out of that and I wanted to combine my love of surfing and skateboarding into one," he said. "And that was snowboarding."

While snowboarding, he fell in love with Utah and its outdoor opportunities.

"The mountains up here are one-of-a-kind and the community we have here is amazing," Shearer said.

Not only is Shearer into snowboarding, he is a pioneer of the sport, splitboarding.

Splitboarding is essentially two skis that can combine and form into a snowboarding.

The skis have alpine skins on the bottom so you can climb up a mountain. When you get to the top, you just combine them into a snowboard and ride down.

"It's definitely something that has that 'cool factor' of snowboarding but also has that way of being able to get into the mountains and being able to get a good workout," Shearer said.

The sport also leaves less of an impact on the mountain, according to Shearer.

Shearer participates in films that showcase splitboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and more.

He recently worked on a set of films called "Horizon Lines," three short films shot in Iceland, Japan, and Chile.

"It was a pretty special thing for me to kind of spearhead an idea to take my love for both surfing and snowboarding and combine them into one," Shearer said.

The films also touch on the environment--another passion of Shearer's.

His father was an environmental scientist, and his mom was always close to the ocean, so his love for the outdoors was instilled in him.

"From a young age, I was brought up to be outdoors and to want to take care of the places that I go to," he said. "It's human nature to want to protect the places that you play in."

And of course Utah is one of those major places where Shearer likes to play.

He encourages those who haven't taken advantage of Utah and its beauty to just take that first step and get out the door.

"It's something that's really important to do, is get out of that comfort zone and get out there and do some adventures," he said.

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