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On this episode of the “Sponsored” podcast, host Mike Powell interviews Wayne Wong—a legend of the hot dog skiing era. The two discuss skiing in the ’70s, the K2 Performers, and skiing’s role in creating the wet T-shirt contest. “The lifestyle, the energy in skiing… I think that the wet t-shirt contest became really synonymous with hot-dog skiing and skiing,” says Wong.
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Wayne Wong Show Notes
1:28 Wayne explains the history of the Wongbanger
2:10 Wayne’s inspiration
4:20 What was the vibe of the scene in the 70’s?
7:23 Did Wayne think he could turn skiing into a career?
9:36 1972 Freestyle Skier of the Year
10:32 The image of Wayne Wong
12:15 Wayne is squeaky clean
12:40 Tell us some crazy stories from that time
14:05 Stanley Larsen, 1970’s K2 Demonstration Team with Wayne, a guy who just said yes and lives to tell us a little about it.
20:05 More crazy stories from Wayne
22:40 Summer ski camps and Wayne’s real claim to fame
25:07 Yellowstone Club Experience, yellowstoneclub.com
27:31 How does Wayne feel about skiing now
29:42 Does Wayne follow any skiers from the past 20 years?
31:28 HotDoggers and pop culture.
32:20 From oozing style to the Wong Way, www.osbeusa.com
35:15 Wacky engineers and Anton Skis, Antonskis.com
36:32: What’s next in Skiing?
Photo of Wayne Wong courtesy of K2.