Could You Live In A Tiny House Like Snowboarder Mike Basich?
Gone are the days of professional athletes buying MTV Cribs-worthy homes. …Psych. Of course those days aren’t gone. But there is a “tiny” trend challenging the idea that bigger is better when it comes to a residence. And while you’ll probably never catch 7’1″ Shaq stepping out of a 10′ x 10′ shack, you might be surprised to learn which millionaire pro athlete does live in a home smaller than an MLB bullpen.
Chris Farley ranted about it as motivational speaker Matt Foley on Saturday Night Live—“Straighten up and fly right, or you’ll end living in a van down by the river!”—so what happened to snowboarder Mike Basich? As a pioneer in the sport he won countless competitions and earned hundreds of thousands of dollars. And now he spends months out of the year in a mobile home made of sheet metal and 2×4’s?
To be fair, that’s not Basich’s only abode. He also hangs his hat in a 225-square-foot cabin he constructed in Soda Springs, CA. As Basich told Seeker, “I went for the American dream. I bought the big house, I had a fancy car… It didn’t do anything different for me. It just took up time.” The Soda Springs residence even includes a private chairlift, so Basich can take full advantage of his 40 acres. As for the mobile home, “It’s been amazing,” he explained to Transworld Snowboarding. “I wish I was living in it with nothing else attached to me right now—no real estate, no bills.”
Loving the #tinyhomes life on the road. @flowsnowboardn @gopro @teamclifbar A photo posted by @mikebasich on
Other professional snowboarders share the ethos that less is more, including Brock Butterfield. In Butterfield’s own words, Bus Life Adventure started as an “idea to take what some people had already done with large retired school buses and apply it to a short, 4×4, diesel school bus.”
You can learn more about the custom vehicle, Butterfield’s travels, and Bus Life Adventure’s educational component in the upcoming documentary Life In The Bus Lane, produced by the multitalented, nomadic shredder himself.
At this point I know what you’re thinking: “Two minimalist snowboarders in DIY RV’s does not a trend make.” Enter Daniel Norris, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the fact that the 22-year-old top prospect received a signing bonus of $2 million, he lives off about $800 a month. How? In a 1978 Volkswagen camper van. In his down time he uses the van to go surfing, hiking, and exploring in general.
So, you’re finally sold on the Tiny House trend! So what’s the best way to downsize your domicile? Check out Transworld’s feature on “How to Live in Your Whip,” at least for a chuckle if not for a few tips. Or you could always skip the manual labor and start browsing complete homes at TinyHouseListings.com. Still not ready to commit to being a hermit? Rent the Nomads Bus for a taste of mobilehome living, or make someone else’s dreams come true by donating to the Surfer’s Red Bus. Whatever you end up doing, stay small.
If you also think Basich’s life looks like paradise, check our back-country pow session in Locals Only: Colorado.