How did you get into snowboarding?
I got into snowboarding at a very young age; my first time on a board was when I was five or six years old. My dad was the first person to teach me snowboarding, he skied most of his life and wanted to try snowboarding so he taught himself first. After he knew a few of the basics he took me and my older sister out and started to teach us how. After about a year I was better than he was.
What’s the best part of ‘Living the life’ of a pro snowboarder?
The best part about “living the life” is all the amazing places I get to see and equally as amazing people I meet along the way, there’s nothing quite like it.
Photo: Clinton Pederson
Everyone has that one thing in life that they want more than anything. It’s what drives them and motivates them every single day. What’s your thing?
I want to make a career out of snowboarding and I can’t think of anything else I want to do with my life, its my passion and my love for it really pushes me to do my best in every aspect of it.
What has been your biggest obstacle or struggle making that happen in your life?
My biggest struggle is definitely money, a season can get very expensive and finding sponsors who are willing to help can be very hard at times, but I am very thankful to the amazing people who have been helping me so far what I get to do would not be possible without them!
What’s your favourite part about competing?
My favorite part about competing is the adrenaline rush I get from racing and that no track is the same; there is always new and interesting features to send it on with people who are just as stoked to be riding it as you are.
Photo: Terril Bodner
What inspires you to push yourself?
What inspires me to push myself is knowing if I can push myself as hard as all the guys at the top do and then some, then maybe I can be one of the best someday.
Fill in this statement: I snowboard because…
I snowboard because it makes me a better person and I learn something new everyday I do it. It gives me a feeling of true freedom and lets me forget about all my troubles, even if its just for a day, and If I didn’t snowboard how else would I get those pow slashes we all love so much!
How did the combined Ski-Snowboardcross event feel? What was it like to compete with people from other countries?
The combined Ski-Snowboard cross was a lot of fun! its very hectic running four heats of four and switching between Skiers and snowboarders but it ran smoothly and was a crazy adrenaline rush. We unfortunately just missed a medal by one position, that was my second 4th in two days.
What was it like to represent Canada and how was your overall experience?
Representing Canada at such a large event on such a big stage felt pretty surreal, I felt very proud to represent a country I love so much!
Photo: Giles E Palmer
What are the best and worst parts of travelling for snowboarding?
The best parts of traveling for snowboarding is all the new places I get to go, the people I get to meet and the things I get to see and experience. The only down side to being on the road so much is holding a job and finding funds to support the travelling and still pay for everyday things at home. It is also hard to keep friendships and relationships going when you are gone so much, but it really shows who wants to be apart of your life.
How do you manage your time between shooting parts, competing, and riding for yourself?
I have a fairly long competition season so I try to have as much fun at those competitions as possible. My team does a lot of training, so there isn’t a lot of time for me to go free riding but when I do get some time to ride the mountain with no pressure of training or competition I just try to go to the hill with some friends and have as much fun as we can that day.
How does a day on the hill differ when you’re just riding without any of the ‘day job’ pressures?
Any time I’m on the hill I have no day job pressures I just let it all go and live in the moment for the day.
Photo: Giles E Palmer
Who’s in your dream crew for freetime shredding?
I don’t have a dream crew I just want to ride with people who love to ride as much as I do and can keep up in the trees.
What’s your best travel tip?
Get an aisle seat. If the flight is longer than 4 hours it makes a huge difference, and try to sit with a friend if you can.
Funniest thing that happened while travelling?
One time my teammate got locked in a bathroom and had to kick the door down to get out, it was pretty funny.
Worst thing that happened while travelling?
The first trip I went on when I was 15 I forgot my boots and didn’t realize until we got to the hill, it was a 30 minute drive back. It didn’t make for a happy coach.
When you aren’t snowboarding what are you up to?
When I’m not snowboarding I do a lot of skateboarding and workouts at the gym. When I’m not doing that I hang out with friends and I should have my drivers license by the summer so I’m going to try and do a lot more fishing and camping.
Photo: Zach Kostigian
What was it like to be signed by your first sponsor? Did it change things?
My first sponsor was a local board shop when I was 13. I was so pumped to be added to the team! It didn’t change a whole lot for me at first I was just able to buy gear a little more easily, but later on it definitely helped with putting my name out there a little more.
What was the best after party you’ve been to?
Junior worlds closing ceremonies were pretty sick!
Favourite place you’ve been to?
Probably Austria, I spent 2 months there training with some of my teammates. We went to Solden, Hintertux, Stubai, and some other mountains is Austria, it was a great trip and an amazing place.
Photo: Giles E Palmer