How did you get into snowboarding?
I got into snowboarding at around ten years old. My mom had always been a skier and got me into ski racing as a young kid. It was a lot of fun, but when I started to see snowboarders I wanted to do that. Unfortunately I had to deal with that cancer thing for a season, which totally screwed my days on snow count. Once that was sorted out, I jumped right into snowboarding and have been hooked ever since.
What’s the best part of ‘Living the life’ of a pro snowboarder?
The best part about living the life of a snowboarder is not only doing what I love, but learning how to push my boundaries every day. I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone and learning new things. I have learnt so much over the past few years through snowboarding and I am really grateful to be able to live this life!
Photo: Eric Escaravage
What’s your favourite part about competing?
My favourite part about competing is the head to head racing. There is something about flying down a course like X games with 5 other dudes. Getting to push the training I have done physically on a course feels great. Knowing that on any given day I could end up on top of that podium gives me confidence to push hard and try things I normally wouldn’t.
Who’s in your dream crew for freetime shredding?
My dream shred crew would be Mark Fawcett, Terje Haakonsen, Craig McMorris, Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, and Matt Galina. So pretty much every heavy hitter. I think a) I would learn a ton from the knowledge they all have to offer b) I would get front row seats to some of the best riding happening.
What’s your best travel tip?
My best travel tip would be to pack in your backpack some sweat pants, a change of socks and underwear. Then ten minutes before boarding the flight to Europe or something get changed and use the washroom. That just makes for the best time on the flight. Also layer for the flight cause sometimes its hot or cold…no in between.
What are the best and worst parts of travelling for snowboarding?
The best part about traveling is seeing new places and experiencing new cultures. I get to do this with some of my best friends and snowboard on the side. It is pretty amazing! The worst part is being away from my home in Whistler. It is such a good spot to train and get better. I also have Emilie and Zak in Whistler who I miss while being on the road.
How does a day on the hill differ when you’re just riding without any of the ‘day job’ pressures?
For me the difference between freeriding and training is the intensity and what I am doing on my snowboard. I love hitting rails and jumps on my park board with friends on a hot spring day. Not thinking too much more then what’s ahead of me and enjoying the moment. When I am strapped into my race board with my coach and a track in front of me its fun, but I have ideas running through my mind about line, speed, edge pressure and other things to experiment with to get to the bottom as fast as I can. I also know that in the back of my mind it takes a lot more training to perform then freeriding days. But mentally I need those freeriding days to work on my style and gain confidence as a snowboarder and not just a racer.
When you aren’t snowboarding what are you up to?
When I am not snowboarding you can catch me at home with my dog Zak and girlfriend Emilie. We live a rad life in Whistler with tons of biking, skateboarding, hiking, and hitting the gym. We live in a great little community and both have jobs we like that pay the bills with little extra to have some fun. I love hanging out with my friends or just spending some days in my bed. Whistler is a great place for an active athlete to live.