Alright, let's start with the basics. How old are you? Where are you from? And how long have you been riding for?
Right now I'm 19 years old. I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and I've been snowboarding for around 8 years… really 9 years, but my first season was only a week long.
And how were you introduced to snowboarding?
I was introduced to boarding by my two really good friends, Nik Maletic and his brother Tomi Maletic. I used to ski while they snowboarded and the one day they said, "We have an extra snowboard, you should try it." I loved trying new things so I thought it would be a good idea, and it looked like a lot more fun than skiing, aha.
Who or what is your riding influenced by? Are there any pro riders that you look up to?
When I first started snowboarding my riding was influenced by whoever was better at snowboarding around me. A lot of the older guys that rode at Chicopee were actually really good, so I would watch them and try a lot of the stuff they were doing. As I got older I definitely started trying and thinking of my own tricks to do.
The progression in snowboarding the past 2-3 years has been insane. I love watching guys like Jed Anderson, Forest Bailey and E-man ride because it looks like they are having the most fun riding their boards. At the same time, they are constantly doing new tricks and progressing snowboarding by just riding and enjoying themselves. Really any pro rider who rides a snowboard for pure enjoyment and not to be famous is somebody I look up to.
Speaking of progression, what are your thoughts on the direction a lot of riders are taking with projects like X Games Real Snow where street riding has become more like stunt riding?
For the most part I think it's sick actually. With the progression of tricks comes the progression of the features they hit. Every year you see new and never before seen setups popping up in parks all around the world, and I think street riding is a huge reason for that. Riders aren't ok with just hitting ride on rails and flat boxes in a line anymore, they want to hit different and creative features. Contests like Real Snow and Stair Masters really bring out the creativity in the riders. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it makes too much sense bringing bobcats and helicopter cameras to a close out rail on top of a four-story building “cough” Brisse “cough”, but I mean.. It's just snowboarding and we’re all having fun either way. If that's the type of riding you like, then, by all means, do yo thang!
What approach do you take to filming? Is there anything in particular you look for when you're looking for potential spots?
Lately I've just been trying to have as much fun as possible while filming. Last year I think I was thinking too much about how many shots I got and the amount of time I had left to get shots, but this year I’ve really just been enjoying myself while riding street rails. The Trash League guys and I, for the most part, just drive around and hangout, looking for spots to hit and film on. Half the fun for me is just being around a bunch of your friends and trying to make something cool out of nothing and documenting it. I've realized when you’re just enjoying yourself and having fun riding, you end up stacking tricks without even really realizing it.
Now I just look for really creative and fun spots. It seems like just going out and filming a bunch of down rails doesn't make the cut for some people. I love a simple down rail session, but it doesn't look too appealing on film. I like looking for spots that a normal person would look at and go... "Wait, you snowboarded on that?"
If you had to pick one guy from the Trash League crew to session a spot with, who would it be?
Hmmmm, I hate to single anybody out because its fun to ride with all the homies, but I would be down to hit a spot with Chris Fellner Aka Felly Mang. He's always got good vibes while riding and I'm down with the stai he posses, always a good time lapping with that guy. tell you the truth though, our whole crew, like the 7 of us have never been to the same spot and sessioned it at the same time, just because of busy schedules and stuff, we've never been able to meetup and shred together, hopefully well change that since we still have more than half a season of riding.
Definitely, I'm sure we'd all like to see what would come out of that day. Let's end this off with some simple "this or that" questions.
Frontside or backside?
Press or blunt?
A nice blunt.
Instagram or snapchat?
Aha, I'm an Instagram fiend.
McChicken or McDouble?
2 in 1. You split the McDouble in half, put the Junior Chicken inside, then close it back up. Masterpiece.
Well I think that's about the best way we could end this off, haha. Want to give any shout outs?
Ahaha truu, I want to give a huge shout out to Ryan McDonough from Sanction Snow. He has been helping me out for years now and I can actually say I wouldn't be here without him. Simon Chamberlain for all my outerwear, and Sean Johnson and all the guys from Stepchild Snowboards, the B.O.O.H. Crew from Chicopee, all my homies and friends that I board with on the regular, Footyfiend for keeping it real out west, and a special shout out to all the Trash League guys, Mike Chmil, Ben Poechman, Mark Goodall, Gordon Birnie, Chris Fellner, and Denny Duquette.