08/04/2009 | by Onboard
Words: John Cavan, Rome film director and team manager
I left Waterbury and the Stowe crew a couple days ago, suffered through the horrendous baggage charges and the pitiful shit that has become the state of the airline industry, landed in Portand, and was immediately grabbed by one of the good people in the snowboard world, SDS rep Eric Schade. He and I made a short trip and paid cash for the 15 passenger beast that is going to be the team’s mobile home for the next little while. Next I grabbed Johnny Lazz who was up in Snoqualmie for a shoot, and headed to Canada. After some difficulties at the border involving Lazz’s age and oh I don’t know the giant sketchy van we were driving, we were eventually let into the Great White North at which time we high tailed it strait to Rome BC rep Derek Hale’s home.
Derek’s place is sick, and in between stickering up the van, watching Fubar, watching some hockey, and maybe even enjoying a few Pilsners, Max, Will, Yan, and our photographer, long-time shred vet Rob Mathis all arrived. With weather rolling into Vancouver, the first stop for the crew was legendary Seymour Mountain.
Riding at Seymour is like riding a little piece of snowboarding history. One of my favorite movies growing up was the Shorty’s movie “A Young Brown Walsh” and three-quarters of that movie looks like it was filmed at Seymour. The Skids, the Iris crew, the legendary style of Devun Walsh, are all products of this place, and cruising around the mountain you understand why. The whole place seems like a natural skate park of trannies, hips, spines, drops, rollers, and cliffs.
Although we had hoped to be able to go up on the peak to a backcountry zone accessible by hiking off the highest chair that’s home to a lot of famous and infamous jumps such as “City Booter” (a well known jump that has the city of Vancouver as the back drop), Mother Nature had other plans for our crew. Seymour was completely socked in by a layer of fog and snow that when mixed with the prior weeks of icy conditions, left the mountain hiding many tricky hazards and landings that looked great but were really 2-3 inches of snow on top of bulletproof ice. We met up with Sean from the park crew, Damon from Coastal Riders board shop, and a crew of locals that included riders like Logan Short, Brendan Keenan, Sean Genovese, and a cast of others that all seemed to ride fast and jump off any roller all over the mountain. The locals here are good, they all ride everything and right away this became evident when we had a Chinese downhill from top to bottom of Seymour that wound all over the mountain. We got smoked by them, but everyone seemed to have a great time.
We spent the first day hitting various cat tracks, stumps, and whatever other little knolls we could ride in the puking snow. That night Sean set up a cool rail to butter box to qp feature that we got some pretty unique tricks on. It was also locals’ night in the bar so we hung with a good crew that seemed to welcome us all in with open arms. It was sweet.
Day 2 started off a little rough, as it puked snow, and the van didn’t have snow tires. After purchasing some new ones for the beast, we made the trek back up to Seymour and shredded another great day. Once again Mother Nature blocked us from hiking up onto the Peak to City Booter, but we slashed trees made some drops and just basically had a blast. Our friends from Quebec Alex Cantin and Ben Bilocq showed up to shred. Lazz had our entire crew, the local crew, as well as ton of onlookers laughing hysterically as he jumped off the chairlift in a pretty high spot and landed in a tree. I’m sure you’ll be seeing that shot in the FuGnar edit.
How many times have you said to a friend, “Man, they should let girls ride for free up here so there would be more women on the hill.”? Well Seymour does this and Monday night was “Guys night out” where any female skiers and shredders get to ride for free. After sessioning the park a bit more and listening to some great local stories, we said our good-byes to our new friends and started down the access road; but not before the locals sent us off with a barrage of roman candles shot at the van. Awesome times!
Big thanks to Sean from Seymour and Damon from Coastal Riders, as well as all of the locals we got a chance to shred with. It’s nice to see such a hardcore crew of locals. See you again soon.
The next stop is Kamloops and the additions of Marius who’s fresh off a trip to Iran, and MFR whose been traveling all over for pow. Be sure to check back for the next stop’s update.