Building a Snowboarder's Dream, incl. Red Bull's Uncorked

The following is a presentation of CBC Sports They worked day and night More than 260 hours of work More than 600 centimetres of snow fell and they built a rider’s dream We CAN go fast, we CAN go high, we DO have power But what’s the point, if there’s no individualism, no uniqueness, no style? We had a park in our minds Red Bull put it on snow Come ride with us Just having all the riders together I mean, when we ride contests together, we’re definitely always having fun, always cheering for each other But now, to be just out here and have no pressure of doing anything, kind of? It’s just so cool Just cruising around, always starting days cruising in the little park, and then getting back to the actual features And I think the vibe is so good right now And it’s just, like, having to ride with your best homies Doing this since I’m 15 — I’m 23 now What’s been the most motivating part of my career, is inspiring people, giving them motivation to do things Like, a lot of people tell me I’m the reason they started snowboarding, and that’s, like, a reason to never stop Like, if I can create that feeling for somebody, then I’m doing what makes me happy Style versus progression Whether to add a one-eighty or minus a one-eighty Whether to tuck it in and go quicker or poke it out and slow it down That’s always a hard one Where can it go? How much farther can it go? Are people really going to be doing four flips with an 1800 at the Olympics and stuff? Like, it’s just really, really crazy Like, I don’t see it progressing too much more than it is I think it’s going to have to start getting more steezy I plan on snowboarding for as long as I can, regardless of sponsors, contests, or anything I just love snowboarding so much that I will try to do it until my body just doesn’t work anymore I really don’t care I literally always think that I’ll live out here, and just snowboard, just even if I’m just getting by I love it that much that I’ll probably my mom will probably be, like, “You’re 45 now, you should probably get a job!” But I’ll still be riding What was your favourite part of snowboarding when you were younger, before you did contests? Favourite part of snowboarding before I was competing was probably just going one for one with you! There was a really bad flat-down box at Mission Ridge, and I remember we just learned every trick together Like, you’d do something, I’d do something And we always had fun filming each other, too I remember that And what about you guys? I think probably boarding with me and Ty growing up We’ve known each other since we were, like, 10 And just riding Mount St. Louis, kind of, like, out back Those were the days, for sure It was really fun And now, Seb You were, like, doing pro contests at 13, which is crazy So, if you can remember before you were 13 years old — because I can’t — what was your favourite part of snowboarding at that time? Even when I was 13, when I started competing, it wasn’t as crazy as it is right now But I think just being out there, you know, like, here Just, riding with the homies and just not having the pressure of having to throw down that day It’s just, like, progression happens every day, but it happens with just having fun and having fun with your homies

I feel really special, and I’m sure Seb does, to be able to lead the way in a sense before there was a slopestyle program, before it was in the Olympics And then they see, “Oh, if we work hard then we can get there, too.” And it’s pretty cool to see these guys come into their own What’s it like, Mikey, to watch these dudes who I mean, you guys are only… you’re 23 and you’re 24, but you guys are the “veterans,” the wily vets of the team, right? And big 20-year-old Mike, what’s it like coming up under these guys? I’ve watched these boys since I was coming up in the sport Like, watching Mark win his first Air + Style, and all that So it’s just crazy, even sitting here, being able to chat with you guys, and say that we ride on the same team I remember seeing Seb doing the Tootsie Roll back in the day Like, double side cork 1080 Where are you from, buddy? Backside double cork 1080! And it was insane I just remember looking at it so many times, and feeling like, “How did someone, at 15, do this trick?” Should we go shred? You guys are really good! You guys are smart-ass dudes I don’t like this. It’s really scary Okay, Mark is dropping Kay, guys See you down there Okay, I’ve got Mark on deck Anytime, Sparky. We’re TV-ready. Judges are ready! Have a good one! Why is this thing different? What is different about it? I think the main idea was just to build fun features, that you could be super creative on it Or just do tricks that are simple, but it’s just, like, that’s what snowboarding’s about It doesn’t need to be the gnarliest trick every day Snowboarding: higher, faster, stronger That’s all the other sports in the Olympics, right? The whole point of being an a hundred-metre sprinter is just to run as fast as you possible can, cross the line And snowboarding is not like that It’s not like that at all People that don’t understand the sport think they want to do five backflips off a jump Is that true? Mark, do you want to go do five There are people in our industry that think like that There are. There’s, like, three of them When you ask snowboarders what their favourite thing to do with snowboarding is, it’s riding with their friends If you ask anybody in the world that snowboards, they like to go out and adventure, or free ride Or maybe they like to get crazy in the park, but they’re sure as hell not doing five flips. Or four flips It’s just insane that, like, we need to show everybody how fun snowboarding is to get more people into the sport Because what we do on a weekend basis is not obtainable But when we post little clips, people just freak out on that, and they love that, and they’re going to try that that weekend, you know? And I think it’s good to have both, but if everybody just focuses on the Olympics, it’s going to take snowboarding in this terrible direction, and look a lot like aerials skiing Like, everybody has coaches, there’s microphones at the top now, it’s just insane And it’s fine, and it’s great to have that support because that brings out the best in everybody’s everybody’s aerial awareness and flipping abilities But that’s just the worst thing about big air, is, like, that’s all it is. At least in slopestyle, if we push for more creative features, it’ll separate athletes and the riders that really show they’re having a good time, and can board. It really stands out Talk to me about style Like, talk about, for example, your brother Mark What’s Mark’s style? Well, I mean he’s incredibly stylish He’s powerful, he’s extremely technically gifted I think that is the reason for Mark’s success He does the hardest tricks, but he makes them look so easy When you watch Mark snowboard, he’ll do a 1440 triple cork, but he makes it look easy You’re, like, “I could almost do that! I could get out there and do that!”

Tyler Talk about Tyler T-dog He grew up dirt biking, and he’s an incredible snowmobiler, and he’s a very in-your-face, he’s loud, he’s funny I don’t know. He’s… Northern Ontario, if I can be unpolitically correct No, he’s the man But no, he’s more of a just-get-it-done Like, he can do flat 1440s, which — to the people at home — you see a lot of people do 1440s and they cork a little bit, like, they go off-kilter a little bit 1440 is four full rotations So four full 360s But he does his flat, right? So he’s flat, as opposed to corking, which you see Mark and Max and Seb do, which brings the rotation around a little bit easier But he’s just so aggressive, you know? And it looks really, really cool At a lot of the World Cups, we’ve seen him do a switch backside 1260 with a Japan grab Nobody else is doing this It’s a very aggressive… a lot of things going on But that’s the way he is as a person, you know? So it does replicate their style And when you say Tyler — on the exact opposite end of the scale there’s Mikey Ciccarelli, who’s very smooth A very smooth operator You can tell him from miles away, because it looks like he’s not even moving a muscle when he’s snowboarding Like, we saw him just come off that jump there, and he’s so quiet in the air How about Seb Toots? Seb Toots? Probably the most technical and best snowboarder I’ve ever been around Mark, myself and Seb got to ride together a lot when we were younger, and Seb could do every trick since he was, like, 13 He can do anything, on any feature, anywhere What’s your style on a snowboard? On my butt I’m learning, folks! I know vert, I know skoozy, I know shredding, and I know how to be on my butt on a snowboard We’re learning Thanks. Craig, man We definitely had some fun activities to do after riding Sometimes just the weather was kind of bad, so we had some off-days Me, Mark and Mikey, we bartended at the bar for one night. That was, like, pretty fun You know, going out for drinks and dinner, and just having fun, getting loose for a couple of nights, it’s just part of it It’s so fun, it’s just being out with the homies and get a couple of drinks, and it’s been good So talking about legends, Devun Walsh Coolest guy, humble, like, just amazing He is one of the most iconic snowboarders He was one of the first guys to go out in the backcountry, on big mountains, and bring freestyle snowboarding to that terrain, which was just ground-breaking at the time It’s pretty cool to shred with Devun He’s a Canadian backcountry OG, a legend in the sport Devun Walsh basically created style He literally has the best style out of anyone in the backcountry I’ve never gotten to meet Devun Walsh, so it was just cool riding with him, having him follow us through the course, and just getting to chat with him You’ve defined snowboarding in Canada, and I know this will make you uncomfortable, because you’re such a humble man, but take us from the beginning I grew up in Vancouver It rained a lot so I picked up the new sport: snowboarding And we started riding the runs and we realized there was a lot of back country, and to get fresh landings we needed to go just outside the ropes So we’d do that, and started to build jumps and learn new tricks What was your worst accident? It was either the throat or I knocked four teeth out, too Four. Which ones? All the front They look so good, though! That’s why. Cuz they’re all fake! Seven fake ones Do you see yourself as old? Before I got that legend award, I was just trying to stay relevant Then, all of a sudden, I was… old You’re not old I know, not at all I don’t feel old I’m not retired, and I’m snowboarding, and I’m up there riding hit runs with all the kids I’m still loving it What’s it mean to ride with them, knowing where they’ve taken it? You started it I’m in awe, now Some of the stuff they do is pretty incredible I mean, I don’t do triple corks You’ve seen it, right? I’ve seen it, and I’m, like It’s madness Yeah For Canadians, the Olympics is the big thing, right? All the kids at home watch X Games or the Olympics, and they see the highest level, like, 1660s, 1440s, all these crazy spins

And kids nowadays can do the rotations but they can’t make a carve down the mountain And what these guys are trying to show here is it’s not only about the big spins It’s about preserving where snowboarding came from Well, legend, amazing guy, thank you for opening up today. Thanks for hanging So if you guys had the opportunity to control the direction and progression of slopestyle, you would rather see, maybe, the course progress a little bit Something new, something different The quarter-pipes, rather than just making the jump twenty feet back, so you can do another flip This is the best thing to showcase snowboarding, and to really show what it is, you know? If it just becomes to, like, who flipped the most, who spun the most, then we’re not really showcasing what snowboarding’s all about Because do we do triples in every day, when we just ride for fun? No, we don’t Like, we have to practise those tricks because those tricks make us win contests — and we we all want to win contests. But I feel like now we’re getting to a point that we’ve been pushing progression so much that I feel like, you know, the course has got to get more creative People enjoy snowboarding on creative stuff, so this what more and more parks are going to shape up to look like So we’re setting a tone, you could say First line, first shift, skate hard Dump and chase, don’t be selfish Short shift Absolutely, I love it You want to be known as a snowboarder that had longevity and leaves a legacy It’s not necessarily about one contest And with snowboarding, there are so many different sides to it You want to be a part of everything, because all the sides bring stoke