Seb's snowboarding is the pinnacle of someone who truly cares about their craft. He has a modest and humble presence until he gets to the spot, at which point a fierce tenacity for perfection takes over. He throws himself down spots, landing tricks over and over until he's as close as possible to that unattainable satisfaction we all strive for. A certain standard of expertise and finesse go into every one of his clips, and it's obvious when you watch his footage. Anyone who has had the pleasure of witnessing his creative process at a spot knows he is on a higher level. Year after year, he continuously puts out banger sections, and his footage that has yet to be seen in the upcoming Bruners video is no exception. You would think someone with this level of professionalism and commitment might be really serious, but he regularly gets insane clips early in the morning after partying all night. He is always hyped to help the homies get clips (probably because he stacks enough footage for a full part before February) and is a great presence on and off the board. I can't wait to see what kind of footage he will grace us with in the future. And if you get the chance to party with him, I suggest you take it. —Chris Fellner
What was it like filming with Julien and The Bruners this winter, compared to the Headstones?
It was a fun winter. We visited some new places, and I've never really met those guys before but they were super chill. The vibe was nice all winter long. No pressure. We fucking snowboarded and partied, and that was perfect.
We definitely partied a lot. How many times did you stay up all night and then go to the spot in the morning?
I really don't know. Maybe, like, 15 times?
Fifteen times you were basically snowboarding drunk and getting insane clips?
Not drunk, just a little hungover.
I don't want to say that it helps… no, actually it doesn't help [laughs].
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In our day and age of filming snowboarding, it's important to be creative with spot selection. What do you look for when you're finding new spots?
Maybe looking for a spot I can learn a new trick on, or use something new to make something different that people haven't done before. Just trying to be creative all the time.
Where do you get your creativity from?
I like old-school street snowboarding, like Perfect Rail and all that shit. And so many videos come out that are so creative. Like, all the Yawgoons shit and things like that. It's sick when you can build a setup that is way different than other people's.
People in Quebec seem to be nicer than in Ontario, but you still get some assholes. What was the gnarliest kick-out you had this winter?
The rail to wall, man. That spot is in the street, and the snowplow dude came up and fucking pushed me and threw me down the spot. That was so weird. He was the biggest asshole I've ever met at a spot. He was trying to fight me at the spot. He was way bigger than me and it was impossible for me to fucking beat him. He was just an asshole.
You guys all are really good at skating. Does skating play any part influencing your snowboarding?
Man, Vince is a fucking pro skater. This summer, that was crazy. Every session I went with him, he learnt a new trick. He's a savage, but I don't think it influences my snowboarding. I'm not as good at skateboarding.
When you go to a new spot, what’s your process? Do you already have a trick in mind or do you feel it out as you go?
If it's a brand-new spot, then it's different. But if it's a spot you can see in someone's part, you can watch it the night before and arrive to the spot with your own idea in your head. But it's always different than on video, you know?
Yeah, man. There's never a perfect spot. Kids who don't snowboard in the streets don't understand that until they try.
Yes, true. A perfect spot doesn't exist.
What's your favourite moment during a filming day?
The feeling of landing a trick and leaving hyped, and having a beer after [laughs]. The first try and the last try when you land it—are always the best moments.
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Did you have any crazy battles?
I had so many battles. It always took me like two hours to fucking land.
People might watch your part and think you get everything first try, but you're saying it doesn't happen like that. What was your biggest battle this winter for a clip?
No. I usually work a lot on those. My biggest battle was probably that long wooden rail. I tried for six hours and left without the clip. Went back the next day and I landed it first try.
Oh, I was there. I'm pretty sure the first day was after you had stayed up all night partying. That was one of those spots.
I think so...
Who do you draw inspiration from and who do you like to watch?
I'm super hyped on all the boys from Quebec, all the kids. I like to watch what they do every year for sure.
Do you have anyone you want to thank?
I want to thank you man, all of The Bruners’ boys, all the homies from Quebec, all my sponsors, my parents, friends—everybody! And beer, thank you beer [laughs].