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How was having some new riders in the crew? Did it change things at all?
Oh, dude, I caught a bunch of days with [Sean] Miskiman, and that was so fun. That kid’s put in work to be self-sustainable out there. He doesn’t need his hand held with snowmobiling, and he’s so talented. Getting him in the crew this year and watching him perform when you put him in the right spot was fun for me. It was fun to have new blood and pass along our knowledge to him, you know? I got to have a session with him on Hollywood Cliffs, and luckily, it was a quick session. I got to go first, landed. He went second, landed. I went again, landed, and then he went again, landed. And then we were like, “OK, I guess we’re good.” It was so fun. It’s just amazing what he can do when you put them in the right spot. It’s entertaining to have new blood and watch how good they are.
Rad, and what about your motivation to film a video part you can be proud of? Where does that come from?
I don’t even know how to answer that. It’s hard to put into words why I keep wanting to do it, but I guess it’s the feeling you get after landing a trick that you’re really proud of, or riding a big line that you rode well or getting your heart racing and that dopamine hit. It’s all that I think is what keeps me coming back. And then getting to spend all of that time in these beautiful places with your best friends. I love the banter and the camaraderie and hanging out with my buddies all winter as much as I like anything else. I love snowboarding. I’ll do it till I can’t, but I think when it’s all over, the thing I’ll miss the most is the good times with the filmers, photographers, other snowboarders and hanging out with everyone. You never want to let that end.
It was a big winter for you, Beau! You turned pro. Tell me a bit about how that all went down?
Yeah, going pro was obviously a lifelong dream and goal of mine, so it’s super special, man. The way it went down was so cool, the surprise. The boys all got together, and everyone knew but me, which was funny. My girl, my dad, so many of my friends all knew. They made this sick little video for me. Then the coolest part was being out in the backcountry and I got handed an iPad with all of my best friends and getting that surprise video, watching everyone congratulating me was just... it was really special. I was really humbled, and it blew me away. As I said, it was a dream come true and it was super, super special to me. I remember I called my dad afterwards and I broke down crying. I was like, “I don’t even know why I’m crying!” We were both laughing. It was a hell of a day and one I’ll never forget.
“Beau blew my mind. The guy is a psycho. He landed everything he hit with a landing, and just the way he’d read the mountain, read features, and knew the speed was so cool to watch.”—SEAN MISKIMAN
That’s awesome. COVID kind of cracked down on travel this season, but did it work out in your favour, being a new dad?
I think it was a blessing in disguise, but we were also lucky to have a good winter in Whistler. And then getting to work with Aaron Leyland was super sick. He took us to all sorts of spots I’ve never been to before. That was a lot of fun. I loved getting to see new mountains and exploring. Overall, it was super fun to be at home being a family man now. It was really nice to sleep in my own bed and be with my family every day. That was important and helpful for sure... I kind of hope we’re still locked down this winter. Just kidding, just kidding.
How was your experience filming for the movie?
This was the first time I’ve had a 100 per cent guaranteed crew of professionals to work with. This was sort of the first time in forever that I’ve gone into a season with a set crew, everyone being dialed, and it was really nice. All I had to worry about was snowboarding. I was completely set up with all really professional, good, hard-working people. So that was amazing. It makes it easy on us. Then we can just go out and do our thing, and everybody’s capable of producing really good stuff.