Photo: Ashley Barker

Photo: Ashley Barker

Words: Sammy Osachuk

Session B of the Camp of Champions is upon us. When it comes to summer riding in 2009, COC’s got it locked. You have the largest private summer snowboard park, designed by Arena snowparks, maintained to perfection all day long. If you’re not here or are thinking abut coming, then tickle your brain with this list of shreds coming out this month, part of Camp of Champions’ SEND IT WITH program: Todd Richards, Eiki Helgason, Eero Ettala, LNP, Shayne Pospisil, Scotty Lago. The list goes on.

I sat down with Stevie Bell while he was in town with the Forum team to fire off some questions from campers and see what he had to say.

Sammy: We’re here above the clouds in Whistler, B.C. and I have a question or two for you. These questions were provided by a few of the kids here up at camp.
Stevie Bell: Go ahead

Little Matt Alksnis from Tennessee wants to know what your favorite trick is?

Switch back 5 and switch back lip. Because front boarding through the kink on a down flat down is one of the funnest things to do. I love that shit. Actually my favorite trick is a hat trick.

Nice. Dropping the hockey reference in Canada. I like that. Timmy wants to know how you got hooked up. Was it “right place right time?”

Well what had happened was, my best friend’s older brother had started working for Forum right after I had filmed One Love, so he took my DVD to Forum and it just happened like that. I had also met JP Walker around that time and he kind of helped out ya know? He's the Don…

And as they say, the rest is history.
Ya you could say that.

Last but not least, what do you say to the haters that think you came up too fast or they’re better than you?
Try me. I’ll take you to the streets. I wish I had more haters, I mean it’s easy to. <interrupted>

Cam Pierce: You gotta love the haters, at least they’re talking about you.

Sammy: Keep going. You were saying something there.
It’s easy to ride the park every single day and say you got this and that locked. But ask me how many park days I get a year. Everyday I’m out filming the gnarliest shit. I'll get off a plane, an 8-hour flight, and go to some gnarly rail I’ve never seen. That’s the difference between being a pro and just riding the park everyday. But if you think you got what it takes, then step up. We can get down on a backcountry booter here with Cam Pierce, or take it to a handrail.

That’s a perfect answer. Thanks Stevie.
No problem.