B.O.B Chews the Fat with Jib Ninja and Snowboard Demi God Simon Chamberlain.

Simon Whistler Backcountry AKA SLEDLAND!! Photo: Mason Mashon

 

Name: Simon Chamberlain
Profession: Snowboarder
Sponsors: Stepchild snowboards, Thirtytwo/etnies, Giro, Drop, XA Boardshop,Nomis
Age: 27
Home Town: North Vancouver

B.O.B: How long have you been snowboarding?

Simon Chamberlain: 17 years.

B.O.B: What’s your fav kind of terrain to shred? 
 

Simon Chamberlain: I love riding street rails, park and powder.

 

B.O.B: You grew up snowboarding in Ontario Canada. Can you tell us about your early days snowboarding and how you got into riding as hard as you do? 


Simon Chamberlain:
I got into snowboarding from my older brother Mat. I grew up riding this small hill, called the Ranch, and we just mobbed the hill every weekend and night we could. Then I moved to a house, that had a small hill in the back, and we built rails and just hit them every day we could. I just shredded with my brothers and homes and we just grinded.

Simon doing what he does best destroying every rail in his path!

 

B.O.B: Who were some of your influences growing up as a child?

 
Simon Chamberlain: The Forum 8. I also loved watching the Mackdawg videos and the forum videos. Those dudes were the guys I looked up to when I was a kid.

Simon getting his late night Jib-Ninja on in Finland. Photo: Andre

 

B.O.B: What was it like being from Canada? Can you tell us about how the Canadian scene differs from the American snowboard scene? Is the rise up the ranks pretty similar? 

Simon Chamberlain: It is pretty similar. The snowboard market in Canada is really big so it’s almost the same.


B.O.B: Who was your first sponsor? 

 

Simon Chamberlain: Breez skateshop in Lindsay Ontario. They killed it and helped me out for sure. Then Stepchild snowboards were the first board company to hook me up, and I’ve been on ever since they started.

 

B.O.B: You’ve been on Stepchild for over 10 years and have had a pro model since day dot. Can you tell us about how the company started and what you’re role as a rider has involved over the years? 

Simon Chamberlain: Yeah I have been riding for Stepchild for 11 years now. It is such an amazing company, they are just so into snowboarding and into each team rider. They run the company the way a snowboard company should be run. Sean Johnson started the brand, with one of his best homies. After a while, he gave some ownership to JP and Myself, so it’s a tight program.

Simon 5-0 Frontside 180 to switch 5-0 Mt Seymour Photo: Bradley Fitzmaurice

 

 

 

B.O.B: You’ve always put out the best video parts. Do you think skateboarding and riding with such amazing riders your whole life pushed you to put out such original and sick parts like this, or was it just a natural drive to be the best and push your own personal limits of creativity? 

 

Simon Chamberlain: When I was a kid that’s all I wanted to do when I grew up. It just came naturally, and I just focused on that, year after year. It is the best way to have fun and see amazing snowboarding go down daily

 

B.O.B: What are your warm up tricks for the following: [1] A big ass BC step down into pow  

[2] A berley Double kink urban rail over cheese grater stairs? 

 

Simon Chamberlain: [1] Front 360   [2] 50 50

 

B.O.B: Could you name four defining moments of your career/life as a snowboarder? 

Simon Chamberlain: Getting on Stepchild snowboards. Winning the Nixon Jibfest.  Winning the Hard Rock Rail Jam in Vegas. Sean Johnson believing in me to film video parts.

 

B.O.B: Can you tell us about your home mountain and crew you grew up riding with? And how did you get so good at rails? 

 

Simon Chamberlain: Well I started riding at the ranch in Ontario, but that shut down when I was 14. Then I rode at Mt St Louis in Barrie, on the weekends. But I mostly shredded my back yard. I just hit all those spots up with my brothers and close friends. We made a crew video called the Home Show. So I guess we were the Home show crew. Rails are all you have when you live in flat Ontario..

 


B.O.B: How did you originally get on DC?

 

Simon Chamberlain: After the Hard Rock Rail Jam in Vegas, DC hit me up. I think Eddie Wall helped me out there too.

 

B.O.B: You’ve lived in Whistler for a long time. What makes it such a special place?


 Simon Chamberlain: It is one of the best mountains in the world. I live in North Vancouver now, but it’s close enough.


B.O.B: What are the craziest tricks you’ve seen this year?

 

Simon Chamberlain: JP Walker – fake 450, 270 out in the streets.

 

B.O.B: What makes a perfect day?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Riding the spot with JP Walker, Jeremy Jones and Seth Huot, shredding the rails they got in their secret zone. Also, a good Pow day with the Stepchild team is tight.

 

B.O.B: We all know that you’re not so into big competitions like the X-Games, but that you had competed in it. Can you tell us your perspective on the whole comp hype bubble, especially on slopestyle being included in the Olympics? Personally, I find it bizarre that people will be sliding rails in the Olympics, next to guys sliding down an ice track on a luge? What do you think?

Simon Chamberlain:  Ah whatever it’s cool for the sport I guess. I am old school so I like it the way it was when snowboarding was separate from all that, but it’s all good. X Games was fun.

B.O.B: Can you take us through a normal day of filming for you in the back country? People really have no idea how hard it is to film a progressive film part. Fill us in on some of the trials and tribulations you face as a snowboarder, risking life and limb to push your riding to new levels while filming…


Simon Chamberlain: Wake up at 430 am. Go get breakfast. Fill up the sleds with gas. Drive to the mountain. Drive your sled up the mountain about one hour. Look for jumps. Find something. Shovel, shovel, shovel, shovel. Hit the jump. Eat lunch. Shovel, shovel. Hit another jump. Cruise on the sled looking for more stuff. Hit whatever you can that has light still. Sled down. Load up the sled. Go get dinner. By now it’s 10 pm and you gotta go to sleep. And don’t forget that the whole time on the mountain you gotta be cautious for avalanches. It is a great time, but can be very tiring.

 

B.O.B: Do you find it hard to learn new tricks while filming?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Sometimes, but sometimes it just happens.

 

B.O.B: How do you go about learning new tricks?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Usually, I go to the Spot at the beginning of the year and learn tricks. The Spot is a training facility that JP, Jeremy and Seth have in the mountains. It is amazing.

 

 

B.O.B: Tell us about the new Video series you’ve done this year with JP walker and Jiberish. How did that come about and what’s it been like to film for your own project for once?


Simon Chamberlain:
It was something we wanted to do for the kids. We just saved all our best footage, to put out a free video part at the end of the year. We also put out fun edits in between. It was fun to do our own project this season, it was challenging at some points but it worked out awesome I think. It is just cool to present footage the way you want sometimes. I think it came out rad.

B.O.B: What’s the DC Mountain Lab Like?

 

Simon Chamberlain: It was amazing; pretty much the best private park that was all season long. I had tons of fun there.


B.O.B: Can you ride half-pipe?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Only pipes from back in the day with 12 foot walls. Those are fun, but those super pipes are insane.

 

B.OB: Would you ever go to the Olympics?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Nope

 

B.O.B: What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Simon Chamberlain: Having ten pro models with Stepchild snowboards. My tenth model is coming out next season. That is a cool feeling.

 

B.O.B What do you think of Travis Rice’s super natural comp? Would you compete if you got an invite?

 

Simon Chamberlain: I think it is awesome. Yeah of course I would try if I got invited.

Simon in Whistler. Photo Mason Mashon

B.O.B: Have you sustained any serious injuries yet snowboarding?

Simon Chamberlain: I have had some injuries every year, nothing too serious though.

 

B.O.B: What haven’t you accomplished yet in snowboarding? Is there anything left for you to do?

 

Simon Chamberlain: A video part that I am completely happy with. I still have to do that.

 

B.O.B: Most under rated but very tech rail trick?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Switch backside tail press.

Simon at MT Seymour Shaping to perfection! Photo JP Walker

 

B.O.B: What do you think of all the triple corks being thrown down of late? Is it gymnastics while grabbing the board, or do you respect it and think it has a place in snowboarding?

 

Simon Chamberlain: I respect it, I think it is gnarly. I would rather watch a smooth 7 though, but that’s just me.

 

B.O.B: How do you balance snowboarding and a regular life?

 

Simon Chamberlain: I just have to do it, that’s the only way I have been living for the last 10 years. I just snowboard as much as I can and deal with all the other stuff when I can. I have a very supportive wife that helps me with lots of stuff.

 

B.O.B: Do you surf? And if you do where is you’re fav place to surf?

 

Simon Chamberlain: I surf once a year, so I would say no. I am a beginner for life I think. It’s hard to surf when you live in Vancouver.

 

B.O.B: How often do you skate?

Simon Chamberlain: I skate a bunch in the spring and the summer. I kinda mellow out in the fall though, when snowboarding is around the corner.

Simon Front Board @The Plaza.  Photo JP WALKER

 

 

B.O.B: Where is the best place snowboarding has ever taken you?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Lots of places, I think my favourite places though are probably New Zealand, Japan, and Europe.


B.O.B: Where do you see the future of snowboarding video parts heading with rails and tricks? Do you think there is a limit to how far the body can be pushed before it just stops?

 

Simon Chamberlain: I think people are just getting more creative these days, hitting big stuff different ways. I don’t know, time will tell. It is exciting to watch all the different snowboarding going down out there. It will always get pushed I think.

 

B.O.B: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Hopefully I got a couple of kids, and I am shredding pow with my homes whenever I can.

 

B.O.B: Shout outs?

 

Simon Chamberlain: Jesus Christ, my wife Megan, my family, my sponsors, and all my friends.

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