Thomas is one of the admirable snowboarders out there that is working on progressing snowboarding, as a sport, in a direction less traveled. He is a talented up and coming Snowboard Cross athlete who is going to be someone to look out for in the future. We caught up with him to ask him our list of questions to get to know this shredder a little bit better.
Considering what you have accomplished so far, what are your goals for the future?
I want to get to the World Cup for snowboard cross by the season starting 2014. Besides that, I want to do more freestyle and free riding. My ultimate goal is to get to ride all forms of snowboarding and not be too bad at it either!
Do you like the direction that the sport of snowboarding has gone in since you could remember?
There’s a lot of small things that I think could be better, but ultimately I think that snowboarding is progressing in the right way. There’s a lot of money coming in which is introducing a lot more rules which potentials risks making snowboarding an exclusive club to those up and coming riders who have rich parents. But it still holds on to a lot of its core values that keeps it distinct from other big sports. There aren’t many sports that are as diverse in style as snowboarding. What I mean is that anyone can grab a board, ride with mates and, if they want to, put out videos and enter competitions. It hasn’t become an exclusive club where only those who are pumped with money can compete or make a name for themselves. It’s great that you still be a professional in snowboarding and not even enter competitions but just put out video edits.
What board are you going to be riding in the 12/13 season?
Volkl Cole and an old school Nitro T2. The Cole is a 158, though I could probably do with going up to a 161 at some point. The nitro is directional, stiff and a 154. It may be old but it’s still an amazing ride.
Whats the hardest thing about your job?
Any nutrition secrets?
Sugar is the enemy. My tactic is mainly rice and lean meat; that and copious amounts of soy sauce to make it bearable.
What are you doing when you’re not snowboarding?
To keep fit, I do a lot of running. When I can’t get to the sno!zone I do a lot of skateboarding and trampolining so I can practice. Other than that, I’m mainly sat behind a laptop. I pretty much organize everything myself so it involves a lot of emailing and developing ideas and stuff like that.
At what age did you start snowboarding? Were you on Ski's first?
I started snowboarding when I was 13, but I skied for a year before I started boarding. I ended up changing to snowboarding when SSX came out for the PlayStation 2, that game literally changed my live! Ha.
Family...What does it mean to you?
Everything. My family is big and close and we help each other out. I wouldn’t be doing this without their support, it just wouldn’t be possible. For me, they help me to do the right thing and give me the push to achieve my goals. Family does also seem to be a source of a lot of headaches.
Do you have any trips already planned for the 12/13 season that you're stoked about?
I’ve got a trip in the pipeline for Norway that I’m super excited about. I’ve never been to that part of the world before and I can’t wait to see what it’s like. There are rumors of Canada which would be amazing; I’ve never been to North America before either. It looks like snowboarding is massive over there so it would be amazing to see it.
What is something that a lot of people don't know about you?
Haha, hopefully there’s a lot. I can play the Violin though.
What were you doing for work before you went pro?
Ha, I’m still doing work. The last thing I was doing was delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut.
How many days do you get to ride a year?
Ahh that’s a tricky one, I should probably keep a diary or something. A lot, pretty much every day of the winter season, then two times a week during the summer season down at the sno!zone.
I’d say Ports du soleil. Maybe because it’s the only one I really “know”, but it’s really a place that’s got everything you need. It’s not amazing for back-country, nor has it got the best park, but it’s possible to find something and go somewhere. It’s got a lot of features that aren’t the world’s best but they do the job.