Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough.
And Seb Toots makes it look easy. Twisting a pipe, sliding a rail, sticking a triple cork or catching some big air, he can do it all– with style. Trick-wise, he’s about as good as it gets.
Maybe that’s why the 22-year old made the Canadian Olympic Snowboarding Team in 2014 and took the silver and gold medals in the 2011 Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Sebastien Toutant aka “Seb Toots” was a mere 13 years of age when he took home the win at the 2006 Ride Shakedown. Consistently one of the most successful riders in the competitive snowboard circuit, the French-Canadian has been on a winning streak and taking it home ever since.
You can see why Seb nailed a 97 point score during the 2011 Aspen Winter X-Games Slopestyle competition– the highest score ever in the Winter X-Games Slopestyle history at the time. A ton of additional wins and finishes continued that year, with Seb being crowned the 2011/2012 TTR World Tour Slopestyle Champion and taking the 2012/2013 World Snowboard Tour Big Air Championship title the next year.
In snowboarding, there’s a huge focus on grace and style. It’s the physical exertion and the acrobatic aesthetic that draws us in.
And it’s funny what’s been happening to us lately. Our lives have become digital. Our friends are now virtual. Exercise has become sitting on the couch with game controllers in hand. Everything you could ever want is only a click away.
So anything that involves the outdoors, whether it be skiing, snowboarding, wakesurfing or mountain biking, is important. Anything that gets us playing outside.
And if you’re not having fun and falling down while playing, you’re not trying hard enough.
by Skippy Massey
This post originally appeared at the Humboldt Sentinel. Reprinted with permission.