Big thanks to Sebastien Toutant, aka Seb Toots, for catching up with Snowboard.com yesterday. Even if we had to catch up via email it was a blast talking to the Canadian snowboarding champ.
At 24yrs old he is pretty much already a veteran of the snowboarding scene. At nine years old, Seb broke his pair of skis and picked up his brother’s old snowboard. A few years later, at the age of thirteen, he went on his first film trip with Sunset Films to Mount Hood where, at the time, he did tricks on the biggest jumps he had ever seen.
For the last eleven years Seb has been a big contender on the contest circuit since his first win at the 2006 Empire Shakedown at Mount Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. Since then, Seb has four Shakedown titles along with countless podiums at the Winter X-Games, Winter Dew Tours, and several 6 Star TTR events. Seb placed 9th overall at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and unless he scores a serious injury will be representing Canada at PyeongChang in 2018, following the X-Games which are two weeks prior.
But all of those massive accomplishments aside – his biggest claim to fame was being ranked in our Top 10 Hottest Male Snowboarders of All Time back in May, haha. You can check him in that article HERE.
CHECK OUT SEB’S LATEST EDIT – STOMPING GROUNDS – TITLE VIDEO ABOVE:
Riding Saas Fee in Switzerland is the best place for early season!
STOMPING GROUNDS DEETS
Filmed and edited by: Sunset Films
Drone shots: King Snow
Red Shots: Elmar Bossard / @liabijpits
THE SEB TOOTS INTERVIEW:
A lot of people underestimate how hard the training for the winter Olympics is, can you tell us about your training approach? How have you and your style developed between Sochi and PyeongChang?
The Olympics is a big deal for sure. I spend more time at the gym and on snow. For Sochi I felt like I was ready but it didn’t go my way in the final so this time I want to make sure i’m ready for anything.
With the 2018 Winter Olympics being less than two weeks following X Games – does this affect your prep? Does the snowboarding elite all compete in both or will a few people concentrate solely on Olympics with fear of possible injury? Or does everyone just go hard?
For me the X Games is the most important contest, so I will never skip it. I think it is a great preparation for the Olympics since most riders will be there. It’s a good time to try what you’ve been practicing in the early season.
I watched an interview with you from 2011 recently and your dream then was to win an X Games medal. That interview was two weeks before you did win your first X Games Gold and now you have 7x X Games medals (epic achievement btw – clapping). What is your dream now for the future?
Yes! Thank you! My goal is to keep getting better and make some cool projects on the side of competing.
What’s your favorite place to board of all time and why? Favorite international resort?
Laax Resort in Switzerland ’cause the mountain is good for everything and probably one of the most beautiful places.
How do you get psyched and stay pumped before an event? Any particular music that keeps you amped?
I don’t ride with music but I do before and after. I get the most hyped when I get to shred with the homies. I like to think that I am practicing while doing a contest run so I don’t get too nervous.
What has been your greatest achievement in snowboarding?
Just being able to snowboard professionally for over 10 years makes me stoked and knowing I have so much more time to do even more! Gold medals at X are some of my biggest achievements.
What’s your biggest “oh shit” moment?
I think when I did my X Games real snow with only 2 weeks of filming while I had to do all the other contests.
Who are your biggest influences (snowboarding or not)?
Travis Rice, David Benedek and Eero Ettala.
Who are the boarders to watch out for in the 2017/2018 season?
All the riders, haha. Canada should do pretty good!
Favourite Movie all time? Snowboard Movie?
Law Abiding Citizen (Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx)/ Follow Me Around (full movie below)
Favourite cheat meal? Who makes the best poutine?
Poutine and Mac and Cheese. Hard to say who got the best poutine but classic one is at “La Belle Province.”
With our interviews, we would like to do a little “hot or not” section. What are 4 or 5 things that you’re really stoked on at the moment? It could be in snowboarding or just life in general. Then on the flip side, 4 or 5 things that are not so cool, or that annoy you.
Hot: Skateboarding, tattoos, wakesurfing, dogs, cars
Not: Scooters, grocery shopping, jet lag, China, slow drivers
In closing what advice would you give to little baby boarders and mini shredders who want to be like you in the future?
Just go step by step and enjoy snowboarding. You’ll get there if you never give up.
Full Name: Sebastien Toutant
DOB: 9 November 1992
Birth place: Montréal, QC
Home town: L’Assomption, QC
Coach: Max Henault
Stance on board: Goofy
Sponsors: Nitro, O’Neill, Oakley, Red Bull, Empire, Giro