In recent years, snowboarding has entered a whole new dimension. This sport is changing, like the slope style events being added to the Olympics back in 2014. The riders that stand out in major competitions now have similar status to international stars and lifestyle that goes with it. When you’re in your twenties, it’s not always easy to do what one wants with their time with the various pressures that accompany such status (contests, sponsors, risk of injury, heavy competition, etc.). Fortunately, even in these conditions, snowboarding takes standing above all to a free state of mind, to the quiet ride and jokes between friends, while riding dirty, gap after gap (if you’re at that level). Sebbe De Buck exudes this essence on his board. At only 21, the native of Antwerp has been present in the game for a few years now. A hard worker but also a massive party animal, Sebbe embodies this very professional sportsmanship and extrovert all at once. We can clearly see it in the videos he’s released with his homies from the Belgian crew, “Waffles and Hammers”. Whether on a snowboard, skate, or surf the least we can say is that this guy has the instinctive chill and always seems to ride with ease. Be careful not to be fooled by his youthful flair. Comfortable in slope style, big air and half pipe, this rider will continue to be talked about on the global stage without doubt. We met the phenomenon to learn more about the character and his journey to triumph.
Jacker / What’s up Sebbe, first could you explain where your passion for snowboarding came from ? Growing up skateboarding, surfing, or it just happened to be ?
Sebbe / I did grow up skating and all kinds of board sports but I grew up going to the mountains for a week once a year since I was 3. So I started skiing first but I thought snowboarding looked way sicker so I wanted to get into that.
J / Could you say that today you live the life that you dreamed of as a kid ?
S / You could say that. As a kid I just wanted to snowboard as much as possible and travel the world to go shred all the famous resorts, do the big contest and film for a project. That is pretty much what I’m doing right now so I can’t complain !
J / We saw your last post on Instagram after your contest in Quebec “Made finals, landed on my face, got 10th, spend all the money I won at the bar and I got the cover on the news paper ! So I guess it’s pretty safe to say it was a good time !”. You really seem to not care and just go with the flow ! Are you always like that ?
S / Yeah pretty much hahaha ! Even though snowboarding is my profession I try not to get to serious with it. I just want to have a great time with my friends, travel the world and do stupid stuff.
J / Could you tell us more about contests which ones you’ve participated in and your prize list ?
S / The contest I was really stoked on getting in were US Open, Dew Tour and Air & Style. I watched these contests since I was a kid and it was a dream come through to participate in them.
J / Tell us your best experience with the DC Team and with your Team “Waffles and Hammers”.
S / Last year we had a DC team week in Meribel called L’invasion. We had some sick days just shredding the mountain, doing stupid stuff but the weather forced us to also send it really hard in the french apres-ski named “La Folie Douce”. I don’t really remember much but I can tell you it was the sickest time with the team. Well the Waffles team is just Seppe Smits, me, and recently also a girl (Loranne Smans). It’s a little bit more mellow, we just travel together very often and make some clips.
J / About that, why is it called “Waffles and Hammers” ?
S / It was pretty random but “waffles” stand for that we are Belgian and “Hammers” for the snowboarding part ?
J / Your best memory and your best ranking in competition ?
S / Eum i haven’t really slayed the big contests these days but when I was 14 I won my first international contest over in Italy called “World Rookie Fest”. That’s the one I will never forget.
J / Conversely, your worst nightmare during a contest or a run ?
S / I’m not sure but probably just not landing my runs because then you’re out of the contest ! But it’s just another contest so nothing to get upset about !
J / Your worst fall/injury ?
S / Probably when I was riding pipe a lot. I was in Cardrona, NZ, and on a very nice and slushy day I figured I should try a cab dub 10. I ended up landing sidewise on the deck and bouncing back to the bottom on my back. Lucky for me, after 2min of not breathing, I could walk away right there but couldn’t move for 2 weeks after !
J / Have you got some goals or some particular projects for 2016 ?
S / I’ll still do most of the major contests but this year I’m filming for “Beyond X Medals” which is a project from 2 epic Swedish dudes where we film 4 episodes during the winter and also release a full length snowboard video in fall. So I’m very hyped on that !
J / When will you drop a new “Waffles and Hammers” video ?
S / I think there is another one dropping next week maybe. A little recap from the insane contest mayhem that went down a few weeks ago.
J / To finish, have you got something to say ?
S / I want to thank all my sponsors and people who support what I do on and off the mountain ! Shakabraaa.