Where are you from, and how did you get into snowboarding?
I am from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada; I was around 5-6 years old, and my brother and I each got a plastic snowboard from Canadian Tire for Christmas. I remember finding it under my grandparent's bed and being so stoked.  We started riding down the water retention basin near the house and got hooked.

How was the scene growing up in Québec, and what made you want to ride the street?
Snowboarding was getting popular. At first, there was a bus ride every weekend to my home resort, and then a bunch of friends from school and I started riding every day at night and during the winter season. When I got good enough, I started riding the street with older friends, and after watching movies like Forum’s True Life, We would carry a dropping ramp and hit, most of the time, a down rail or kinked rails.

How hard is it for someone from Québec to get noticed? And what would your advice be to any young rider trying to get noticed?
It was really hard, especially with the French language barrier and being far away from the action. I didn't care about that; all I wanted was to ride, get better, and push myself. Today, it might be different to get noticed with all the social media things going on, but I would say stick to what you love, ride, set yourself goals and work hard.

What year did you film your first real snow segment? And how did you get involved with it?
In the Fall of 2015, I got a call from Ninja, my agent at the time, saying that I was selected to be part of the X Games RealSnow, so I called my friends, the Demers brothers (filmers), and they were 100% down with filming my segment. We mainly filmed all the parts in the province of Quebec but also did a trip to Sudbury Ontario, in 2016.

How did your segment do that year?
I ended up second; I was very happy with what we could do in a month of filming, especially after getting hurt and traveling around looking for spots.

How many Real Snow did you win?
I won 3 times in a row, got a sliver on my first appearance, and won 4 times the fan favorite votes. 

How much time do you have to film your real snow? And what are the challenges of doing so?
You have until January 31st to send the final edited video part. So it's a big challenge to film a 90-second video part in such a compressed time. In my first year filming for Real Snow, we only got snow late in December, which I remember was very stressful.

Each trick you do, each spot is unique; what’s your approach to finding something that will be worthy of a shot, 
Sometimes, you need the right spot for a trick, so I was constantly on the lookout when driving around to find something specific for what I had in mind. I was also using Google Maps to check out the cities or villages we had never been to, and it turned out to help us find new locations/spots.

What does turning a nonsnowboard spot into a rideable one take?
You need snow and friends who are willing to help!!!!  Everything is pretty much rideable, so what you need is some imagination. Once I find a spot that I think will work -could be a line, rails, wall ride, air – we need tools like shovels, water to harden snow on takeoffs, a grinder, and sometimes even a snowblower to make the setup as I see it in my head. Once it's done, the session is ON, man!

Once you’ve decided on riding a spot and after building the takeoffs and landings, what’s your level of confidence that it’s actually going to work?
100%, I was gaining so much confidence by building the spot and visualizing myself doing the tricks. Sometimes, I would sleep on it and was more than ready the next day.


Have you got injured filming your real snow segments? If so, when, what happened? 
Multiple times. The first time was in 2016, when we were in Sudbury, Ontario, on a steep kinked rail with a long flat; on my first try, I went switchboard slide on the middle rail and then transferred to lipslide on the left side and almost landed it. On the second try, I clipped my nose and fell on the last stair on my back with my legs above my head. I collapsed my lungs and got a really bad bruise on my back. You could see my ribs popping out on my skin.
Also, in 2019, I had a very bad crash. I thought my back was broken, but luckily, it wasn't, and three weeks later, I was back on my board, finishing my segment.  

How do you manage fear? How do you build the confidence needed to stomp a trick and drop in fully committed to pull it through?

When I built the spot, I gained confidence as I visualized everything that needed to happen. Most of the time, the first try is always the hardest; after that, fear is behind, and the session is on.  

Which segment are you the most proud of? Which highlights from that segment will stay with you forever?

I mean, all of them! I'm proud of what we did with a limited amount of time, but If I had to choose one, I would say the road gab session in my hometown. This one will stick with me forever as I had many friends who wanted to see what this was all about, so I called them that day and a bunch came to watch the session, and we all had a beer in the parking lot after the session.

Any last words? 
Thanks to the Demers brothers, my family, friends, Lobster Snowboard, Now bindings, and Cbdayz.