Kevin Sansalone is a boss—his pro riding career has spanned more than a decade and he is a fixture atop the Canadian snowboard scene. He was jumping further than anyone when OJ Simpson was still making flicks, and if you think he’s lost a step, pump your brakes. Check out timeless in November to see Kev-Dawg boosting a Seymour hip circa ’95, and check out his latest project, Sandbox to see Kevin slaughtering everything circa 2005.
Evan: How was this past winter?
Kevin: We had a fun winter—we had a tough winter, for sure. We didn’t get too much snow in Whistler, but we made the best of it and tried to get out there whenever it was worthy. We have good friends that live pretty close to us in Alberta and they had a better year, so we hung out there quite a bit as well.
Any traveling beyond that?
I went to Utah for a really fun trip and got great snow. Other than that, our crew mostly hung out in Whistler and Alberta. We also did some stuff around B.C., Golden, Revelstoke and Blue River.
What’s the story behind Skids?
Skids has always been about friends and a lot of up and comers from Canada. Skids is short for Seymour Kids. It started way back, I don’t know—fifteen years ago, riding at Mt. Seymour. People started calling us Seymour Kids and it stuck. When I made the first movie about five years ago—it was a free movie that I made for fun—I called it Seymour Skids, to make fun of ourselves. Because it was cheap, one-chip digital footage. Then these guys got a hold of it at TransWorld and did a really good review on it, and everybody wanted to get it. The following year we made Skids 2, it was mostly the same friends again and we kept going with it after that. Those movies had lots of party footage which was really fun but this year we wanted to do something different. We’ve all gotten really into our cameras and as production has got better and better, and we started having less of the shitty party footage and more good footage.
This year we picked a bunch of new guys who aren’t all “Skids, and the video started taking on a new look. We wanted it to be cleaner and nicer, it’s just a natural progression, I guess. So instead of calling it Skids 5, we decided to start something new and came up with Sandbox.
What software did you use to cut the movie?
We use Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and one of the guys who helped us out—Aaron Leyland, uses Avid which is a real professional system. We bugged him a lot because he’s on pc, everyone else is on Mac. It’s been cool, all those guys are super smart and so good on their computers.
What am’s are you most hyped on right now?
Definitely Mark Sollors and Dustin Craven, they’re doing so well. Dustin is from Alberta, he does a bit of pipe and Andrew Hardingham’s been taking him into the backcountry a ton—he’s a really well rounded guy. Mark is really into street rails, and he’s super good in the park. They’re our newest guys, they’re up-and-coming, for sure. They both have super good attitudes and they both bring something different to the table. We have a really good crew of guys right now.
Kevin and his friends worked very hard on Sandbox, so check out the conveniently linked teaser after you finish reading this sentence.