In a sport as faddish and fickle as snowboarding, constancy is a rare trait. Here today, gone tomorrow riders and a revolving door of trends often leave us wondering if our sport even has a pulse, let alone a soul. Allan Clark is a snowboarder, plain and simple, and his dedication to riding for riding’s sake is enviable and noteworthy. He appreciates snowboarding and lives for it.Due to the weather, Canadian skateboarders usually turn to snowboarding, and this was the case for Allan, too. His parents bought him and his brother snowboards, and from there he says, “The shred was on.” Just as Al was getting hyped on the snow, he met enthusiasts Ken Achenbach, Alex Warburton, Don Schwartz, and the infamous Canadian Seans-Kearns and Johnson. Snowboarding was beginning to take off, and Clark and his crew were all over it. His mom took him to his first summer camp at Achenbach’s Camp of Champions.
These summer sessions proved to be very influential for him. He recalls, “Me and Terje, when we were fifteen or sixteen years old at Ken’s camp, it was just good times.” Allan was hooked and riding
strong. After catching the eye of photographers and anxious sponsors, he turned pro in the ’94/95 season for Sims snowboards. He was all about competing in the halfpipe, as well as events like the legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom and early X-Games competitions. Al also won the Westbeach Classic-the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Open.
Allan explains, “I’m just happy to live the way I do, riding all thetime, learning shit. Snowboarding has taken me on a hand-held tour of the world a couple times. I’ve been all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Japan, et cetera. People who are too proud of their accomplishments in snowboarding bug me. It’s a small part to play in the world, they should just be stoked.” And he says this humbly, yet he’s the guy who brought us the superpipe-which has revolutionized pipe riding, become the competition standard, and raised the bar for what is possible on a snowboard.
The Superpipe Camp (which Al started on Brohm Ridge, between Whistler and Squamish, B.C.) began four and a half years ago. “It started as an experimental pipe, and turned into a camp for everyone. Now most major ski hills have one. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.”
He lives in Black Tusk Village near Whistler, close to snowmobile trails. He rides with Kale Stephens, Shin Campos, Johan Olofsson, and the CSM. He’s got everything he needs at his place: “My house backs on to some nice trails to the pow. We use snowmobiles almost every day in the winter, and I ride an MX800 shorty.” He currently rides for Gnu snowboards, Quiksilver, and The Circle. His all-terrain attack is well served here in Whistler, he’s near “big steeps, powder, cliffs, and good pipes.” Allan’s driven. “I do the same thing every day, check if it’s sunny, go riding, film a bit, then go home, eat, go to bed. Wake up and repeat,” he offers. Allan is a snowboarder-this is who he is and what he does. With his friends, he’ll keep on riding.