Devun may not be the most outspoken individual-he’s surely no hater or braggart. On the flipside, he doesn’t need to be: his riding talent has always spoken well for him. No need for trash talk when you produce a superior film segment every year. When he blew a knee, his early-season footage still provided enough for an excellent part in The Resistance, shaming healthy riders who filmed all season.Walsh has been a favorite of mine since he frontside three’d the snakerun at Bear Mountain in ’93. For the time, the size of that gap was unheard of. He’s quite the technician, the first guy I saw consistently land switch threes, Cab fives, and backside 180s in the backcountry, among other things. Possessing a markedly square, compact spin with minimal arm flap-Walsh’s style has been his trademark. Devun rides with a distinct power and fluidity-ever relaxed, making the more difficult tricks look easy.
Word on the street is the slider system’s wack, that you and Pete’s knees blew ’cause they ripped out. No, of course not. If you use the wrong hardware that’s too long, then they do slip. If you use the Forum stuff you’ll never have a problem. I’ve been riding them for three years.
Never pulled out?
I’ve never ever pulled out. I’ve never seen anyone on our team have theirs rip out. For me, it’s the best system ever. I can get any width, anywhere on the board, so it’s stupid to deal with inserts.
Who’s your favorite Forum rider?
I love riding with Dufficy most-he always has an ear-to-ear grin, and is so stoked on shredding. Everyone’s wicked, but for purely blowing my mind-JP. He comes up to Canada and I’m like, “He rips on rails, it’s cool, we’ll go in the backcountry.” The next thing you know-Cab nine, backside seven, frontside seven … then he sits down and says, “Oh, I’ll let you guys get some stuff, too.” I’m like, “Thank you.”
Why did you leave Special Blend?
I’m just going to open up for some bigger prospects- something to do with starting a future for myself. I want to take a break from riding the clothing right now.
No one just takes a break from getting paid-you’re not starting a clothing company?
Not right now.
Do you plan to start one?
It’s definitely an option-it’s something I’m entertaining.
Do you consider yourself a businessman?
I would say so. Dealing with sponsors you have to be somewhat businesslike and make sure that all your deals work out. Starting the Wildcats and Iris, I have to be on a business level day-to-day. It may not be what I’d like to be doing, but those are the facts of life-I can’t snowboard forever.
What’s your involvement with Iris?
I’m one of the shareholders. I go in and design, help out with marketing and the future direction of our company.
What other ventures do you have going?
We started Wildcats Films, and a little street-clothing line off of that.
You always film with your bros-if you had to shoot with other people, how would you cope?
I’m super fortunate that where I live all my friends are pro snowboarders, I lucked out that way. If I had to film with different people all the time, it would definitely take away from it. But at the same time, I’m pretty personable-I get along with nearly everyone.
You have no rails in True Life.The only rails around here are in the park. I hate filming in the park, and I hate seeing footage in the park-it doesn’t take much to hit a perfect jump that’s all sculpted. If you notice, people who don’t have footage go there and rack up stuff.
Any tricks they can’t land out-of-bounds they grab in the park?
Are rails sticking around?
The way everyone’s pushing it, I think they’re going to stay a while. Everyone’s got more in mind-they can’t wait for the season to try some new stuff. All the Forum guys are so gung ho about going off.
Will it affect your popularity if you’re not doing rails?
I don’t know if that even matters. I think whatever’s fun is what I’m going to hang with. ve never gone out to stuff that’s going to make me popular. Riding backcountry is seriously the most fun shit-hands-down. Rails are fun, too, but when it’s sunny and powder-it’s hard to leave Whistler. This year I’m going to go do some rails-I haven’t made the effort in the last couple years.
Do you do contests?
I did one last year in Japan. The year before I did the X-Games in Vermont. I seriously hate ice-I know it’s bad, but I just seriously hate it. I went to practice for slopestyle and I licked it over a table. I slipped off onto my ass first run-I hurt my butt so bad … it was the worst. A couple runs later, I missed the landing and blew my knee. After that I went to a contest in Japan, ’cause when you’ve torn your ACL you can still ride a bit. My first jump of the night, I crashed weird and completely screwed my knee. I had to get surgery and had a bitter taste about contests, but I might be back.
Are you a choker?
I might be a choker. I’ve never really won any contests, but I’ve managed to squeeze into the top five. I wanted to take last year off and not worry about it. I was getting all these invites and didn’t ever do anything to earn them. Now, if I want to compete in the X-Games, I have to earn my way back in.
That’s noble.I felt I was cheating the system and getting invited when I wasn’t doing all that well.
Recently every pro has manufactured an image-the punker, gangster, metalhead, et cetera. I don’t know if they do that on purpose or that’s just who they are. If you want to dress “yo,” that’s cool, but don’t make that your number-one image out to people. Some companies won’t pick up riders unless they have a certain style. That’s kind of weak because you don’t have to be the best snowboarder anymore to get a ride. When I first turned pro people didn’t care about that-they cared whether you were good or not. Let the riding speak for itself, being a pro snowboarder is snowboarding first.
Are you comfortable with your celebrity?
It’s kind of weird, honestly. But it’s just like the way I used to look up to Sean Johnson, or be like, “Whoa, that’s Jamie Lynn.”
I heard you’re on the mellow program lately.I partied it up for a good part of my career so far, and I’m not against it. I haven’t been going out five times a week-once or twice at the most. Sometimes I hit a dry spot in snowboarding, or whatever I’m doing. I just need to go loosen up for a night-and the next thing I know, I’m back in my groove. I’m hyped on keeping my body in shape and actually being a pro snowboarder. I don’t want to get hurt anymore by not being in shape. If I get injured I want it to be ’cause I really wrecked.
There must be a lady … I have a great girl-her name’s Julia Adams and she’s on scholarship for field hockey at Michigan State University. We’ve been together for two and a half years and it’s going pretty good. I’m super happy. She’s from Vancouver, well, originally from Quebec.
Field hockey-can she whoop your ass?
She’s pretty damn tough.
Does living in North Vancouver affect the amount of days on snow?
I live across the street from Mt. Seymour. It’s literally ten minutes from my doorstep. Me and Sean Kearns are purchasing a house in Whistler. All last winter I’d have to stay at Browner’s house or at Dionne’s. But it’s only an hour-and-a-half drive to Whistler, and I don’t mind getting up early. If you get up around 5:30 a.m., by the time you get there you’re limbered up and ready to go.
Nothing like a nice limbering hour-and-a-half car drive.Oh shut up-you know what I mean. You get some coffee and get all jazzed up to ride.
How do you relax and get away from the snowboard scene?
I’ve been golfing a couple times a week … almost every day.
Sounds expensive.It is-but I’ve got some pretty good hook-ups.
Forum boards, boots, and bindings; Iris goggles; Circa footwear; Drop gloves and backpacks; Hotskates; and the Wildcats.
Thank-yous.I’d like to thank Mom and Fred, Gerry and Tina, and Julia for all the support. Tony, Louise and Anthony Adams, all my relatives, Jack Wang-for helping me achieve my goals, Rob Dow and Matt Davis-thanks for running the WC. Sean Kearns-one of the good ones, Ruff, Raul, Marcus, the Team and everyone at Forum. Oli and Mer at Drop. Jack, Karl, and everyone at Iris snow. Rudy at Hotskates, everyone at Circa, and all the Wildcats for their continuous support. Mike, Sean, Ross, Gary, Lori, and everyone at Mack Dawg Productions. Dano, Serfas, Kettela, and all the filmers and photographers who I’ve had the chance to work with. Everyone else-you know who you are, and I’ll get you next time. Peace.Fred, Gerry and Tina, and Julia for all the support. Tony, Louise and Anthony Adams, all my relatives, Jack Wang-for helping me achieve my goals, Rob Dow and Matt Davis-thanks for running the WC. Sean Kearns-one of the good ones, Ruff, Raul, Marcus, the Team and everyone at Forum. Oli and Mer at Drop. Jack, Karl, and everyone at Iris snow. Rudy at Hotskates, everyone at Circa, and all the Wildcats for their continuous support. Mike, Sean, Ross, Gary, Lori, and everyone at Mack Dawg Productions. Dano, Serfas, Kettela, and all the filmers and photographers who I’ve had the chance to work with. Everyone else-you know who you are, and I’ll get you next time. Peace.