by Charles Perreault, Emanuel Krebs, and Gabriel Authier

The minute after I met D.C.P., I knew this kid was going to blow minds because he was so determined. We’d just finished riding the Mont Sainte Anne pipe, which was crazy icy in subnormal temperatures. David was doing push-ups and chin-ups while everyone else was exhausted. I guess he had all this extra energy because he’d arrived at the pipe an hour before everyone and rode harder and longer than all of us. Or was it because of his love of snowboarding?

When he fell asleep on our first snowboard trip together, I knew he was going to keep me up all night because D.C.P. is a mad snorer. I guess all the snowboard gear I threw his way to muffle the sound just kept him warm and cozy-he slept like a baby through my sleepless night. Or was this night a symbol of his easygoing approach on life?

When I arrived on the beach where David spent his summers as a kid, I knew the warm feeling wasn’t coming from the bonfire on the shore of the lake, but from the welcome of all David’s friends there to celebrate his birthday. I guess this is what family is supposed to feel like. Or was the feeling from the effects of natural substances previously taken?

When I saw his eyes shine while looking at his newfound partner, I knew they would share many moments of profound happiness because passion doesn’t scream louder than this silent sight. I guess it’s true that you get what you deserve, and two of the greatest people I know are now one. Or are we never fully one until we find our match anyway?

When I read David’s last e-mail message, I knew I had a good friend thinking of me because my computer screen can’t be the one transmitting all the positive energy I was feeling. I guess the reason I’m writing this text is because David’s great snowboard talent is being showcased. Or is it be because of his even greater ability to bring out the best in people?-Emmanuel Krebs

What are your snowboard dreams?
Every day I ride I come back and have new dreams. I basically want to keep learning and get to know the mountain environment better. I want to learn to be really backcountry smart so I can have better control of the situations I put myself in, and to keep building bigger jumps in the backcountry in order to become a better rider and adapt to big-mountain situations.

Do you have competitive aspirations, perhaps the Olympics?
I’m not sure. Competing is fun because at the end of the day you remember your runs and the fun you had with friends, but after a year focused on filming, you’ll have so many varied memories. You’ll look at the stuff you shot, and all these memories come back. Even simple stuff like when you were throwing a snowball before going off something will bring back strong memories.

When you go shooting, do you have pressure like before doing a contest run?
Maybe it’s supposed to be like that, but it isn’t for me. When I’m shooting a jump, I’m usually with my friends, and no one is judging you-nobody’s waiting to give you a score. I just want to land my jump. I guess that’s how you’re supposed to approach contests, but I can’t do that yet.

Do you think snowboarding will ever stop being fun and become a job for you?
I don’t think so because I’m always learning. I’ll never be in a position where I’ve reached perfection and I can just go out and do frontside corked sevens off 60-footers, and I’m blasÇ about the situation. It’s so varied that I don’t think I’ll get into a routine.

Can you imagine a routine that you would be stoked on?
Wake up with my loved one, share some affection time, and look outside to find a foot of fresh. Load up the snowmobiles after calling some friends and meet them at Husky to gas up and go rooping around a little bit. Find a good spot to build a jump. Build the jump, eat lunch, and then kill it. Then head over to the Brasserie for a pitcher of beer before dinner at Sushi Village. Head back home to show with my loved one. Go to sleep and do it again the next day. I guess every three days I’d have to go up the hill to ride the Blackcomb park and pipe, or some pillow lines.

Is Whistler’s the best place to ride in the world for you?
Right now, yeah. But I want to go check out Utah and Tahoe this winter to get to ride different stuff.

Sounds good, but don’t you think you’d miss your newfound passion, surfing?
Yeah, I guess I’d need the Costa Rica Express after Sushi Village to go moonlight surfing in front of Manny’s place.

So what’s the feeling that got you hooked on surfing?
It’s crazy because you get to be in an element, the water. It’s not even about catching a wave, but paddling out and being there in the middle of this huge mass and you’re so small. Then you catch the wave, and you’re moving with it. What’s dope is you get time on your own waiting for the sets to come in, watching the ocean forms coming toward you. You can then catch a wave, and the first two seconds on are worth all the wait. The best feeling is really to be moving with the water, moving with the element.

You got caught in an avalanche this fall in Argentina. How was that feeling of moving with an element?
Real bad, probably one of the top-three worst feelings you can experience. When it happened, my heart slowed down, and I felt really calm. Two turns after dropping in the chute, the slope started sliding. I figured I’d just point it and outrun it, but it caught up and burried me. For a second I thought I was going to die, but then I told myself, “No, you’re not!” Just like when you’re underwater in the surf, you need to stay calm. So I remained calm. I knew I was going to drop some rocks, and I was trying to keep the snow out of my mouth. Finally I saw light, and I was still kinda riding and pointing it. I rode out without a hat or goggles, and my pack was so far away. They told me it took about a minute and a half for me to get to the bottom. I got lucky because I only hit my arm on the rocks. If I hadn’t pointed it, I could’ve tumbled over the rocks and hit my head or something. I guess I wasn’t on the list. Props to Chris and Jeff for being there!

Do you believe in destiny?
For sure! Maybe not everything, but there are things in your life that happen that are meant to be. I don’t think everything is all planned out, but nothing happens without a reason. That experience taught me a lesson, and now I’ll be taking an avalanche class with my friends in December.

What else do you like?
I also love to mountain bike in the summer with my friends in Whistler-there’re some very gnarly trails over there, some are actually way too difficult for my biking skills. I love to go uphill and then downhill, not necessarily as fast as possible, but pretty fast into banked turns, rocks, and roots chutes. I also love to windsurf, although I don’t do enough of it-I have a cabin on St. John Lake in Quebec, and the lake gets pretty crazy when the wind blows from the northwest. It’s fun to go fast, race your friends, jump the waves, and jib down breaking waves. It’s a very fun sport, but you always wait for the winds, so that’s why I don’t get to do it that often. Wakeboarding is also a fun sport. I mostly do it with my friend Phil-it’s fun behind a big boat. I really like skateboarding on mini ramps-like six foot with a spin or something. It’s cool because at the same time it’s a good social with friends. I also very much enjoy traveling and discovering new places-it’s the best-although I kind of have my favorite spots already: Whistler, my cabin by the lake, and Kauai. I really want to go and check out Spain and Indonesia. Surfing is also something I’m attracted to; it’s so f-king hard and good for me.I like honesty, giving, receiving, the theater, Quebec bars, pushing myself, learning, teaching, and seeing someone being stoked. I like hiking and viewing photos that remind me of some good times.

What about snowmobiling?
Ah yeah, that’s also something I really like to do, especially with my friends Nalu, Templor, and Martin. I actually didn’t do it that much last winter, but I’m very stoked about it. This year, I’ll drive around with my sled and access some very cool spots-build up jumps, quarterpipes, and do some lines. That’s what’s good with snowmobiling and snowboarding, you can ride so much fun stuff without waiting in a line or being stressed with people tracking what you want to do. I started to jump my sled a little, and it’s fun. Some guys are going nuts! I never thought I would own a sled when I was living in PQ, but I guess something made me change my mind.

What don’t you like?
The list will be way smaller. I don’t like PlayStation, Nintendo, or any video games. I had the first Nintendo once with Mario Brothers One and Two, but then sold it and bought a new skateboard. I don’t really like TV, either. I only watch movies or sometimes, very rarely, I’ll watch a TV show. My parents used to limit me to one hour of TV per day, and that was great. I don’t like lame people-people who think they’re too cool. I don’t like injuries or when my friends are sad or hurt. I don’t like to argue or be mad at someone. I don’t like it when it doesn’t go the way I want, but I guess that’s an issue I’m working on. I also don’t like Mother Nature when she gets too crazy, for example when she makes avalanches, fires, earthquakes, or when it’s raining for too long.

Who influences you?
My girlfriend does a lot, in a very good way. My parents always did. My friends from Whistler who I ride with influence my riding a lot-they get me pumped, especially Mike Page, Nalu, Gaetan, J.F., Boch, Auchu, Gilbert, and E.T. Also, there’re some other riders who I look up to because I think they have amazing abilities and style: Kale Stephens, Gigi RÅf, Mikey LeBlanc, Romain De Marchi, Trevor Andrew, my friend Dan Migno, Michi Albin, and Jussi Oksanen. My friend Philippe influenced me a lot and still does. He’s keeping the dream alive. I also have a lot of respect for Mike Michalchuk-he’s nuts. Thanks to all of you.

Any Props?
Thanks to all my family, they’re very important to me: Robert, Denyse, Raph, Esther, uncles, aunts, Marie, Luc, Xavier, and êmilie. Thanks to the 418: Manny, Nalu, Rheault, Migneault, Gab, E.T., Fab, Mor, Charles, Ian, and Guy. Also to Mike Page, Gi, Dave, Brass, Timi, Chico, Faf, Oli, Temp, and everybody else. A special thanks to Megs for making realize a bunch of stuff in last couple of years. Props to Burton, Oakley, Hurley, Empire, DLX. Lewee you rip; props La Structure. Dignard et bernier, yeah! Props to Trev, Keir, Michi, and Mike., that’s also something I really like to do, especially with my friends Nalu, Templor, and Martin. I actually didn’t do it that much last winter, but I’m very stoked about it. This year, I’ll drive around with my sled and access some very cool spots-build up jumps, quarterpipes, and do some lines. That’s what’s good with snowmobiling and snowboarding, you can ride so much fun stuff without waiting in a line or being stressed with people tracking what you want to do. I started to jump my sled a little, and it’s fun. Some guys are going nuts! I never thought I would own a sled when I was living in PQ, but I guess something made me change my mind.

What don’t you like?
The list will be way smaller. I don’t like PlayStation, Nintendo, or any video games. I had the first Nintendo once with Mario Brothers One and Two, but then sold it and bought a new skateboard. I don’t really like TV, either. I only watch movies or sometimes, very rarely, I’ll watch a TV show. My parents used to limit me to one hour of TV per day, and that was great. I don’t like lame people-people who think they’re too cool. I don’t like injuries or when my friends are sad or hurt. I don’t like to argue or be mad at someone. I don’t like it when it doesn’t go the way I want, but I guess that’s an issue I’m working on. I also don’t like Mother Nature when she gets too crazy, for example when she makes avalanches, fires, earthquakes, or when it’s raining for too long.

Who influences you?
My girlfriend does a lot, in a very good way. My parents always did. My friends from Whistler who I ride with influence my riding a lot-they get me pumped, especially Mike Page, Nalu, Gaetan, J.F., Boch, Auchu, Gilbert, and E.T. Also, there’re some other riders who I look up to because I think they have amazing abilities and style: Kale Stephens, Gigi RÅf, Mikey LeBlanc, Romain De Marchi, Trevor Andrew, my friend Dan Migno, Michi Albin, and Jussi Oksanen. My friend Philippe influenced me a lot and still does. He’s keeping the dream alive. I also have a lot of respect for Mike Michalchuk-he’s nuts. Thanks to all of you.

Any Props?
Thanks to all my family, they’re very important to me: Robert, Denyse, Raph, Esther, uncles, aunts, Marie, Luc, Xavier, and êmilie. Thanks to the 418: Manny, Nalu, Rheault, Migneault, Gab, E.T., Fab, Mor, Charles, Ian, and Guy. Also to Mike Page, Gi, Dave, Brass, Timi, Chico, Faf, Oli, Temp, and everybody else. A special thanks to Megs for making realize a bunch of stuff in last couple of years. Props to Burton, Oakley, Hurley, Empire, DLX. Lewee you rip; props La Structure. Dignard et bernier, yeah! Props to Trev, Keir, Michi, and Mike.