Coming hot on the tail of last week’s profile of Justin Fronius and Jordan Morse, we present you with a look beneath the surface of filming for the DC TRANSITORS series with Torstein Horgmo and Sebbe De Buck. Both Torstein and Sebbe have recently made the conscious decision to focus their riding on the backcountry and to incorporate their respective freestyle backgrounds in their new endeavor. Last season, as part of the DC TRANSITORS series, both went to Japan on the timeworn quest for bottomless powder and hot ramen noodles. Make sure to watch both their boiled-down highlight reel, as well as the full DC TRANSITOR: LONG PLAY video, before diving in below to see what makes both of them tick, and for insight into what went into the filming process. Make sure to check back next week, as we continue to peel back the film on the DC TRANSITORS series with continued highlight reels and profiles with the rest of the DC crew.
Where did you grow up? How do you think that influenced your snowboarding?
Sebbe – I grew up in a small town just outside of Antwerp, Belgium. Obviously, snowboarding wasn't the easiest thing to do when you don't have any mountains. I think I got the motivation to always go bigger and send it 130% because snowboarding wasn’t as accessible for me as it was in other locations. I only had the opportunity to go to an indoor facility once a week. Growing up in Belgium and not really having many chances to snowboard, taught me to never take a second for granted when I’m in the mountains.
Torstein – I Grew up in Trondheim, Norway. Its the first founded city in Norway and there’s a lot of history to this place. I’m not sure the city itself had any influence on my snowboarding, but my home resort Vassfjellet definitely did. It only had three t-bars and not much of a park, which forced us to be creative and make the most out of the whole mountain. We had a super good community there!
What board do you usually ride?
Sebbe – I ride the DC Space Echo 162. It's a super all-around board, regular camber, a little directional–it's my favorite board in the line because I can ride everything with it. From big park jumps to pow turns in Japan!
Torstein – I go through a lot of DC’s lineup throughout the season, but I usually stick to camber. I’ve tried different shapes but I always seem to end up with that classic camber. It just feels more reliable and does what I want it to. Usually, Space Echo for powder and I’m trying out the new Ply now for the park.
What is your stance? Does it change depending on terrain?
Sebbe – I've actually been playing around with my stance a lot lately. I used to ride the craziest duck stance with +18/-15, but right now, I think I’m on +9/-6 or something. In pow, I'll put it a little more directional from time to time.
Torstein – Hard to say! It definitely changes depending on terrain. For riding in the park, I go more neutral on the angles and narrow it a bit, probably around 21 inches. For pow I go a bit wider and zero out the back foot while the front foot points at around +15.
What boots do you ride? Why?
Sebbe – I ride the Judge boot. I’ve been riding it for as long as I have been on DC. I love this boot because I don't need time to break them in, they are perfect right out the box!
Torstein – I’ve been riding my DC pro model since it came out. Super comfy and supportive. I rode the T-Rice before that and am currently giving the Judge a try. I’ve been a double boa fan for a long time now.
What outerwear do you usually wear? Why?
Sebbe – That really depends on the conditions. I don't like to be all wrapped up, so I usually go for the thinner and lighter gear, but once I'm out in the backcountry I'll gear up a little better and usually ride the 30k SympaTex Command Jacket with the Nomad Pant.
Torstein – Anything with Sympatex on the pants, baggy and light is always the best combo. I’ve been running the Command jacket a bit in powder, but also mixing it up a lot with different styles. In the backcountry, I like to wear something with color that’s poppy.
How did you get started with DC?
Sebbe – I got on DC and Quiksilver through the Lowland distributor when I was about 13 years old. After two years, I went on full with DC outerwear too because the samples fit me better and I thought it looked way cooler. I have never wanted to leave, so now it is over 10 years later and I'm still with DC. Hopefully, it will be forever! XOXO
Torstein – I got flow from the Norwegian distributors for a while before I started doing well in some European contests. I met this “at the time” DC Euro Boss Man Brett Chittenden in Avoriaz at a Oneill contest. This was around 2005 and there was also an offer from Volcom. My heart went for DC and I signed a European contract right after. I already had some video parts under my belt and more contest wins followed. I did my first trip to the states the year after and somehow made my way to SuperPark in Keystone, where I ended up meeting the “at the time” DC Global Boss Man Sean Lake and he took notice. After that, I got hooked up on the Global Am team and it was on from there!
What was your favorite trip of the season?
Sebbe – I love every part. I like preseason park laps and seeing all the boys again after a summer break, getting back into it all. But obviously, mid-winter when it's dumping and we get to ride some pow it’s super fun! That said, my favorite is probably the period after all of the contests are over and all those slushy park shoots are going down. It's usually just the best vibe because nobody is stressing about results. It's just you and the boys hot lapping and sipping on some brewskis. What's not to like?
Torstein – That’s a hard question. So many good trips! Last season was my first trip to Japan for powder and it was really special. Anto, Sebbe and Devun with our legendary TM Bobby Meeks running the gears. Andy Wright, Sam Sosnowski, Petrus Koskinen and Drew Hastings on all things media. Such a fun crew and amazing snow!
What is your favorite part of traveling for snowboarding?
Sebbe – Traveling is obviously the best thing ever. I always dreamed about riding in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and everywhere else as a kid, so it feels unreal to actually be able to do that. Seeing and learning more about different places on earth while doing the things I love the most with some of my best friends is a dream come true.
Torstein – I really, really love getting to my destination! They say its all about the journey, and I get that, but at airports you kind of just have to deal with the experience, they’re all the same. I like train rides and just being a passenger sometimes so it’s easier to pay attention. Snowboarding is always the goal, but there’s a lot of other cool stuff to see out there.
What is something outside of snowboarding that you are passionate about?
Sebbe – I take my skateboard everywhere for down days. That, and you never know when you might drive past a sick little park on your way up the mountains. I try to go surfing as much as possible in the summer, but that is mostly just trying not to drown.
Torstein – I like making music. It calms me down. When I’m home, I’ll mess around with synthesizers and recording weird samples, but I can always create something on the road too using my computer and field recorders.
What is your regular morning routine when on a trip?
Sebbe – Depends on the trip really, but the average morning exists of sleeping for as long as I can, followed by not getting out of bed until the last minute, then getting gear on in ten seconds and grabbing some food on the way out.
Torstein – I always drink something hot in the morning, Herbal tea or coffee–or both! I usually try to do some type of warm-up yoga or active stretching before riding and I always stretch after. I bring my foam roller on trips too.
What do you want to improve in your riding?
Sebbe – I would love to go out and learn more about the backcountry. I am still such a rookie back there. It would also be dope to bring some tricks from the park out to a backcountry jump somewhere.
Torstein – I’m currently on this powder buzz and I want to keep pushing that part of snowboarding. I still love riding park and how easy it is to get to a flow state there, and I want to keep fusing that with the backcountry.
What music do you like to listen to when snowboarding?
Sebbe – I actually just started listening to music while snowboarding not too long ago. It switches from rap and hip-hop to rave Euro house, to all the classics and legendary songs like things from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. I guess it just depends on my morning mood.
Torstein – I like listening to instrumental music when I ride. Some electro stuff, but mainly hip-hop beats with good vibes.
What is your favorite part about snowboarding in Japan?
Sebbe – Sushi and ramen noodles. I freaking love ramen! Oh, and the nipple deep pow is pretty good too.
Torstein – There is a different type of excitement around snowboarding over there. You can feel it for sure, and it takes me back to when everything was new for me.
How has your experience there changed over the years?
Sebbe – I've only been twice and with different crews. My first year, I was the Kevin and Tor for the BYNDXMDLS movie. I was only there for like six days so it was pretty hectic but also so much fun. Last year with the DC crew we had some more time and got the chance to do some cat boarding too. That was awesome because you usually walk everywhere in Japan. It’s usually pretty exhausting.
Torstein – It was my first time to Japan for powder last season so everything was new. I’ve been to Japan a handful of times before, but only in the Tokyo area. That city is crazy and I’m super down.
What are your favorite things about riding with Torstein/ Sebbe?
Sebbe – He is so insanely good. He lands everything pretty much first try and is always super motivated. He is also super down to earth. I still have so much to learn, and having someone as experienced as Torstein is a huge help when we're out there trying to film. From teaching me how to sled, to seeing features in a totally different way and all of the possibilities that are out there, he has been a huge help. Thanks, T!
Torstein – I like how loose Sebbe is, always doing something unexpected with a really chill style. So much talent and he’s a good reminder to not take snowboarding too seriously.
What is your favorite Torstein/ Sebbe story?
Sebbe – Not allowed to talk about it!
Torstein – Sebbe’s first week on a snowmobile, in Whistler. We ended up having a really deep day and it was by far the toughest of the season. A full 14-hour day, dark to dark, getting stuck countless times and just managing snow for the most of it. We got some shots in the bag and had some fun, but this was mainly one of those days where you get home after it’s all done and just pass straight out. Sebbe didn’t. Sebbe wanted to party. My body wanted to sleep for 12-hours, but I just jumped in the cab with him anyways. It was his birthday! I mean, nothing ridiculous happened at the bars other than the usual, we got wasted and Sebbe got lucky, obviously, but this is just a classic example of how much energy this kid has. Such a sick addition to the pro team. Congrats Sebbe, I can’t wait for the next trip with you!