The following interview is one in a series of discussions had with snowboarders who have transcended the traditional boundaries of sport and come to represent something ... more. In trying to define the somewhat indefinable spirit of snowboarding, to put words to the feeling that propels us at the deepest level, we sat 10 riders down and asked them this question: Why do you snowboard? This is one response.
David Carrier-Porcheron is one of the most productive riders the sport has ever seen. The French Canadian grew up in bone-chilling Quebec, carving his path to pro status in the icy pipes and parks of Mt. Saint Anne before moving to Whistler in the late nineties and becoming a pioneer in the arena of snowboarding lately termed "backcountry freestyle."
34,000 Google results on a name search later and DCP, at the age of 32, has remained as relevant as ever. While many pro snowboarders of the same generation are nearing their expiration dates, he continues to ride stronger every year. Meanwhile, he and his wife, former pro snowboarder Megan Pischke, and their two kids live a fairytale existence, dividing their time between Whistler, Colorado, Costa Rica and anywhere else that is appropriately epic.
I went from snowboarding on weekends, and skipping school so I could ride, to moving out west and snowboarding every day. The only question there has ever been is: "How do I snowboard more?" It's just a path I am following.
Terje had a huge influence on me. Trying to be like him in the pipe took me a long way. But after a while it became more about feeling, not copying. If you have ever jumped on your snowboard you know that feeling of grabbing and being in control and tweaking it out.
When you ride pipe a lot, like I did when I was younger, you spend a lot of time in the air, so you get the feel for grabbing and tricks and style. When I moved out to Whistler and we started building backcountry jumps, I just took that feeling with me.
When your body becomes used to riding a lot, you are more at one with it. Because of this, the more effortless snowboarding becomes, the more fluid you become, the more epic everything becomes. It gets easier. When you reach that level, you can't help but want to go back and stay in that mindset.
Through snowboarding I have learned to be a better parent, because having kids is the ultimate patience test. Manage your patience and you manage to have more fun! It's really similar, the ups and downs of it.
Having two kids and the business, the weather, the planning, the movies, the travel, man it adds up! So I am just trying to balance a little bit. I want to ride a happiness frequency that works for me and my family.
Going to Costa Rica every summer recharges me. I disconnect with the snowboard world for a minute and connect with the community and nature. We are part of all these councils and fundraisers, which is very rewarding. So it's not just the surfing I come down here for; it's not wearing shoes for two months! It's walking everywhere and connecting with the environment. Down there we live by the tides, by the weather. It's kind of refreshing to know that life can be like that -- super stress free, pura vida!
It's that adventure that I crave. You're either choosing to go somewhere you have never been, or going back to a spot that you know. I'm not really at the point where I want to learn a triple cork, but I certainly want to learn other things about snowboarding. So it feels right be involved with our board company YES. and steering the direction of it a little bit. There's always room for evolution as a snowboarder no matter where you are with it.
I hope that through snowboarding people are inspired to go out and to live the life they choose. All I am doing is following what I love. I think it's possible for anyone to live it as well. Yes, sacrifices are made, but it's so worth it!