Individually Produced: Seth Huot
Seth Huot is a snowboarder's snowboarder. He has the work ethic of a grizzly steel worker -- he's been hammering out video parts for over a decade and is still isn't done putting edge to rail. From his early days filming with Mack Dawg to his most recent outings with the People crew, Huot has showed that when you're a workhorse and stay true to yourself you can have longevity in an industry that usually has blinders focused on "the next hot thing."
Huot's experience is now a tool used to help mentor younger riders, which is just what he's doing with his new Volcom part. We sat down with Huot to find about this new video release, riding with J.P. Walker and Jeremy Jones, and how he's held it down for so long.
How did you get into snowboarding?
I moved to Utah when I was about 13 and my friend down the street had a snowboard. Being from the Midwest originally it was the first snowboard I had ever seen, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We had a sledding hill not far from my house so we would go there and snowboard and I thought it was the most amazing thing in the world.
What year was this?
I want to say it was 1991.
How did you take it to the next level? Did you compete?
Well I lived far away from Brighton, which was the spot back then. I would go up after school and on weekends, and once I got my first season pass I was up at the mountain every day, as long as I had gas money to get there.
I started seeing a bunch of local pros around Utah and it was just mind blowing to see. It was right around when Jeremy and JP were starting to blow up to, and it was just really inspiring to see guys filming parts and hitting jumps at my home resort.
We didn't have park rails or these perfect setups to learn on. Even the most simple trick like a boardslide or front board was so scary because you would just get completely worked.”
So did you start filming?
[After] I had graduated my friends and I just started hiking around in the backcountry and finding jumps. Right around the same time three chip video cameras hit the scene, which made it easier to start filming. We just started filming everything and were setting the foundation for making a good video part.
Did street snowboarding exist at this time?
I mean, I guess it was just starting, but I was still filming in the backcountry. Then all of a sudden it was blowing up and everyone was going to the rail gardens every time it would snow in Salt Lake.
Did it seem weird at the time to be jumping onto handrails with a snowboard strapped to your feet?
Yeah, it's funny if you look at footage from back then -- everyone has big boards and their stances are way different. As it evolved it became more comfortable, but at the time we didn't have park rails or these perfect setups to learn on.
When did you start riding with JP and Jeremy?
I started filming with Kingpin and filmed with them for a few years and then ended up getting a call from Sean Kearns. JP had seen my part and was backing it, so I got invited to film for Shakedown. That first year the crew was Jeremy, JP, Mikey, Kooley, and myself and the first trip we did was to the East Coast and those dudes were going crazy. I think after that they saw my work ethic and it just blended well with what they were trying to do.
Did it make you want to immediately cut the sleeves off your t-shirts and wear headbands?
(Laughs) Well they had their own style. I loved snowboarding with them but I wasn't trying to bite their style like that.
You don't really seem to hop on the trend bandwagon or act crazy, why not?
Things influence me, and I notice people making these huge switches in their gear and stances and all I can say is I always just go with what works for me. I grew up in a certain era and style. And I'm not really always trying to stay in that era, but my style is what's comfortable for me. I just prefer to snowboard, I'm pretty mellow, I'm not trying to be loud and just be in the cameras face or anything like that.
Did you think you guys would have such longevity in your snowboard careers, that you would still be around hammering out parts?
(Laughs) No way. I mean, it's hard to see that when you're in the middle of it, when you're filming you're always just looking for the next trick or feature and the parts just sort of come together. It's like a ladder -- you're not really looking at the top, but now I just trip out at how long it's lasted. I have just tried to stay healthy so I can keep doing it.
What keeps you motivated to keep pushing forward, how did you find motivation for your new Volcom part?
Well we have an understanding. They aren't just looking for me to pound out video parts. This year I took a little bit more of a management role and started helping kids out, like bringing Cody in and giving him a part and seeing what he could do. I just love being in the mix and being a part of snowboarding, I don't feel like I need to go out and make a full part every season, but I want to be a part of that process.
If you could give kids one piece of advice on how to have longevity in their snowboard careers what would it be?
Mainly you just have to love snowboarding. If you took out all of the money and coverage would you still be snowboarding every single day? That's the main question. Secondly you have to listen to your body and take care of your body because it's everything. Spend the money to get yourself fixed: be broke not broken. Mostly you just have to love it though. You gotta have that passion.