Shin Campos has been at the top of this sport we love for years now with no signs of slowing down. We caught up with him in a rare free moment to find out what the future held for this Whistler legend.
Firstly how has your winter been? Where did you spend it and have you been on any memorable trips?
My winter was great basically hanging around BC in the Whistler area and quite a few trips to the interior of BC. Some secret snowmobile zones. Oh yeah I also went to Russia for a couple weeks which had real poor conditions but all good nonetheless.
Have you been filming for any movies?
I've really stopped filming for video segments. That being said most times I'm out shooting photos etc. there's always a video guy with us and now with the HD phenom they can film whenever and not feel bad about using up film. Sooo actually looks like I will get some footage in a couple movies. The Sugar Shack production crew is probably going to use some stuff.
When filming and shooting does the pressure to land stuff make riding less fun?
Only time I get burnt out is when the jump or cliff is done, I mean landing wise. Also in the spring when the snow is retreating and its just slushy and crappy I’m not really into heading out there for any days of "gotta get a shot"
Without being offensive you are one of the older riders on the scene how do you keep stoked on riding? Do you ever wake up saying "not snowboarding again"
No I never wake up and go I'm done with snowboarding! I still love those early winter powder days and love the seasons too. As well there's huge satisfaction going out on a day with your crew to get some sick photos or shots. I still love that part and I also would rather make less money doing something you love then grinding out a 40+ hour workweek.
Anyone of mature years can find aches and pains a big turn off, do you have any tips for keeping fit for riding?
Keep active for sure. Not just snowboarding but hitting up other sports as well. I spend a lot of time mountain biking which I find is a huge cross training thing. It’s almost as fun as snowboarding sometimes with lots of gnarly stuff to get into.
So now the winter is all but over what are your plans for the summer?
Mountain Biking, doing some renovation work on my house, maybe work on some TV/Movie industry stuff (I do this in the summer sometimes "gripping") Head down to South America to guide this snowboard specific freeride tours. Its a new idea that myself and Powderquest tours came up with.
Tell us about your involvement with powder quest
We came up with this snowboard specific tour idea after I've been down there a couple times hanging out with them. I thought it would be a good idea to have a pro snowboard guided tour something a bit less structured and fun. We could give a bit of tips on terrain evaluation and then also maybe coaxing them a bit above their comfort zone but still keeping it safe. Then at night we'd go have some great steak and wine dinners and talk about life, travels and share stories. Keeping it high end and also maybe having a couple other surprise guests come drop in for a few days of riding too. Check out www.powderquest.com
And after the summer what plans do you have for next season and beyond, any trips or projects in the pipeline?
After summer plans are still up in the air. I have lots work to do on my house but also I plan to head for surf trip! I'm also spending a lot of time with another project company I've partnered up with . "Whistler Creek Productions" is a new production company aimed at more commercial shoots in the Whistler area. My partner and I want to be known as a one stop shop of enquiry. Not only can we help a prospective client find a location but we can organize budgets, manage workers, handle logistics like permits and tax issues, and produce that given job. With the Olympics coming soon there is starting to be a lot of interest and medias coming here in search of Whistler as a spot so if we can get some of this ...great! Check out our website: www.whistlercreekproductions.com
Cheers for your time Shin and enjoy your summer in the southern Hemi.