You may know Sam Masih from Grouse, or his days at TimeBomb Distribution, or his tiny stint at DC. Regardless how you know this dude, he's the first person to lend a helping hand to anyone sliding sideways. Whether its hooking a pair of goggles or boots up, or just trying to help get your name out there, Sam's an ambassador (boss) for the new generation of riders.
I caught up with Sam a few weeks back for quick back and forth.
Where you from?
Vancouver BC! East Vancouver since before it was safe to wander Commercial Drive after 10 pm.
When and where did you learn how to shred?
Learned how to ride at Grouse in 1999. I skied for two years and then got beat in a race with a boarder friend of mine down the Cut and switched immediately. It was actually my dad that taught me how to ride, and he’d never ridden a day in his life at that point.
Favorite place to ride?
Is this question a trap? I love the locals, grew up riding Grouse and Seymour, and every day riding is my favourite day riding, so it’s tough to pick. I’m gonna be neutral with this one and go with Baker. Can’t beat the pow and lack of lift lines mid week.
Tell me about the best day you’ve had while snowboarding?
Best day out of 15 years!? That’s a tough one. I would have to say it would be the first time I went sledding in the backcountry with my boy Tom Conway and got to experience what it was like to pick literally any line in the driest pow I had ever ridden. Sledding is exhausting, but totally worth it.
What’s favorite single thing about snowboarding?
My absolute favourite thing about snowboarding is probably really cliché, but it’s the feeling of complete freedom.
Favorite style – riders
I’m not one for super techinical tricks or super refined gymnastics on snow. Don’t take that as I’m not one for progression, I think it’s great that you’ve got Cirque du Soleil at the X Games now, to keep the general public interested, but I’ll take a buttery back lip or a method with timeless style over a trick that sounds like a yoga mom’s Starbucks order. Favourite rider hands down is Kazu. His riding ability and his attitude on snowboarding are exactly what snowboarding is about. Dude is one of the realest ever.
New up and comer?
On the local scene, I’d say there are a few kids to keep a look out for. Michael Hoy has been silently killing it for years, and he’s just starting to get noticed. David Joncas was one of my favourite riders to watch last year during the park jams, along with Kody Yarosloski, Daniel Gardiner and Adrian Tongko. Ryan Johnston has been making waves, especially with his jumping. Not as well known yet, but definitely one to watch for is Aidan Mani. Most of these kids aren’t even 20 yet, and it’s scary how good they are.
Shred movie or any movie? I watch a lot of movies, but I think Wayne’s World has to be one of my favourites of all time. Whiskey movies for shred movies, those are classic. I scored all of them on VHS at a random garage sale in Calgary 6 years ago for $3. So rad! Does anyone know what VHS is still?
What are you listening to these Days?
I’ve always had an ecclectic taste in music. For the most part, I’m still listening to a lot of hip hop, Meek Mill and Yo Gotti are getting a lot of play time these days.
Caesar or Beer?
I used to love caesars, but they are made so inconsistently from place to place. Life is too short for a badly made caesar, so I just stick to beer. It’s hard to mess that up and most places will have at least one I’m bound to like.
Snap Chat or Instagram?
Instagram by a landslide, I don’t even have Snapchat anymore. No one ever seemed to want my suggestive selfies anyway.
Park or Pow?
As is the trend with most riders as they get older, pow is my preferrence these days. I still have a soft spot for the park, obviously, but i’ll take a solid pow day over everything else.
Wings or Poutine?
Poutine at Lupin’s, wings at Altitude’s. This is like a park vs pow debate, the older you get, the more you go to Altitude’s.
Rail or Jump?
Down rail every time. I suck at jumping. I’m also lazy and don’t wax my board, so speed is usually an issue, which means casing is a high probability.
Fitted, Snapback or Tilley?
Tilley for sure, out of those three, but you’ll mostly likely find me in a good ol’ toque for the most part. How do kids keep their hats on their heads!? I don’t have time to stress about losing my lid while riding.
Backboard or front board?
Front board every time, locked in, between the bindings. You rarely see those anymore. Blunts are too trendy these days.
Baggy or Tight?
My style has gone from Technine baggy, to super tight and hesh. These days, I’m somewhere in the middle, long parka type jackets with fitted pants that sag a little. Then again, even skinny fit is baggy on my supermodel figure.
Sunglasses or Goggles
I love goggles, they’re functional and stylish, plus they allow you be completely incognito. Plus, no one knows what I’m looking at. Sunglasses are reserved for spring slush days, but even I find myself trying to hold them onto my face.
32 boots, Dragon goggles, Capita snowboards, Union bindings, Coal headwear, SAXX and Instance socks. They’re all my favourite not only because they make really good quality products, but also because the people behind these brands have my back and genuinely care about snowboarding.
Olympics? Give me a 40 character answers
I do not have a family friendly opinion. That was exactly 40 characters; I even used Twitter to double check. You’re welcome.