An Interview with the King of Awe: Simon Dumont

Twenty two year old, Simon Dumont has set a world record, won gold medals and has a documentary in the making. Now he tells SkiNet what’s next on his busy agenda.
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SkiNet:

How did it feel to break the world record for highest air on skis last year?

Simon Dumont:

It felt pretty good. I guess I didn’t really appreciate it or understand it for a while and I still don’t know if I do. It was just something I had in mind as goal and I ended up coming through.

SN:

Do you feel like there is pressure on you now to set another record?

SD:

There is no pressure. It wasn’t about a record or anything of that nature. It was about me overcoming my own fear and I had a mark to go for. If I didn’t have a mark to go for, then I don’t think I would have been able to push myself the same way.

SN:

What’s next? Do you have another goal in mind?

SD:

With the DEW Tour, I’d like to win the overall Tour. I’d like to do well in Slopestyle, and then hopefully do well at X Games. Those are my goals for the year. And film my two-year documentary.

SN:

What do you think about the DEW Tour’s entry into winter sports?

SD:

I think its great the DEW Tour is coming in and it’s nice that we don’t just have one contest to look forward to. X Games has always been a pivotal point in the year, now we have three more spots in the DEW Tour, which might take some of the X Games pressure off.

SN:

What do you think about the tour format? Does it change your strategy at all?

SD:

My strategy is not going to change. I go out there for one reason…to try to get a medal around my neck. I go in with a game plan and I am going to stick to it. Hopefully I will do well in the overall standings, but either way, I try to win the contest I am at.

SN:

Of the new crop of skiers, who are the ones to watch this year?

SD:

I think a lot of people have heard his name already, but Tom Walish is a young kid who shreds. He doesn’t seem to have his completion mindset yet, but he is one of the most impressive film skiers I’ve seen lately. Watch out for him.

SN:

What about women skiers?

SD:

Keep your eyes out for Burke. She just pushes it and as soon as another girl comes up and gives her a nudge, she just takes it to the next level. She is definitely the one you have to keep your eyes on.

SN:

You shot some segments with Fuel TV last week, how did that go?

SD:

I have only done one other thing with Fuel TV and usually they don’t have skiers on it, so I was pretty excited to see that they are getting into the whole ski scene. Hopefully that will make us more legitimate in the eyes of everyone out there.

SN:

Are you still doing The North American Open event with Jon Olsson?

SD:

Nope. We did the North American Open last year to give back to the community a little bit a showcase a new event format, but I am actually doing my own contest this year on the East Coast, its called the Dumont Cup. We’re going be doing a video contest with the academies and we are going to invite a couple of ski academies to Sunday River, Snow Park Technologies is going to come into build the features. We’ll have a contest for them, invite some pros and I’m going to take them rally car driving. It’s going to be a prelude to an Open that’s going to happen on the East Coast.

SN:

Tell us about your documentary.

SD:

Its called

Transitions

and it will come out next fall. I think a lot of people are expecting a two-year documentary about just myself and its more about a kid my age, someone young and all the key moments in action sports and how someone like myself can actually go thru all those steps to make it to a pro. I think a lot more people are going to be interested then just the small ski-based community.

SN:

Besides comps, what are your big plans for this winter?

SD:

I have a Nike trip planned to interior BC and I am going to Europe to ski some pow. I really want to show a little bit more versatility within the documentary rather than just hafpipe or park jumps.

SN:

Is there anything you are really into at the moment?

SD:

I am really into dirt bikes, rally cars - anything with an engine you can throttle, I am into.

SN:

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your lift, what would it be?

SD:

Sushi

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