IN GOOD CO.: BEN BILOCQ INTERVIEW

Early season warm ups in Red's Backyard

Early season warm ups in Red's Backyard

DOB: 08.06.86
Hometown: Charny, QC, Canada
Resides: Whistler, BC, Canada
Sponsors: Ashbury, Plenty Humanwear, Elm, Alternative 113

What’s the most ridiculous rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
I don’t hear too many rumors, just jokes. Just the vampire stuff, trying to make fun of me…

Has the vampire stuff gotten old?
Oh it’s so annoying [laughs]. I don’t hear it so much, mainly friends just to annoy me.

When did you start riding D-Day boards?
A friend of mine, Andrew Burns, hit me up this summer and was like, “Hey, I’ve got this thing, if you want to try the boards we’ll see what we can do.” I didn’t really have anything set in stone, I’m still kind of working on that at the moment.

So it’s just temporary?
Hopefully not, but nothing’s set in stone at the moment.

P: Hayden Rensch (@instahayden)

P: Hayden Rensch (@instahayden)

So they’re made in Colorado, how are you liking it?
Yep, it’s made here. I am liking it. I’m supposed to go the factory to see how they make them, but I didn’t know that it’s Thanksgiving so I don’t know if that’s going to work. But I really like it so far, really solid construction, looks like nothing is chipping. Just seems like a really great board so far.

What’s better in Canada than the U.S.?
Food quality, that’s one thing. Everything is so focused on being cheap; just being cheaper and cheaper and more affordable. Everything is just so cheap, and even if you pay a little more you’re not guaranteed to get something better.

Do you think Americans are rude?
It’s easy to say that in other countries people are ruder, you know? But it always depends on the situation, but I wouldn’t say that [Americans] are ruder. It’s known that people from Quebec are very direct, so that can sometimes be seen as rude, but I don’t see it like that. So it’s a perspective thing.

Ben out in the sun. Not a vampire, case closed.

Ben out in the sun. Not a vampire, case closed.

Are you the most experienced in the backcountry compared to the rest of the [Déjà Vu] crew?
Alex [Cantin] and I maybe? Since I live out there, I guess I ride the mountain a little more. I’m not going to claim I have a lot of knowledge, but maybe a little more than the others. Jake [Kuzyk] is pretty funny to take out. I kind of taught him how to turn on a sled years ago, that was pretty sketchy. Louif [Paradis] is fun to bring out too because everything is so new to him, and to see him approaching things and jumping off stuff… for us, we know it’s big, but he just doesn’t know. He is just like, “Ah, I guess that’s what I have to do.” So he just jumps off big stuff, it’s pretty fun to watch.

What music are you listening to right now?
Lots of black metal. My iPod is usually on shuffle, new bands every week that I find on the internet. Lots of punk hardcore too, lots of old school stuff. Stuff that makes you want to ride fast.

Now that you’ve been to Keystone on a Saturday, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen?
How much people drink in the parking lot in the morning, that’s pretty interesting. And people blasting music really loud in the parking lot, that’s another interesting thing.