Name: Seth Hill
Hometown: Jacksonville, OR
Resides: Denver, CO
Sponsors: Sims, RPZN, Phunkshun wear, smith optics, love distribution
So Seth, you’ve had probably one of the craziest summers of any professional snowboarder. Can you tell us what you were up to when the season ended here in Colorado?
My summer consisted of lots of different things. A surf trip to Portugal with a group of European snowboarders, a skate trip to Barcelona with some Spanish friends. And the normal HCSC coaching up at Mt. Hood, which ended with a broken back, and finally editing and producing my snowboard movie.
When you broke your back in the beginning of July what happened?
Well as I said I was up at Mt. Hood coaching, when I overshot a jump and was "Flight for Lifed" to get emergency surgery. I was literally millimeters away from being paralyzed, and fully can't explain how truly lucky I am.
What is the recovery process for something like that?
Well it's been a lot easier than myself or anyone ever would have imagined. I was walking the day after surgery, and have been putting in at least an hour on the stationary bike everyday.
How are you feeling now? Will you be able to film another opening weekend edit at Keystone like last year?
I'm actually feeling pretty awesome, moving around like normal for the most part, and feeling fairly strong. Unfortunately I haven't quite got the doc's approval though, so thinking the whole opening weekend Keystone edit may have to either be friends riding or put off till next year.
Seems like you have a propensity for over shooting jumps, any idea why?
Honestly no! Haha, I hate being the guinea pig, but for some reason it always happens. I guess I've just never been a good judge of speed. With that said, when I broke my back I had hit it 5 times and speed just changed.
Moving on to your current endeavors. Tell us about Really Gotta Wanna?
Really Gotta Wanna is a movie I produced this season that attempts to showcase the real stories behind riding. It really was just a small movie concept of filming my winter, that blossomed into something real. It's a five section "shredumentary" showing all types of riding from kids, legends, contests, homies, and some of the current mainstream riders. It was my way to show the world truly how much work, dedication, and challenges snowboarders face.
Why the jump into filmmaking, not busy enough?
No I am way too busy actually, haha. I thought it was just going to be a good way to stay involved in the industry as I transition out of the contest scene. Figured I didn't have any projects that I was working on, and needed something to keep me motivated. Yet it blossomed Into something I had an awesome time doing and feel really good about.
How has the reception of the film been thus far?
The reception has been way better than I ever could have hoped. To the extent people have been calling me the new "Warren Miller of snowboarding" which is a pretty unimaginable title.
Off topic, but you seem to be one of the only “action sports athletes” that really embraces their Judaism. Is that something that is important to you, or do you just do it for the nickname?
Haha yeah, I've always tried to embody Judaism, and it's definitely important to me. Atleast to the extent that it gives me a certain sense of grounding in a very unstable lifestyle; and a feeling of a close community outside of snowboarding. It's also something that has allowed me to stand out as an individual. I pride myself on not sinking into the norm, and a Jewish "professional" snowboarder is not quite the norm.
Anything else you want the readers to know about?
I guess I'd really just ask everybody to check out the movie when it drops online. I truly feel that it has something that everyone can relate to, learn from, or at least simply enjoy a new perspective on the classic snowboard movie.