Catching Up with Tobias Sedlacek of The Bunch
Recently, we had a chance to catch up with with freestyle skier, Tobias Sedlacek discussing last season and his plans for the future.
Hey Tobias, just wanted to check in with you and see how your summer is going?
Hey! I started off the summer in Mt Hood, first off staying in an apartment up in Govy with The Bunch crew and finished up my Hood, Oregon stay camping in the woods with a fat crew. First of June I traveled back to Sweden. Since then, I’ve been working in a freezer warehouse in my hometown busting my ass off trying to stack enough money for the upcoming season, partying and chilling with homies.
Last season, you started off the year filming urban with The Bunch in Sweden. How did that go? What were some of the highlights?
It went well! My season started a bit later than I wanted because I finished high school just before the winter break, but I’m happy with what I accomplished. The winter in Sweden was kind of bad so we couldn’t hit all the spots we wanted, but on the bright side we’ve got more to hit this upcoming season! The highlight was staying in my friend fg’s cabin for a week and doing urbans during the day. Although we didn’t stack too many shots, it was a sick time. Also New Year’s, where we kind of hit three spots in one day which was mad fun and I managed to get three shots as well, which was a good start for a party night.
You competed in War of Rails last season, tell us how that went?
It went pretty well. I was stoked on my riding, but I had some troubles putting down a whole run. I got a lot of props on my riding from people I look up to, so after all it was a successful weekend, especially just staying with the Dais crew in their house, chillin’ like a villain and skiing in the Golden State.
You were pretty active during your trip to North America, with stops in California, Hood, Montana, and British Columbia. Can you tell us more about it? What were some of the best moments for you?
Well, the trip started in February with Magnus and I flying out to Cali for WOR. We then met up with Maxi and a few weeks after, the rest of the crew. We drove through all the West Coast states: Cali, Oregon & Washington, and skied wherever we felt like it. I was lucky enough to be able to go to Canada and Montana with you guys too, which I’m really thankful for.
I think I have three favorite moments on the trip:
First off, Catskiing in Canada was a dream come true. I never thought I would understand people saying “there’s to much snow”, you know? But after that trip I kind of do! Great guides, great snow and a great crew!
Secondly: Meeting up with the rest of The Bunch In Cali. Maxi, Magnus and I had stayed with The Dais homies which was a sick time and then we all took our cars and drove down to LA to pick up the boys. We also decided on a spot to camp for the night. Long story short, we camped in a recreation area, got busted by the popo the day after and three police cars rolled in. We had two uninsured and unregistered cars, 10 swedes in ’em and somehow we managed to get away with it. The cop probably believed us and that was lucky, because he told us he could have impounded our cars if he wanted to, which would’ve messed up our trip.
Last, camping in the woods of Oregon. Too many great memories to share so I’ll leave it like this: What a long strange month it was.
What should we expect from you in the new movie from The Bunch?
Of course, a bunch of street skiing, but what I think I’ll surprise most people with is my BC riding. This year was kind of the first time riding “real” powder and “real” backcountry because Sweden doesn’t have to much of it, and to me it’s the best time you can have on a set of skis. Hopefully people will like it, because I’m planning on continuing on that path!
In your opinion, what makes The Bunch unique and stand out from the crowd?
Well, it’s kind of hard being in it and try to say what makes us stand out from the crowd, but I think it’s a lot about always trying to be creative, not only in our skiing, but all there is around it and having fun along the way. Seeing others have fun is way more enjoyable for me than watching the Olympics and seeing people scared shitless while trying to put down a run they trained the last four years for. That’s the cool thing about skiing: There is something for everyone, whether it’s competing, riding pow or doing urbans.
What are your plans for next season?
Starting off like last year with doing urbans, and hopefully get some glacier riding in before that. Where we will be doing urbans is undecided, but I want to explore my hometown more, other cities in Sweden, and hopefully some other counties as well. I will probably get some backcountry in before heading over to The States for a while to film pow and urban like we usually do it. Then, hopefully make another trip cat skiing in Canada before heading home earlier than usual to ski a ski-mecca up in the Northern parts of Sweden called Riksgränsen.
You mentioned that you intend to focus more time in the backcountry. What’s your favorite part about skiing in the backcountry?
Definitely the freedom and somehow feeling connected to the nature. I kind of feel like an animal walking around in the woods with my skis on my back, but instead of looking for a prey I was looking for the perfect spot to ski. I love being out in the woods, so combining that with skiing is a winning combination in my mind.
Of course, the feeling of riding powder is something completely different than anything else and that has a big input on why it’s as fun as it is.
How do you think your style and creativity translates to the BC?
I think my style will be similar to how it is in the park or in the streets, which is calm but still going big with a skate inspiration. I will definitely try to take that to the pow even more next year after getting some experience this year. The creativity is already in my head since I have ridden a lot in the park and street, where you always have to keep your game fresh. The fattest pow segments in my opinion are from the Nimbus crew’s older stuff, and the older Poor Boyz stuff, like “Idea”. “Idea” is definitely my favorite movie. Looking at street skiing it evolves so much every year, that doing what you did last year will be outdated the season after. So I wanna try to bring something new and fresh to the pow scene, and I’m not talking doing new dubs in the pow even though that could be really cool too. So, next year, my part will hopefully include a lot of different BC stuff.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us Tobias, we are hyped to see all of your hard work pay off in the upcoming film, “Finess”, from The Bunch.