Sam: The Bad Ass Skier
Sam Smoothy has had a good season. A win in Chamonix, a second in Courmayeur and a third in Roldal has put him on the top spot on the men skiers ranking coming in to Verbier. Sam has never ridden the Xtreme but will go hard on the Bec to grab that World Champion title. It is with “nervous excitement” he is looking at the Bec des Rosses today, D-1.
”It’s been a pretty intense week of emotion including a lot of pressure. But the closer I get to competition the better I feel. I’m a competitor, I love this shit!” says the strong Kiwi skier.
Sam tells us he doesn’t have a home. He is a nomad travelling around following the snow and competitions. Before he went to Europe he worked in Perth in Australia with landscaping! Quite some difference from his everyday life today. Sam wasn’t even supposed to be on the tour this year as he was ranked 14th last year, after having qualified through the FWQ system the previous year. “I guess I was lucky. Seb Michaud got injured and I replaced him.”
Now he has proved to the world that he has his place among the top FWT riders. His style of riding in competition is full on charging, going fast and going big. With super G racing background he has got what it takes. He also has some interesting cards up his sleeve, with a history in the park, competing in slope style and half pipe. As a kid he grew up in Wanaka in New Zealand, a resort with no pistes. Obviously he went freeskiing with his buddies without knowing it would be a sport. A sport where he would be a major player.
On competing on the Freeride World Tour he says:
“It’s a great way to get into that really top level of pro skiing. This is what I want to do with my life. I want to see how far I can take it.”
He has got quite some pressure to handle for tomorrow. “I got my methods of relaxing. I will go for a nice dinner with my parents who came out to watch the competition. And I will try and enjoy the moment! Enjoy to ride the Bec in front of my friends and family.”