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B.O.B Catches Up With Aussie Pro Snowboarder And Park Shaping Guru Charles Beckinsale

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Name: Charles Beckinsale

Profession:  Terrain Park Manager / Builder / Snowboarder

Age: 30

Sponsors: DC, Dragon,Le Bent, Pow Board Store,Union Bindings

Home Town: Jindabyne

 

 

 

B.O.B: Who were your earliest influences as a snowboarder?

 

CB: Devun Walsh, JP Walker, Nick Gregory, Damon Hayler, Andrew “Freddy” Fawcett and Nugg.

 

 

B.O.B: What was it like growing up in the Aussie snowboard scene?

 

CB: It was a blast, I was surrounded by older shreds. I looked up to at thredbo that showed me the ropes. I was probably an annoying kid, but people like Damon Hayler, Nugg, Freddy, Saph Farrell and Jake Mcbride would take me out into the backcountry to shoot with them and that’s how I got my start. The parks were garbage back then so we were more creative and went on lots of missions to build stuff and find new spots.

 

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B.O.B: How long have you been riding for DC?

 

CB:  I think 12 years this year, it’s been a really great relationship. Every TM has been super supportive of me – it feels like family, I’m 30 and they still have my back so I’m hyped on them.

 

 

B.O.B: How did you originally get into park shaping?

 

CB:  I volunteered on the Thredbo Park Crew at 16 and after a season I was offered a paid job. I took it and within 2 years I was Terrain Park manager with Sammy Towers. After a time I knew I wanted to get in a cat and start shaping myself. Injury pushed me further into Park Shaping as it kept me off my snowboard for a little while. The rest just kind of snowballed from there.

 

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B.O.B: You have recently moved from shaping the park at Thredbo to Australia’s Perisher and pretty much changed the whole game up there by bringing in new building techniques. With that came a flurry of international pro riders and international attention, which was thrust upon the Australian scene for the first time ever. Do you feel partially responsible for this awesomeness?

 

CB: It’s been a long term goal of mine to see Australia become the hot bed for parks in the southern hemisphere much like snowpark was. I’ve got a lot of good relationships internationally through my work in the northern hemisphere so when I made the move to Perisher, those guys decided to give it a go and the rest of the industry seemed to follow, but at the end of the day you are only as strong as your team. The crew at Perisher are world-class – it’s easy to get people to come once, but keeping them interested and coming back is our goal.

 

 

B.O.B: What is your favourite all-time ski resort?

 

CB:  Whistler! You just can’t beat it when its on! It has great backcountry and sledding. It’s also great for bounds riding. It’s big village with lots to do and, most importantly, a big park program, so there is always something good to shred, no matter the conditions.

 

B.O.B: Where do you see terrain park design going in the future?

 

CB: In a less obvious direction I hope. That would entail more transitions, features with multiple ways to be hit and lay outs that allow for imaginative riding.

 

B.O.B: Will we ever see a whole run in Australia dedicated to a massive skate style park like Big Bear in southern California?

 

CB:  You never know. I would love to see that. There are definitely areas that would be perfect for that at Perisher, but it’s the families and the beginners that make the money for resorts in Australia so that might be a tough sell, haha!

 

B.O.B: What’s your warm up trick on a backcountry jump?

 

CB: A frontside three or a backside seven, depending on the jump.

 

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B.O.B: If you could only do one trick for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

CB: A frontside three indy – nothing like floating one with a good bone.

 

 

B.O.B: Who in the small Australian scene do you see coming up to an international level sometime soon?

 

CB: Josh Vagne, Angus Waddington and Joss McAlpine. I think Jye Kearney will make another push because he has everything you need to make it happen. If he will be surrounded by the right people and focused it’s his for the taking. These kids have the potential, it takes a degree of luck, a lot of talent and having the right relationships with sponsors that will take them there.

 

 

B.O.B: When you were coming up, was it your main goal to become a pro snowboarder or did you just ride heaps and it just kind of happened naturally?

 

CB: For me it was pretty natural. I mean, I wanted it and I worked towards it but everything fell into place. I was given some really good advice that I’ve written about many times. I was like any young snowboarder – I wanted sponsors and was pushing it for a while, but Damon Hayler pulled me aside and told me to just wait and when you will be ready, sponsors will come to you. I just kept riding and it happened.

 

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B.O.B: What was your first published photo in a magazine?

 

CB:  I think my head was in a pizza box full of vomit Aus NZ snowboard mag circa 2000? The first riding shot was soon after in crank magazine – I was doing a board slide in a backyard rail jam.

 

B.O.B: If you could slap anyone in the face without repercussion, who would it be?

 

CB: I would rather cook them to their face, words cut deeper. I have a list…

 

B.O.B: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

 

CB: I’ve been so lucky. I’ve worked park for so long that I don’t really have a worst job. Well, maybe Graveyard Shift Flat, grooming my first season in a cat, that was pretty brutal.

 

B.O.B: If we were at the bar and it’s our shout, what would you be drinking?

 

CB: Whisky on the rocks.

 

 

B.O.B: If you could go heli-boarding for one day in any range in the world with perfect conditions, where would you go and who would you take (dead or alive)?

 

CB:  I’ve never really done the heli thing. Probably somewhere with lots of vertical and some fun natty hits. Somewhere in interior because I think Alaska would be to serious for me to really have a carefree good time. Pow days are most fun with your best mates, so Ryan Tiene would be my pick.

 

B.O.B: What’s your favourite ninja turtle ?

 

CB: Raphael because he is a bad boy and owns it.

 

 

B.O.B: Last words or shout out?

 

CB: My wife Amy, my mum, sister and dad, the Mechielsen family, Jake and Scotty at DC, Zoe and Brad at Dragon, Cheyne at pow boardstore, Linton at Union, Simon at Lebent, Rich Phillips and all the crew I work with at Perisher.

Down Days with Charles Beckinsale from Boardworld on Vimeo.

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