Snowboarding can help fight cancer


It’s true! Just ask snowboarder Hugues Beauchamp who snowboarded at 18 different resorts in one day and destroyed the current Guinness World Record (officially held at 10 at the time). But that’s just half of the story. During his quest, Hugues was able to raise over 8000$ for the Canadian Cancer Society. In our eyes, Hugues is now officially awesome. That’s why we reached out to learn a little more about him.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do in life?

Hugues Beauchamp, born and raised in the valley of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. I’ve been sliding on snow for over 3 decades and I’ve been involved in the snowboarding industry for as long as I can remember. I’m passionate about it. It’s pretty young but it has a deep history and it has changed the face of winter sports forever.

Hugh Beauchamps

I’ve heard that you have a pretty awesome snowboard collection. Can you give us some details about it?

I started working at snowboard shops at the age of 16, at a time when snowboarding was still at an early stage in its product development. I started riding in the late 80’s, pretty much when the neon era came to an end and snowboarding started leaning more towards skateboarding, twin deck and baggy pants. Skiing was not really appealing to us kids back then. Snowboarding was the new thing. Marginal and hardcore. I fell deeply in love with the sport and spent most my paychecks buying new gear from the shop I worked in. In fact, on most paydays I still owed money back to the shop [laughs]! My love for collecting pretty much started at that moment. Recently, I became a member of the Facebook Vintage Snowboard Trader group. They’re a bunch of passionate people who share the same passion for the history of snowboard and its product. Every deck, magazine, or even piece of clothing has a story to tell. That’s what amazes me the most. I now curate one of the most complete collection in Canada.

What is your favorite board in that collection?

Now that’s a tricky question. I never know what to answer. I guess my Kemper Freestyle 155 holds a strong place in my quiver, since it was my first real snowboard. I spent a summer working to buy that board and it helped me reach the next level in my riding.

Snowboard collection

Last February your broke a world record. When did the idea of trying to hold a world record come? Was there an event or a moment in particular that sparked the initiative?

I hold a lot of respect for Pat Bridges, the Snowboarder magazine editor. I was lucky enough to cross path with “The Eye” (Pat’s nickname) a few times over the past seasons and he’d done a similar challenge in Vermont a few years back.  That’s kind of where I got the idea.

 

Which cause was supported through the event and why?

Before I even thought about the record, a bunch of people around me were diagnosed with different types of cancer. Close friends and fellow people from the industry also. I wanted to find a way to raise some money for cancer research and at the same time give all of them something positive to look up to. I honestly didn’t care about the record all that much but it was a great way for me to raise money and get the media’s attention.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Although it was a long day, it went by fast. I don’t recall a moment in particular, but I connected with some friends along the way and having their support was so cool.

Did any problems occur during the day or was it smooth sailing from start to finish?

A few things here and there but overall it was smooth sailing. We messed up some directions while driving from Saint-Donat to Mont-Tremblant and lost a few minutes, but everything else was pretty much on point. It was a lot of logistics!

The board on which you were riding said “Fuck Cancer.” I’m pretty sure that isn’t a standard industry board. Where did it come from?

I don’t really recall how this all came along but I somehow shared my challenge with my friends over at Burton Canada. They then offered to build a special custom board for my challenge. I chose a shape, then I got in touch with my friend Chuck McLean who’s an amazing artist from New Hampshire and he agreed to work on the graphics of the board. He did an outstanding job. Everything was sent to Burton’s Craig’s Facility in Burlington VT. This board now holds a special place in my collection.

How is it being a world record holder? Do you get to be in the book? Do you receive a trophy or a medal? I’ve always wondered.

I don’t feel special at all. This felt like another day of snowboarding for me. Just one that came with a great reward and for a cause that means a lot to me. It’s sad to see people around me suffer and pass away from this terrible disease. I have kids and some people my age that are close to me are battling against cancer as I write these lines. Cancer doesn’t care about age or race.

Cancer doesn't care about age or race

There was a lot of paperwork and material to submit to Guinness and everything was sent about a month ago. It can take up to 3 months for the record to be approved, so everything’s still in process right now. I guess I’m getting some kind of certificate and yes, I might be in the book. But that doesn’t feel half as good as giving back.

Thanks you so much for your time and for on mixing snowboarding with a social cause. Where can people learn more about you, your world record and the cause you support?

Thanks for caring! People can follow me on Instagram @gcdc , or follow my collector page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GcdcSnowboardCollection.

Anything else you would like our readers to know about you?

I love winter. I hate selfies. Be passionate. Think outside the box.

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