“Splitboarding has changed things big time. Not having to post hole up in snowshoes and ride with something on your back gives you a lot more energy to make it far into the backcountry on a deep pow day!”
Tamo Campos, 23, grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where the mountains became a part of his life from the very beginning. At 11 days old, his dad took him in a backpack and went on an overnight backcountry ski trip, an introduction into a world that would later dominate his life. After chasing backcountry slashes and contests across North and South America for the last 10 years, Tamo is now focusing his efforts on both environmental and humanitarian work, founding the organization Beyond Boarding, which spreads awareness of environmental and social issues in the outdoor community. In the last year, Tamo and Beyond Boarding have done humanitarian projects in the Amazon; ridden volcano craters in Patagonia; fought a coal mine in the Sacred Headwaters; created two documentary films; and splitboarded around the Pacific Northwest in a converted school bus that runs on waste veggie oil.
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 18 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 5 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. Magneto bindings with Sabertooth crampons in the bag.
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. Because I can’t go into the backcountry without gear that I trust is going to get ‘er done.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. Last year, we did a season without the use of any fossil fuels to access our shredding – easily over a hundred days in the backcountry.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. Splitboarding has changed things big time. Not having to post hole up in snowshoes and ride with something on your back gives you a lot more energy to make it far into the backcountry on a deep pow day!
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. Riding pillows, backside attacks and some natural poppers, finishing it off at an old fashioned log cabin.