“The Spark brand identifies specifically with backcountry riders only, and they know exactly what backcountry riders need. Spark R&D has been leading the effort in the sport by creating new technologies that continue to blow riders away, which advances the sport. If you actually want to feel connected to your board, ride Spark, plain and simple.”
Sean Busby, 29, is a globe-trotting snowboarder who loves nothing more than exploring remote mountains and laying down first descents on some of the remotest mountain ranges in the world. His expeditions have taken him splitboarding across six continents, including recent splitboard expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Tasmania, Iceland, Bulgaria, Norway, Patagonia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Alaska, Yukon Territory, and Newfoundland. This winter, he will complete his seventh continent when he splitboards the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. He and his wife, Mollie, also run a nonprofit organization which hosts action sports and experiential education camps across four countries for people living with an autoimmune disease.
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 17 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 5 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. AfterBurner bindings, Sabertooth crampons, Verts
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. The brand identifies specifically with backcountry riders, and they know exactly what backcountry riders need. Spark R&D has been leading the effort in the sport by creating new technologies that continue to blow riders away, which advances the sport. If you actually want to feel connected to your board, ride Spark, plain and simple.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. I rarely get a summer if that better explains things.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. I believe splitboarding is allowing more riders to re-find their spirit in why they ride. For me, it has done this. I grew up competing in snowboarding and was given an opportunity in high school to live out of the country up in Whistler, BC, training with members of the Canadian National Team with sights on the Olympics. I got burnt out a few years later while on the competition tour. I was tired of competing and not actually getting to experience the culture when on tour. We would always go to some rad locations for competitions, but I never got to experience the cultures of the places we were traveling to. Now, I can go at my own pace and really discover my own thoughts while in the mountains. It is more my journey and not established by a set schedule and having to wait in chair lift lines, etc. I like quietness and remoteness and splitboarding brings that to me. It allows me to work the mountain and navigate it as an artist and just be me.
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. A fresh foot of blower, good stability, sunshine, no wind, easy trail breaking, and high fives with friends at the end of every run while everyone else is riding at the resorts.