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Chairlift Chatter with Sean Pettit

 

For the first time in your ski career you had an injury that left you on the sidelines this season. Talk about how you have dealt with this adversity…
“Well it’s definitely been hard to deal with missing out on a ski season as you can imagine as my entire life revolves around skiing. Not an easy mental battle to win. And now I know how it goes. You don’t realize how precious the one thing you love to do most is until it’s taken away from you. A good realization point for me of how much I cherish this ski thing. But, Despite the mental battle of not being able to do this lovely sport, I have had more than enough time for my brain to run wild. And that’s where Super Proof comes into play. Without this injury happening Super Proof would not be on the track that it is on now. I have had the time to shape it into something unique and special to this industry. So good things do indeed come out of things that seem like they suck.”

It has been exciting to see you launch Super Proof Inc. this year. What has been the best thing about starting your own company?
“So many good things that I have noticed about starting this up. But it’s really just about how 100% of my own creativity can be fed right into the Super Proof brand. And of coarse the people I have gotten to work on this project thus far has been insane! Leigh Powis is one creative and extremely talented individual and couldn’t be happier that he is a part of the Super Proof fam. Brandon Kelly, an absolute wizard behind the lens of a camera and is a huge asset to the Super Proof team. And none of this would be possible without the helps and support from the production sponsorship from RedBull, Oakley, and K2.” 

In addition to #The Recruitment, do we have anything exciting to look forward to from Super Proof Inc this Fall?
“Oh yes, oh yes indeed! We at Super Proof plan to make some power moves for some big things coming this fall. I won’t spoil any surprises and I’ll keep it hush in the mean time. But The Recruitment will indeed be our full feature ski film also coming out this all. Keep an eye out for the film cause it’s gonna be a special one!”

There is a lot of speculation about where the name “Super Proof Inc.” came from– SP (Sean Pettit), Super Heroes Management (your agent). What is the true origin or inspiration?
“Hahaha! Yep. This has been a big question. Well, No, it didn’t come from my name or my agents company name. It actually started from when I looked at a bottle of booze and it read “70 proof.” I liked the word proof. I stuck some other numbers in front of proof to see how it sounded. Then, over quite some time of coarse, I thought what is a powerful word that if you put proof after would be the opposite of what that word stands for. Super Proof. It said so much of what we stand for. After that was written down. I knew that was gonna be the name of something I was gonna start. The whole project came next.”

Skiing has changed a lot since you were earning your stripes. What advice can you give to aspiring professional skiers in today’s world?
“Stay true, say wordddd! Haha. You just gotta do you. Be an approachable human. Don’t hide behind some image that you think will make you cooler. Cuz it won’t. It will do the opposite in fact. As long as you are who you are and you are killing it on skis. Dam! Your on your way to success.”

What skiers in the game right now do you get the most inspiration from?
“Far to many to name. I have little things that all different skiers inspire me to do. Everyone has something that makes them stand out. I look for those things.”

Lay out what a typical summer day looks like for you…
“Breaky, Board Shorts, Board Sports, BBQs, Boats and Babessss!”

How do you keep your body sculpted in the off-season?
“All of the above. Check.”

What were the circumstances around the last girl you smooched?
“No answer.”

Is there any lady that could lock down the illusive Sean P? (please do not name obscure females from Canadian popular culture)
“She’s out there somewhere.”

There’s some construction going on at the Pettit Palace. What are you building and when is the open house?
“Indeed The P Palace is expanding! We will have a new resident moving in. He goes by the name of Noah Bowman. I’m just building the empire that will host his future.”

Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
“Everybody keep it cool, love all you folks out there! And be sure to stay up with what’s goin down at SUPERPROOFINC.com

 

 

MissFits Moment: Kelly Sildaru

Name: Kelly Sildaru
Age: 11
Home Mountain: Nõmme Lumepark
K2 Ski of choice: Missy
Sponsors: K2, Red Bull, Nike, Oakley, Blue Tomato, Mariine, Dalbello

How is summer in Estonia?
Summer is always great. I don’t have to go to school, get to sleep as long as I want in the mornings and stay up late. I wish summer would be warmer in Estonia so I could spend more time on the beach; longboarding and wakeboarding are also good fun.

What are your typical activities every day there?
Sleeping and eating of course, playing and fighting with my brother, just chilling and hanging around, meeting up with friends, sometimes doing workouts or longboarding, wakeboarding or cycling to the beach. Also my mother wants me to do some cleaning after myself, but I often forget that.

Where do you plan on travelling for skiing this winter?
I am dreaming of reaching some new destinations, but not sure if it will come true.

What are you most excited for this season?
IF3 Tokyo and even more for the Olympics.

Have you learned any new tricks recently?
Everything new will get revealed in my new season edit, so stay tuned!

Who is your favorite skiing partner?
Madi Rowlands, a girl from the UK who I met last summer in L2A. Since then I’m always hoping she shows up in the comps I go to so that we can ski and hang out together. It is huge for me to ski with someone my age and even more importantly with a girl.

Are you excited to see the Olympics unfold and to hopefully be a part of them someday?
I am super exited about that and how it will all turn out. Right now no one has any experience with the jumps or judging. Also it is very interesting to see how it will affect freestyle skiing, especially the girls scene. I wish I could already be a part of it but I just have to wait until I am old enough to represent my country in such a grand event as the Olympics. With slopestyle and pipe skiing added to Olympics there has been an idea rolling in my head; how they should name the medals `Sarah` to carry on her legacy to many generations and also to honor her. Grammys and Oscars are being given, it would be very beautiful to give and own a `Sarah`
but it is just an idea of mine and most likely it would be possible with a competition other than the Olympics.

Do you go to school full time?
Yes, but I’m not fully there. During the winter I am away a few times for a few weeks and then I take assignments from teachers that I do abroad. If competitions are not involved then we set my trips to the time when it is school break and everybody is off.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Math and physical education. I like doing sports and I am destined for that. In math I have a nice teacher and I also do well.

Who is your favorite girl skier to watch?
I like to keep my eye on every girl in the scene, to see how they progress and maybe even be affected by that; mostly I think it is not about pushing yourself to learn one big trick but to be versatile and to be comfortable first. Everything comes step by step.

Who is your favorite guy skier to watch?
Aspen Spora. He is my friend and we are about the same age so I can compare myself with him; also he has tons of style and is very enjoyable to watch.

Which skier has the best style?
No other than Wallisch with his afterbang landings. Impressive, I’m trying to get there 😀

What do you want to be when you grow up?
It changes all the time. I have wanted to become a shop clerk, now I’m thinking about a physical education teacher.

What are your hobbies besides skiing?
Everything you can think of. At the moment, most of all cruising with my longboard and learning how to golf.

What is your favorite memory from the 12/13 ski season?
Oh, I have so many good memories but if I have to choose, then the most outstanding is going to Euro X-Games by heli that Nike organized for their athletes.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been? Why?
Europa Park in Germany because I like rollercoasters. Now I’m already big enough that I get to go on the craziest ones!

How many languages do you speak?
I only speak one language, Estonian, but I’m learning German and English in school.

Any last words…?
Traditionally I want to thank my sponsors, family, friends and fans; everyone who is there for me.

MissFits Moment: Brita Sigourney

Name: Brita Sigourney

http://skeeze.k2skis.com/athletes/brita-sigourney
Age: 23
Home Mtn: Tahoe/Sun Valley, ID
Current Residence: Park City, UT
K2 Skis of Choice: MissConduct, MissDemeanor
Sponsors: K2, Full Tilt, Roxy, Oakley, Monster, Giro, Coal

Can you explain how you got your name?
My parents got the name from Carl Larsson, a Swedish painter, who named his 4th child Brita. My mom was pregnant with her second kid when they visited his house and fell in love with his home-life paintings and family portraits. Coincidentally, my parents had 2 more boys before they could name me Brita, their 4th child.

How is the knee? What are you doing to strengthen it?
My knee is coming along really well! The first two months were a bit rough and I was doubting if it would ever feel good again but all it needed was more time before the daily pain went away. I’ve been doing more squats and lunges than you could count plus lots of balance and strength exercises. My butt is also looking pretty good these days in case you were wondering.

What are you up to this summer?
Hanging in Utah for the most part. I’m spending a lot of time in the gym just getting ready for this Fall when I can get back on snow. I can already see that my legs are getting stronger, which is my number one goal. Summers here are so fun because when I’m not in the gym all I do is play with the best friends ever. We are always going on hikes, boating in the lakes, playing in the park… it’s all just fun and games for us. I also did an internship during the month of July at the Utah Office of Tourism, working in graphic design. Thats what I went to school for before I decided to move to Utah and focus on skiing.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m pretty good at tubing (behind a boat). If there were competitions I think I could win. The water is like my comfort zone so I really enjoy any activities involving breath holding, cliff jumping, swimming, or wave riding.

Have any fun trips planned?
I’m going to NYC in August for some Olympic-hype meetings and then I’m hoping to make a road trip out to Tahoe in August as well. September should be pretty mellow but that will also be my 6 month knee surgery anniversary which means I can finally start running and jumping again. Then in October, I’m going to New Zealand to get back on snow! I seriously can’t wait!

So…Olympics?!!!? How are you feeling about everything?
Obviously I’m incredibly excited at the thought of being in Sochi next February but I’m also a little nervous thinking about what it will take to get there. Right now I am doing everything I can to be ready for the whole process, working especially on my physical and mental strength. Since I can’t ski right now, visualization has been a huge tool for me. I’m trying to focus only on the things I can control because I know everything else will fall into place when the time comes. The Olympics are less than 200 days away so it’s really time to get on my game! I just can’t wait for everything to unfold!

Is it pretty surreal to be involved in the biggest sporting event in the world?
I feel like the Olympics are a dream for every athletic kid growing up, so for it to be so close to my reach is definitely pretty surreal. I just feel so lucky and grateful to have made it this far because where I am now used to only be something I dreamt of. I can only imagine how I would feel standing at the top of the half pipe, ready to drop in at the Olympics.

What most excites you about Sochi 2014?
I think representing America at the Olympics would be a huge moment that I would never forget. To have your whole country rooting for you has got to feel pretty good and I really hope I get to have that feeling.

Tell us a little bit about last season…
Last season was like a roller coaster. It went from the highest of highs like winning Dew Tour after ACL reconstruction, to the lowest of lows when I broke my collarbone and tore some ligaments at the Olympic test event in Sochi; ending my third season in a row in February. Then it got even lower when Dr. Cooper advised I get a microfracture knee surgery the day after my shoulder reconstruction. But if there is anything I’ve learned from the whole process its how much I love skiing because after 6 ski related surgeries in my lifetime I still think the pain and physical rehab is all worth it that moment you get back on snow.

Have you ever been a part of a topless photo shoot? Answer truthfully…
Haha… Shoot. It’s true the top was off but I still tried to keep it PG rated. You never know who’s going to be checking out the k2 catalog and I wasn’t quite ready to take my relationship with Sasquatch to the next level.

What are your goals for this winter?
I definitely have a few tricks I want to work on before the season starts, like more right spins and switch hits. I know the tricks will come but my main goal is to stay healthy and perform well and have fun doing it!

Favorite song right now?
Probably “Royals” by Lorde.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Probably my cat waking me up at 5 am. Literally a pet peeve. She’s always knocking over water glasses, biting my toes, trying to open my closet doors, and rubbing against the blinds. I mean really… It’s 5 am… Just cool it for 3 hours.

Any words to aspiring skier chicks?
Don’t be afraid to ski with the boys! It’s okay to scare yourself and falling is a part of the learning experience. If you really want to get to the top, there’s no reason that you can’t. So much of the sport is mental and if you keep your head on your shoulders and your goals in view, everything else will come.

Any last shout outs?
Definitely need to give a shout out to K2 for making the best skis and supporting me through it all. I wouldn’t rather ride anything else and I wouldn’t trade my team for any other! Also, if you’re reading this and you’re healthy, get out and do something! Don’t take your legs for granted. You are going to need those muscles when the snow comes!