Hump Day Goes Dutch with Kas LemmensBy admin • Sep 18th, 2013 • Category: Features, Hump Day Interviews, Latest
In Europe they have a special breed of snowboarding: the dome rat. These kids can ride all day everyday all year round if they so desire, and accordingly they get really good. Kas Lemmens is one such rat. Best described as a 14-year-old trapped in a 19-year-old’s body, Kas has taken his dome skills to the streets and is pumping out video parts worthy of global acclaim. Last year, he filme three full parts without a single repeated trick, which you’ll just have to wait to see. In the meantime, the dudes from Postland films got a little more dirt on him.
This time of year people usually want to know how you survive summer without snowboarding, but for you that’s not an issue.
I live five minute away from Montana Snowcenter, an indoorslope. In Holland we can snowboard all year round.
So you can snowboard pretty much 15 hours a day, every day. Isn’t it ever enough?
I just go snowboard when I want to snowboard. There are people who are snowboarding every day but sometimes it gets boring because most parks are three downrails in one line and not really creative so I would get bored if I would snowboard every day.
In Montana we try to build creative features, but also set up simple downrails or just butterboxes. I think Montana is fun for everyone who likes snowboarding.
What do you do when you’re not snowboarding?
Listen to music, watch movies, watch snowboard movies haha, draw, sometimes I try to skateboard but all these farmers in my hometown don’t skate. It’s pretty boring skating on your own..
Weren’t you sponsored in finger skateboarding?
I knew this one was coming haha, yes I used to get free fingerboard stuff haha. It started when I was 12 I think, a friend of mine had a fingerboard and told me how to ollie on it. After that we just started fingerboarding in the classroom. I just kept doing it and learned a bunch of tricks. I discovered all these youtube videos and there were some “Tryouts” were you had to make a video, so I did and they liked it haha. that’s how I got free stuff, I thought it was pretty funny and still do actually. Sometimes I still do a little kickflip haha.
How do you prepare for winter?
I just go snowboard indoor before the winter starts, maybe learn some new tricks as well. I am trying to think of new tricks that have not been done before and immediately draw them in my secret spot-diary. Otherwise I will forget it after 5 minutes haha. Sometimes, when I’m really bored, I try to find spots with google maps in Helsinki or Stockholm to try these tricks on haha, pretty dumb.
How do those ideas usually turn out?
This year it worked out really well! I did one trick of which I wasn’t sure if it would be possible.
You’ve been out filming 3 winters so far, how did it go?
The first 2 seasons were actually just both one week of filming in Helsinki because I was still in school. Last season I started studying but in February I decided to quit because I didn’t like it and snowboarding is actually the only thing I really want to do. I got more time to film last season.
Yeah, last winter was pretty good for you.
In December I went to Stockholm with Cees Wille to film with the Random Bastards for one week. After that, I went with the Postland crew to Austria to celebrate New Years and film a little. In January we stayed home because there was even some snow in Holland, we filmed a good amount of shots in our own flat country! In the end of February we went to Poland for a week. In March we decided to go to Helsinki for a week where still was a good amount of snow. Two weeks later Wessel (Van Leerop) came back from the US and wanted to film some shots as well, so we went to Helsinki again, snow was almost gone, so we went up North to Jyvëskyla, which was a really good last urban trip. As a season ender I ended up in Laax, Switzerland just to cruize around the park.
Who’s better to film with, Random Bastards or Postland Theory?
I just filmed one week with a couple of guys from Random Bastards. Together with Cees Wille, we met up with Hans Ahlund, Jonathan Lindhe, Felix Engstrom and some more. It was really cool, it was just like we were filming together for years and Cees and I felt really welcome in Stockholm. I really want to go back next season. Postland is always fun to film with. In one trip we get soo many shots. It’s always a good mix between being really productive and having a good time.
How much is snowboarding a team sport?
I’m always snowboarding with my friends or a crew to film with, help each other getting their tricks, or teaching each other how to do a certain trick. So for me it’s kind of a team sport, but in the end you are the one who decides how you want to snowboard. It’s both I guess.
Are you excited about your parts?
I’m really excited for my Postland part and also pretty excited for my Random Bastards part, I just wish I could film some more with them as well!
Any advice for Americans who have no idea what this Eurotalk was all about?
skip to comments? haha
Thanks to my family and friends, ThirtyTwo, Signal Snowboards, etnies, HOWL, Ashbury
See Kas on the big screen in the new Postland Movie. Premiere dates here.