Truckee snowboarder Chas Guldemond continues rapid ascent
As recently as a couple of seasons ago, Chas Guldemond claimed construction as his occupation.While the Truckee snowboarder can still wield a mean hammer, he concedes to making a living in more entertaining fashion these days.Id say Im a pro snowboarder now, Guldemond said by phone Thursday from his native New Hampshire, where he was visiting family and friends. But Im still a simple guy.If Guldemonds past success in the sport isnt proof enough of his prowess, his most recent achievement surely solidifies his place among pro snowboardings best.On Sunday, March 22, the 21-year-old captured the top spot in the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle competition at Stratton Mountain, Vt., piecing together a winning run that included a frontside boardslide 270 to a 50-50 backside 180, followed by a switch backside 900, backside 1260, and cab 900 to a backside rodeo over the jump section. Aside from winning the slopestyle competition over Sebastien Toutant and Scotty Lago, Guldemond also clinched the season-long Burton Global Open Series title while earning the No. 2 spot overall in the Swatch TTR world snowboard tour. The Burton Global Open Series, which includes the U.S. Open as one of its six stops, is part of the Swatch TTR (Ticket to Ride) tour one of the most prestigious and competitive snowboard series in the world.Guldemond was awarded handsomely for his efforts traveling the globe all season and consistently finishing among the leaders. He didnt want to divulge on the specifics of his earnings. But its safe to say it wasnt a measly payday, particularly for winning the Burton Global Open Series title.Fellow Porters Tahoe team rider Andy Finch of Truckee credits Guldemonds determination for his success.He works hard, Finch said. He did a lot of contests this year. And before he made it big, he was just pushing hard. I remember seeing him at the first Air and Style he went to, and he was throwing down back 12s, but he was just learning. It was a big kicker, and he was just going for it, trying to learn. I dont think he did very well because he was trying to land a new trick. But that trick has become his money trick. Hes got that thing down like most people have 360s.Truckee snowboarder Kimmy Fasani, who is part of the DC snowboard team along with Guldemond, echoed Finchs thoughts.Chas is just very determined and so motivated to make every day count. He knows exactly what he wants, and he doesnt give up until he gets it, Fasani said.Guldemond, who has added a 1440 to his repertoire of tricks, confirmed just that when reflecting on the goals he set before the season.At the beginning of the year I set some goals for the tours the TTR and Global Tour and I ended up in first and second, so I pretty much did exactly what I was going for, he said.It hasnt gone to his head. Nor will any level of future success, his friends agreed.Chas is very laid back and down to Earth. There are few times when hes not smiling, Fasani said. Hes always having a good time, and I think thats part of what makes him a good snowboarder.He definitely has a positive attitude, said Finch. He always seems psyched definitely positive. People really enjoy hanging around him because they feed off him and his good energy.After he finishes working with Standard Films on a new snowboard flick, Guldemond said hell focus that energy on sharpening his skills at Mount Hood in Oregon over the summer.This summer Im just going to train, he said. Im going to go up to Mount Hood and train a lot to get in good shape and come back strong for next year. Ill probably be looking at the same schedule as this year. Im going to do all the contests again.Dont bet against a repeat performance.