Q&A with Tom Wallisch on Bobby Brown
FS: What makes Bobby so good?
TW: Obviously consistency. He’s consistent because he’s always out skiing. He’s super good at being able to spot and control his body in the air, and he puts down a run every time. Being able land runs consistently, so that you’re building on scores, and not just trying to land your fi nal run is huge. Being able to get to the end of his run, that’s his thing. So what is it like competing against him? I don’t want to say it sucks because that makes it sound bad, but it definitely kind of sucks because he makes it really hard. It’s really frustrating, but at the same time, a lot of fun, too. He’s so damn good that it’s always a challenge.
Bobby filming with MSP in Portes Du Soleil, Switzerland. P: Flip McCririck / MSP
No, he’s not someone to stab you in the back or just go for the win. He’s humble and quiet and young still. He’s really an awesome friend to have at any contest, even though everyone is definitely worried about having to ski against him. He’s one of my favorites to ski park with and ski at contests against. We always feed off each other. He’s always improving and working this or that, which forces me to try new stuff and hopefully I force him to try new things here and there. It’s really awesome.
Do you think Bobby will become the next face of freeskiing?
I definitely agree to some extent. He sets the image that brings across a good look for our sport and industry. There have been too many times where the sport has come across as unprofessional… like a big party scene, but Bobby defi nitely does a good job of showing it as competitive, challenging and based on work ethic, talent and commitment. He legitimizes it. He really sets a good example for everyone.