Getting To Know: Camille Armand
We caught up with FLŌA team rider Camille Armand to find a little more about what he’s up to, and learn about his Fast Follow project….
At the age of 16, Camille left his hometown in the flat centre of France and headed out to live a life surrounded by mountains in Chamonix. While living in Cham, Camille began competing on the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) events and after 3 years earned one of ten snowboarding places on the Snowboarding Freeride World Tour .
We asked Camille what it was like turning pro – “At first it wasn't something I had ever imagined doing. It was my friend Leo Slemett who bought me a ticket to participate in a freeride competition saying I should give it a go because he believed in me.
I ended up second at that competition so I started doing more of them and participated at the FWQ when I was 19. Three years later I qualified for the FWT and started to have my first sponsors. I was really excited to be able to travel worldwide and enter the real game.”
Time on the FWT has allowed Camille to grow within snowboarding and says it's a ‘special place where you meet amazing people.’ However, Camille has taken a two year hiatus from the FWT, time he has spent focusing on filming projects.
This winter he launched Fast Follow, a series of edits filmed using first person view drone. The videos offer a fresh angle to his backcountry endeavours and has us here at FLŌA itching to get into the white stuff.
“I realised that competing took a lot of time and I frequently missed out on the perfect powder days where there was fresh snow and blue skies,” explains Camille.
“ Before I knew it, winter was over and I felt frustrated not being able to shoot those perfect days. My project is about showing how beautiful my backyard in Chamonix is, show the perfect lines you can do, my favourite spots, and it’s all shot on an fpv drone to give that nice aerial view.”
Motivated by steep mountains and shredding fresh snow with his friends, Camille is still more amped than ever to be out riding. “The beginning of the season was absolute magic,” he says enthusiastically.
“I was able to shoot some great images as well as enjoy the perfect snow conditions at the same time.” – something that might have been rare when following the FWT.
When asked what he admires about the industry, Camille looks to his peers stating that the progression, and the way other riders are continually pushing the limits of what’s possible is inspiring. “Every year I see new things that amaze me but definitely also challenge me.”
Instead of chasing snow through the southern hemisphere, Camille is heading to the south of France to shred some waves. Enjoying some downtime while he plots his next filming projects for the 2019-20 season ahead.
Camille Armand is part of our Professional Athlete team, as well as being sponsored by FLŌA, he also rides for Rossignol, Protest, Smith Optics, ABS, Mont Blanc Natural Resort, Racer Gloves and Concept Pro Shop