It would seem as though the people at O’Neill have caught a whiff of what’s going on, and have decided to extend their contract with up-and-coming annihilator Sebastien Toutant – aka Seb Toots. Here’s a little piece of the media release from Transworld, check out the full release on their site.
O’Neill Global HQ – Freestyle professional snowboarding phenomenon Sebastien Toutant AKA Seb Toots has signed a new three-year deal with O’Neill.
The 16-year-old French Canadian exploded onto snowboarding’s global stage for the first time in 2006, coming from nowhere as a 13-year-old amateur to win the Empire Shakedown contest in Canada. Since then, Toutant has been busy traveling the globe and cementing his reputation as one of snowboarding’s brightest young talents.
Despite setting the bar so high at such a young age, Toutant hasn’t been fazed by the weight of expectation. Instead, the young rookie has gone from strength to strength. After notching up another victory in Canada at the end-of-season Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, the Montreal native traveled south to New Zealand this summer to compete in the Big Air event at the Billabong Snow Stock Festival. It was there that he chose to unleash his signature Tootsie Roll – a double corked backside 1080 – to claim his first career victory on foreign soil.
Toutant’s appetite for trick innovation and his ability to land the unthinkable have made the industry sit up and take notice. This season, the rookie has been invited to compete in some of the world’s biggest contests, including the TTR 6Star Nissan X-Trail Jam, O’Neill Evolution and Billabong Air & Style Quarterpipe. With Toutant clearly marked out as a star of the future, it surely won’t be long before he fulfills his longstanding ambition to compete in the Winter X-Games. As well as going head-to-head against the world’s best riders, Toutant will also showcase his skills on film this season by putting together another banger video part with one of the world’s finest snowboard film production companies.