Simon Dumon is accustomed to the spotlight, but he’s usually dropping in rather than winding up. Known as one of the best halfpipe skiers in the world, Dumont owns eight X Games medals and a visionary segment (see below) in Grand Bizarre,” this year’s film from Poor Boyz Productions. But last Friday night, Dumont was the center of attention for an entirely different reason: The native of Bethel, Maine, who skis for Sunday River and is a lifelong Red Sox fan, was tapped to throw out the first pitch in Boston’s Fenway Park before the Red Sox took on the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dumont delivered under pressure, and so did the Red Sox with a 4-3 win. Mountain caught up with the freeskier to find out how he prepared for the pitch, and what’s next in his skiing career.
What were you thinking as you walked out to the mound?
I walked in through a garage in the corner by the Green Monster and I touched the wall, the ritual that I’ve always wanted to do if I had the chance to be on the field. That was the one time—I wouldn’t say ‘out of body experience’ or anything like that—but it was nice to stand back and be like, okay, I’ve made it. It felt pretty good.
And how did the pitch go?
I threw down the middle and I didn’t throw it into the dirt. I got it where I needed to, which was nice. I hadn’t thrown a pitch for six years, so it was like, who knows what’s going to happen?
Which came first, cheering for the Red Sox or your first time skiing?
Wow, that’s tough. They go hand in hand. I was skiing when I was three, and for sure I was watching the Red Sox. If you’re from New England, you know how it is, they’re the biggest die-hard fans ever. So to be able to throw the first pitch at Fenway was a pretty big deal for me.
When were you more nervous: Standing at the top of the pipe at X Games or throwing the pitch in Fenway with all those people watching?
I wasn’t really nervous at all about the Boston thing. It was more just taking everything in. I watched a lot of epic fails of people throwing the ball that morning. I was like, okay, I’m not going to do it that bad, so it’s going to be good. Some of them were so ridiculous.
You’ve got your own film project in the works this winter. Any plans you can share?
Not too much. The biggest thing was to nail down some really good athletes. I have myself and then three of the other best innovative skiers around, and they’ve all committed to the project. Now it’s the business side—we need the funding, and the thing is a lot of us have different sponsors. So we’re going to have to something unique to make it work. With “Art of Flight” and movies of that caliber, I just don’t understand why skiing doesn’t have that yet. That’s my goal.
You waited years to do the cubed pipe project for your Poor Boyz segment, and it’s blown people away. Can you tell us what’s next?
To be honest, every time I’ve put myself in that position, I hate it more than ever. The quarter pipe I did and the half pipe thing, the thing that was kind of tough was I was the only skier there. People put so much money into the project and I had to perform. It wasn’t like I could do it at a different time—everything was perfect. It was kind of scary to put myself in that position. I open my mouth wide and then I have to follow through. I can’t say anything right now because I don’t want to put myself in another position like that.
You’re in Boulder, Colorado now. What’s happening until the snow flies?
I have my own glove/attire company, Empire Attire. We’re in the process of acquiring some offices and I just hired a whole new management team, and I think we’re in a pretty good position to blow this thing up. I have that going on, and then I also have a 14-lot sub-development in Maine that I’m just finishing developing and I’m going to start selling those. I also have a restaurant in Florida that I just opened up and it’s been open for about nine months now.
Hope you get time to relax before the season with all that going on.
I’ll have time to relax when I’m done, hopefully with an Olympic medal around my neck. —Olivia Dwyer