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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Updated: October 24, 2:16 PM ET
Build Thangs: Frisby's Foam Pit

There are times when even Heath Frisby needs a little distance from his sled. Such was the case last weekend in Toronto.
Nothing lifts the spirits quite like wrestling around all by your lonesome in a vast pit of foam on a sunny afternoon in southern Idaho.

That was the situation earlier this week for Heath Frisby when he got a phone call. "Hello. ... Wait. Hang on. I just dropped you in the foam pit. You still there? That's good, man, because I really could've lost you there—this pit is that huge," says Frisby.

For Heath Frisby, these are good times. Last week, Frisby and best-bro Joe Parsons both inked new two-year deals with Ski-Doo—"We're factory riders for Ski-Doo now, basically," says Frisby—and this week Frisby is up to his neck in sweet, sweet foam. And in between, over the weekend, Frisby and Parsons headlined a three-day Red Bull SCS Sled Style demo in conjunction with the Toronto Snowmobile Show.

After catching his breath—"Holy crap this foam-spreading business is tough, especially by yourself!"—Frisby, the Huck Finn of the freestyle sled world, entertained a few questions:

EXPN: You've been with Ski-Doo since 2003, but Parsons was on Polaris most recently. Dish on the new big deal?

Heath Frisby: "I've been a factory rider already with them, but I haven't had the level of support yet that I have now. And last year Joe was basically paying for sleds, but now Ski-Doo's stepping up to the plate for him too. Both of us have it dialed now. We're still independent and we're not a team, but we're factory riders and we're both really excited about it."
The one-handed Ninja Nac is pretty much proprietary in the Joe Parsons brand these days.

So you'll be on matching sleds? "We'll be riding the same one the racers get, the XP RS 600. It's the race chassis and we don't really change a whole lot. The handlebars—just a riser—and the seat—my seat's a little taller, more like a dirtbike seat, and it has metal in it so you can grab onto it."

You made the move to Bellevue, Idaho, last winter. What prompted the relocation from Caldwell? "Family friends and my girlfriend live up here, and I've got an unbelievable set-up up here. I get to practice every single day of the winter and we have a snowcat and a shop that I work out of. What's happening for me wouldn't be happening right now if it wasn't for this opportunity. I can't thank all these guys enough here."

Foam pit—what's the deal? "What? [Prolonged silence] I just dropped you into the foam pit again. ... Oh, it's huge—48 [feet] by 48. The only one I know of that's bigger is Metal Mulishas and Red Bull has one that's pretty big too."

Is your phone burning up with requests to come visit? "Not exactly. It's super-private and there's no insurance or that kind of thing, so no athletes except for myself, and the son who lives here on the ranch, get to jump into it. It's kind of build-your-own kind of thing. We've put a lot of money into it and we can't let people come around and dink with it."

Trick-wise, what are you working on? "At the Toronto show, all my combinations—Hart attacks, one-handed Hart attacks, double-grab to Indian air. I really want to fill my run this year and I feel like I've left holes in my runs the last couple of years [at X Games], and I've been regretting that. I feel like if I can fill those holes up, I can have a winning run."

Frisby genuinely dislikes sharing his personal space with his sled.

Parsons is a friend—and a rival. Explain? "We're very good friends, and it's super-good to train with someone you know is going to push you. That's why I like training with Joe. I know he wants to win just as much as I do and it's fun to be able to go out and ride with somebody like that."

What was your last 'regular' job? "I mowed lawns all last summer in Caldwell. But I'm full-time in this now for sure."

What else? "I'll be here in Bellevue riding as much as I can. That's pretty much it. That's my life. I'll be jumping into the foam pit, learning new flip variations hopefully, and then just waiting for the snow to fly."