Cameron Naasz, Red Bull Crashed Ice athlete, took on the event for the first time last year. Since than Naasz has been excelling and a constant threat when it comes to competing in the events held all over the world. Since Naasz is still a student at St. Cloud State University he has been doing his best to excel at both and still working to beat his rival Kyle Croxall.
1. How did you get your start with Red Bull’s Crashed Ice?
I got my start with Red Bull’s Crashed Ice because my friend works with Red Bull. He had a prospect pass into the event for St. Paul last year and he called me and told me I’d be good at the sport to take the pass. I do a lot of sports like hockey, mountain biking and snowboarding, so he thought I’d be a good fit.
2. After you saw you had the fastest qualifying times going into the races did you feel like you had a shot to take first place in the whole event?
No, not really coming out of Quebec last year I came in to the event from the qualifier in eigth place, but blew it when I feel in my first race.
3. Let’s talk about your strategy for going into the Red Bull races; do you have a plan before you step out onto the start line?
It depends on the track but in Niagara my strategy was to come out first. In Niagara we could only race the qualifier at the top half of the track from when the girls blew a water pipe. So I knew I was the fastest guy on the top half of the track that was my strategy to just get out in front and stay out in front.
4. This was the first time the athletes were allowed to have their own uniforms, tell us about yours? Who are your sponsors?
I have two sponsors, Cloudy Clothing (@CloudyClothing) who is my friend who gave me the prospect pass who works with Red Bull. Cloudy is an up and coming clothing company that actually launched on Dec. 12, 2012. Also, my neighbor from back homes has a big car dealership Jeff Belzers Dodge. My helmet is to represent the USA and everything else is kinda what I think looks cool which is red/black and white. My friend who owns Cloudy Clothing prints all of his own stuff so I had him print on my pants with logos. Those are pretty much the only representation I have on my gear.
5. It’s my understanding you were the first American to stand on the podium in Niagara, how did that feel after the final race?
Felt great, would of felt better if Kyle Croxall wouldn’t of passed me on the step up.
6.With your finish in Niagara you look to be one of the favorite’s for the next event in St Paul, do you feel any pressure?
I feel some pressure, but just knowing all my friends and family are going to be there it relieves a lot of the pressure and I just look forward to going out there and skating a good race I suppose.
7. What is your training/workout program like for Crashed?
I do CrossFit training, and mountain bike as much as I can, though winter is coming and it’s snowing right now. Also, I try and get on the ice as much as I can.
8. Have you played the Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect for Xbox Live yet? Are you any good?
I’ve not played it, seen people play it looks pretty fun but it looks exhausting! Usually when I play video games it includes a beer or two I don’t know if I want to be running around drinking beer playing Kinect Crashed Ice.
9. One of the favorite events at the race was the Goalie races, ever tried going down the track in a goalie uniform?
I have not tried it or put goalie pads on in my life. I got a pretty good kick out of it in Quebec City last year it was hilarious!
10. Do you think more contact should be allowed on the Crashed Ice track?
In the team event, maybe. However, not in the individual event because it takes more skill to not have the contact you have to use your legs to establish that position.
11. You are currently attending school at St. Cloud, what’s your major?
Public Relations, I have no idea what I am going to do with it. It’s my senior year, so I plan on graduating here in the Spring. Hopefully, I’ll hook a job through Red Bull I suppose.
12. What has been your biggest struggle balancing training for Crashed and school?
The worst thing is to sit down and my school work. This last two weeks I’ve had this 20 page paper due, and I have barely even touched the thing. Every time I sit at my computer its Crashed Ice this or interview that, I just am always thinking about Crashed Ice talk.
13. What do you do to relax in your off time from Crashed and school?
I go out with my friends, wake-board in the summer, snowboard in the winter. I like to play Call of Duty too.
14. 2013 is fast approaching, what do you hope to accomplish?
Finish school is probably number 1 on my priority list and get a job. I’m trying not to think about to win a Crashed Ice event because it puts too much pressure on it.
15. In three words, how would your friends describe you?
Weird, quiet and cocky.
14. Where did the cocky part come in?
In a sporting sense I suppose because I like to win.
15. If we raided your fridge right now, what would we find?
I’m sitting next to the fridge right now actually, we’ve got hot sauce, chicken, spinach, ranch and tortilla wraps. We make a lot of buffalo chicken burritos/chicken wraps. A bottle of vodka and red bull that’s my drink, I suppose. Also, I eat a lot of bagels, so those too with peanut butter. In the freezer we got three big bags of frozen chicken, fish sticks and vodka.
16.What is your favorite sport, and who is your favorite athlete (excluding the Red Bull Crashed Ice Event of course!)?
Hockey is definitely number one. My favorite athlete is Pierre-Mac Bouchard because he’s a wild guy, he’s a small guy with moves.
17. Do you have any signature dance moves? If so what are they?
God no! I’m a horrible dancer. If I’m at a big party or a club I will just sit on the side, I will just try and chat with some chicks. If someone asks me if I want to dance, I ask them if they want a drink!
18. What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Something fun, something outdoors, nature wise than followed by some junk food and a movie. I like action movies, but I always get talked into shitty girl movies,