After all the holiday feasting and sleeping I also found some time to go hill bombing. My friend Luka Šmid and I have been riding it for fun since we started to skate almost ten years ago and we both have some nice scars to prove it, haha.
This time we went searching for some new tracks… I know it sounds funny but not every bump with asphalt works. There are all kinds of characteristics a perfect hill has to have… steepness has to be just right… as little traffic as possible.. it has to have good and wide road which is not usual for Slovenian countryside… and so on. We spotted some new stuff and got some easy rides although the weather was just not on our side for both days. Moody April weather sux!
Here are the edits from Kitzsteinhorn Ride On competiton while Qparks Tour is heading to Dachstein for the finals…
I came back from my last Qparks shooting in Kaprun. I was on Kitzsteinhorn for the last stop of Qparks Tour and Matevž Maček from Untouched and Andraž Šparovec from Jibrothers were nice enough to join me. It was actually a good decision to go, while Kitzsteinhorn got 40cm of new snow a week ago and it stayed fresh in the shadows. Guys did some hiking and we managed to shoot some banger lines right after the contest. I think the picture tells it all!
After we got to see Colby West on mega kicker (local parkdesigner Stefan Plattner stepped in for the snowboarders and he was all balls too) with more than a kilometer inrun. You do not get to see double corks on a special obstacles live everyday, haha.
My friend Cheba is an amazing rapper and a longtime friend of mine. We have been talking about doing a ghetto music video for years, mostly just messing with an ideas and postponing it until we get stuff right.
He had a good friend Maylay Sparks coming to visit and he really wanted to include him, so we just decided to film some b-side footy of the guys in the studio and chillin together. After a week of getting things together everybody “from tha hood” brought something to the table and now its a full on project.
Grega Švabič came through with his Alphanoisestudio, Aljoša Korenčan operated his Steadycam, Boardel and gipsyANDclown pinched in some clothes, Optika Monokel some shades, Simon Žnidar and Domen Bizjak helped with lenses, Luka Šmid got us some lights, Trke did the music and Cheba, Maylay and H.O.B.S took care of their business. This it how it works when all involved are doing it for the pure love of it, but for a no budget project is looking pretty great. Basically, we were just winging it and having lots of fun!
The forecast was unfortunatelly correct. In the morning it was still dry so we went to this pretty big gap to rail that Simon Chamberlain frontside boardslides in Cheers video. Because we already prepared the kicker yesterday, it was not that much work (for a change haha). As soon as I got my camera out it started to drizzle and then it went from bad to worse in matter of minutes. We filmed anyway but them my XH-A1s got a wierd malfunction. I guess the moisture in the air was really high, because I had raincover on it and it still got wet somehow. Fuchsi lend me his 7D with the fisheye so everything was back on track and we got some shots at least. The plan was to hit the triple kink, but after we were soaked to our bones so we wrapped things up for the day.
Tommorow I am leaving Finland which is too bad while it should be sunny for days from now on and its even snowing at the moment. However it was one hell of a trip. Got to film with the best crew, met some new people and heard saddest lifestory of some old finnish ski jumper. Life is funny, strange and fucked up at the same time I guess, but he had a lot of knowledge to share. The only thing I will not be missing is the horrible snoring from an Indian guy and crazy flashy gizmos from Japanese couple, haha.
We were totally burned out after yesterdays midnight shovelling, yet we still got ourselves together and went for the Helgasons rail in the morning. It was a cloudy day with some sprinkling rain and the mood was not the best at first, but after some hammers went down we all started to feel a lot better.
Rudi also wanted to do the elbow rail which turned into a fun session that felt really relaxing after 6 hours of fisheye shooting. Afterwards we went to check some spots for tommorow and fixed a broken triple kink. Allthough the weather forecast is not good, we are still hoping it will hold for our last day in Finland…
Day two in Helsinki was super exhausting. First thing we wanted to do was a eurogap to rail, shovelling for two hours and unfortunatelly it did not work out with speed so we moved all the snow to hit it downwards. Fuchsi came out with a nice 50-50 360 out on the kinked rail with the donkey dick and slammed pretty hard few times while trying to fs boardslide it.
We moved to the second rail of the day with a pretty big drop on the other side but the guys really went for it. Pretty much everyone killed it, especially Denis from Russia who is a one hella rail slayer. The day ended with super colourful sunset which was nice after a hard day of work.
When we got a little energy back we were planning to do some spot checking but we already found this pefect kinked rail just few minutes from our hostel. Rumour has it that Hellgason brothers wanted to ride it and were diggin it for two days and then had to leave without hitting it and there really was a wall of ice on the last part of the rail. After three hours of midnight ice and back breaking action we got it cleared and we gonna do it first thing tommorow! Thanks to German hitchhiker Stefan for much needed help and Jagermaister!
No its not drugs! Actually its kinda hard to get even a beer here at times, while they have the same alcohol law as in Slovenia. No beer after 21h, which sucks when you are working till 22h, haha. But there are real rabbits running around in the middle of the streets and owls chilling in the trees as you were in the middle of the woods! Crazy but so cool…
Me and Seppi were planing this filming trip for the whole season and while we had little luck in Poland, we went a bit more safe this time… to freezing cold Finland! They still have a lot of snow, if you step a half meter of the path you get knee deep in slushy white. Seppi also invited Gerald Fuchs and Rudi Janda so its a nice group of very motivated people. We got some shots the first day already and tommorow we get some more company, Russian rail killer Denis Leontyev and two photogs, so its looking really good! Stay tuned for more in the upcoming days…