It was a crazy week in Flachauwinkl.
My friend Luka Stanovnik is busy shooting with Burton in Finland, so I stepped in to help filming for the next Grilosode in Flachauwinkl. You get to know every snowboarder sooner or later in such a small scene as in Slovenia, but I have never worked with him before. Filming with him reveals why his is the boss. He is a true professional, works from morning till after the sunset and is still super friendly to anyone around him.
Absolutpark built a massive jump for their team and MG got a private shoot in the morning, with helicam, sleds, supervisors and everything. You could see he was super stoked on the thing, while he was dropping hammers one after another, smiling like a kid. We did another shoot at sunset for the crazy colors shots, which was thrilling just to watch let alone filming.
In my few hour break, MG and Samo went for photos with in massive pipe and I rushed to get some tricks on tape for our Untouched project.
Pristo, Domen and Mičo shaped a big kicker and everything was pretty much set when I arrived. Nejc Slatner from Helivideo.si and Matej Gostinčar, who were also filming with Grilo, joined me and we had shitloads of angles covered. Crew was on their toes untill the first hit, while it looked huge, but it turned out to be perfect. It was on!
All got two tricks in the bag, but MP really raised the bar with his frontside double cork 10! You see that stuff in the movies and you are thinking, “man, John Jackson is something else” but to witness it first hand and knowing you maybe got the ender shot in middle of January, made this day the best one in my season…
After six days in Schladming area (for longer reports check Snowbroader.eu or Untouched website) and one lay day at home, we went straight back. Austria is the place to be, if you are looking for powder right now, so we are trying to get footage any given sunny day.
Now that we have the Ujusansa van for the Untouched project, we are able to travel with some friends as well. This time it was Valentan, Rako and Mičo. Hopefully they will collect enough shoots to have parts in the final video as well!
We were on the mountain with the first lift in the morning (I do not remember ever being that early anywhere, haha), but it was a great decision, while lots of other film crews got the same plan. Kicker shots, powturns and stacks of b-roll checked!
Finally everything got good for backcountry filming, the base is set and there is enough fresh above, so the Untouched crew went filming to Austria.
Maček, Pristo, Katja and me went to Planai&Hochwurzen and we took some friends with us as well. One “seasoned pro”, Tadej Valentan and one “powder rookie”, Žiga Rakovec, haha.
We had Domen joining us the second day and Dejan Hodžič and Luka Podlogar were also in the area with filmer Matej Gostinčar, so we split in two groups and tried to get the best of it.
For two days we have been mostly in the woods of Hochwurzen, filming cliff drops, while the other part of the group went to Flachauwinkel and got some kicker shoots!
Today few guys went home, few went to Italy with Elan, but Maček, Tadej, Žiga and me prolonged our stay in the area and built first kicker of the season. It is on! Check back for more in next days…
The shooting with Jibrothers for Qparks on Planneralm was one of the best, period.
We drove into a foggy resort, filled with fresh snow. Did some lines, knee deep pow, certainly best breakfast a guy can have anytime in winter.
Later the skies cleared out, sun and bluebird for the rest of the day. Filmed a mellow session with skiers Andraž Šparovec and Uroš Podbevšek and another one with snowboarders Matthias Gober, Flo Galler and Dominick Weghaupt and still had time for another quick powder run before the sunset. Baus day, haha.
Check the session clips below…
Luka Bizjak is one of rare young generation Slovenian rippers. I think he is pretty much one of three kids from Slovenia, who can skate up to European standards right now.
Bizi was a killer since day one, you could see that the raw talent accompanied with clean and mellow style is gonna take him places. We had a lot of super underrated skateboarders coming from Kranj and wider area, like Mitja Močnik and Aleš Perčič, and there is Uroš Kovač, who is a beast and surely one of the best Slovenian skateboarders of all times, but they never got the credit they really deserved. With Luka things are luckily going into different direction.
Over the past years we became good friends and filmed a lot for various sponsor me tapes, that never were allowed to get published due to reasons unknown to me and Luka being a very loyal kid, did not want to get in trouble for it. But finally the time is here and you got a collection of Luka’s mad skills in a short edit below… enjoy!