Winter pattern of “surfing one day, riding pow the next” is what you are dreaming of from December on, but this time it started early!
A sizeable amount of snow pilled in the mountains already and of course you can not count on building big powder kickers anytime soon, but everybody is getting into winter vibes with riding pipes and random jibs.
This cool tree jib was so much fun. I love progressive tricks brought into natural environment, it just shows true skills. And some green moss on the side of the trees really makes the icing on the shots for me, hehe.
Everybody was really motivated although it rained pretty bad. I can not wait for the real winter!
No boardshorts yet, I spent some more days in the mountains, this time Kitzsteinhorn with Untouched.
We got some last minute shots, a big lesson on sun radiation and sun burns and shitloads of laughs… more about the trip here and here… but hopefully no more snow shoots for few months, haha!
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…
It is finally getting colder and it even started to snow in the higher mountains of the Julian Alps.
Cyclones that bring the most snow to Slovenia, arrive over France, continue their way below the Alps in Italy and bring southern winds over Adriatic Sea. Which in short means waves. Once or twice per year we get lucky and the front makes a sharp turn and the winds turn southwest. Then it is time to check Barbariga.
The forecast was looking really nice and we were hoping to ride some sizable lefts, yet the weather had its own plan, I guess. We got a waist high chop, but it was fun anyway. I also did some filming for my “no deadline” Slovenian surf documentary, because like I said, it is rare to get a chance to surf Barbariga and this is also a (big) part of what surfing on “home turf” means for Slovenian soul surfers…
Last surf session before the winter
Me, George and Rako were on Planai where I had some shootings for Qparks and the boys did the Plan P competiton which is a part of Qparks Tour. We got some stuff done and Žiga even got 3rd so it turned out to be a really productive weekend. Congrats to Rako and expect some edits soon…