There is only a good month before the Untouched project will be premiered in Kino Šiška, so my working hours are going crazier everyday… first teas is already out, it is the snowboarders lineup… are you happy?!
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!
This year I have been traveling a lot, mostly thanks to snowboard/ski related matters. We have been doomed in the past two winters and had to chase snow like we usually chase waves here on the “inland”. Search is always on, hehe.
Untouched project‘s main skier, Bine Žalohar, had a misfortunate injury in the start of our second filming season, so we were at a crossroad… should we make a snowboarding only video or push over our budget, put in some own and get stuff done in summer. Four heads looked at each other and smiled… it was on, we are going to Chile!
I always had a great wish to go to South America, but it is funny to drop there in summer and basically hit the middle of winter… Sanka moment on the airport, haha.
Discovering a big and totally new country, trying to get good powder shots and gain some travel experience was super stressful and amazing at the same time. We visited three ski regions, surfed, partied, hottubed, BBQed with locals… and drove and hiked more than ever in my life. Yet, we can say with out a doubt that we got lots of what we wanted and more… Chile is a nice place to be.
Thanks to the rest of the crew for putting such an effort in… Bine was sick pretty much the whole trip, but really came through with the sheer determination to get his share in the video (also cooked and drove most of the time), Maček was the proper balkan PR/manager like always and became some sort of an director/screenwriter in the mix of things and Katja got everything documented for the project (and resort tickets, hehe).
We posted regular updates on the Untouched blog, so check there for more pics and story… teasers will be dropping in November and the video premieres around Christmas, so check back…
My friend and Untouched crew member, Bine Žalohar, has finished his season before it started. He tore his ACL and will miss a large part of winter, yet he is in good spirits and already planning filming trips for the summer.
I went with him to the hospital yesterday, in order to get some shots of the doctor and cliche stuff like that, but hospital workers are not really fond on filmers. In times like that, you have to be pretty resourceful. A little talking, a little begging and even a little help from Bine’s mom gets you places, places like MRI room, haha.
I wish Bine a light speed recovery and hope we will film on snow next time!
Winter is not far away and the Untouched Project has already started the new season!
I have been editing night and day for the past week on the road. Tent, car, parking lots, “borrowed” electricity from a local bar, diet of coffee and energy drinks… everything for a good cause, hehe.
The new Untouched teaser will be aired today at the slovenian Rip Curl GUM premiere and in few days we are also launching a new webpage for the project where you will be able to see the teaser online, so stay in touch!
Shooting freeride is what I love the most, probably cause anything pretty much looks great when you get loads of fresh snow, hehe.
Qparks sent Untouched crew in Soelden and it turned out to be the radest place for freeriding. Like everywhere in Alps the whole mountain could really use some hard snowfall but there was some fresh pow nontheless. We got a guide/photographer Rudi Wyhlidal, who knows this place like his own pocket and makes super great photos.
The first day the whole mountain was in a cloud so Bine, Matevž and I just checked the place out and got pumped for the second day. We woke up into a bluebird skies and it was on! We hit the gullies for breakfast, got some pow turns and then moved upper the glacier. We were looking for a nice spot to build a kicker but the snow conditions just didn`t allow big jumps while the rocks were somewhere just inches bellow the surface. But there are some really nice spots we would gladly return to…
Rudi showed us some fun pillows and smaller lines and even I got some turns in between shoots which just made my day.
Next day we were so motivated that we went back first thing in the morning and shoot some more stuff before the Freestyle Feast begun. Guys went chillin, I went filming and after such good start everything falls into place by itself… Enjoy the video!
It was one of the busiest weekends this season. From Thursday to Saturday I was in Soelden with Bine Žalohar and Matevž Pristavec to film a freeride shoot for Qparks and maybe get some footy for the Untouched project. Report is in the making so stay tuned for some story, photos and video.
Matevž Maček who is also a member of Untouched crew won this years Freeride Battle on Kanin and I was so stoked when I heard the news. Congratulations bro!
On Sunday the whole crew went on Sella Nevea where we built a descent sized roller and shoot some lines. I also got to try out new glidetrack which is pretty fun to play with. The shots are stacking up!
Untouched project is well on its way and here is the first teaser. Enjoy!