Stoooked about another freeride world qualifier win!
In very difficult conditions in managed to lay down a clean and fast run at the open faces comp at the hochjoch resort. With spring conditions but not much sun at the same time it was hard to find good snow.
I am now leadig the austrian freeride series with quite a distance, but there are 2 more events to go......
great video from a base jump performed by my buddy matthias giraud and me
it was a perfect day at the ski resort bergbahnen rosshütte in seefeld thursday this week.
a crew of 13 friends help us fullfil the dream to be the first BASE jumpers ever to jump from the härmelekopfbahn, with a total of 21 cameras in place to catch all the action on video. while obviously being illegal and the resort not knowing about our plans, we made sure not to leave any trace, ot to damage anything or to put anyone in danger - which we all managed to do.
the planing of the jumps took up a long time: entering the gondola without raising attention, a super scetchy landing in a narrow riverbed, an exact getaway plan for us and the filmcrew and much more had to be considered.
thx to everyone involved for the help and to my thule teammate matthias giraud www.matthiasgiraud.comfor joining in!!!
by the way - the resort did not even notivce our jump and was informed before the video went online. and guess what? their first action was to put it on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rosshuette?fref=ts).....HELLO TO WHISTLER FROM AUSTRIA ((-:
stooooked about winning my home event AGAIN after 2013.
what a day in hochfügen!
after a mediocre result in engadin at the 3* on thursday (5th place after a mistake at the very end of my run) i finally got a super clean run down at the "ostwand" in hochfügen to take home the first victory of the season!
chasing the top after 3 events on the freeride world tour 2014.
the last event of the europen events on the freeride world tour was our home event in fieberbrunn. BUT because of the super low tide snow conditions this winter in the northern alps the event could not take place on the beautiful wildseeloder. the 50 cm of the last snowfall a week before the event fell on a sugary base, and after 2 days of crazy winds it was all hardpack. when they guides went to check the face on the day before the event, a big slide went down right next to the start in the steepest part of the face, making a comp pretty much impossible.
So the whole event was moved to the resort of kappl, 1 hour west of innsbruck. the face there had been used for a 2 star event before and was not bad, only that i had nur 67 – last rider on the mountain...... This made it not easy to perfom well, but after a fluid line with nice drops and unfortunately one handdrag at the very last cliff i managed to make the best of it and finished 5th, putting my on 5th in the overall ranking.
in courmayeur i had a good start but hit a hard chunk slowing down and could not make it to my main feature any more )-: so i had to improvise the bottom part of my run after that, resulting in 7th place overall.
the first event of the 2014 fwt was kicking off today in teh afternoon, and the first 8 skiers had surprisingly good snow conditions of the venue. the face is actually a compromis, we could call it plan "c". last year`s face has not enough snow and for the face used in 2011 and 12 the access is unsafe because of the high avalanche danger.
Stoked to become part of one of the coolest companies out there!
who doesn`t wanna be out there using the simply best gear available on the planet for big mountian riding?
together with athletes like matthias haunholder, aksel lund svindal and others i am proud to represent sweet protection from this season on. sweet is coming from a good crew of people from the small village of trysil in norway.
so here is our masterplan on the way to the next sailing adveture:
we are gonna work & raise our kids for a few years, before buying a new boat to set sail again in 2018. we wanna start where we stopped last time (around tonga) and will stay on board for longer, 5 years, maybe more, who konws??
it is this dream that keeps us going here every day in the crazyness of western world capitalism (-:
in the meantime, you can follow us on this website.
Freeride World Tour 2014 Competition Schedule Announced
SALT LAKE CITY, USA / LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (May 29, 2013) - Event organizers of the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE® have announced the details of the 2013-14 season schedule. Following the tremendous success of the inaugural globally unified Freeride World Tour (FWT), athletes and fans alike are eagerly awaiting next season’s competition to unfold live via webcast of all six stops on freerideworldtour.com. Over 637,000 viewers tuned in during the 2013 season to watch the world’s top freeride skiers and snowboarders compete on the most impressive terrain on the planet.
after 8 days of waiting, finally a comp on a great looking wildseeloder! a hard snowpack and bad weather kept us from riding earlier, but it was worth waiting! 30 cm of fresh snow were smooth to ride, at least as long as you did ot hit any other tracks ((-:
i had a bit of a motivation problem to be honest, after 2 and a half months of traveling, competing and after all not snowboarding as much as i am used to....but being a daddy just amazing and whenever i am home these days time with the kids is simply more important than time on the mountain. 8th place here kicked me back a bit in the overalls to 11th, which means i am not going to the finals in verbier ))-: but winning in hochfügen and engadin (both 4* fwq) secures my spot on the tour for 2014 and i am stoked to be back next year with fresh motivation!! one more comp this week at the open faces event at the kitzsteinhorn before it`s off to chamonix for some ation filming......but more on that later!