I just got word from One 5 Media’s Justin Dersham who’s partaking in an epic journey across Europe & Asia to film the international mountainboard scene. He’s already stacking footy and i’m really excited to see what else is coming. Here is a quick preview of Tom Kirkman killing Åre.
Here are a few words from Justin.
Still baffled at how stoked Åre is on mtnbrding. Tom and I are being put up in a sweet little house full of paintings from the Ivy and Wilde paint by numbers for adults with food taken care of. We only have 3 requirements from the resort during the next 7 days we are here…
1. Ride around in the village and hand out flyers about the demo Tom is doing on Friday. We dropped some stairs and Tom did 3s both ways and nose manny-ed a nice 15 ft deck to 4ft drop. We are scoping some handrails and grass hips as well. People have never seen the boards, I don’t speak Swedish but judging their reactions they are loving it.
2. Check what’s actually rideable and suggest where they should take beginners, intermediates and advanced riders. Today, this meant going to the absolute top of the mountain, hiking down half of it and finding a radical service road. The top was absolutely beautiful and hiking down was a blast. So green, above timberline and making our own path the whole way.
3. Instruct the local staff on how they should teach those beginners, intermediates and advanced riders. Our guide Peppe is a really class guy and he seems like he’ll have more then enough ability to get his staff trained. He was charging the service roads with a brake and yellow egg shocks. He rides an old J Lee pro model. Very cool to see that board in action still.
Overall the experience so far has been amazing. Peppe made us some Swedish meatballs tonight and they were devine. It doesn’t really get dark here so going out late won’t be too much of a problem! Tomorrow we are going to the beginner grass hill to check it out. Then do a different service road we haven’t tried. I have missed the rush of dropping in on a new hill on a mtnbrd. So much fun to get your slash on. I’ll give an update in a couple once we have laid some more riding/stoke down!