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Mottolino Fun Mountain in Livigno, Italy was the sight for Friday April 4th’s insane competition on the gargantuan Nine Knights Course. This is some of the biggest, most technical, scariest, and jaw dropping competition skiing to be caught on film. The entire field of skiers went higher, harder, bigger, and faster than most dare to event think about. The massive Nine Knights castle was under siege from twenty invited freeskiers. The group was whittled down to an eight man final, which became one of the most creative and innovative sessions all season. Sweden’s Oscar Wester took first place with a triple cork 1620 and switch 1440, leaving 17 year-old Swiss skier Luca Schuler in second place and fellow countryman Jesper Tjäder in third. Watch the competition shredit and see what it takes to boost 100ft features with style and ease.
Check out an in depth reveal of the course in this Course Preview with Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise.
On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey was killed in a tragic ski-BASE jumping accident while filming for Red Bull and Matchstick Productions in the breathtaking Dolomites of Italy. Five years ago, the skiing world lost one of it’s most influential and charismatic characters. One of the fathers of rocker technology, Shane pushed skiing to challenge old ideals and reminded us all that at it’s core, Skiing is a pursuit of happiness. We all lost one of Life’s joy ambassadors and it seemed as though things became a bit darker.
However, it has become increasingly clear, especially with recent events in my life, that the ripple effects of tragic moments should be harnessed for happiness rather than a deployment for sorrow. These moments should stand as a reminder of the tenderness and fragility of life. Rather than using them for points of struggle and condemnation, we can move forward with the awareness of Life’s gentle nature and act out of love rather than anger, passion rather than fear. Let us use this day to act as if Shane would act. Smile and give a smile, live brilliantly and ferociously in every tender moment, lean into them and extract every drop of juice from their fruit, then give back twice as much as you took.
Thank you Shane. Today is your day. “You have one life. Live it.” Read More
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