04/11/2013 | by Sam Oetiker
The Reels snowboard film festival is over, what a week-end it was! Before you get to read this week about the movies that we really liked, we grabbed Victor De Le Rue in between two cinema sessions, rewarded last year, he could have been again this year after his banging part in Dopamine…
This year you found yourself nominated together with Blauvelt and Rüf for the Best Backcountry Section Award, how did that feel, and can you seriously be disappointed about that?
Of course not! For sure it’s quite amazing to have your name mentioned next to those two riders, I was really happy about that. True I didn’t get a prize this year, but I’m happy for some many other reasons: the Absinthe DVD cover, the closing part in the movie, and all the good feedback we get on the video. And the tour was fantastic, great vibe all the way.
Did you know long time before that you were on the cover and you had the closing part?
I was kind of told in a mail, but not very clearly, or maybe it’s me that didn’t get it properly. But I wasn’t really thinking about it or believing it until I saw the shot and the DVD cover. Same thing for the last part, Justin Hostynek mentioned it before to me, but to be honest you really believe it when you see it. The first time I was watching the movie I felt it coming, seeing everybody’s part coming… So yes great feeling for me all along!
The problem is, what can you expect for next season when you received all these rewards for your work? Are you going to be forced to run for the Olympics or what?
Ahah! No thank you, that’s not for me. If there’s something I’d love to do during my next season is the Real Snow. I’d love to participate to that. But the whole contest scene seems really unsure at the moment, so I don’t know if it’s going to happen again. As far as we know, yes, but you see they just cancelled the X Games in Tignes, and other events too. So we will see! It’s for sure I want to continue with Absinthe, it went really well this season and they pushed me so hard, there’s no reason why not to continue with them!
Does that push you to ride more in Alaska, or even on ice with your brother – insane part in Nation by the way – ?
For sure I want to do that big stuff more, Alaska or other big mountain adventure. We will see where we go with the Absinthe crew, and follow what’s happening with the Real Snow… If I can do well in both of those things, I’ll be stoked.
Ok to come back here at The Reels, did you get to watch all the movies? Which ones are your favorite – outside Absinthe of course?
I actually didn’t see many movie I was busy doing other press stuff, but the Almo movie really made me piss my pants laughing, there’s a great vibe in that movie. Really hppy about their production, and you can see they had fun making it. The Deja Vu film is amazing, the level of street riding is just insane, so many good rail tricks, even some very good backcountry stuff. On the other hand I was a little disappointed by the Nike movie, I was expecting a little better I don’t know. They have the best riders in every domain, they have the budgets, I mean they came up with something really cool to watch, but I was expecting maybe too much I don’t know.
And how about your brother Xavier adventurous movie, Antarctica?
Xavier showed me like 10 minutes of the movie before the premiere, and I know the filming quality was insane, and the cinematography and scenery would blow everybody’s mind. But man the landscapes, the terrain, and the riding, just insane too! That last face at maybe 65° is just gnarly. You can see on the long GoPro shot that it’s so steep, Xavier is sliding a lot on every turn, and that’s quite scary considering the possible fall, and the run with no ending – or sea ending. I think it’s going to be new to a lot of people to watch this, and make some people want to ride there, although I wouldn’t recommend it. Maybe I’ll go with him one day, but not on that last run!