12/12/2013 | by Sam Oetiker
Last winter, Gigi Rüf invited his buddy Johnnie Paxson for a super private session in the Arlberg region of Austria – an area that he knows like the back of his hand. The Pirates have put together this breathtaking exclusive edit from the trip and it’s not one to be missed.
Who in their right mind would turn down the opportunity to go and ride with Gigi Rüf in his backyard? We wouldn’t, you wouldn’t and even though he was recovering from an ankle injury, fellow Slash rider Johnnie Paxson didn’t either. Of course, with Gigi being Gigi, it was one heck of a productive trip.
The pair made the most of a snowy greybird day by ducking into the trees and when the snow came out it was game on. Watch the pair hit some heavy stepdowns, a sick stepover jump that Gigi stomped a ridiculously stylish switch backside 180 on and a massive kicker hit to round it all off.
Gigi has been killing it for years now and it’s amazing to see him still go as big as he does with that iconic, cat-like style of his. The man is quite simply one of the finest dudes on a snowboard in the year 2013.
Be sure to check out our full article from the trip in Issue141 which is on-sale now! Oh, and if you haven’t seen the Pirates latest cinematic masterpiece Distorted Reality yet, you should totally grab a copy of it on iTunes.