The Winter X Games Europe in Tignes has kicked off and so we caught up with one of the Slopestyle favorites to ask him about his season, contests, the filming, and a bit more...
How's the season been so far for you, you must be pretty happy about the contst side of things right?
It's been really good so far, quite different because I did quite a lot of contests. And the results for sure helps your motivation for it! I was actually planning to go straight to filming after the last Olympic FIS qualifier in Czech Republic but now I'm here in Tignes for the Euro X Games. It's my first time here, and this is probably the last contest I'll do this season before I start filming - I'm going to Whistler straight after this. But yeah lots of new stuff happening so it's been pretty cool so far. Better than expected actually. Last year I focused a lot more on filming, so the contest side of things didn't go so well. You know, when your head was more into getting shots for the movie. This is why I didn't have much expectations on how I could do on contests this winter.
We loved Horgasm, A Love Story, and I'm sure you had a lot of good feedback about it, right?
Thank you! Yeah, it's been a trip for sure. I got obviously a lot more feedback when we put it out for free. We ran it on iTunes first, and it didn't really reached out as much as we had hoped, which I kind of thought it could happen. I wanted to put it for free straight away, went back and forth thinking about it... Now it's still on iTunes in full HD, and also online [watch Horgasm here]. And people seems to be pretty hyped on it, so I'm stoked about it. It's 2 years of my life, and it turned out to be a little different from what was there before, so I'm really pleased.
So now after this winter, even though it's not finished yet, is it not too hard to do contest and filming quite intensively all in the same season?
I'm kind of used to it now! I just had to skip a bit the street stuff. It was a bit of a late start as far as powder goes, but I want to catch up on this, maybe do some heli and discover some new terrain.
A couple of questions on the X Games now. Mark McMorris was saying yesterday that the slopestyle course is pretty mellow compared to what you guys are used to these days, would you agree?
We had practice yesterday, the sun was shining and the conditions were perfect. Mark said that and it's pretty much true, it's very straight forward, quite a simple course as far as features go, but still pretty creative, you have lot of options, and the jumps are really fun. They are not the biggest, for sure, but you still have a lot of air time and it will possible to throw the big tricks. This is the kind of stuff I'm actually looking for: more air time for less impact. For me it's perfect to end my contest season that way. I'll have a smile on my face no matter what happen on the results.
Do you think this kind of mellow course opens up possibilities for other riders that would not generally have much chance for a podium?
It's really tough to say, you never know what's going to happen. This season we've seen a lot of new faces on podiums. Somebody does something new every time. The overall level has been pushed real hard this season, and it's really exciting to be a part of that. Practice yesterday was pretty mellow compared to a lot of practices this year, so it's even hard to say at this time.
Last question, who's your favorite for the pipe Gold for this coming Friday?
That's a tough one because you're missing a couple of big players. Iouri [Podladtchikov] has got a good shot, Luke [Mitrani] as well, maybe Louie [Vito] too. I might put my card on Iouri though.