“Today, big mountain snowboarding is not just a bunch of old guys doing mellow powder turns but young riders bringing freestyle into big lines” – Axel Pauporté.
LINES, produced by Quinta Films, in collaboration with Absinthe Films and Billabong, is an intimate and in-depth vision of big mountain snowboarding, its heroes and their lifestyle, as seen through the eyes of one of its most illustrious participants, 1999 King of the Hill and Verbier Extreme Champion Axel Pauporté.
“I’ve always wanted to share what I’ve been fortunate to live and experience for the past 15 years, the magnificence of the mountains and surrounding nature, the friendships and stories, the fears and dangers,” he says.
LINES shows the evolution of big mountain riding from the late 80’s with the legendary riding of Noah Salasnek, Mike Ranquet or Tom Burt to today’s innovative and technical freestyle brought to the big lines by a new generation of riders (Wolle Nyvelt, Romain De Marchi, Jonaven Moore, Travis Rice) to name a few.
“Today, the progression of freestyle snowboarding is coming to a peak and everybody agrees to say that the only possible evolution is to bring technical freestyle into natural terrain, the ultimate form of snowboarding.”
Quinta Films have capitalized on their experience on producing the much-acclaimed [Pro-Files] TV series to incorporate an artistic and cinematographic twist to the snowboard action.
According to Axel: “LINES will take the spectators through a wide range of emotions, from excitement of watching spectacular footage of knife-ridge helicopter drops, steep descents and huge jumps, to laughter brought by classic situations, but also drama with amazing life stories, accomplishments and lost friends.”
LINES is filmed in HD and 16 mm, and also features exclusive archive footage from the early days in Alaska up until today, provided by the most recognized snowboard film companies such as Standard Films and CinemaSeoane.
LINES will be released in January 2007 in the USA, at the SIA in Las Vegas and will be submitted for selection at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah (USA). The European premiere is to be held at ISPO in Munich. An extensive Billabong Bus Tour featuring LINES will be going to major cities and snow resorts in Europe and USA in February-March 07.
For a sneak preview of the teaser, go to www.linesthefilm.com