Words by Matthieu Giraud
On Friday night the Pirates were celebrating the result of their season quest at home in Innsbruck with a huge party, concert and DJ set for the premiere projection of Jolly Roger their latest video. Since Pirates mastermind never submitted to digital attraction, their movie are well known for combining sick actions with artsy quality 16mm filming.
This year the crew composed amongst other by riders such as Austrian artist Gigi Rüf, jibbing limits explorer Hans Ahlund, US prodigy Drew Fuller, tricks machine like Marco Grilc, Osa or Marco Feichtner saw the addition of quite a few talented riders: Juuso Laivisto, Stefan Maurer, Tyler Chorlton, Filippo Kratter, Markus Keller and Elias Elhardt.
Elias Elhardt, the upcoming German rider, had always looked up to the Pirates as the crew to join when he would be given the chance to film. Already getting to ride with Gigi and being a member part of the pirate crew was a satisfaction on its own and made his season. Although he started filming in February and had to end his season after overshooting a landing early April, Elias was happy with his season as he had learned a lot and got tricks on film, session after session. He had no expectation on how it would look at the end but felt satisfied with was has been done.
When his name was not showing up on screen during the video people started guessing he would get the closing segment. Like all good fireworks, videos are most of the time built with a powerful and outstanding performance as a closing segment. On that point, Jolly Roger was no different and Elias was delighted to get the final segment and appreciate the fact his hard work and the outcome of his season was appreciated by both the pirates editing crew and the people watching and screaming after his tricks. He landed back from Argentina the very same day and had in mind to party like an animal, believe me he put so much energy and joy into it that it seemed like a whole zoo was partying. Thanks to all the Pirates for the party and the movie!
Check out the Jolly Roger tour dates and more infos on pirates on pirate-movie-production.com
Outstanding moments I can recall from my memory, please be aware a party filter most probably skipped memory and good actions from my mind. - Osa and Dim sharing the opening segment with sick gap actions - Gigi shredding natural stuffs - Cyril Müller sreaming “ Haugo for ever!" for 5 minutes after Eric's part - Hans Ahlund, Kalle Olson and Mike Casanova pushing it in their jibbing segment - Tyler Chorlton double grabs - Aymeric Front backcountry combos - Markus Keller method and Mc Twist chicken wing - Danny Larsen creativity - Drew Fuller sick powerful segment with many double cork - Juuso bs rodeo 7 - Grilc and Sani helicopter filming - Feichtner transfer action - Elias destroying the roadgap and the natural terrain