The Iceland Winter Games went down last week and saw Team Euro (Antti Autti, Levi Luggen and filmer Teemu Lahtinen) battle it out against Team USA (Scotty Lago, Greg Bretz and filmer Rich Goodwin) in the video contest to end all video contests!
We managed to catch up with them both during the week to pick their brains about all things Iceland, the two teams, the challenges of filming an edit in a new country in just one week, how they scoped out the spots they did and a whole lot more. Check out the double interview and watch both team edits below. Although Team Euro was crowned the official winner by the panel of judges, we’d saw it was a pretty close call as to who’s edit was the best, either way they made us really want to get back out to Iceland to explore the scenery and terrain without the time restrictions they had.
Don’t forget you can still vote on which team’s edit was your favourite and be in with a chance of winning a trip to Iceland when you do. So vote here!
Have you guys been to Iceland before?
Scotty Lago: Nope, its my first time to Iceland, but I’ve seen a lot of photos from friends earlier and I was really stoked to come and see it myself.
Antti Autti: Never been in Iceland before, so it’s been pretty rad to get to come here.
What do you like about it?
A: Well the atmosphere and attitude is pretty unique and for snowboarding it really is an undiscovered area. We have been here for only a week and seen so much cool terrain. I feel like we have just been scratching the surface… I definitely want to come back for a month and get some proper filming done.
S: I love the uniqueness of the country, doing top to bottom runs all the way to the has been pretty amazing.. Its a really extreme climate here, but we got lucky this week with some really good snow and bluebird weather. Wind was teasing us a bit, but nothing we couldn’t manage.
What makes it different snowboarding here than anywhere else?
A: I guess the biggest difference is that there isn’t any tree line. So on a cloudy day it’s challenging to find places where you can see. It’s kind of like AK and New Zealand in lots of ways. On a down day there’s a lot of things to see and experience. Then when the weather is good the riding is fully on, its proper here.
team euro edit
What’s the best thing about Iceland?
S: Its really untapped terrain here and if feels like you are doing a lot of the lines for the first time, there hasn’t been other crews filming here so it does make it feel extra special to get to film here.
A: Mountains are amazing here. I haven’t really seen any footage from here before, so I didn’t fully know what to expect in terms of riding, but the week over here has really blown my mind. The terrain is so vast and options are pretty much limitless. Definitely worth coming over to film for a longer time. Once the weather is good it’s magical.