Team Europe - Antti Autti, Levi Luggen and filmer Teemu Lahtinen (Northlight Pictures) - claim the top honours over Team America - Scotty Lago, Greg Bretz and filmer Rich Goodwin. After a week of intense action in and around Akureyri, North Iceland the videos are now online here.
During the week the teams had access to the Troll Peninsula's backcountry with snowmobiles, cat, heli, sailboat and good old hiking. With four full filming days each of the teams were scrambling together footage and racking days as long as 12 hours. After the taxing action the incredible filmers were still left with the task of logging footage and editing.
Halldor Oli Kjartansson from North Iceland Marketing was impressed by the teams efforts:
"It was incredible how much they were able to experience and capture in such a short period of time. The whole jury was amazed by the quality of the films and how they portrayed North Iceland in such a well rounded way."
While in Iceland the riders were greeted with three days bluebird and powder, before the warm and strong wind set in to create a curve ball to be worked on, but with the help of tireless tour operators and local knowledge the teams were able to make the most out of every day.
The event jury was faced with a tough choice between the two very different approaches of edits, but in the end the cinematic well rounded approach from Team Europe convinced the jury of its worthiness.
Antti Autti comments: "We worked really hard all week to get the shots and actually we have a lot of footage that we didn't even put in the edit, so more footage from this trip will be dropping for sure! It was a great week. We are super thankful for all the tour operators for helping us out to get this edit done!"
The Iceland Winter Games was much more than just the video battle. The event is solidifying the growing snowboard scene in Iceland, creating the stepping stones for riders to follow their idols: the Helgasons. Birkir Georgsson and Hrund Hanna Hansdottir were crowned the first male and female National Slopestyle Champions at Mt. Hlidarfjall on Saturday.
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