Joonas Eloranta, Jonny Pickup and Sparrow Knox head out to Hintertux for the pre-season. Check out their Austrian Autumn above and read on for an interview with the boys.
British rider Jonny Pickup and Finnish boss Joonas Eloranta are two friends from very different walks of life, who met teaching kids up at Folgefonna's summer park a couple years back. They dropped a super sick Scandinavian Summer edit a few months back, and hit up Austria this fall to continue the stoke.
We caught up with the boys to find out a little more about the project:
How did the three of you meet?
Joonas: I met Jonny first time two years ago in Folgefonna. We rode a bit together back then but it didn’t really lead to anything. Last summer we met again because both of us worked there at this snowboarding camp and we shared same room for a month. That’s how we were actually forced to bond but gladly it kind of happened naturally anyways. Eventually I became very good friends with Jonny.
Jonny: Sparrow I have known for a while, and I asked him to join us on the trip as he's always a liability and thats great for a snowboard trip! aha
What brought you to Austria this fall?
Jonny: I have spent a lot of time in Austria snowboarding in the winter, but have never really been in the Autumn so was hyped to check it out. We looked at going to a few other places, but Hintertux Glacier seemed to have the most snow, and the best park for that time of year.
Joonas: We were really surprised how great our Scandinavian summer video turned out and how people actually liked it. It felt like we should keep doing similar kind of videos since we really share same vision and we both enjoy filming.
What was your favourite moment of the trip?
Jonny: Ahaha my favourite moment is definitely a weird one! On a down day we walked up to a restaurant that overlooks Maryhofen, when we where near the top we all get a little bit competitive about who was out in front and started racing, but just joking around.
However, on the way back down for some reason we all start getting seriously competitive about who was in the lead. The chilled afternoon walk we set out on soon turned into a full sprint down the the steepest, rockiest mountain path you have ever seen.
Everyone was out of breath, hungover, and dying with laughter, i couldn't see properly because i had tears in my eyes. It was for sure one of the highlights for me!
Joonas: Being strapped in for the first time. It’s just the feeling everybody knows and nothing beats it. Although that line in the edit where I snake a bunch of skiers felt pretty damn great too.
Any crazy shit happen?
Jonny: Yeah we went the Gastof Zillertal for a karaoke night, which soon got out of hand fast. A few crazy things went down for sure.
Joonas: On the first day I left my snowboard pants at the guesthouse and realized it when we had driven to Hintertux parking lot. I had to rent myself the ugliest pants ever for 13 euros and that’s a rip off considering how the pants looked hahah!
Can we expect anything else from you guys this winter?
Jonny: Yeah, i plan to go to finland where Joonas is from and film a project there with him, it will be more street orientated, whilst looking into what it's like to be in Scandinavia over winter . Hopefully Sparrow gets involved again!
Jonnas: Yeah for sure! Just keep scrolling Onboard’s page every now and then and at some point there will be our Nordic winter episode as well. It’s going to an all-urban episode from cold streets of Finland served with our flavor.