[All photos: © Lukas Pilz/Red Bull Content Pool]
Snowboarding and football. Two sports as as tightly entwined as... hang on, they really have pretty much nothing in common. But with the Euros coming up Seppi Schöller, Austrian rider/filmer/CEO of LOVE Clothing, decided he'd invite some homies to Kitzsteinhorn, dress 'em up in football shirts, and film them shredding while playing football - or boardball if you will.
We hit up Seppi to get the lowdown on the concept. Sadly we have to say that despite 'Englishman' Marc Swoboda's bullet front board header nearly bursting the next, we don't think the real England will fare as well...
"My whole idea was that soccer will of course have a MASSIVE hype because of the upcoming European Championships and I was sure that nobody in the action sports world will do something for that topic. So since last December I was planing that already...
"My idea and goal as filmmaker is to combine 'mainstream' and action sports world with an element of entertainment or tell some kind of story. I think the CRAZIEST action gets boring to me if it's just trick trick trick. I think entertainment should never compensate for the action but already with our LOVEOLUTION movies my goal was always to make something that appeals to both the core scene and my grandmother.
"So this is the first try to step up my game from our LOVEOLUTION movies to a wider audience and work with networks, in this case Red Bull. As Filmmaker/Director my goal is to become some kind of mix of Willi Bogner and Spike Jonze in the next years, haha!
"It was really scary to start already with the most tricky project that I had on my list... I mean tricky because a rider needs to do a trick like 100 times perfect AND hit the ball right, eventually. So it was really, really hard... but in the end worked really well and all riders enjoyed it and I think it was a really fun and good vibe we had on the mountain.
"I also liked that all the guys were dressed in soccer jerseys, we had a real goal and me as crazy referee desperately trying to 'control' that 'game'. So yeah, I'm really happy at how my first project worked out, and this is just the beginning – I've got some more things planed for next year..."