I decided to add few behind the scenes photos that filmer Teemu Lahtinen took during our trip in New Zealand.
Our guide Tucker Patton helped us to plan each fly day. it took us lot of time to check terrain , forecasts and plan the filming. Not only riders and filmers have to be top of their game during heli days. Guides and helicopter pilots play huge role as well. It takes great team effort to make everything work in the mountains.
Sitting front of the heli is essential for rider if you want to be able to make good plan for your line. Big mountain days are about constant search for lines that have good light. After you have decided to go for a line there is no chance for backing out. once you make the call to go top of some peak then you gotta ride it down.
Slash is probably the best trick in snowboarding. it just feels so damn good. But at the same time it is one of the most hardest tricks to shoot for a photographer. Everyone slashes differently and sometimes it can take long time to get it right. Here I ended up doing surf turn which did not slash that much but on the second try I cranked a big cloud. Different style slashes require always different kind of location so listening photographers idea for photo is important because sometimes the biggest slash might not be the best one even thought it would have felt the best for a rider.
Lucky Kiwi mates! Our flight over Wanaka was always a pleasure.
Bad luck for this kiwi bunny. They usually get caught in these proberty fences or get hit by a car. You can also go hunt them by night. I guess it is good since there is serious problem with rabbits around Wanaka.
We were lucky finnish mates during our last day in Cardrona. We got to ride good powder pockets. Afterwards we decided that soon it would be time to back our gear and head home. New Zealand treated us this year with lot of bad weather but also with 7 really good days of snowboarding and filming . I have a feeling that this part for APPROACH & ATTACK movie is the strongest one we have filmed so far. Luckily we still have northern hemi winter left to get more stuff done!