As the adventure and splitboarding season is at it’s highest peak, I’m excited to share you a new short film – Svalbard Unplugged –
This is a story of two friends, snowboarders and professional athletes exploring the northern islands of Svalbard.
Their mission is to find the perfect mountain face to fulfil their freeriding dreams on. With no connection to the outside world they are free of the modern digital world and all the excessive noise, just to concentrate on experimenting the arctic nature and the feeling of freeriding – feeling of freedom.
The short film takes the viewer deep into the wilderness of the Arctic where polar bears are common but people rare.
The film also opens up the mindset of our heroes, what drives them from one challenge to the other, and from the international podiums to the nature. It’s a story about motivation and dreams, but also the uncertainty that plays an inevitable role in expeditions like this.
Expedition like this would not be possible without safety support. Huge thanks for Arctic Guides for organizing everything and keeping our minds focused on the mission.
Also, this film was made with help from many of my friends. Some with whom I’ve worked ever since I became professional snowboarder. Biggest thanks to director Rami Hanafi, Co-Director Mikko Keskinen, Filmers Iisakki Kennilä, Teemu Lahtinen and rider Enni Rukajärvi for making this dream trip come true!
I hope you enjoyed the film! I’d appreciate if you could drop a line in the comment field and let me know your thoughts on the film. Cheers!