Real Snow Backcountry 2015
Real Snow Backcountry will be making a return in 2015 with a new format. Five of the world's best backcountry snowboarders will be featured in an hour-long "World of X Games" ABC show, and go head-to-head in a fan vote for best video in November. X Games medals will be awarded to both riders and filmers, and the winners will be chosen by both the riders and filmers themselves. Let's meet the contenders, starting with John Jackson here. Besides being a heavy standout in Travis Rice's movie "The Art of Flight," Jackson won both TransWorld and Snowboarder's "Rider of the Year" award in 2010, as well as "Video Part of the Year" for both magazines in 2010 and 2011. This is his first Real Snow contest.
Big mountain riding pioneer and legend Jeremy Jones needs no introduction. Aside from being featured in over 40 movies over the course of his career, and being named Snowboarder's "Big Mountain Rider of the Year" 11 times, his "Deeper," "Further," "Higher" movie trilogy redefined what backcountry snowboarding could be. He's also National Geographic's 2012 "Explorer of the Year." NBD.
One of the most stylish riders ever to drop into a halfpipe also happens to be a destroyer in the backcountry as well. He's graced the covers of 12 magazines internationally in this season alone and just came in at No. 4 in Snowboarder's 2015 "Rider of the Year" list. While you're waiting for his Real Snow Backcountry part to drop, you can watch his ender segment in Capita's 2014 shred movie, "Stay Bad Ass."
Real Snow Backcountry 2012 silver medalist Gigi Rüf is coming into Real Snow Backcountry hot off of two 2014 "Rider of the Year" awards, from Snowboarder and TransWorld. Aside from putting out regular mind-blowing parts, including the ender to Nike's 2013 movie, "Never Not," Rüf won Travis Rice's ultimate backcountry riding contest, the Ultranatural, in 2013 and placed second in 2012.
A former slopestyle contest kid turned natural-terrain crushing madman, Norway's Mikkel Bang's sure-to-be-long career in the backcountry filming game is just getting started. He's a regular featured rider in Burton's team videos, but his last part, in 2014's "13," earned him "Video Part of the Year" from TransWorld, Playboard and the Norwegian Snowboard Federation.
Filmer: Flo Eckhardt
"Flo Eckhardt decided to take on filming as a hobby in 2001. Out of his many creative ideas, each year a steadily progressing movie came out that every one of my friends got somehow involved in," says Gigi Rüf, of his decision to enlist the co-founder of Pirate Movie Productions for Real Snow. "The last PMP release, 'Perceptions,' was of cinema proportions."
Filmers: Todd Jones, Kurt Heine
"I picked Todd [left] to film my Real Snow segment because he is my brother and I have worked with him longer than anyone in the world," says Jeremy Jones."Without him, 'Deeper,' 'Further' and 'Higher' -- or any of the other films I have been in -- wouldn't have been possible.Simply put, he gets it done and had a good time doing it!" "I hired Kurt [right] because he knows how to work hard but doesn't take things too seriously," says John Jackson. "He's been snowboarding since 1984, and been filming snowboarding since 1990, so he's finally figuring out what he's doing. It's always comedy central with him. At the end of the day we'll either be laughing our asses off or throwing punches at each other, but we both know he got the shot."
Filmer: Aaron Leyland
"Aaron is one of the best -- both as a filmer and a human," says Mikkel Bang about the reason he picked Leyland to film and edit his Real Snow part. "He has passion for the sport and being out in nature."
Filmer: Justin Hare
"I worked with Justin last year on the Capita movie and we work really good together," says Kazu Kokubo about his Real Snow filmer/editor choice. "It's important for me to have a filmer that understands the way I think."