street skiing

street skiing

howdy intertubians!

well, good news – Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow! that means 10000000 more weeks of winter, right?? sadly, in SoCal winter has yet to arrive. it’s 70ºF in Los Angeles today, which a lot of people would love – but me…I’m longing for some cold, dreary, and rain filled days.

but the good news is the internet has all sorts of snow sports vids to help tide me over until the snow hits (which will be any day…pleeeeease)

last week I saw one of the best SKIING videos I’ve ever viewed. there are several things I really like about it. it is shot beautifully. it is expertly composed with interesting angles, colors, and movements. it is edited extraordinarily well. the rhythm and pacing works perfectly with the song and has a fantastic build up. and last, but not least it is the most like skateboarding I’ve ever seen skiing.

in fact, this is more like skateboarding than most “street” snowboarding. JP’s lines through the town are so creative and playful. he takes what exists in the environment and then skis it. it doesn’t matter what it is. and he puts together LINES (i.e. groups of tricks/stunts/jumps). to me, the ability to assemble an interesting and creative line has always been the mark of a truly great street skater.

enough talk, see for yourself.

*edit* upon watching again I was reminded that the sound design is also FANTASTIC.


  • Grama
    Posted at 19:29h, 08 February Reply

    That is a great video. I am as amazed by the video guy as by the skater. He must have really had a challenge, both in filming and in editing. How many times did the skater repeat the task in order to get in all those shots? The sparks from the sidewalks was a great shot…lots of great shots. Loved it. gma

    • Luke
      Posted at 09:45h, 17 February Reply

      probably 5-10 times? it takes a few tries to get the trick, a few to get the shot, and a few to pull it all together. but any more than that and the body starts hurting.

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