I finally made it to Europe. It was a super long journey but I think it is definitely going to be worth it. The flight over was long, but super mellow. From Melbourne to Dubai, which is the longest leg of the trip, I had a full row to myself, which meant I had a pretty decent sleep.
Once I arrived in Munich, I hung out for 2 hours and waited for Tom Wallisch to arrive. From there we went to pick up our rental car. We had booked a standard SUV for the 3 weeks in the Alps. When we got to the counter the guy informed us that he could give us a free upgrade, Tom and I looked at each other and both agreed that we would be stupid not to take. Turns out the care is an upgrade in size, but definitely not an upgrade in the functionality side of things. The car is massive and the roads around Europe are tiny. Its going to make for a pretty interesting 3 weeks of driving haha.
Tom looking over our free upgrade to what feels like a bus.
Once we got to our Accommodation in Stubai, it became a game to see how long we were able to stay awake to try and kick our jet lag. We decided to head down to Innsbruck and have dinner with my Agent and a couple of other people. It was super cool to catch up with them and it actually helped me stay awake and took my mind of sleeping.
After having a pretty bad first night sleep, Tom and I headed up the hill for our first day riding. It was super super fun, even though we were really tired. We stuck to the small park and just got our feet back. I think it was a pretty good idea, rather then getting straight into hitting the big jumps.
Tom getting ready to drop in
Its German holidays, so the lift lines are super long. Lucky for us, because we are here with the Prime park sessions, we got out own private lift line
Right now, I am about to go and get dressed and get ready for our 2nd day skiing. The weather seems like it is going to be sunny for the next few days so make sure to check back for more from Russ and Toms European Adventure.
The last two weeks in Aus have been pretty damn repetitive. I go on a bike ride, play some Playstation and hang out with friends. There literally hasn’t been much to report on. Today however,I am off to Europe. I am planning on skiing a glacier with Tom Wallisch for 3 weeks before heading back to Aus and then eventually on to Colorado for the first events of the season.
Over the past 6 months I haven’t done a lot of traveling due to the injury’s, so It feels weird packing a bag again. I feel like I have everything but I am sure I will arrive and realize I have forgotten something.
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Until then, check out my welcome to the team edit:
Stay Tuned, The my backyard edit will be dropping soon.
So the reason for the radio silence on the blog is for the video below. I have been workign hard with an epic crew this season in Australia to produce this project. Everything has been going really smoothly and I am stoked on what we have so far. Only a couple more shoots left to go. If you are stoked on the edit please feel free to share!
This last few weeks have been nuts. I have been trying to ski as much as possible, trying to get shots for the redbull clip, I’ve had Bobby and his brother Peter staying with me and to top it all off I have broken my hand.
I did manage to get a few shots on the rails in the park before I broke my hand which was nice, but since breaking it, I haven’t been able to hold poles and I feel like I want to have poles while I am shooting.
Shooting in the pole jam rail the morning I broke my hand
This is what it looks like after giving a rail a high five
So since I have had the broken hand, I have been skiing with no poles. Which isn’t so bad it just means I cant grab with my left hand. We have had a few early morning sessions in the park while Bobby and Peter were here as well which I love doing. Not only is the light epic, the park is awesome at that time of day. The landings are soft and forgiving which is really nice on the body!
The view of the park at 7am is pretty darn good!
No poles cork 5
The plan now is to keep skiing as much as possible and as soon as I can hold poles again, start filming some more for the ”My Backyard” project!
I’ll try and keep the blog happening as best I can but it gets hard to write a blog when you are doing the same things everyday!