Europe

Well since I have been in Europe, which has been a total of 3 days, the weather just hasn’t been cooperating at all. The first two days were just complete white outs on the mountain which made it near impossible to test the jumps. Yesterday, however, we did get slightly lucky and the sun was out for the morning and we were able to test the jumps.

The jumps are MASSIVE. There are 4 built and another two, I believe, are still being built as I type this. I only hit the first jump, which was also the first jump in the Prime Park sessions, only now its been built even bigger. I unfortunately came up short on the jump and decided to sit out the rest of the testing. I was completely fine but I knew I would wake up the next day pretty tight and sore, which is exactly what has happened.

Today is another down day here in Stubai, it’s terrible weather and it doesn’t look like we are going to cop much luck throughout the next 8 days that the shoot is scheduled to happen. It looks like Wednesday afternoon we might be able to do a little filming, then Thursday looks EPIC, then the weather is going to start cruising back in on Friday at some stage. Definitely not what I was imagining for a ”spring” (almost summer) park shoot, but in saying that, even if we only get one epic day, I’d be stoked because this is hands down one of the most creative park shoots I have ever attended and I can’t wait to see the madness that goes down!

Chilling after coming up short on the first jump in the right of this photo. Photo: Oscar Scherlin

Photo: Oscar Scherlin

This is one of the boys testing out the first jump. Not ideal conditions but it was the best we had and we needed to know if the jumps work before we cut them and start the shoot, especially since we have such a short weather window!

Since we haven’t been able to ski, we have been going to the Wubhalle, which is the indoor skatepark in Innsbruck. Even though we can’t ski which sucks, it feels pretty good to be able to use some energy!

Today I plan on looking after my body so it’s all good to go for when we start filming. My back is a little tight from the compression of coming up short but lucky for me I have my foam roller with me.

Stay tuned for more,

//Russ

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AUSTRIA

Damn Austria is a long way from Jindabyne. Yesterday was one super long day of travel but everything went pretty damn smooth which always makes it nice. I flew Canberra – Melbourne – Dubai – Munich. I somehow managed to get 10 hours of sleep on the Melbourne – Munich leg of the flight which made me feel way better when I arrived.

It took me this long to get from my front door in Jindabyne to the Legs Of Steel house in Innsbruck

The weather seems to be following me everywhere this year. Its raining and overcast here in Austria and it looks like it could be like that for the next few days. Fingers crossed it clears because I really want to get started on some filming!

Rainy Innsbruck

Over and out,

//Russ

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Let the travels begin

Right now I am sitting in Canberra airport waiting for my first flight. I am on my way to Europe to film with the Legs of Steel at Stubai Glacier. Its going to be a long day of travel but I am super stoked to be heading back to Europe and to be filming again.

Here is a video of what I would say is the Legs of Steel’s craziest park shoot ever. Hopefully we manage to get something as crazy as this while I”m over there!

Time to board the first flight,

See you on the other side,

//Russ

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The season isn’t over yet!

Since the last post, I have spent a hell of a lot of time skateboarding, I’ve been to Queensland on a little beach holiday for my mum’s 50th and then I have also been organizing another trip.

I knew there was a possibility of going back over to do some filming but I just didn’t think it was going to happen, but I am happy to say everything has come together and I get to head back over and do some filming.

On Thursday I am flying to Austria to meet up the the Legs of Steel crew for a two week park shoot on Stubai Glacier. I am really looking forward to being back over there and I can wait to get back on my ski’s! From what I have seen with plans of the features, this shoot is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Building for the feature has already begun!

For those of you wondering where Stubai glacier is…

I have quite a lot to take care of before heading back over seas so hopefully I can get it done!

Stay tuned for more,

//Russ

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Blog Holiday

Well the title kind of says it all, since being home I decided to give myself a little blog holiday. Although I haven’t really stopped since being home so it hasn’t really felt like a Holiday!

After getting back to Australia, I had two days at home and then I drove down to Melbourne. In Melbourne I had and OWIA (Olympic Winter Institute of Australia) induction day, SSA (Ski and Snowboard Australia) Awards night and the Wings for life World Run.

First up was the induction day which was quite informative and I actually learn’t a few things throughout the day.Then I had the SSA awards and I managed to snag slopestyle Athlete of the year!

My self with Alex Pullin, Britt Cox, Laura Peel and Scotty James. Congrats to Laura and Scotty for getting Athlete’s of the year!

Following the induction was the Wings for Life world run. I had a couple of days to kill in between so I got to go and skate St Kilda skate park. I haven’t spent much time skating over the last 6 months so it felt pretty damn good to be back on the board.

St Kilda Skate park is pretty damn fun! I was definitely a bit rusty on the board though.

Then it was time for the run. For those of you who don’t know, it’s is a charity run with all the proceeds going to spinal chord research. Basically the finish line for the race is a car and it chases you. What I mean by this is there is a chaser car that starts 30 minutes after you and when the car overtakes you your race is done. I was pretty skeptical on how far I was going to make it in the run with my knees but I actually surprised myself and made it to 10km!

10km marker. Not bad for the knees!

I am now back in Jindy and I am looking forward to relaxing and having a little down time! Its been a hectic week since I have been back and now I feel like I need a little break!

Over and out,

//Russ

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