Mission Antarctic: Snowboarding to the End of the Earth
Post contributed by Exploration Science student Christine Shepard.
One year of preparation by three sailors and two professional snowboarders in order to spend 19 days of exploring the Antarctic coastline for lines to ride and film. In December of 2012, world champion snowboarder Xavier De le Rue’s dream of an Antarctic snowboarding expedition became a reality, thanks to the sponsorship of The North Face and Swatch. In Xavier’s words, “Antarctica is the most powerful, beautiful, unexplored riding spot on the whole planet.” His motivation rooted in his quest for adventure, exploring new snowboarding lines, and wanting to share that beauty with the world.
One aspect that sets this expedition apart from others is the high-quality, artistic video footage captured by TimeLine Films and Camp 4 Collective. The team consisted of Tero Repo, Guido Perrini and Renan Ozturk, veteran adventure filmmakers and photographers. In one of Ozturk’s journal entries, he describes filming Xavier’s epic descent down “The Captain”, one of the steepest lines of his career, while paragliding with pilot Christophe Blanc-Fras.
The massive icebergs quickly become tiny white puzzle pieces surrounded by mesmerizing emerald green rings interlocking along the coastlines. The camera strap is cutting painfully into my neck, my balls are being crushed by the awkward position I’m in and I feel a bit airsick from looking at the camera monitor and not the horizon….quite the gripping first paraglider experience.
– Renan Ozturk, an excerpt from his expedition journal entry on The North Face’s website (http://www.thenorthfacejournal.com/mission-antarctic-dispatch-4-behind-the-scenes-with-the-muppets-monkeys/)