This week's shot comes compliments of yours truly and the amazing flying Slovenian Marko Grilc.
Photography is the most accessible and intelligible language of snowboarding, understood not only by those who ride but also those who don’t but should. It’s not only a catalyst for progression but also a record of how snowboarding has progressed: It can teach and inspire, as well as set benchmarks to which all can aspire, both in photography and riding.
Marko Grilc is one of the raddest snowboarders, both on and off the hill; he’s laid back when not two sheets to the wind at Pirate’s premiere; one hell of a crack to hang out with, unless you happen to be in deepest darkest Caucasus surrounded by AK47 totting conscripts (ref: editorial trip for Onboard magazine back in 2000) and is damn good at his job, which is basically knocking seven shades out of anything comprised of snow for himself and his main sponsor Burton.
If you don’t believe me then change channels and check out his archive of film parts, from David Benedek’s groundbreaking movie 91 Words For Snow and a host of Standard Film bangers to epics for Burton and parts in Pirate Movie Productions. You call the trick and Marko gets it dialled.
He now also has a personal online show, which goes by the name of the Grilosodes. In fact it was during filming for this in Kitzsteinhorn that the above photo was shot. It comprises a fine example of a back one, with unmistakable Grilo wang and a beautiful cheese wedge of a booter, shaped by the then park boss and master shaper Stephan Plattner.
There’s no better man than Stephan when it comes to building snow obstacles for the purpose of getting HIGH!
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon 80-200 f2.8 at 125mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000sec
F stop: 8
Rider: Marko Grilc
Trick: Back 1
Location: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria
Photographer: Danny Burrows