Words & photos: Jeff Schmuck
Video: Christian 'Cheech' Sander
It's officially come down to the wire here in Åre, Sweden at the third annual Jon Olsson Super Sessions with the grandest show of them all, the highly anticipated JOSS Awards, taking place tonight at the Mix Megapol Arena in the fabulous Holiday Club Hotel.
Yesterday was crunch time for the teams on the last official day of competition, with some of them scrambling for last second shots in the morning and the previous night before all of the filmers barricaded themselves in their rooms to finish their edits, many of whom (including Team Canada's Mike Clarke, Team Newschoolers' Kevin Steen, Team Down Under's Jase Hancox and others) hadn't slept in over 36 hours.
Team Sweden's Ante Olofsson
Team Canada's Darren Rayner & Mike Clarke
The mood amongst the seven teams ranges from relaxed to stressed, however it pales in comparison to the extremely tense vibe of last year, as this year's installment of JOSS has had a much stronger sense of camaraderie amongst the the guys and in turn been a lot more relaxed over the course of the last two weeks.
Team Newschoolers' Duncan Lake & Kevin Steen
Team Down Under's Jase Hancox
Two hours prior to the 6pm deadline, we broke into some of the teams' rooms to talk with the filmers and a few of the athletes about how their videos were coming along and to get their thoughts going into tonight's JOSS Awards where their finished products will be presented to a massive and excited crowd. Peep the latest episode of NSTV below to see what they had to say, along with the latest offerings on http://www.josupersessions.com and http://www.jon-olsson.com, and then stay tuned to NS later today for a brief update on who emerges victorious at JOSS followed by a full-blown recap of the edits tomorrow.
NSTV JOSS - Episode 9