Words: Nico Zacek
They call themselves 'Legs Of Steel'. The name is tongue in cheek, but it's actually not that far from the truth. Bene Mayr, Tobi Reindl, Thomas Hlawitschka and Paddy Graham are widely-renowned heroes of the international freeski scene, who have proven themselves many times in contests including the European Open and London Freeze, along with sold appearances in films like Aestivation.
photo: Christoph Schoech
At the beginning of last winter the four freeskiers decided that they could achieve even more as a group, so they all moved to Innsbruck, Austria, arguably the ski capital of the Alps, and shared a house as their common base. 'Legs of Steel' was born. Their aim from the beginning was to leave their mark on the European freeski scene and to raise the bar for crews in the Alps...and that's precisely what they did.
photos: Christoph Schoech
Paddy Graham & Bene Mayr
Next to their numerous other obligations they went out as much as they could to independently ﬁlm at all the hot spots of the surrounding mountain ranges, from the backcountry powder of Davos and the Montafon to the huge kickers in the Kaunertal and at Nine Knights.
Tobi Reindl. photo: Klaus Polzer
Bene Mayr. photo courtesy of Red Bull
Thomas Hlawitschka & Tobi Reindl. photo: Klaus Polzer
Paddy Graham. photo: Klaus Polzer
The results are spectacular. Legs of Steel's first ever movie, full of mind-blowing action and aptly named 'The Pilot', is about to launch this fall. It will be available for free online and promises to be an extravagant half hour of freeskiing...
Legs of Steel presents: The Pilot
However Legs of Steel are not just about their film. Check out their brand new website at http://www.legsofsteel.eu for the full scope of their projects and to keep track of the movie's release date, and also be sure to check out the Legs of Steel fan page on Facebook for more news, photos and video clips, including the one below of Paddy Graham showing his commitment to the project in a tattoo parlour...