Photos: Arttu Heikkinen
Every few years, a crew film drops that really stands out, bringing a new crew to the forefront (Forrefont?) of the industry. A couple that come to mind are Stept's Network and The Bunch's Far Out. At the time of release, both crews were already known, no doubt, but these releases stamped a mark of intent in the streets. These movies elevated them to the upper echelon. Forrmula now sits alongside these two classics. It's not like Forre haven't been banging out insane street content for the past few years, but this is something different. The boys went HARD!
Hellström testing the phrase 'no fall zone'
2021 has been an insane year for street content all round. Zootspace and Love You Too led the charge on that one. There's plenty of madness in Child Labor's Take 3 too, but there's a strong argument for Forrmula being the best of the lot. It's just full insanity start to finish. There are so many death-defying tricks, so many massive, high consequence spots. Style changes as style does but this movie harks back to the days of old, in terms of an upstart crew doing some of the burliest street skiing... ever. It's also the first time Forre have charged for their content, and with crews struggling to continue to make movies, we hope you consider throwing them the $$ to make another one.
As opening segments go Joona Sippola's here is an instant classic. He blends style, gnar, and mind-bending tech effortlessly. It's getting rarer and rarer to see kids with that level of skill getting after it in the streets; often favoring the comp route. We are so blessed that he's on this mission. Some shots would be beyond belief if they weren't on film, a memorable rail that looked like a gnarly closeout but isn't will have you stunned.
Maino Ormio is even more of an enigma. We've seen him pop up on Surface Skis Instagram and in some other Forre edits but this is his first big part that we know about. He has a totally different style of skiing to Joona, but both are doing it about as well as can be. One of my favorite shots of the movie is Maino's insane nose manual on a glass pyramid, it's fast, it's flexed and he holds it forever. Control levels off the chain.
Holdin' & Spreadin'
Lauri Kivari has a creative eye that looks at things a little differently. He expands on the urban backcountry concept to ridiculous levels and takes some of the most creative street lines ever. It's crazy to think he was an Olympian back in 2014, another blessing for us fans of street skiing there. Matias Suomi, locks in a heater of a part and rounds out the mix of styles across the film. The whole piece is well cut, shot, and edited; all credit to Arttu Heikkinen. Importantly it made me want to go skiing because it's impossible to not be amped up watching a piece like this.
Harald Hellstrom has possibly the most metal name in freeskiing and he might also have the biggest cojones. By Forre's standards he's more well known, with shots in Love You Too and a more regular presence on various social media channels; including the NS channel. This feels like a breakthrough part though... breaking through the ground... windows... anything. This part was all no-fall zones, make or die, find a new travel route to Australia kinda fucked up. Harald claims the ender but honestly, it could have gone to anyone, there is barely a missed beat in the entire film.
If you like street skiing, you should buy this movie, it's that simple: