The Weakend has been on a long hiatus but a couple of juicy tidbits of news and a couple of left-field edits have moved me to bring it back. This might be a one-off or it might be a regular thing, we'll see. But for now, let's get straight into it. @kaimahler has decided to draw a line under a competition career that has brought him several X Games and World Cup medals over the years. He's still right on top of the game, as shown by his pre-safety to stale switch dub 10 that made the shortlist for Newschoolers' Trick of the Year, but hasn't found the joy in competing recently. On one hand, it sucks to see because Kai was one of the most interesting and creative skiers to watch left on the comp scene. But he's going to be focusing on film-based projects in the future, and given the insanity of his edits over recent years, that can only be a good thing. Best of luck Kai!
On the subject of 'competition skiers' getting after it on the film side of things, Oystein Braten has just dropped his season edit from 2019, the majority of which is filmed in the streets and sidecountry. It's hard to think of a better look for skiing than our Olympic Gold Medalist throwing switch tails backslides in the streets, in my opinion at least.
In other insane edit news, @keeshjoona remixed his Keeshlife Movie 2 clips into 5 minutes of pure ski passion. When you stomp a switch 10 in the sidecountry and ride-out switch all the way to aprés, to the cheers of the bar patrons, and have a beer in hand within 30 seconds of landing, you know you're doing it right.
And if you've been living under a rock, you might have somehow missed Tom Wallisch's Steel City Showdown, which was without doubt one of the most insane displays of rails skiing ever. Alex Hall and Colby Stevenson duked it out for top spot but everyone killed it. Newschoolers' @eheath was on location capturing all the bangers:
But lastly, and probably most significantly, some ski industry news. NS stalwart and pot-stirrer @Malczyk has parted company with Line Skis after 15 years at the brand. As captain of the good ship Line for several years now, Josh has played a significant role in much of what is so good about skiing and leaves (metaphorically) big shoes to fill. The rumor mill has already started turning about his next venture, but all I'm going to say for now is watch this space for some 'game-changing' news. Josh, that one's just for you!