Pushing the limits is at some point going to catch up with you. Chad’s Gap, as it’s known, was probably one of the craziest back country jumps in the world back in the day, and one of the most dangerous.
But at the same time you try not to think too much about what can go wrong and more about what will go right, or you’ll never have the balls to hit anything like that.
When it comes down to training for competitions athletes constantly need to push themselves to remain competitive so they can achieve the results they need.
A majority of the time it works out. It may take a bit of time to nail a trick that you have been working on. I can attest to that. I have been working on a new trick for almost two months now and it’s only just getting to the stage where I can land it enough to feel confident enough to put it in a competitive run.
Despite all the crashes I have had, nailing it in competition still makes it worth trying. That’s the excitement factor for myself and fellow athletes.
This counts for athletes that are filming as well, generally a good film section will have some of the most risky but exciting features in it, whether it may be skiing a huge mountain with a 90 foot natural cliff or sliding rails on a stair set in the streets in some city. All of this goes into making a impressive film that gets people excited about skiing.
The video above is a great example. Tom Walisch is an amazing skier, who has amazing success in competitions but also releases some of the most creative and intense film sections known.
And this is a great example where all the risk of injury pays off to release an amazing film. It’s all a part of why I love the sport so much.
It’s a cloudy and woolly-wet morning on Sydney Harbour as the men’s and women’s eights from Sydney University and Melbourne University prepare to contest The Australian Boat Race, a facsimile of The Boat Race that Oxford and Cambridge contest each year on the River Thames.