Checkout my photo tab. I just added quite a few photos to all folders. I have been shooting with a new camera lately which has fast frame rate so expect to see some more sequences sometimes soon. I missed that speed since I left my beloved Nikon D2H behind (those 4 megapixels were honestly great!). Did I just hear that you find photosequences oldschool? Well, I loved sequences when I was starting skiing. It is a great "self-coaching tool." Oh and by the way if you are wondering why is my instagram standing still, the answer is easy. My Nokia 1020 supposedly the best photo phone of this planet was not able to focus for months, so I finaly brought it to service. Hopefully I will start shooting with it soon because I really like having a camera with me all the time. Or would you like to miss a shot like this one (made with nokia 920)?
I just added 4 edits I shot and edited during last few months. Check them out if you haven't already done so on my Vimeo channel.
First video is Andri Ragettli's 2013/2014 season edit. I started to coach Andri when he was 12 years old and after he has moved up to Swiss freeski national team I am the proud guy making his season edits. This one is (as always) an edit like no other considering Andri's age. If you want to see übertechnicality, style and perfection all the way from start to the end - voilà, enjoy.
Next on is Migi Reibenschuh's season edit. I've just started third season of coaching Migi and I have to tell you that I am honestly proud of him because of the progress he has done in last two years. I call Migi "the best weekend freeskier I know" because we work together during all winter weekends and all his holidays. Dedication, hard work and consistence, that's Migi Reibenschuh.
Third video is totally different. It didn't take a season to film and week to edit like the two polished season edits above. It was shot within less than half an hour on a Gopro 3 black + (or whatever the name is) in shitty weather during shreding with my good friend Richie Jurecka from Slovakia. This is where my soul is and style of editing and shooting I enjoy the most. I have to tell you that as much as I LOVE all my cameras with interchangeable (and sometimes expensive) lenses, filters, microphones, steadicams and all that stuff, a Gopro held properly is an awesome thing! Steezemaster Richie in under two minutes of followcam fun.
And last edit of mine I picked is again a bit different. It is a kid edit. Currently I coach three guys. Migi Reibenschuh of Switzerland, Vojta Bresky of Czech Republic and a little polish guy called Janek Burkiewicz. When his parents first asked me if I could coach their nine years old kid when we actually don't speak the same language I was not sure about it. I usually take older kids and riders for private coaching, those who already are sure about that they want to become the best they can and I have to feel that they will not change their mind in a year or so. Well, I must say that I am happy that I took the job and we became great friends with lil' B-boy Janek. He is a great kid and I enjoy every minute of him being around. Janek just loves skiing and I am sure that you will hear from him in the future. I edited this video from coaching shots we filmed during his two weaks long stay at the end of last winter in Laax.
Exactly a year ago life taught me a lesson. Writing a blog was rather tough under given conditions and so I took a year off. A long time you might say but now I am back stronger than ever. Lots of things happened in the meantime and I will post flashback articles from my freeski life from that time for sure. Trips like the Olympics were quite a ride so make sure to check my blog from time to time, you are not gonna regret.
Right now I am coaching my swiss boy Migi Reibenschuh in Hintertux. The snowpark here is in top shape these days and if you are choosing a gletcher to go to ride park now, I think you should consider Better Park for sure. We are enjoying it here. I also sold my Sony gear and jumped over to the Panasonic GH4 madness train. Here is a short edit I shot and edited today when learning to work with that new (beast)machine I bought less than a week ago in Zurich Switzerland. By the way, did you know that prices of electronics in Switzerland are in some cases even lower than in the US? More about that in some other post coming soon.
Riders - Mario Skala, Simon Bartik, Dusan Kriz
Song - LNJHzoo by Vajda and Cagy
My coaching season started this year at the end of September in Saas Fee. I went with my boy Vojta Bresky and with a "support crew" of Dan Hanka, Zuzicka Stromkova and Bernie. It is no news that I'm in love with Saas Fee and there doesn't seem to be any changes anytime soon. New rails, good kickers, good weather, Vojta who probably just started his pipe career, friends, no injuries, all that makes a perfect trip.
But there is one more thing that made this years Saas Fee trip even more special and that is the visit of my friend Nevik who also lives in Laax. We filmed few laps of our riding and also a few freeskiers hitting features around us. Here it is for your enjoyment - old rippers 6laps edit featuring me, nevik, Vojta Bresky, Zuzicka Stromkova, Phil Casabon, Henrik Harlaut and Jesper Tjaeder. Play loud if you like good old school hip hop!
If you thought that you just saw a positive cool vid of someone having fun in a snowpark, believe me, we haven't even started yet. Bernie made a damn steezy edit of Dan Hanka's riding that perfect park. Check it out
Right now I am riding Hintertuxer Betterpark and I will post soon some stuff from coaching with Migi Reibenschuh and also Vojta here. Until then, here is a few photos I took
After a busy summer I think that it is slowly time to start updating my blog regularly. For start check out Migi's photo on Newschoolers.com main page. Migi deserves this so much because he is such a hard worker and we did not really have too many sunny days last season in LAAX. As you can see, he can throw like a pro in any weather!
A new edit I made for Boris Mouton. You'll hear of that name in the future!Read More
This is always the time of a year I am really looking forward to! Showing my kids how they progressed during the year always feels good. I have been skiing with Migi for only four months, but man, check out his skills. His riding progressed massively because of his hard work and I am really proud of him. We already have summer training at my BigAir.cz waterramp scheduled and I guess he is looking forward to that as much as I am.
Enough words, check out my young man's skiing!
Today I opened downdays.eu and I found there a very interesting article written by Bene Mayr. I think that everyone who is interested in competing in Freeskiing should read it and maybe not just once.
DNS – DID NOT START. These three letters where standing behind 42 Athlete names on the starting list of 84 Athletes in total of the FIS Slopestyle Worldcup in Sierra Nevada Spain on the 23. of March 2013. Including the Number one and two of the Worlcup list James Woods and Johan Berg. And most of the top 30 riders according to the Worldcup list. What happened?
Basically the weather conditions have been really bad. More than 50kmh wind and due to snowy and windy weather (up to 100kmh) the previous day the course was in bad shape. Nobody was feeling comfortable with the course. So we decided up on to let the Athletes vote weather to run the comp or cancel it. Clearly more that half of the riders where voting for cancelling the competition. The decision was going back and forward with the organizers weather cancelling the comp or to run it anyways. After a second riders vote where again more than half of the riders were against competing the FIS decided to run the comp anyways…
Were does this leaves us… The decision of the majority of the riders had no impact on the organizers what so ever. The conditions where dangerous and safety should be number one priority. Which shows that the safety of the riders is not a big issue for them…. The event staff said who ever wants to compete can compete it is the riders call if he wants to go…
But thats the Problem.
You have to see the bigger picture. If we look at the Top 15 on the Worldcup list. Most of them can make a living from skiing by themselves. They are not depending on the support from there National Skiing Organization. Which means they don‘t need to do Worldcups or go to the Olympics to be a professional skier. Most of them pulled out of the competition today. On the other hand there are athletes who now have the chance to become professional Skiers because of the Olympics. They have funding from there government and can so afford to be skiing all year long. But these Athletes are depending on the FIS contest… You can’t blame them for skiing in dangerous conditions but the point is you cant showcase Freeskiing at ist highest level when the conditions are dangerous. Everybody who was there could have done a easy run and by doing that risking the rest of there season, but thats not how anyone of us wants to represent Skiing. Or should be represented anyway.
And that is were the Skiers have to stick together. If you want Freeskiing to be the Sport it is today and stay the Sport it is today. We have to make the decision whats good or bad for the Sport. If we don‘t do that the Organizations gonna come up with strict rules because they don‘t want 3h discussions at the Start Gate weather to run the Comp or not… And if thats gonna happen we gonna get closer and closer to become like Mogul or Arial skiing then you think in no time. For FIS comps and Olympic anyways. And i think no one wants that!!!
Thanks to all the athletes who stood up today spoke their mind and DID NOT START. It was a way to make a point that we are still a free sport. Especially to you Woodsy and Johan.
I make my living by preparing young guns for competitions of the highes level. From that point of view one could think that I like competitions and It is true up to some point. It is really cool to ride various parks that are (usually) very well prepared, meet friends and also new people, see new places and stuff but at the same time, I believe that competitions should be more of just a ticket to a life where you can ski as much as you want with film or photo croo and your friends. Off course with good results you will have the funds, time and best skills possible to showcase YOUR PERSONAL WAY of skiing. I always say to my kids that staying healthy is the most important thing, because if you get injured ---> you can't ski (which obviously sucks) –-> there is someone else skiing (who is gonna learn new tricks while you lie in your bed).
Make your own decisions about competing. I actually like going to comps with my kids, but if the conditions aren't there (weather, stupid course or your health), don't be stupid and just go home with a DNS on that FIS-SKI.COM web page. It is just just a biz-for-fis anyway, so don't worry about those three letters.
Here are some elimination runs at this years Euro X-games at Tignes - enjoy (espetially the second half)
And here is Finals at WC in Spain just a few days ago
Most of my time spent coaching is on kickers. I believe that jibbing can be learnt on bad weather days or even on your backyard in summer by riding as much as possible. But when the weather is bad on the mountain, we jib all days long and that can be so much fun! This edit we filmed with Voita Bresky during a day when most (lazy ones) stayed at home :) Have fun
Mythen park and Slovak freeski campsRead More
Some pow shots and Laax pro line previewRead More
A quick tip on bringing up highlight contrast in flat light on snow
This is a blog about ski life of Lukas [Lukeen] Mikula. And in this blog post you will find out how did it happen that you are actually reading this now.Read More
There will be enough talking here later. Now enjoy my 2012 season show reel. Feel free to share, like and comment on it.