To MDLS and BYND!
Tor Lundstrom and Kevin Backstrom started BYND x MDLS a few years back and snowboarding has been better for it ever since. If you haven't had the pleasure of watching one of their edits, feel free to highlight "BYND X MDLS", hit CTRL + C, and then CTRL + V in our search bar and scroll through the mind-blowing footage. After you witness the insane riding and ludicrous antics from Kevin, Tor, and anyone that finds themselves lucky enough to cross paths with them in their globetrotting, scroll through the interview below to see what they have to say about their latest ventures filming for the upcoming TransWorld SNOWboarding movie, Arcadia, set to drop this fall!
So what is BYND X MDLS?
Kevin: BYND X MDLS stands for Beyond Medals.
Tor: It is a crew, web series and streetwear brand.
How long have you guys known each other?
Tor: We have known each other since we were 15 years old. We moved to Norway together to attend NTG. A school were we could snowboard everyday and combine it with school.
Kevin: We were 15 years old, got our own place in another country with no parents around, the dream for two 15 year olds haha.
Tor: Four or five years later we were on the national team and some journalist blew up that we went to a strip club and made a thing out of it. Kevin then told the journalist to fuck off and wouldn't apologize for the national team. Some other stuff happened so they kicked him off. Then I left as well.
Kevin: It was probably the best thing that could happen to us.
Tor: While we were still in the national team we started a web show with Diggles called Beyond Medals. Diggles came up with the name after watching some interview with Shaun White called beyond reason and we thought it was a funny name. So the episodes was just us snowboarding and taking a bit of a piss on the olympics while trying to go there, but all we really wanted to do was travel, snowboard, film and party. And because our sponsors supported us, we were able to continue to do that and put out episodes and even a full movie last year! Shoutout to you for having our backs Monster Energy, Bataleon, Capita, Laax & 686.
You have built it up as two friends, what was it like to make the jump into the TransWorld movie?
Kevin: It was so sick. We have been watching our idols in those movies since we were kids. We are so thankful that we got the opportunity to film with TWS.
Tor: Last summer while we were still figuring out a movie project we got offered to film with TW, which we got so stoked on of course. We jumped on the train straight away and it’s been so fun. We still made BYND X MDLS episodes throughout the winter, apart from filming the movie part, so it was the perfect setup.
What trips did you go on for your web series as well?
Tor: First trip we did was in Japan in January, second trip we did for the episode was in Sweden when we did the RV Tour of Death.
We heard about the so-called RV Tour of Death, what is it?
Kevin: RV Tour of Death was one for the books. Six dudes cruising around Sweden living in a RV…
Tor: The RV tour was one of the best trips of the season. It just makes everything so much better when you got the house with you and are able to sleep anywhere. The purpose was the same as always: snowboard, film and have a good time. We started in Riksgränsen where we had really good conditions. It was my first time there and I enjoyed exploring that part of my country a lot. After Riks we went to Åre, tt turned into a intense four day party that felt like it would never end and then it ended at the police station.
What is it like riding with each other? Why do you think it works so well?
Kevin: It's dope as fuck, who doesn't wanna ride and travel all over the place with their best friend. We have been shredding together for 10 years now, so we kinda know what both of us wanna do when we get out there.
What was it like switching from producing a 25 minute movie last year to a five minute part for the movie this year?
Kevin: It was pretty much the same actually, the positive thing about only filming a 5 minute part was that we only had to care about the snowboarding and not the rest that is behind a movie!
Favorite part of filming this year?
Tor: Everything. I enjoyed every trip we went on very much and the crew was always amazing. Learned alot this season.
Kevin: All trips has been so much fun this year. My favorite one was probably our trip to Tahoe. So sick to be out there with sleds and get to ride spots that we have seen in old movies. We got to hang out with our boy stuntdick wich was tight too!
What about filming with Halldor?
Tor: It was really motivating filming more with Halldor. Most badass dude in snowboarding. He has an insane ability to pump you up when you need it and watching him snowboard at a spot is mindblowing every single time. You never know what to expect from that guy wether its on or off the hill.