Behind the Shot
When you think objectively about the concept of snowboarding in Alaska, it sounds deranged. Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent waiting for runs that last mere seconds and have the capacity to end you. It’s a preposterous scenario with magnetization that grows stronger the closer one comes to it.
Since he was young, seeing the word printed at the bottom of page after page in the magazines he poured over, Victor Daviet felt the pull of Alaska, dreaming: “I need to go there to try to ride that amazing powder.” But it wasn’t until recent that the high-flying freestyler from the French Alps got close enough to experience the vastness that is Alaska firsthand.
He arrived to realize what anyone who has spent time in AK will at some point: the place is cloudy almost all the time. Fortunately, the expansive beauty of Alaska is riddled with potential for activity that doesn’t involve a helicopter or snowboard, and Daviet took advantage, biding his time. After playing the waiting game long enough, Daviet jumped out of a heli on top of an AK peak and dropped in.
Supported by: Dakine, Salomon
Insight is a multifaceted project about the personalities and places that comprise it. Each rider involved was selected because of their quest: a unique desire to achieve an individual goal is what unites this eclectic collective. The title of the project is quite literal. The goal of Insight is to delve into the lives of those involved, exposing the particular motivations each has to strap in—be it atop a stairset, powder field or couloir. Featuring: Victor De Le Rue, Red Gerard, Jason Robinson, Victor Daviet, Elias Elhardt, Dylan Alito, Bjorn Leines, Josh Dirksen, Toni Kerkelä, RK1, and Bear Mountain.