Victor Daviet is a renaissance man, and that is not just because he is from France. If you check his resume, not only will you find a long list of banger parts, but you will see a man that is well traveled, studied in the arts, and just an all around interesting dude to know. This year, he returned to the TransWorld SNOWboarding marquee for a third year in a row, and his clips just keep getting better. The first time was a charm, let alone the third. Always pushing boundaries, Daviet rode a handful of new terrain this season, including Israel, and took a path less traveled in his career by shooting off on his own in search of good snow and good times. Scroll down and see what he had to say, alongside some of the amazing photos from this past season, about filming his third part in as many years under the TransWorld billing below. – Mark Clavin
So you are officially a veteran of the TransWorld movies. Three years, how has it been?
Those three years were all absolutly different from each other, which made them really interesting and super fun! Over the years, we've done such different trips and rode really different terrains. Starting from filming a lot with my close friends Victor, Arthur, and Grego at home, to being lost with a sled in Montana with Leland! So the diversity in experience has been huge but they have always been a success. Traveling with those great, weird humans across the globe with a snowboard to find the best pow were the best experiences I could have!
How many snowmobiles did you break this year?
I did in the past a little bit of sledding, but this year was my first real year on those machines. I ended up being OK, but it wasn't a foregone conclusion… Sledding is a kind of love/hate story. I broke, in total, 3 sleds, and each time was more stupid than the other. The best one was the first one though. It was in Cooke City, Montana. Renting was expensive, so I tried to find the best deal in town, and an old but solid sled called the Skipass was the one we found to rent. On the second day, after a long day in the backcountry, I had to race to get the sled back on time before the shop closed to avoid the extra fees. I was almost full speed when I took what had to be the only rock of the mountain between my skies. It was a sharp one. It rocked the sled, made me fly away and destroyed everything. Then we had to negotiate for 2 days with the sled neck from Montana because he tried to soak me. A few thousands dollars later the story was far away but it was the perfect definition of disaster!
I would like to thanks all my sled teachers (Darcy, Leland Garret, Leanne..) and mostly the people who helped me get my sled un-stuck after trying stupid stuff (mainly Cale, our Smith team manager)!
Who was the crew you rode around with the most this season? Do you like riding out on your own or in a crew more?
So this year was really different than all the past years where I've been shooting video parts. This year I didn’t have any fixed crew so I was time and time again joining other crews in the US and Canada. During the season, I ended up most of the time by myself with my buddies Darcy Bacha and Leland. So, we shaped way less than usual and rode more natural terrain, which was kind a new for me. But in general, I'm more a crew person, I get motivated on the spots with other riders. And when you're a big crew you can shape way bigger kickers, which I love!
What about all the natural terrain you rode as opposed to previous parts?
Riding a lot of natural was a really good experience but damn, it's sometimes really hard. You have to be more creative and try to find the best spots to catch some airs. And in the end those spots are rare. So it's most of the times a lots of tries for a few good shoots. But riding those massive pillow zones is a European’s dream and I have yet to be disappointed, it was insane!
We heard you did a small stint with the RV Tour of Death, how was it? Good stories?
The RV tour was absolutly CRAZYYY! First, I love camping and sleeping in a RV. Second, the RV crew members were super gnarly. And third, in the north of Sweden in April you have almost no night, so the lights are super cool and you can sleep until late and ride until late! Many crazy things happened in this RV, it's hard to tell you all those trash stories so we are just going to say that what happened in the RV, stays in the RV.
What about shooting with Theo for the last three years? How has that been? What does the filmer/rider relationship mean? Do you guys benefit from working with each other so much over time?
First in my opinion, I think that a good snowboard shot is 50/50. What I mean is that even if you do the sickest trick ever, if this one hasn't been well filmed, it would be nothing. So the filmers behind their lenses are not that famous but they should be because they are as talented as the riders, and they have to access the same sketchy terrains.
Filming with Theo for last three years has been super fun. That is for many reasons, great human, great traveler, party boy and a talented filmer…
After three years on the road we know each other pretty well and the benefits of filming together are huge. When you know a filmer well, he knows what you like (kind of shots, angles, tricks you want to get..) and will be honest with you by saying if it's shit or not, or will even give you the motivation to keep going. That relationship is really important in a crew, and we found it right in the TWS crew.
What are you most stoked on right now in snowboarding? Across any of the different styles and riders.
These days I've been super hyped on so many things. But in general, I like that back to roots vibe we are experiencing with a lot of carving and surf style. Also enjoying the simple fun things like side hits. And the I'm in love the new tech & style moves that the new generation is bringing, showing everyone that there is still so much to do with a board!
How about next year? What are you looking to accomplish?
This year we got the chance to go to Israel for a Snow/Surf/Culture trip with TWS and it was an incredible adventure… I really enjoyed that roots way of traveling to ride new mountains and meet new people, so I would like to go on some similar trips while filming some technical footages.
How about one Story from this season?
Once, when we were lost in the wilderness of the Yellowstone, on the way up to the zone we met a huge buffalo who was in the middle of the trail. It was sketchy to go around it with a sled, but we made it! Then the other guys got me to do a challenge. To become a true Euro cowboy, I had to tame and ride with that beast! So I strapped in, rode towards him, tried a small wheely and he suddenly got scared and mad at me… Result, I shit in my pants, went off the road to escape death and all the others cowboys behind me almost had heart attack because of laughing at me so hard…
To recap… human beings (in this situation: me) are stupid and the nature is always stronger, but we live to take up those daily challenges!
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