Snow mountain windsurfing. There was only one man willing to take on this unprecedented challenge, the first attempt in the world. His name – Levi Siver. Siver is a professional windsurfer known for catching the biggest waves all over the world, bending the wind to his will.
“The idea for this project stemmed from the vision that we could transfer the elements of windsurfing onto a mountain and create the same exhilarating experience the surfer gets on the water. What would happen if I were to combine snowboarding and windsurfing?”
“The board has the rail and fin you need for surfing and there are no bindings. It has straps and it’s ridden with surf boots so on the drop in you get the same feeling as when you’re windsurfing. But you’re looking down on a mountain, not the ocean.”
The filming conditions were harsh. The days started with a two hour hike up a mountain with temperature lows of -13°C. After that, shooting took an average of 7 hours each day. Sometimes Levi and the crew would wait at the summit for up to 3 hours to make sure they caught the perfect winds. It took a total of 20 days to shoot.
The location for the shoot was Rishiri Island in Hokkaido, off the northern tip of Japan. Distinctive terrain where you can look down on the ocean while riding down the mountain.
“What mountains and the ocean have in common is their unpredictability. The scenery is truly beautiful, but also extremely dangerous and the conditions change everyday. Everyday is a brand new adventure.”
Photos: Jason Halayko/Red Bull Contentpool