Nov 9, 2014

Chasing Powder - Trial and Error!

Hi guys,

In March 2014 the snow conditions in most parts of the alps were far from perfect. So we decided to go on a roadtrip and search for some fresh powder. 'Chasing Powder' tells the story of living in a motorhome for two weeks, camping next to the road, exploring the backcountry, building jumps, hucking cliffs and pure freedom!  The search brought us south. We spent most of the time cruising around the Italian Dolomites - have fun watching it:

"14 days of straight skiing have never been more fun!" - Jochen Mesle -
"Does it get any better than just beeing guided by the pleasure of skiing?" - Max Kroneck -
"For a trip like this you need the right crew. That`s what we had for sure!"  - Julian Zenzmaier -



Directed & produced by Johannes Müller & Philipp Becker (El Flamingo Films)
Still Photography: Rasmus Kaessmann
Supported by: Rollei, Planks Clothing, Haglöfs, Sionyx

We also already had a lot of fun at the world premiere of Whiteroom Productions new movie 'Trial and Error'. I'm proud to say, that it is the funniest freeride movie I ever saw. 
Here is your chance to have a good laugh:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/trialerror




Thanks for stopping by,
cheers,
Jochen

Jun 25, 2014

short Season Review in pictures

Hi,

because the last blog post was full of words, this one will be focused on some photos and clips, which sum up my season pretty good.
After coming back to Austria (after my surftrip to Tenerife) the season started as usual with the Film Festivals, some park skiing and fun windlip sessions.


We also had a quite successful online release of our El-Flamingo movie on EpicTV - if you haven't seen it yet or want to look at it again you can watch it here:

 
Shooting an advertising clip for Rollei Actioncams.
First film trip to Italy for Drawing Lines and El-Flamingo - finally some powder.
Day 1 of ISPO.
Day 2 of ISPO.

Heaps of snow at the first competition in Engadin.

Filming for Whiteroom.


Equipment for the two week long El-Flamingo roadtrip.
BC kicker session in the Dolomites.
Having some fun while filming.
Inrun to the BC kicker ... wanna go back!!!
Back to Austira... finally back on the podium at a competition: FWQ 3* Kitzsteinhorn.

Hiking ... it was worth every single step.
... and back to park skiing in slushy conditions.
Second last run of the season (06.06.14).
Last run of the season (03.07.14).
Now it's time to finish my Master's Degree, afterwards  for a 7 week long surf trip and then its already fall and I'll be back on skis.

Thanks for stopping by,
cheers,
Jochen

An insight into my mind... (contest season review)

Well, let's start this blog with a quote of my good buddy Jules 'The King':
"What I'm thinking a lot at the moment is how much of a mental thing competition skiing and also how mental filming can be..."
I have been thinking a lot (maybe too much) about my approach to skiing this season, so I decided to try to put some thoughts down and give you an insight into my mind here (Sorry, I wasn't able to cut the text - there are a lot of thoughts filling my brain, as you might know, ha ha)...

My contest season started in Engadin with tough conditions in the Face -not for having fun, but for planning a contest run: it was a picture book-like day, huge amount of fresh powder and a cloudless beautiful day. The 'problem' was, that the landings of the cliffs in the lines that appealed me most were to deep. ;) So I ended up looking at the face for 3 hours to find a creative alternative (2 airs at the top, followed by a nice sized backflip and two possible outruns depending on how clean my backy is stomped), instead of having fun in the powder and started to ask myself if it is worth it to 'give away' such a nice day for one contestrun. 
I hiked to the top to drop in at around 2.30 pm ... unfortunately with an empty battery in my helmetcam so I have no footage of my run. The thing is I was pretty satisfied with it except for my bottom air which I backslapped, so after a nice final run at the Corvatsch North-West-Face after the comp I was kind of bummed about hearing my score (6,4 out of 10 points). But without an external footage it's hard to judge your own run, because there are a lot of mixed feelings while doing a comprun. 

Next stop was in Hochfügen, my most favorite event. I planned a really cool line over some months before the comp and was really looking forward to try it at the contest day. But as it turned out and everyone knows, northern Tyrol has been absent of huge snowfalls this season, so my bottom cliff wasn't an option anymore which was pretty demotivating. 
Next plan... my old line from the year before, when I ended up 7th. 
Went too big at the first hit... lost both skis... no score.
360 in Hochfügen (c) eye5.at
0,1 seconds before the no score ...(c) eye5.at


















So ... "What tactic should I use for the next comp?" was the question I asked myself and my friends ... decided to try to ski 'with the handbrake on'. Adjusting my riding just to have a higher possibility to get a good score was a hard first step for me. Those thought jumped back into my mind just some seconds before the takeoff of my planned 360 at the 3* event in Axamer Lizum, so I slowed down and fucked up my trick. Bad mindgame? 

Two days after the comp I returned to the face and redid my run two times with full speed and way cleaner... 


backflip in Kappl (c) Guy Fattal Photography
Next weekend, next comp, next tactics? 

Planned to ski the face in Kappl as I would do it for fun or while filming (a small 360', a backy and a mid-sized 360)... clean first trick, tried to do a really slow backy at the big standard cliff to stomp it clean in the tricky landing section... did a too low set up turn, ended up being too slow (which I knew right before the flip, but it's really hard to change the plan in a blink of an eye before the takeoff)... crashed, lost a ski and broke my bindings in the next turn ... no score.



After more or less four unsatisfying comps my mind was fragile. 

Is it worth it doing the Freeride World Qualifiers? (which takes a lot of time, money and it's hard to film or do trips besides the comps)

Is it worth it to change my riding, just to have a higher chance of stomping everything totally clean to get a good score?
Is it worth it to stop trying to progress the Freestyle part inside of Freeride competitions?

To land a cliff or even a double- or triple-cliff clean is somehow different to stomp a 360, a 540 (like Patrick Baskins) or even a 720 (like Fabio Studer) clean of a fair-sized cliff.
While doing that you take a high risk to your score (not a high risk to your safety, which must be prevented) so I still have the opinion that it might be worth it to ease the score here a little. 
Because being creative even in Big Mountain lines is what true Freeriding is for me... meaning on the one hand skiing creative, highly technical lines or on the other hand doing creative tricks out of natural hits.


And seeing guys having a different approach in competitive skiing than in filming or just freeriding for fun, makes me kind of sad, even when they are just thinking about changing their approach.
In every contest the choice of the face and the kind of judging should be suited for every rider - so everyone has the chance to win, while being true to themselves and not adjusting the riding to the judging.

After those ups and downs... the El-Flamingo guys and I (also with Jules and Max on board) started our two weeks long roadtrip into the Southern Alps. I has been two awesome weeks, which have been really important for me to clear my mind and get as stoked on skiing again as I used to and want to be.


After the trip I headed to the next comp in Silvretta Montafon, one of my most favorite resorts! There was a 'last minute' face change, because the originally planned 'Hochjoch' face was too sunaffected.
But the Zamangspitze-Face has also a huge potential for a comp, so I planned a nice, safe line for my run. While hiking up, I noticed that the conditions are, not as anticipated, quite good... decided to do a big 360 at a totally blind takeoff, because I was keen to try it ... couldn't stomp it clean... 18th place.
Was it worth it?
I think so ... ;)

But, for the last two comps, I think that I've learned my lesson and tried to try ;) a more mellow approach...
After winning last year, I finally ended up on the podium at the X OverRide at Kitzsteinhorn again. After breaking my pole at the takeoff to my 360 in the super soggy snow, I managed to land a backy and two more cliffs and got rewarded with the 3rd place.


A week before the final comp this season in Obergurgl (4*) I injured my lip pretty bad with my knee - It was too bad, because I finally started to feel happy with my skiing and was really motivated for the last comp.
So I grabbed my full-face helmet, skied a safe line and ended up 10th.

Well... for next season I started to work together with a mental coach to become the master of my mind. ;) ... I'm gonna be prepared and motivated, ha ha!

Cheers and sorry for stealing your time,
Jochen


Jan 19, 2014

still waiting...

Hey guys,

well... as the title says, we're all 'still waiting' for the winter to come in here in Tyrol.

But it has still been a very fun time up there - so here are the first impressions of my season for you.

For me, the season started with some park skiing and many fun windlip sessions at our local glacier resorts. I put together a little edit two months ago, so if you haven't seen it yet or want to watch it again ... enjoy ;)



Afterwards, it started to snow a little. But it was always connected to strong winds - so we still don't have an acceptable and stable base here. This brings us to my next edit with the same title, haha.
'#2 - still waiting -' includes some shots form the last two months here in Tyrol and some b-shots from the first two days of shooting for El-Flamingo and FreeRidersLife, where we went to Italy to catch some powder:


The lack of snow here also caused the organizers to postpone the first Freeride World Qualifier in Axamer Lizum, which I wanted to attend, so let's hope for better conditions next Saturday at the FWQ 2* event in Kappl. I'm really motivated to start into the competition season, so bring it on winter ... ;)

Talk to you soon...
Jochen




Aug 18, 2013

Summertime + Trailertime

Hi guys,

well, it has been a very long time... but a good time.

It's been very hot the last days, so I have been spending a lot of time surfing in the cold river.
I got kind of addicted and I'm thankful, that we have such an awesome possibility here.
Beeing at the standing wave nearly every day makes me pretty stoked for catching some real waves later on after finishing my summer job.


Btw... I'm proud to introduce two new partners, which I started working with, to you:
To get some nice, unique POV shots during my season, I signed with a traditional German brand called Rollei (since 1920).
I tested the new actioncam 5S WIFI the last days and I'm really happy with the quality and the mounting options. Here are three screenshots:

I also started a cooperation with an other traditional German company called Kamei. They pimed up my (girlfriend's) car with a new stylish, high quality roof box. So I'm now able to carry all my gear and inviting more friends to go skiing with, while keeping the car clean.

Now to two other highlights... because the off-season is the season of the trailers, here are two of our projects - I had so much fun this season while shooting and I'm proud to be a part of those.

'For a Few Lines More' by Whiteroom-Production:


One2Remember by El-Flamingo:


So... now it's time to watch some surfing: http://www.billabongpro.com/tahiti13/live-gb

Enjoy your Sunday evening,
cheers,
Jochen

Mar 24, 2013

Canada and my first FWQ win

Hey there,

well, well... the planned weekly updates here on my blog ended up in monthly news.
The reasons why: I'm in the final year of my studies and also started my Master's thesis lately, which requires a lot of time. The good thing is, that I will finish my studies in summer, so I'm finally gonna be called 'Master Mesle'. ;)


Short words to recap the last 4 weeks:

We (Fabi, Neil, Burger, Simon and me) have been in Canada for 2 weeks to get some good footage for our movie project. It was a really awesome trip, we had perfect conditions and a lot of fun. We hiked basically every line and also spend 2 nights in a tent in the backcountry... Good memories.
Here are some screenshots:




snacks, snacks, snacks


Afterwards, I spend much time in the lab, but also had some really fun days in the park and backcountry with good friends.

The last two days, I've been in Kaprun to compete at my last comp of the season: the X Over Ride at Kitzsteinhorn.I did a short facecheck on Friday, had some really fun runs in perfect conditions with Jules, Marcel and Basti and enjoyed the evening in a hot tub and sauna. =)

The contest-day started (way too early) at 6:20am, but everyone was in a good mood.
I did a last minute line-change and decided to do an easy line with a 360 and a backflip, which I crashed on last year.
I was way to slow at the middle section, where I've planned my 360. So I had to skip it and in return I was a little to fast during my backflip, so I ended up backslapping. ;)

© Digitalex.at

Anyway ... I ended up winning my first Freeride World Qualifier. Congrats to Felix, who gathered enough points to be 4th in the total FWQ ranking. Which means, that (at the moment - one more FWQ3* to come) he is qualified for the next years Worldtour - so I'm really stoked on the results.
© mia* maria-knoll.com

It was a really nice weekend, I'm looking forward to next year.
Here is a short edit of some runs before and after the comp (Unfortunately, I had some problems with my cam during my contest-run, so I don't have any good pov-footage of it):


Well... thanks for stopping by!


Cheers,
jochen



Feb 20, 2013

Big Mountain Hochfügen + Shooting with El-Flamingo and the Whiteroom project

Well... 
It has been three weeks since my last post – three awesome weeks to be precise ;)

After landing on a rock with a 360 and loosing my ski at the FWQ**** in Engadin, I did a nice run at the Corvatsch with Flo, Neil, Fabi and Raphi:


Ten days ago, I attended the FWQ**** Big Mountain Hochfügen: Due to cloudy weather, the comp got postponed to Sunday, so we had a fun time in the deep pow on Friday and Saturday. The guys of El-Flamingo joined me to get some shots for the contest segment in their upcoming movie. Raphi showed me how to do a hand drag cork 3... a very fun trick, you have to try it! 


The level of riding on Sunday was insane - it was the best contest I've been a part of! Big thanks to the organization, who did a really good job.
Unfortunately, the deep pow slowed me down too much before the first 360... I think that was the place where I left the points - so here is my contest run:



I'm happy with my performance (ended up 7th)... because each contest is a good chance to get some experience. I still have a lot to learn... I just did five Qualifiers before! So watch out next year ;)
My second 360 © Michael Neumann
Congrats to everyone, who is stoked on his performance... and especially to Raphi for his second place and for getting a well-earned wildcard for the FWT-event in Fieberbrunn!

My buddy Jules (www.julianzenzmaier.com) and I also wrote a report (in German) for powderguide.com: click here

Besides the comps, I spend some time filming with El-Flamingo and the Whiteroom project. Here are some impressions:
Neil and Simon doing a little close-up shot

Cork 7 in Lienz © Rasmus Kaessmann
Backflip © Rasmus Kaessmann



Right now, I'm driving back home from the weekly 'Adveture Night' - and afterwards I'll have to finish packing my stuff for the Canada-trip with Neil, Fabi, Burger and Simon. It's gonna be my first real trip, the first time on a plane and the first time outside of Europe... unfortunately without my girlfriend. But... I'm really excited!!!

So see you in the pillowland...