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<strong>UK</strong> EDITION<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2019</strong>, £3.50<br />

BEYOND THE ORDINARY<br />

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DANNY<br />

MACASKILL<br />

10 years of<br />

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and triumphs<br />

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EDITOR’S LETTER<br />

PATH OF MOST<br />

RESISTANCE<br />

Whoever said “Good things come to those<br />

who wait” hasn’t met the stars of this month’s<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong>. <strong>The</strong>re’s trail-riding superstar<br />

Danny MacAskill (page 56), who, a decade ago,<br />

worked in an Edinburgh bike shop and dreamt<br />

of making a huge gap jump onto the roof of the<br />

store next door. Two years earlier, Anna von<br />

Boetticher (page 30) tried diving without an air<br />

tank. Today, she’s our cover star, freediving<br />

beneath icebergs. Strongman Mike McCastle<br />

(page 40) reprogrammed his own survival<br />

mechanism to motivate himself to help others.<br />

Japanese band DYGL (page 48) wanted to emulate<br />

their western idols; in the process they’ve found<br />

themselves at war with the hypocrisy of their<br />

homeland’s music industry. Meanwhile, Michael<br />

Kiwanuka (page 26) kickstarted his music career<br />

by walking out on Kanye, and actor Linda<br />

Hamilton (page 24) is battling Terminators and<br />

Hollywood ageism at a youthful 63 years old.<br />

CONTRIBUTORS<br />

THIS ISSUE<br />

MAUREEN O’HAGAN<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pulitzer Prize-nominated<br />

journalist has met many<br />

surprising characters in her<br />

career, but none quite like<br />

strongman Mike McCastle.<br />

“Before I sat down with Mike,<br />

I had a picture in my mind that<br />

turned out to be completely<br />

wrong,” she says. “I don’t<br />

think I’ve met someone so<br />

different from what his list<br />

of achievements would<br />

suggest.” Page 40<br />

STUART KENNY<br />

For the Edinburgh-based<br />

writer, interviewing<br />

Danny MacAskill was an<br />

achievement unlocked. “I’ve<br />

been a follower since 2009,<br />

watching him ride his bike<br />

along railings in <strong>The</strong> Meadows<br />

without impaling himself,” he<br />

says. “Ten years later, it was a<br />

few hundred yards from that<br />

railing that we chatted. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

say don’t meet your heroes,<br />

but if that hero is Danny,<br />

you’re safe.” Page 56<br />

For photographer Tobias Friedrich, shooting in Greenland’s<br />

fjords wasn’t easy: “It was -2°C, so Anna [von Boetticher] only<br />

had 15-20 minutes in such an extreme environment.” Page 30<br />

TOBIAS FRIEDRICH (COVER)<br />

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56<br />

<strong>The</strong> power of 10:<br />

Danny MacAskill<br />

talks us through<br />

his decade of<br />

spectacular trials<br />

and YouTube hits<br />

CONTENTS<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

DAVE MACKISON<br />

08 Fantasy island: psychedelic<br />

paragliding in Bali<br />

10 Ahead of the curve: shadow<br />

skating in Singapore<br />

11 Photo finish: the climbers who<br />

wouldn’t be beaten<br />

12 Perpetual ocean: an encounter<br />

with one of Hawaii’s fiercest waves<br />

15 Can you dig it: Metronomy’s<br />

Joseph Mount shares his four<br />

favourite garden-themed tracks<br />

16 Coffee break: the man who makes<br />

surfboards from takeaway cups<br />

18 Fly by night: check into Tokyo’s<br />

flight-simulator hotel room<br />

20 Balanced view: expert tips from<br />

German slackliner Lukas Irmler<br />

22 Bring the noise: the ‘museum’<br />

conserving sounds of the past<br />

24 Linda Hamilton<br />

Terminator’s Sarah Connor on<br />

reprising her most iconic role<br />

26 Michael Kiwanuka<br />

<strong>The</strong> singer-songwriter whose<br />

route to success wasn’t Yeezy<br />

28 Beauden Barrett<br />

Back in black: home truths from<br />

the New Zealand rugby ace<br />

30 Freediving<br />

Fjord escort: beneath the ice<br />

with diver Anna von Boetticher<br />

40 Mike McCastle<br />

America’s very own Hercules<br />

48 DYGL<br />

Rocking Japan to its foundations<br />

56 Danny MacAskill<br />

<strong>The</strong> Scottish MTB rider revisits<br />

his career highlights to date<br />

70 Pressure drop: American<br />

skydiver Tom Noonan and the<br />

Mount Everest freefall that<br />

became a labour of love<br />

80 Meet Erwan Le Corre, the French<br />

physical trainer whose fitness<br />

regime takes you back to nature<br />

81 In the world of gaming, the<br />

FIFA franchise is a colossus.<br />

We explore how the football<br />

title grew from meagre-budget<br />

minnow to league leader<br />

82 Unmissable dates for your<br />

calendar<br />

83 This month’s highlights on<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Bull TV<br />

85 Equipment: watches for every<br />

terrain, plus the hiking, biking<br />

and grooming kit you’ll want<br />

to be using this month<br />

98 Bird’s-eye biking: freeriding<br />

with a drone in France<br />

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MOUNT AGUNG, BALI<br />

Tripping<br />

the lıght<br />

fantastic<br />

“A trippy full moon in Bali” is<br />

how surf coach Ivan Fominykh<br />

describes this amazing shot of him<br />

paragliding through the air near<br />

Mount Agung, the island’s active<br />

volcano. While it appears to have<br />

captured a psychedelic night-time<br />

light show, the image was actually<br />

achieved thanks to a combination<br />

of clever photography and<br />

specialist equipment. “I took this<br />

shot using an LED light strap,” says<br />

photographer Serge Shakuto. “It<br />

was shot with a 20-second-long<br />

exposure and one strobe light with<br />

a wireless remote.”<br />

Instagram: @shakuto<br />

SERGE SHAKUTO / RED BULL ILLUME


09


SINGAPORE<br />

Curves<br />

and<br />

shadows<br />

Shot from above by drone, this<br />

photo was taken in Singapore<br />

during a session with members<br />

of the country’s tight local skate<br />

scene. <strong>The</strong> image, which uses<br />

shadow play and the natural lines<br />

of the park, is just one in a<br />

collection snapped by photographer<br />

Ebrahim Adam and shortlisted<br />

for <strong>Red</strong> Bull Illume’s Instagram<br />

community vote in June. “Stoked<br />

that three of my images have<br />

been selected,” Adam wrote in<br />

his Instagram post.<br />

Instagram: @ebra_cadabra


BIDEAN NAM BIAN,<br />

SCOTLAND<br />

Saving<br />

face<br />

When climbers Guy Robertson<br />

and Greg Boswell attempted the<br />

summer route at Bidean nam Bian,<br />

near Glen Coe in Scotland, in 2017,<br />

they hadn’t anticipated failure, but<br />

that’s how the day ended. Returning<br />

to the location later that year to<br />

complete the climb, they took along<br />

photographer Hamish Frost to<br />

record their triumph. This shot went<br />

on to win <strong>Red</strong> Bull Illume’s Best of<br />

Instagram category this June.<br />

“It’s awesome for Scottish winter<br />

climbing to get more exposure on<br />

a worldwide stage,” says Frost.<br />

“It’s bold, hard, technical climbing<br />

in unforgiving conditions, and often<br />

it goes without much fanfare.”<br />

Instagram: @hamishfrost<br />

EBRAHIM ADAM/RED BULL ILLUME, HAMISH FROST/RED BULL ILLUME<br />

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PE’AHI, HAWAII<br />

Rider<br />

on the<br />

storm<br />

Ask someone to imagine surfing in<br />

Hawaii and they’ll most likely think of<br />

blue skies, clear waters, and dudes<br />

throwing the shaka sign. But, as this<br />

image shows, that’s not always the<br />

true picture. <strong>The</strong> dramatic shot was<br />

taken by Ryan ‘Chachi’ Craig, who<br />

captions it “a tale of trying to wrangle<br />

the biggest catch, on the windiest<br />

day, at a notoriously moody and<br />

dangerous spot, Pe’ahi. [Hawaiian<br />

surfer] Nathan Florence trying to<br />

read a turbulent ocean while also<br />

trying to avoid being blown away into<br />

the great blue ocean. What a day”.<br />

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METRONOMY<br />

Hanging<br />

out in<br />

the green<br />

room<br />

When he’s not writing indie-pop<br />

anthems, you’ll find Metronomy’s<br />

Joseph Mount in his garden. Here,<br />

he picks four horticultural tracks<br />

Formed in 1999, Metronomy have<br />

created their own idiosyncratic<br />

synth-pop style over the years,<br />

influenced by everything from<br />

’60s psych-rock and electronica<br />

to Prince and NERD. <strong>The</strong><br />

British band regularly feature in<br />

music magazines’ best-of-the<br />

year lists, and their albums have<br />

gone top 10 in France as well as<br />

in the <strong>UK</strong>. For their sixth album,<br />

Metronomy Forever, founder<br />

Joseph Mount found inspiration<br />

in his own backyard. “Gardening<br />

is something I’ve become very<br />

involved in,” says the 37-year-old<br />

songwriter, and this passion has<br />

had an impact on his personal<br />

playlist. Here are four of his<br />

green-fingered favourites…<br />

Metronomy Forever is out now;<br />

metronomy.co.uk<br />

GREGOIRE ALEXANDRE MARCEL ANDERS<br />

Talking Heads<br />

Pull Up <strong>The</strong> Roots (1983)<br />

“It’s a pun, isn’t it? It’s about<br />

pulling up the roots when you’re<br />

gardening. It’s what you’ve got<br />

to do with, like, potatoes. In<br />

gardening, I’m sort of the muscle,<br />

and Mariam, my girlfriend, is the<br />

more creative gardener. So I do<br />

things like rotovate, which is<br />

turning the soil. I get rid of weeds,<br />

do big destructive work. That’s<br />

my speciality.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Kinks<br />

<strong>The</strong> Village Green Preservation<br />

Society (1968)<br />

“Gardening is about seeing yourself,<br />

seeing the human cycle and the<br />

seasons and things like that. This is<br />

a good track to play when you’re<br />

literally getting ready to garden. It<br />

gets you in the mood to grab your<br />

trowel and put on your gloves. It<br />

also reminds you about the futility<br />

of what you’re doing, which is<br />

essentially trying to fight nature.”<br />

Stevie Wonder<br />

Come Back As A Flower (1979)<br />

“This is about wanting to come<br />

back as a flower when you die.<br />

Which is a nice idea, but one thing<br />

I’ve learnt is that growing flowers<br />

is actually one of the least<br />

gratifying things. It’s an incredibly<br />

laborious task, because you’re<br />

always having to split them and<br />

reseed stuff. It’s a super-involved<br />

type of gardening, so I don’t really<br />

do that. I destroy things.”<br />

Miles Davis<br />

Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)<br />

(1960)<br />

“As a teenage boy, I’d have breakfast<br />

at 11am on weekends. I’d be listening<br />

to some Miles [Davis] and watch my<br />

parents in the garden. I couldn’t<br />

really understand what they were<br />

doing, but this track is 16 minutes<br />

long, so it’s a good one to get you<br />

into some kind of zone. Like, if you<br />

have a long task – weeding, that kind<br />

of thing – it’s nice. Give it a try.”<br />

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Clockwise from left:<br />

Nolan takes his<br />

surfboard back to its<br />

birthplace for coffee;<br />

the board before<br />

shaping; fin detail; the<br />

Vissla contest logo<br />

SUSTAINABLE SURFING<br />

Dunkin’<br />

without<br />

dumpin’<br />

New Hampshire surfer Korey Nolan<br />

is bringing attention to throwaway<br />

culture through his boards made<br />

from recycled coffee cups<br />

As lovers of the ocean, most<br />

surfers are defenders of the<br />

environment. <strong>The</strong> boards and<br />

equipment they use, however,<br />

are far less eco-conscious, made<br />

from non-recyclable materials<br />

with a large carbon footprint.<br />

One surfer fighting back against<br />

environmentally unfriendly waste<br />

is Korey Nolan, 32, a shaper from<br />

New Hampshire who has created<br />

a board from more than 700<br />

recycled Dunkin’ Donuts cups.<br />

Nolan’s board was inspired by<br />

the profusion of discarded coffee<br />

cups he saw in his local area.<br />

“I wanted to make what people<br />

throw away daily more apparent,<br />

to make them question it,” he<br />

says. “I collected a thousand<br />

Styrofoam cups in less than 10<br />

months, just from family and<br />

friends. <strong>The</strong>y started saying that<br />

I’d made them realise how much<br />

take-out coffee they bought.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> surfboard was created<br />

by compressing the cups in a<br />

mould, which were then set with<br />

bamboo and bio-based epoxy.<br />

Last October, it won second<br />

place in a challenge, hosted<br />

by Californian brand Vissla, to<br />

make a ride-able piece of surf<br />

equipment from garbage or<br />

recycled materials.<br />

But Nolan doesn’t want his<br />

board’s success to encourage<br />

the continued use of Styrofoam<br />

by companies. “If you start using<br />

these items as source material<br />

for boards, you’re still creating a<br />

second-hand demand. Styrofoam<br />

has been around for almost 80<br />

years and every piece ever made<br />

is still out there, because it<br />

doesn’t biodegrade. I want my<br />

board to raise awareness of that.”<br />

Instagram: @koreytnolan<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Superior Cockpit Room at the Haneda Excel: go to sleep in Tokyo and wake up in, er… Tokyo<br />

When touching down after a long<br />

flight, the last thing most people<br />

want to think about is having<br />

to board another aeroplane. But<br />

that’s clearly not the case for<br />

every traveller. Which is why the<br />

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu has<br />

just created a guest room that<br />

allows visitors to continue their<br />

flight experience.<br />

Named the ‘Superior Cockpit<br />

Room’, the new space is fitted<br />

with a flight simulator that<br />

mimics a Boeing 737-800 flight<br />

from Tokyo to Osaka’s Itami<br />

Airport. Also on hand is an<br />

instructor with extensive<br />

experience of piloting Boeing<br />

planes, so guests can learn to<br />

fly like a pro.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is some meaning<br />

behind this madness: the hotel<br />

is connected to Tokyo’s Haneda<br />

International Airport and boasts<br />

a view of two of the main<br />

runways from most of its rooms,<br />

so it’s already a favourite<br />

stopover for flight enthusiasts.<br />

“We wanted to create<br />

something very ‘airport hotel’,”<br />

says a representative for the<br />

Haneda Excel. “Under the<br />

guidance of a former captain<br />

who actually has a lot of flight<br />

experience, you can experience<br />

the operation of the aeroplane.”<br />

A night in the twin-bedded<br />

room costs 25,300 yen (£195)<br />

per night. However, guests<br />

cannot simply book in and<br />

play pilot all night long: the<br />

90-minute flight simulation<br />

costs an extra 30,000 yen<br />

(£230) on top of the standard<br />

room rate and must only be<br />

controlled with an instructor<br />

present at all times. Also,<br />

guests are strictly forbidden<br />

from entering the simulator<br />

unsupervised or touching its<br />

handles at any other point<br />

during their stay.<br />

If you fancy a turn in the<br />

simulator at the Haneda Excel,<br />

you’d better act fast: the room<br />

has been entirely booked up<br />

for its first two months, and<br />

there are only a few upcoming<br />

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“It comes down to a<br />

tolerance of frustration.<br />

You’ll fail a lot before<br />

you succeed”<br />

20 THE RED BULLETIN


L<strong>UK</strong>AS IRMLER<br />

Picking up<br />

the slack<br />

Before you set foot on a slackline,<br />

read and digest these tips from<br />

Germany’s world-record breaker<br />

Irmler walked his first<br />

slackline in 2006 and<br />

has gone on to break<br />

two Guinness World<br />

Records and set various<br />

highline standards<br />

VALENTIN RAPP LOU BOYD<br />

Slacklining is very simple<br />

and, at the same time,<br />

immensely hard. <strong>The</strong><br />

sport may merely involve<br />

walking from one end of a<br />

length of flat webbing to<br />

the other, but only a small<br />

percentage of people<br />

have mastered it. One<br />

of these is Lukas Irmler.<br />

“In the beginning,<br />

slacklining didn’t feel<br />

at all possible to me,”<br />

says the 31-year-old<br />

German. “But I kept<br />

practising and practising<br />

and I started to make<br />

progress. After crossing<br />

my first little slackline<br />

and looking back at it,<br />

I was amazed at how<br />

I’d been able to make<br />

something that seemed<br />

impossible possible.”<br />

Irmler has now walked<br />

some of the world’s<br />

most impressive and<br />

intimidating slacklines<br />

and highlines, most<br />

notably this August<br />

when he set the record<br />

for the longest highline<br />

walk ever: 2,000m at<br />

Ville d’Asbestos in<br />

Quebec, Canada.<br />

“It was a long-standing<br />

dream of mine to have<br />

that pure record,” Irmler<br />

explains. “If you keep<br />

pushing yourself to the<br />

outer limits of the sport,<br />

you push the sport with<br />

you. That was a really<br />

special moment for me.”<br />

Here, Irmler shares<br />

five of his top slacklining<br />

tips. “I think [success<br />

in the sport] comes<br />

down to a tolerance of<br />

frustration,” he says.<br />

“You will fail a lot before<br />

you succeed. You just<br />

have to be passionate<br />

and persistent enough<br />

to keep on going and<br />

continue to believe.”<br />

lukas-irmler.com<br />

1. Take it easy<br />

“Start on a short, low<br />

slackline and practise<br />

until you can get across<br />

without falling.”<br />

2. Ditch the shoes<br />

“Going barefoot will<br />

mean you get a much<br />

better feeling for the<br />

line itself.”<br />

3. Face forward<br />

“Place your feet<br />

forward in the direction<br />

of the line, not facing<br />

outwards. This way,<br />

you’ll be facing the line<br />

and the anchor.”<br />

4. Check your poise<br />

“Maintain a little bit of<br />

a bend in your knees<br />

and ensure that you<br />

keep your arms up high<br />

throughout. People<br />

often forget to use<br />

them for balance.”<br />

5. Keep your focus<br />

“Remain focused on<br />

one point at the very<br />

end of the slackline.<br />

Many people make<br />

the mistake of looking<br />

down at their feet.”<br />

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Above: exhibits range from an 8mm film projector to a manual typewriter. Below left: Chun (left) and Derksen<br />

CONSERVE THE SOUND<br />

Blasts from<br />

the past<br />

<strong>The</strong>se once-commonplace sounds have<br />

largely disappeared from our lives. But,<br />

thanks to an online archive, all is not lost<br />

A corded telephone, the handle<br />

to wind down a car window, the<br />

first Nintendo Entertainment<br />

System games console – their<br />

working noises were known to<br />

you, but your children and/or<br />

younger friends have probably<br />

never heard them. It’s almost<br />

as if they’ve been lost in time.<br />

But, for Daniel Chun and Jan<br />

Derksen, the German founders<br />

of audiovisual communication<br />

agency Chunderksen, the silence<br />

has grown too loud, so they have<br />

set up a “museum of sounds<br />

threatened with extinction”.<br />

Conserve the Sound is an<br />

online audio treasury for our<br />

ears, which showcases objects in<br />

danger of disappearing from our<br />

aural memories. “<strong>The</strong>se days,<br />

the visual dominates and sound<br />

seems to play a secondary role,”<br />

explains Derksen. “We wanted to<br />

change that. Normally people<br />

collect paintings, illustrations,<br />

classic designs or sculptures and<br />

curate them in an exhibition or<br />

museum. But collecting sounds<br />

is rare. We were fascinated by<br />

the idea of creating a multimedia<br />

space or a museum of sounds<br />

threatened with extinction.”<br />

Ninety-nine per cent of the<br />

objects and sounds in this<br />

growing interactive collection of<br />

audio memories (free of charge<br />

to everyone) were sourced and<br />

recorded by the duo themselves;<br />

the rest have been contributed.<br />

“You can send us sounds<br />

you’ve recorded yourself,” says<br />

Derksen. “Just attach them to an<br />

email, or go to the site’s upload<br />

section. <strong>The</strong>re, you’ll find the<br />

information you need on how to<br />

get the right picture of the object<br />

and best record its sound.”<br />

Conserve the sounds dearest<br />

to you and they’ll be available to<br />

our collective memory for all<br />

eternity. Or, at least, for as long<br />

as the website exists…<br />

conservethesound.de<br />

CHUNDERKSEN/CONSERVETHESOUND.DE HANS HAMMER<br />

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Linda Hamilton<br />

Age against<br />

the machine<br />

At 63 years old, the Terminator star is<br />

back, fighting killer robots from the future<br />

and tired attitudes from the past<br />

Words TOM GUISE Photography JOHN RUSSO<br />

To prepare for the role of Sarah<br />

Connor in 1991 sci-fi thriller<br />

Terminator 2: Judgment Day,<br />

Linda Hamilton enlisted an Israeli<br />

ex-commando to train her in martial<br />

arts and weapons handling. “I learnt<br />

to load clips, change mags, verify kills<br />

– it was vicious stuff,” she said of the<br />

experience. Working out six days<br />

a week, she would run 12km and<br />

bench-press 40kg. Co-star Arnold<br />

Schwarzenegger described her<br />

transformation as “extraordinary” –<br />

more so because her regime began<br />

just two weeks after she gave birth.<br />

In the film, Connor defeats a<br />

killing machine from the future. In<br />

real life, Hamilton was battling an<br />

enduring anachronism: the poor<br />

portrayal of women in action movies.<br />

She’s now returning to the role in<br />

Terminator: Dark Fate to vanquish<br />

another stubborn Hollywood monster:<br />

a lack of action roles for older women.<br />

“It’s nice that I’m seen as someone<br />

who opened possibilities for women<br />

in action films, but until this film<br />

I never thought of myself as badass,”<br />

the 63-year-old tells <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong>.<br />

“I didn’t want to play me as I was,<br />

I want to play me now. It was a<br />

journey of discovering who I am today<br />

and putting that on screen.” And<br />

naturally, she’s doing it all while<br />

pumping a shotgun with one arm.<br />

the red bulletin: What does the<br />

role of Sarah Connor mean to you,<br />

and why return to her now?<br />

linda hamilton: I can’t pretend it’s<br />

not important to me – Sarah Connor<br />

has been the identifying work in my<br />

career – but back then it was just<br />

another job. It’s only years later that it<br />

became this iconic performance. I was<br />

26 when I shot the first one. A lifetime<br />

later I felt it’d be interesting to see<br />

what time has done, who she is now<br />

– more bitter, no longer significant to<br />

the future in the way she knew she<br />

was before. <strong>The</strong>re were many things<br />

for me to draw from, because I have<br />

life experience mapped on my face.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new film ignores the<br />

instalments that followed T2.<br />

Word has it you did, too…<br />

<strong>The</strong>y approached me for the third<br />

one. I read it, but there was nothing<br />

new to say. I wanted to like the films,<br />

but they failed to create characters<br />

people could connect with. It was<br />

because Jim [Cameron, writer/<br />

director of the first two films and<br />

producer of this one] was back at<br />

the helm that I even considered it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a story that you refused<br />

some lines of dialogue in this film…<br />

That was misleading, because it wasn’t<br />

me versus Tim [Miller, the director],<br />

it was just juvenile dialogue. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

created this artificial rivalry between<br />

these two women [Hamilton’s Connor<br />

and Mackenzie Davis’ Grace] and it<br />

sounded like they were in middle<br />

school. I was like, “It diminishes these<br />

characters. I’m not gonna say it.”<br />

I have an investment in not trivialising<br />

Sarah Connor – I’ve had a relationship<br />

with her for 35 years. I care that the<br />

movie is good, and that’s what I spent<br />

every day trying to do.<br />

You proved that in T2. Do women<br />

approach you about your physical<br />

transformation in that film?<br />

Definitely. <strong>The</strong>y’re like, “My mother<br />

wanted your arms. She lost 60lb to<br />

look like you.” So much attention was<br />

paid to how I looked, but that was just<br />

a small part of what I did as an actor.<br />

It might have even got in my way. I’d<br />

meet with directors who’d say, “You’ve<br />

never played a part like this before –<br />

one that’s normal.” I didn’t want to<br />

play the strong woman after that.<br />

But you hit the gym pretty hard<br />

again for this film…<br />

It was more time-consuming than<br />

on T2. You think you’ll work as hard<br />

and get the same result, but that<br />

doesn’t happen at my age – you need<br />

hormones to put muscle on [Hamilton<br />

took hormone supplements to prepare<br />

for this role, suffering mood swings<br />

and blood-pressure spikes]. I worked<br />

out with an amazing trainer, Mackie<br />

Shilstone, to strip the fat from my<br />

muscles. I gave up carbs, just ate meat<br />

and vegetables, did Pilates, weights<br />

– we focused on the body in motion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> look is different, but still a<br />

warrior at this age.<br />

Did you consider calling Arnie?<br />

At 72, he’s also working out at<br />

a different stage of life…<br />

And at the top of his game. We haven’t<br />

remained in touch much since he<br />

became Governor. You don’t just go,<br />

“Get the Governor on the line.” So,<br />

no, we didn’t consult Arnold. I didn’t<br />

see him until he showed up on set.<br />

Do you think audiences will accept<br />

you as an older action star?<br />

What’s compelling is the authenticity<br />

of the character. I might not look the<br />

same, but I have so much more to say.<br />

We’re obsessed with youth and beauty<br />

but I want to embrace everything I’ve<br />

got going on: wisdom and strength<br />

that doesn’t mean body strength.<br />

A real woman doing amazing things.<br />

What’s next for Sarah Connor and<br />

Linda Hamilton?<br />

I never think about what else I can do.<br />

Even in Judgment Day, creating this<br />

character was an accidental miracle.<br />

Jim wanted me to butch my hair up<br />

while escaping the mental hospital.<br />

I didn’t think we needed that, so<br />

I just threw it in a ponytail. People<br />

embraced that because I didn’t turn<br />

into a guy to play the role; they<br />

embraced Sarah Connor’s feminine<br />

ideal of strength. We don’t have to<br />

look like men to be strong.<br />

Terminator: Dark Fate is in cinemas<br />

from October 25; Twitter: @Terminator<br />

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“I didn’t want<br />

to play me<br />

as I was.<br />

I want to<br />

play me now”<br />

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“I was like,<br />

‘What?<br />

How did he<br />

even hear<br />

one of my<br />

songs?’”<br />

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Michael Kiwanuka<br />

“I’m glad I said<br />

no to Kanye”<br />

How walking out on one of music’s top producers<br />

helped the soulful singer-songwriter keep his feet<br />

on the ground and his career on the right track…<br />

Words BJÖRN SPRINGORUM<br />

It’s safe to say that you’re destined<br />

for greatness when Adele asks you<br />

to support her on tour before you’ve<br />

even released an album. And when<br />

folky London-Ugandan singersongwriter<br />

Michael Kiwanuka’s<br />

debut, Home Again, came out the<br />

year after he joined the awardwinning<br />

singer on her 2011 Adele<br />

Live tour, it reached number four in<br />

the <strong>UK</strong> album chart and went gold.<br />

His second album, 2016’s Love &<br />

Hate – produced by Danger Mouse –<br />

outperformed its successor, topping<br />

the <strong>UK</strong> album chart and affirming<br />

Kiwanuka’s reputation as one of the<br />

world’s most sought-after young<br />

soul voices. Another superstar who<br />

discovered Kiwanuka’s talent early<br />

on was Kanye West, who invited him<br />

into the studio to record together.<br />

As he prepares for the release of<br />

his eponymous third album, the<br />

32-year-old reminisces about that<br />

Kanye moment, and reveals why<br />

he still believes that cancelling the<br />

session was the right decision for<br />

his fledgling career…<br />

the red bulletin: Kanye West<br />

is famous for collaborating with<br />

the world’s hottest and most<br />

talented musicians. How did it<br />

feel when he invited you to go into<br />

the studio with him?<br />

michael kiwanuka: <strong>The</strong> whole<br />

thing was utterly crazy, man.<br />

Photography OLIVIA ROSE<br />

Kanye West, the mightiest figure<br />

in music, invites me to Hawaii…<br />

and I didn’t really understand why.<br />

I didn’t even have my first album out,<br />

and I was only just learning the tricks<br />

of the trade. I was like, “What? How<br />

did he even hear one of my songs?”<br />

I was scared. I couldn’t believe that<br />

he really wanted to work with me.<br />

All I could do was try to second-guess<br />

how he wanted me to be.<br />

His invitation didn’t feel like<br />

a confidence boost?<br />

No, not for me. I arrived at his<br />

studio laden with self-doubt and<br />

disbelief. And perhaps the craziest<br />

thing of all was that he was being<br />

super nice the whole time. He let<br />

me sit in his main room while he<br />

was making music. He was so<br />

quiet and concentrated, and he<br />

worked constantly, almost 24 hours<br />

[a day] – I hardly ever saw him<br />

sleep. He had this confidence<br />

radiating off him, and he always<br />

told me that I could do anything<br />

I wanted to do if I just was being<br />

myself. He actually said that.<br />

So, what happened?<br />

I didn’t believe a single word. I was<br />

positively convinced that I had to<br />

become another person, because<br />

I couldn’t see that he wanted me<br />

the way I was. I went home, even<br />

left my guitar there.<br />

To know that someone that talented<br />

can hear something special in my<br />

music is utterly surreal.<br />

Do you think that in life you<br />

sometimes have to sacrifice<br />

a big opportunity for an even<br />

larger goal?<br />

Well, you never know what would<br />

have happened. But yes, I guess<br />

it can be good to miss out on<br />

something. In the end, everything<br />

got me to the point where I am now,<br />

and I couldn’t be happier. So, in<br />

that sense, yeah, I’m glad I walked<br />

out on Kanye West.<br />

At the time, did it feel like you’d<br />

failed in some way?<br />

Yes, but that’s fine. People who have<br />

always been good at things, and<br />

who have got through life without<br />

any difficulties at all, really struggle<br />

when they fail for the first time,<br />

because they’re just not used to the<br />

feeling. Even Kanye West has failed<br />

a lot of times. Failing early on is<br />

the best way to learn. It’s not exactly<br />

fun, but it’s essential.<br />

Your debut album, Home Again,<br />

was a breakthrough hit, and the<br />

follow-up, Love & Hate, topped<br />

the album chart. With your third,<br />

Kiwanuka, ready for release,<br />

how do you define success?<br />

Ultimately, it’s about personal<br />

satisfaction; a contentment with<br />

what I am doing. I’m able to do what<br />

I love for a living: getting up in the<br />

morning and making music.<br />

And winning a major award –<br />

a Grammy, for instance – isn’t<br />

part of the equation?<br />

Awards are like landmarks: they<br />

keep you on this journey. A Grammy<br />

will never really solve any real issues,<br />

but it can make you keep going.<br />

Kiwanuka is released on October 25;<br />

michaelkiwanuka.com<br />

Why was it so difficult to believe<br />

what he told you?<br />

I think the invitation came too<br />

early in my career. I learnt a lot<br />

from it, though, and I’m glad it<br />

happened that way. Who knows<br />

if it would have got to my head?<br />

Still, it was a great experience.<br />

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Beauden Barrett<br />

Tackling<br />

the myth<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Zealand rugby star can fend off<br />

tough challenges on the pitch, but how<br />

about misconceptions about his team?<br />

Words TOM GUISE Photography GRAEME MURRAY<br />

<strong>The</strong> All Blacks have won more Rugby<br />

World Cups than any other national<br />

team and, as reigning champs, were<br />

favourites again as the competition<br />

kicked off in Japan on September 20.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are a team with a near mythical<br />

reputation for victory. Which makes<br />

player Beauden Barrett a virtual<br />

unicorn. <strong>The</strong> 28-year-old fly-half and<br />

fullback was core to the Kiwis’ 2015<br />

victory, was voted World Rugby<br />

Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017,<br />

and is fourth on the All Blacks pointscoring<br />

chart in test matches. Now<br />

he’s here to unravel that legend and<br />

dispel a few of the myths surrounding<br />

his own formidable team.<br />

myth 1: To be in the All Blacks, you<br />

need to be the size of the Hulk.<br />

beauden barrett: I weigh 92kg –<br />

size doesn’t matter. Being big doesn’t<br />

mean you’re the boss. Every position<br />

requires a different physique or skill<br />

set: some guys have to be strong to<br />

push in the scrum; others need to<br />

be explosive and jump high to catch<br />

balls in line-outs, or do a lot of<br />

kicking and running. I have to be fast<br />

and powerful. Everyone knows their<br />

role within the team, but there’s no<br />

hierarchy due to size. You learn to<br />

respect the elders and those more<br />

experienced than yourself.<br />

myth 2: All Blacks can only play<br />

for a local club team and not<br />

overseas rivals.<br />

That’s almost entirely true. You<br />

certainly won’t see players in the<br />

<strong>UK</strong> or Europe also playing for the<br />

All Blacks. <strong>The</strong>re have been a few<br />

exceptions where it’s like a little<br />

sabbatical, playing in Japan for a<br />

short time. But I can’t recall a New<br />

Zealand rugby player returning<br />

from Europe to be an All Black – it<br />

doesn’t happen. Once you’re gone,<br />

you’re gone for good.<br />

myth 3: <strong>The</strong> All Blacks are just<br />

about unbeatable.<br />

No team is guaranteed a quarterfinal,<br />

because there are so many<br />

variables. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of<br />

teams who can potentially win [the<br />

World Cup]. This shows the growth<br />

of a lot of countries. It’s interesting<br />

watching the Six Nations and seeing<br />

Wales finish the way they did [they<br />

won]. I know the Japanese are<br />

developing very quickly. <strong>The</strong>y’re very<br />

well coached and will be dark horses.<br />

Our focus is on one game at a time,<br />

and then the pool games.<br />

myth 4: Success has made the<br />

All Blacks arrogant.<br />

You don’t just get selected on pure<br />

form or talent; it’s important to have<br />

good values, too. If you’re a good<br />

person, you’ll be a good All Black,<br />

because when it comes to team<br />

culture there is no place in this team<br />

for dickheads.<br />

time. Every opposition will respond<br />

differently: some will smile, some<br />

look scared. I’ve faced the haka<br />

and it is intimidating – it sends a<br />

shiver down your spine. Because<br />

we understand the meaning of it,<br />

it’s quite emotional.<br />

myth 6: No other nation is allowed<br />

to do the haka.<br />

Oh, look, it’s up to the opposition<br />

what they decide to do. We see it as<br />

a sign that they’re up for a challenge.<br />

But when we see them do it and they<br />

don’t understand the meaning, we<br />

find that it can be disrespectful.<br />

myth 7: You practise the haka<br />

every time you train.<br />

At a low intensity we do it once a<br />

week, the new guys maybe a little bit<br />

more. You can’t lose connection with<br />

it or forget its meaning. It’s important<br />

not to take it for granted, because<br />

we’re in front of millions of people<br />

and we’re going out to win, so we<br />

have to do it well.<br />

myth 8: <strong>The</strong> All Blacks possess<br />

a powerful secret, one that helps<br />

you be the best.<br />

It’s not one thing, it’s a whole lot of<br />

things: hard work, high expectations<br />

and the discipline to live those every<br />

day and enjoy it. If you’re really<br />

enjoying something, you can<br />

challenge yourself. If you’re not<br />

enjoying it, you’re not going to push<br />

yourself to the limits when you’re<br />

training, when you’re playing. You<br />

don’t want to make it fake.<br />

myth 9: <strong>The</strong> black jersey has<br />

special powers. You once said that<br />

when you first put it on, you felt<br />

like Superman.<br />

I mean, there’s no time like the first.<br />

That was certainly the most powerful<br />

but, yes, every time I put it on I take<br />

a moment to gather my thoughts,<br />

reflect and realise what I’m about to<br />

do, because it’s a special time.<br />

myth 5: <strong>The</strong> haka is a technique to<br />

gain a read on the opposition.<br />

It’s about us and what we bring.<br />

It’s about how well connected we are<br />

and how powerful we feel at the<br />

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”You don’t<br />

get picked on<br />

pure talent.<br />

You need<br />

good values”<br />

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COLD<br />

COMFORT<br />

Beneath a frozen fjord in eastern Greenland<br />

exists an underwater realm with a sky made<br />

of icebergs. For some it spells terror, but<br />

German freediver ANNA VON BOETTICHER<br />

sees it as therapy<br />

Words<br />

SABRINA LUTTENBERGER<br />

Photography<br />

TOBIAS FRIEDRICH


Von Boetticher gently<br />

touches an iceberg at<br />

a depth of 12m. Down<br />

here, it’s -2°C. Above<br />

the surface, it’s -27°C.<br />

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Anna von Boetticher can<br />

hold her breath for six<br />

minutes and 12 seconds<br />

– longer than anyone else<br />

in her native Germany.<br />

But when the 49-year-old<br />

isn’t underwater, she can<br />

barely catch her breath<br />

as the words gush out in unbridled<br />

enthusiasm for freediving, a passion she<br />

only discovered 12 years ago. Since then,<br />

she has set an impressive 33 diving<br />

records in her homeland, as well as one<br />

world record, and earned three world<br />

championship bronze medals. But for<br />

Von Boetticher the appeal doesn’t come<br />

from titles or trophies as much as it<br />

does from diving in unusual locations.<br />

That’s what she was doing in Greenland<br />

this year, plunging into a frozen fjord<br />

with diving partner and photographer<br />

Tobias Friedrich.<br />

the red bulletin: You could dive<br />

anywhere and yet you chose an icecold<br />

location. Why?<br />

anna von boetticher: I’d just been<br />

through a turbulent time and needed<br />

peace of mind, and the best place<br />

for me to find that is in the extremes<br />

of nature. It was in the minimal world<br />

of Greenland that I was forced to<br />

expose myself mentally and physically;<br />

everything else stood still.<br />

Your base camp was in Tasiilaq –<br />

a place engulfed in ice for half the<br />

year. What challenges did you face?<br />

<strong>The</strong> main one was keeping warm when<br />

the outside temperature is -27°C. It’s<br />

better to freedive on an empty stomach,<br />

but I knew that wouldn’t work if I was<br />

standing in the cold for seven hours and<br />

didn’t want to freeze. I had to eat an<br />

extraordinary amount of high-energy food:<br />

peanut butter, porridge, sugar. I wore<br />

layer upon layer of clothing and made<br />

precise estimates of how long I could stay<br />

in the water. It was at the very limit of<br />

the demands you can make on yourself.<br />

condition are you in? What are the<br />

external factors and how do you react<br />

to them? Only then can you make an<br />

objective decision not born from<br />

feelings or ego. Having that sort of<br />

control is one of the secrets to safe and<br />

successful freediving.<br />

How do you push yourself further<br />

from there?<br />

It takes great self-awareness of what’s<br />

happening inside your body. Freediving<br />

requires you to resist the natural urge<br />

to breathe – do I really have to breathe<br />

now or is it a false alarm? You realise<br />

you can override an instinct and do a lot<br />

more than you’d have thought. So the<br />

next time you’ll face a new situation<br />

with greater self-belief.<br />

Do you ever panic when you’re<br />

deep underwater?<br />

I get scared, but I’ve never panicked.<br />

I always react calmly to any problem<br />

and set the fear aside for later. Anyone<br />

can learn this: you just need to expose<br />

yourself to new things. This way, you<br />

learn to deal with the feeling of unease<br />

we all experience, then proceed in spite<br />

of it. Anyone who deliberately exposes<br />

themselves to stressful situations will<br />

eventually acquire greater peace.<br />

Is there any part of your sport that<br />

still surprises you?<br />

Experiencing the underwater world is<br />

intense, beautiful and different every<br />

time. It’s hard to compare it to anything<br />

else. As humans we don’t belong in it,<br />

and yet we can adapt to a sufficient<br />

enough extent to be able to spend time<br />

there. That never ceases to fascinate me.<br />

Instagram: @freediveanna<br />

How do you know when you’ve hit<br />

those limits?<br />

You’ve got to be honest with yourself.<br />

Of course I want to go a metre deeper,<br />

and I do get annoyed when I don’t do<br />

better than last time, but what physical<br />

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Freediving<br />

“In Greenland, I was<br />

forced to expose<br />

myself mentally and<br />

physically”


WORLD OF THE<br />

ICE GIANTS<br />

On the way down, it isn’t<br />

long before icebergs<br />

and floes block the view<br />

above. This isn’t only<br />

psychologically unpleasant,<br />

it also impedes use of the<br />

usual safety rope<br />

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Freediving


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GETTY IMAGES


Freediving<br />

Greenland<br />

Nuuk<br />

Tasiilaq<br />

FJORD DIVING<br />

Pictured left: the ice near Tasiilaq, with<br />

a main triangular hole in the centre and<br />

three smaller holes – emergency exits<br />

for the divers – fanned out above it. When<br />

Von Boetticher lost her bearings at one<br />

point, one of these exits saved her life.<br />

A good tip for Greenland: get undressed<br />

at the last possible moment<br />

Von Boetticher defrosts her<br />

frozen feet with hot water<br />

She has to move fast – the ice hole<br />

constantly freezes over<br />

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Freediving<br />

TEST OF NERVES<br />

Von Boetticher lights her way through the<br />

underwater canyon. <strong>The</strong> gorge in the fjord<br />

near Tasiilaq is about 20m long and far<br />

from the ice hole. It’s a risky move requiring<br />

all her experience and mental strength<br />

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Herculean<br />

Tasks<br />

With his unorthodox techniques,<br />

Mike McCastle has trained<br />

people to unlock their full<br />

potential, including the first<br />

person to cross Antarctica<br />

solo and unaided… and himself.<br />

His own record-breaking feats,<br />

inspired by the 12 Labours of<br />

Hercules, are mind-boggling<br />

journeys to the outer limits of<br />

mental and physical strength<br />

Words MAUREEN O’HAGAN<br />

Photography CAMERON BAIRD<br />

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Breathtaking feats: using<br />

his unique training,<br />

McCastle, 32, has set<br />

multiple world records,<br />

including flipping<br />

a 113kg tyre a total<br />

distance of 21km


Gentle giant:<br />

McCastle brings<br />

a philosophical<br />

approach to his<br />

strongman tasks


Mike McCastle<br />

If there’s one thing<br />

that winds up Mike McCastle,<br />

it’s when people say stuff<br />

like, “You’re insane, dude,”<br />

or, “That shit’s crazy!”<br />

don’t see it that<br />

way,” the 32-year-old<br />

strongman says calmly.<br />

He’s responding to the<br />

question of whether<br />

it was crazy to try to<br />

“Ijust<br />

break the record for the<br />

most pull-ups in 24 hours, even though<br />

it put him in hospital. Or whether it was<br />

crazy that he set out to pull a two-tonne<br />

truck for 35km through Death Valley, or<br />

to repeatedly climb a 7m rope until he’d<br />

ascended the height of Mount Everest.<br />

He definitely didn’t think it was crazy<br />

when a skinny-ass stranger named Colin<br />

O’Brady asked for training to trek solo<br />

across Antarctica, dragging a sled stocked<br />

with more than twice his weight in food<br />

and gear. Never mind that this task took<br />

the life of British explorer Henry Worsley<br />

in 2016 and was long thought impossible.<br />

From the get-go, McCastle knew each<br />

of these endeavours would bring extreme<br />

suffering. <strong>The</strong>y’re part of a mission the<br />

1.9m tall, 102kg Las Vegas resident calls<br />

the Twelve Labors Project – a homage to<br />

the 12 Labours of Hercules, the ultimate<br />

hero of Greco-Roman mythology. <strong>The</strong><br />

question is: why in the world would<br />

anyone put themselves through all this?<br />

“I’d heard stories about people doing<br />

great things when another person’s life is<br />

on the line,” McCastle says. “I wanted to<br />

test how much I’d be willing to suffer<br />

doing things for others.”<br />

Sacrifice is ingrained in US military<br />

service, and McCastle went into the<br />

Navy after high school, spending the<br />

next 11 years as an air traffic controller.<br />

He also served as a mental and physical<br />

conditioning trainer in a programme<br />

created by the Navy SEALs after 9/11 to<br />

help address a vexing problem: as many<br />

as 80 per cent of trainees drop out before<br />

earning their SEAL Trident. <strong>The</strong> physical<br />

training is notoriously tough, but these<br />

recruits are the fittest of the fit and they<br />

really want to become SEALs, so why<br />

were so many dropping out?<br />

<strong>The</strong> reason is biological. In moments<br />

of fear and stress, the area of the brain<br />

called the amygdala takes over. Part of the<br />

function of the amygdala – dubbed the<br />

‘lizard brain’ due to its primitive nature – is<br />

to identify threatening situations and get<br />

you out. Physiologically, your body reacts<br />

similarly whether you’re facing down a<br />

tiger or engaging in high-intensity training:<br />

your heart rate spikes, you get tunnel<br />

vision and hearing loss; your conscious<br />

brain, laser-focused on becoming a Navy<br />

SEAL, shuts down. <strong>The</strong> lizard brain<br />

doesn’t care about goals, it’s a survival<br />

response. “It happens in a fraction of<br />

a second and gives you no room for<br />

conscious thought,” McCastle says.<br />

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Moments later, the quitter’s heart rate<br />

slows down and it hits them: they’ve just<br />

tossed away their dreams. <strong>The</strong> realisation<br />

is devastating enough for the Navy to be<br />

concerned about the individual’s wellbeing.<br />

McCastle’s programme introduces<br />

to potential candidates the mental and<br />

physical tools used by SEALs in high-stress<br />

moments. One of these is to focus not on<br />

pain, but on the reason they wanted to<br />

become a SEAL in the first place: to serve.<br />

Back in 2012, McCastle himself<br />

was accepted into SEAL training.<br />

His chances of success seemed<br />

high. Each year, when the Navy<br />

set physical assessments, he always came<br />

top. He’d already learnt the lessons of the<br />

lizard. He also had years of experience in<br />

air traffic control, where you learn to<br />

manage stress; if you let day-to-day<br />

worries distract you in that control tower,<br />

people could die. McCastle was a master<br />

at compartmentalising, at being laserfocused<br />

on the task at hand. He calls it a<br />

‘flow state’: “Your peripheral vision opens,<br />

Time trials: McCastle’s training<br />

challenges include tests of strength,<br />

endurance and mental focus<br />

your mind becomes clear and your words<br />

become more succinct, because your brain<br />

cuts the fat. And you’re very calm.”<br />

Less than two weeks into the training,<br />

McCastle was part of a formation running<br />

in the sand alongside Lake Michigan.<br />

Ahead there was a divot. “Twenty guys<br />

in front of me jumped into this divot and<br />

kept going,” he recalls. “I jumped down<br />

and both of my knees blew out.” He<br />

continued the exercise. His goal, after all,<br />

was to become a SEAL. That afternoon,<br />

his knees were like cantaloupes. He went<br />

to a pool training session and, for the first<br />

time in his life, his mind could not control<br />

his body. Pain shot through his swollen<br />

Around 1,200<br />

pull-ups into his<br />

challenge, the skin<br />

started ripping<br />

off his hands<br />

legs. “I almost drowned,” he says. “<strong>The</strong>y<br />

had to pull me out.” He had torn his right<br />

meniscus and left ACL, and seemingly, in<br />

one bad leap, destroyed his SEAL career.<br />

McCastle went into a deep depression.<br />

At the time, he saw himself as a highperformance<br />

athlete. “<strong>The</strong> problem with<br />

attaching yourself to one identity,” he<br />

says, “is the second it gets taken away,<br />

what do you have left? You’re nothing.”<br />

He returned to air traffic control duties<br />

and was able to re-enter that flow state,<br />

but inside he was raw. McCastle gained<br />

20kg and started drinking to selfmedicate.<br />

Without his strength, he was<br />

worthless. He had been the guy in charge<br />

of fitness assessments on the base, and<br />

now what? He realised he needed a goal.<br />

In December 2013, McCastle set out<br />

on a 50K run in aid of children’s cancer<br />

research. He made it harder by wearing an<br />

18kg vest to symbolise the weight of a child<br />

fighting cancer. <strong>The</strong> run was physically<br />

gruelling, but mentally, McCastle says, “It<br />

felt great. It wasn’t really about me and it<br />

opened the door. I was able to push myself<br />

beyond what I thought I was capable of.”<br />

Later, he learnt a veteran had posted<br />

a record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours,<br />

so he set his sights on breaking it. At the<br />

time, McCastle couldn’t even perform 10<br />

successive pull-ups, but if he had a goal<br />

and a big enough reason, he thought it<br />

was possible. He devoted his effort to an<br />

organisation for wounded veterans.<br />

On a July morning in 2014, he went<br />

to a public park and got to work. Small<br />

crowds came and went; day turned to<br />

night. Around 1,200 pull-ups in, the skin<br />

started ripping off his hands. A buddy<br />

flushed the wounds, packed them with<br />

chalk, and he kept going. His bicep<br />

tendons began to rupture. He kept going.<br />

His urine started to look like “uh, you<br />

know, Irish whiskey”. He kept going.<br />

Seventeen hours in, at rep 3,202, he was<br />

simply unable to grip the bar. He’d missed<br />

the record by around 800 pull-ups.<br />

McCastle was hospitalised with the<br />

life-threatening condition rhabdomyolysis,<br />

caused by muscles that are so taxed they<br />

begin to release toxins. His spectacular<br />

failure made national headlines. McCastle<br />

told himself he was a quitter, a fake. He<br />

was ashamed. How could he tell Navy<br />

sailors they had to do callisthenics when<br />

he’d put his own damn self in the hospital?<br />

“My world was crushed,” he says.<br />

On McCastle’s second day in hospital, a<br />

teenage boy knocked on his door. <strong>The</strong> boy<br />

was facing life-or-death surgery and used<br />

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Squat goals: each of McCastle’s<br />

tasks is dedicated to raising awareness<br />

of a specific cause, including Parkinson’s<br />

disease and wounded veterans


“Find meaning<br />

in everything you<br />

do,” his father<br />

would say<br />

a wheelchair, but he came in with a huge<br />

smile, wanting to shake the older man’s<br />

hand. “He didn’t care that I didn’t break the<br />

record,” McCastle recalls. “He just wanted<br />

to tell me how inspired he was by the effort<br />

I gave for a cause. Even at my lowest low,<br />

I could still positively impact someone.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> boy, who held no records, had<br />

inspired him. McCastle re-examined the<br />

pull-up task, why he’d done it and why<br />

he kept going. “I was doing it to raise<br />

awareness for wounded vets,” he says, “but<br />

if you peel away the layers, I was trying to<br />

regain an identity I’d lost. That’s a very<br />

selfish reason to do anything, because it<br />

was dangerous.” It was the wrong ‘why’.<br />

In classical mythology, Hercules is<br />

a demigod who kills his wife and<br />

children after Hera, queen of the gods,<br />

drives him mad. As penance, Hercules<br />

serves King Eurystheus for 12 years,<br />

performing a series of difficult feats –<br />

the 12 Labours. McCastle saw the story<br />

as a journey of self-discovery, pushing<br />

through struggle to get closer to your<br />

core identity. It wasn’t strength that kept<br />

Hercules going, it was resolve.<br />

A handshake from a kid in the hospital<br />

had given McCastle an idea: he would do<br />

his own 12 Labours, each dedicated to a<br />

cause. <strong>The</strong> point wasn’t to break records,<br />

but to focus on something outside himself<br />

and raise awareness about an issue.<br />

Maybe McCastle could inspire someone<br />

to run a 5K, to keep going in the face of<br />

illness, to overcome self-doubt. “In my<br />

interpretation, Hercules is the story of<br />

every human being on the planet,” he says.<br />

<strong>The</strong> run and the pull-up challenge<br />

became Labours one and two. For the third,<br />

he decided to flip a 113kg tyre for 21km<br />

to raise money for the Wounded Warrior<br />

Project. <strong>The</strong> tyre symbolised the physical<br />

and mental burden these men and<br />

women carry. He trained for six months.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day before the event, he was faced<br />

with another test: his sister called to say<br />

their father had passed away. Raymond<br />

McCastle had suffered from Parkinson’s<br />

disease for years, so his death wasn’t<br />

entirely unexpected, but it was still a blow<br />

to the family. It would have been entirely<br />

reasonable to postpone the event – that’s<br />

how the lizard is sometimes: reasonable –<br />

but McCastle thought about what his dad<br />

would say: “<strong>The</strong>se are your plans, your<br />

aspirations, son.” So, at 4am on a cold, wet<br />

December morning in 2014, McCastle faced<br />

the tyre. Dig under the rubber, deadlift the<br />

tyre, push it over. Dig. Lift. Push.<br />

All-time high: for the<br />

Twelve Labors Project,<br />

he climbed a rope for<br />

27 hours, equivalent<br />

to the height of Everest<br />

If you were standing there watching in<br />

the cold, you might marvel at how a man<br />

could lift 113kg more than 1,000 times<br />

and still keep going. But you would think,<br />

“Well, he is a beast, after all.” What you<br />

wouldn’t see is what’s going on in his head<br />

– the same thing going on in your head<br />

when undertaking a big challenge: fear,<br />

doubt, self-flagellation. Painful memories<br />

started flooding in. Of growing up in a<br />

very challenging household. About being<br />

mercilessly bullied. Dig. Lift. Push.<br />

McCastle thought about his dad: stoic,<br />

robust, a Louisiana-born African-American,<br />

an Air Force veteran who managed a sodacan<br />

factory. He saw how Parkinson’s had<br />

robbed him of his strength, his voice, even<br />

his ravenous mind. Dig. Lift. Push. He<br />

pictured his mum, a Filipino immigrant<br />

who was so driven that she joined the Air<br />

Force in her forties, with two kids.<br />

After his parents separated, a teenage<br />

McCastle helped care for his dad, making<br />

sure he was shaved, fed, bathed. He<br />

remembered finding him on the floor, his<br />

blood sugar dangerously low because he<br />

couldn’t put food to mouth. In a panic,<br />

McCastle quit the basketball team to<br />

prevent a reoccurrence, and afterwards<br />

he felt nothing but shame. He thought<br />

about how he later left his dad to join the<br />

Navy. Quitter, he told himself. Loser.<br />

Dig. Lift. Push. As the physical pain and<br />

mental anguish washed over him, the layers<br />

began to peel back. Raymond McCastle<br />

was a man of few words, interested more<br />

in ideas than in possessions. McCastle<br />

recalls his dad reading to him as a child:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dialogues of Plato, Viktor Frankl’s<br />

Man’s Search for Meaning, Nietzsche.<br />

“Find meaning in everything you do,”<br />

his father would say. It’s how, and why,<br />

we are able to push through challenges:<br />

because we’re serving something larger.<br />

As he continued, the tyre got lighter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Parkinson’s? Struggles growing up?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re wasn’t a damn thing he could do<br />

about them today. “I was letting go of<br />

things I didn’t need to hold onto,” he says.<br />

Ten hours in, he’d set what is considered<br />

to be his first world record (there was no<br />

certifying body present). He ate a huge<br />

steak, dragged himself home and slept.<br />

From here, McCastle was possessed by<br />

his Twelve Labors Project. In May 2015,<br />

for 27 hours, he climbed enough rope to<br />

reach the height of Everest, to raise money<br />

for Parkinson’s research. In September<br />

2015, he reattempted the pull-up record,<br />

again dedicating it to wounded veterans.<br />

Wearing a 14kg pack, he did 5,804 pull-ups<br />

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Mike McCastle<br />

without major injury. <strong>The</strong> following May,<br />

he rented a truck, loaded it with 19 gallons<br />

of drinking water and set out for Death<br />

Valley to raise awareness of veteran<br />

suicide. At the time, an estimated 22<br />

veterans were taking their own life each<br />

day; some were his friends. His plan was<br />

to strap a harness to his chest, rig a tether<br />

and pull the vehicle for 22 miles (39km).<br />

“I took it as an opportunity to look<br />

inward,” McCastle says. Hours went by<br />

and the thermometer went up. Every cell<br />

in his body was screaming for him to quit.<br />

Every so often, he would look up and see<br />

a stranger’s taillights in the distance. After<br />

19 hours, he reached his goal.<br />

By 2018, McCastle was physically<br />

drained and ready for a new kind<br />

of challenge. While going to school<br />

to study psychology and working as a<br />

trainer in Portland, Oregon, he received<br />

an email asking for a consultation. Some<br />

guy named Colin O’Brady. You may<br />

recognise the name thanks to his recordsetting<br />

54-day crossing of Antarctica –<br />

Natural talent:<br />

McCastle trains in the<br />

forest for his ascent<br />

of Mount Whitney<br />

“In my view,<br />

Hercules is the<br />

story of every<br />

human being<br />

on the planet”<br />

“<strong>The</strong> Impossible First” – but back when he<br />

met McCastle, he wasn’t so well-known.<br />

O’Brady knew McCastle was the coach<br />

he needed “within two minutes of looking<br />

into each other’s eyes”, he recalls. <strong>The</strong><br />

programme McCastle devised had three<br />

components: strength, endurance and<br />

mental focus. <strong>The</strong> last turned out to be “the<br />

difference between success and failure”,<br />

says O’Brady. For example, McCastle would<br />

make him hold a plank with his hands<br />

submerged in ice and then do a wall squat<br />

with his feet in buckets of ice. Meanwhile<br />

he’d have to put together a Lego set, or tie<br />

dozens of knots, or solve maths problems.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, with frozen feet, came a balance<br />

test, an agility test, and so on. McCastle<br />

would note all of O’Brady’s errors.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> main focus was just to control his<br />

breathing,” McCastle explains. Controlling<br />

your breath means controlling your mind,<br />

and in moments of high stress it can be the<br />

difference between life and death. Like<br />

when you’re pitching a tent in 130km winds<br />

and -20°C, when your brain is rattled and<br />

your fine motor function is slowed by<br />

frozen hands. If O’Brady practised these<br />

tasks, getting into that flow state, he could<br />

prolong the time it took for the lizard brain<br />

to kick in. “When I got to Antarctica,” says<br />

O’Brady, “I realised this guy was a genius.”<br />

A few times a week, McCastle heads to<br />

Portland’s Forest Park, one of the largest<br />

urban forests in the US. In the cool, misty<br />

air, beneath a canopy of moss-covered<br />

trees that soar more than 60m, he feels<br />

at home. As the trail starts to climb, he<br />

pauses again and again to cinch up the<br />

pack tugging on his shoulders with 40kg<br />

of sand. He’s training for his next labour:<br />

climbing Mount Whitney, the highest<br />

summit on the US mainland, with a 70kg<br />

barbell. Why? Parkinson’s. <strong>The</strong> barbell<br />

symbolises the weight that sufferers carry<br />

as they struggle through the disease.<br />

McCastle knows the disease well. He<br />

knows that, as time passes, everything<br />

about these people’s lives becomes smaller.<br />

Tremors make hands unsteady, brain<br />

function slows; eventually, patients become<br />

disoriented, confused. He spends every<br />

Tuesday morning teaching a specialised<br />

fitness class that includes stability,<br />

strength and mental challenges. Stand on<br />

one leg with a weight in your hand. Count<br />

out loud as you slam a medicine ball. Row<br />

500m while solving simple maths problems.<br />

Hold a PVC pipe like a sword a metre from<br />

a small plate hanging from a bar. Now aim<br />

that pipe through the hole in the plate.<br />

McCastle has thought a lot about what<br />

it means to pursue your fullest potential.<br />

He’s considered the lessons he learnt, not<br />

only from his labours, but from his dad,<br />

his mum, O’Brady, and now from these<br />

sixtysomethings focusing everything they<br />

have on a PVC pipe and a target. Research<br />

has shown that high-intensity exercise<br />

combined with cognitive tasks helps slow<br />

Parkinson’s symptoms. <strong>The</strong>se things will<br />

also help a man walk across Antarctica.<br />

And so, every Tuesday, as he puts his<br />

Parkinson’s students through their drills,<br />

McCastle is filled with gratitude. “I tell<br />

them, ‘You really are changing the world.’”<br />

twelvelaborsproject.com<br />

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Get up,<br />

Stand<br />

up<br />

DYGL have been dubbed<br />

Tokyo’s hottest new<br />

band, and they count<br />

members of <strong>The</strong> Strokes<br />

among their fan base.<br />

But it’s more than their<br />

massive melodies and<br />

effervescent guitar riffs<br />

that make them stand<br />

out. <strong>The</strong> quartet are the<br />

voice of a new generation<br />

in Japan who are tired of<br />

their country’s corrupt<br />

entertainment moguls<br />

and culture of obedience<br />

Words FLORIAN OBKIRCHER<br />

Photography ERIN UEMURA<br />

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Let yourself go: DYGL<br />

guitarist Yosuke<br />

Shimonaka leads by<br />

example during his<br />

band’s gig in Yonago<br />

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DYGL<br />

Top: DYGL fans queue<br />

up to get their CDs<br />

signed after the band<br />

perform in Okayama<br />

What’s different about<br />

the crowds in Japan?”<br />

Nobuki Akiyama thinks<br />

for a moment. <strong>The</strong><br />

musician is crouching,<br />

sandwiched between<br />

speakers and instrument<br />

flight cases. “In cities like London, our<br />

fans dance and sing along, but people in<br />

Tokyo are shy and polite; they don’t want<br />

to bother anyone. At our shows, they are<br />

so quiet I can’t even tell if they liked the<br />

gig. I check the reactions on Twitter<br />

afterwards to make sure they enjoyed it,”<br />

he says with a smile. “You’ll see for<br />

yourself.” He points to the wall of the<br />

small green room. <strong>The</strong> space behind it<br />

is packed with fans waiting for Akiyama<br />

and his bandmates to go on stage.<br />

Akiyama, 27, is the frontman of DYGL<br />

– pronounced Dayglow – lauded to be one<br />

of Japan’s best young bands. <strong>The</strong>ir 2017<br />

debut album, Say Goodbye to Memory<br />

Den, was produced by one of the quartet’s<br />

early supporters, <strong>The</strong> Strokes’ guitarist<br />

Albert Hammond Jr, and praised by music<br />

magazine NME as a “riotous trip through<br />

indie, rock ’n’ roll and punk”. In July,<br />

DYGL released the follow-up, Songs of<br />

Innocence & Experience, recorded in the<br />

band’s adopted hometown of London and<br />

mastered at every music fan’s pilgrimage<br />

site, Abbey Road Studios.<br />

Back in Tokyo this summer, the band<br />

toured 300-capacity venues to hone the<br />

new songs live in front of small audiences<br />

before taking to one of the main stages<br />

at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong><br />

<strong>Bulletin</strong> met up with them at Okayama’s<br />

Pepperland venue, which opened in<br />

1974 and has played host to a who’s who<br />

of underground music over the decades.<br />

<strong>The</strong> DYGL gig sold out instantly, fans<br />

packed in like sardines.<br />

Defying Akiyama’s predictions, when<br />

the band start the show it doesn’t take<br />

long for the crowd to come out of their<br />

shell. During the fourth song of the set<br />

(and the new album’s first single), Spit<br />

it Out, fists start pumping the air, and<br />

fans dance and mosh enthusiastically.<br />

Akiyama is visibly delighted. With their<br />

catchy guitar riffs and singalong choruses,<br />

DYGL’s songs defy you to stand still, and<br />

this – encouraging fans to overcome their<br />

inhibitions – is part of a bigger plan that<br />

began almost a decade ago.<br />

Back then, Akiyama was obsessed with<br />

<strong>UK</strong> guitar music, from early Beatles to<br />

groups such as <strong>The</strong> Libertines. He wanted<br />

to play this type of music himself, but<br />

there weren’t many indie-rock role<br />

models for a teenager from Tokyo. “<strong>The</strong>re<br />

were so many bands I was into, but almost<br />

all of them were white,” he says, “apart<br />

from Bloc Party and a few other indie<br />

acts that had people of colour.”<br />

It was the success of French rock band<br />

Phoenix that finally encouraged him to<br />

start DYGL with his college friends Kohei<br />

Kamoto (drums), Yotaro Kachi (bass)<br />

and Yosuke Shimonaka (guitar) in 2012.<br />

“Phoenix got really big in the US; people<br />

didn’t seem to mind their accents,” says<br />

Akiyama. Like Phoenix, DYGL decided to<br />

sing in English, something that made them<br />

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<strong>The</strong> band – (left to right)<br />

Nobuki Akiyama, Yosuke<br />

Shimonaka, Yotaro Kachi<br />

and Kohei Kamoto – met<br />

at university in 2011<br />

“People in Japan<br />

label us as ‘the band<br />

that sings in English’”


DYGL – pictured on<br />

stage at Pepperland in<br />

Okayama – released<br />

their second album in<br />

July to much acclaim<br />

Pepperland boss Iseo<br />

Nose, 72, has advice<br />

for DYGL: “You’re on<br />

the right path, remain<br />

true to yourselves”<br />

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DYGL<br />

“Those in power<br />

don’t care about<br />

the impact of<br />

music. All they<br />

want is control”<br />

outsiders in their own country – “People<br />

label us as ‘the band that sings in English’”<br />

– as well as abroad. Yet the decision was<br />

vindicated. “A cultural paradigm shift<br />

happened around that time: people began<br />

to look over the rim of the teacup and be<br />

more open to minority culture.”<br />

Thanks to the likes of YouTube and<br />

Soundcloud, music lovers now have more<br />

opportunities to discover new sounds<br />

for themselves, and, importantly, have<br />

wider access to music outside the Anglo-<br />

American canon, which explains the<br />

recent success of Korean pop music<br />

in the US charts, a phenomenon that<br />

would have been hard to imagine<br />

15 years ago. People are seeking artists<br />

who feel new and different. And since<br />

being able to gain attention and stand out<br />

are invaluable assets for any musician in<br />

the 21st century, the time seems right for<br />

a Japanese band playing fresher Britpop<br />

than any British act right now.<br />

Akiyama is quick, however, to state<br />

that DYGL’s musical direction is not some<br />

calculated marketing strategy. “Tokyo is<br />

far from the traditional epicentres of<br />

pop culture, like London and New York,<br />

so it feels natural for us to receive foreign<br />

music without bias, and to freely pick<br />

and choose elements from all genres<br />

and countries.” When asked about the<br />

Japanese elements in DYGL’s music, he<br />

replies like a shot: the melodies. “Music<br />

from foreign bands who break through<br />

in Japan is very melodic. <strong>The</strong> Japanese<br />

don’t speak much English, so they<br />

connect with the melodies, not with the<br />

lyrics,” he says. “I think that’s also why<br />

people here embrace our songs so much.”<br />

Although Akiyama stresses that<br />

DYGL aren’t an explicitly political<br />

band and that many of their songs<br />

are about love and friendship, it’s<br />

their more socially aware material that<br />

has gained them the most attention,<br />

especially abroad, since few Japanese<br />

bands grant Western listeners such an<br />

intriguing insight. Take the song Don’t<br />

You Wanna Dance in This Heaven?,<br />

which tackles Japan’s repressive history,<br />

specifically the country’s archaic fueihō<br />

law. Introduced in 1948 to regulate the<br />

sex industry, the law prohibited people<br />

from dancing after midnight at many<br />

venues, but this went largely unenforced<br />

until 2010, when authorities found a<br />

reason to crack down on nightlife and<br />

revived it. <strong>The</strong> law was revised in 2016,<br />

but it remains symbolic of politics in<br />

Japan, says Akiyama: if you strip people<br />

of their right to dance, you strip them of<br />

their freedom of expression. “It shows<br />

that the people in power don’t care about<br />

the cultural impact of modern music –<br />

all they want is to control people.”<br />

This tends to be a systemic problem<br />

in Japan, as Akiyama points out. In one<br />

recent scandal, it transpired that several<br />

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DYGL<br />

Classic tracks:<br />

downtime in a toy shop<br />

before a gig in Yonago,<br />

where the dressing room<br />

awaits (below)<br />

prominent TV comedians had performed<br />

at parties held by an organised-crime<br />

syndicate. This led to the comics’ sacking<br />

by their talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo,<br />

Japan’s largest entertainment group.<br />

However, the comedians subsequently<br />

claimed the agency grossly underpays<br />

its artists and had also warned them not<br />

to speak to the media about its alleged<br />

ties to organised crime. Another talent<br />

agency has been accused of conspiring<br />

to keep three former members of the<br />

boy band SMAP off the air because they<br />

had left its management.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> entertainment business is<br />

controlled by these agencies,” Akiyama<br />

says. “As an artist, you’re at their mercy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> big problem is that nobody<br />

challenges them. People are too polite<br />

“People are too<br />

polite to speak<br />

their mind, which<br />

is dangerous”<br />

to speak their mind, which can be really<br />

dangerous.” As a rock band scoring<br />

international success outside this talentagency<br />

system, DYGL see themselves<br />

as able to address such problems.<br />

“Politeness, which is deeply rooted in<br />

our society, isn’t necessarily a bad thing,”<br />

Akiyama continues, “but in these modern<br />

times, when the world is seeming to go<br />

backwards, it’s the wrong moment to not<br />

want to bother someone.”<br />

In the aftermath of the Fukushima<br />

nuclear disaster, big protests in Japan<br />

seemed like an overdue awakening of<br />

a politically apathetic population. But,<br />

eight years on, this hunger for protest<br />

and change has dwindled again. A few<br />

days prior to our interview, the voter<br />

turnout in Japan’s Upper House election<br />

fell below 50 per cent, the second lowest<br />

since World War II. Akiyama is keen to<br />

bring up the issue at tonight’s gig. “Now<br />

we’ve lived in cities like London and New<br />

York, we see Japan’s politics in a new<br />

light,” he says. “Overseas, it’s normal to<br />

discuss politics and voice opinions. Here,<br />

that doesn’t happen a lot.”<br />

At the concert, just before playing<br />

Don’t You Wanna Dance in This Heaven?,<br />

Akiyama makes a heartfelt, humorous<br />

plea to the fans, encouraging them to<br />

speak their minds. “It’s not about the<br />

country, it’s about individuals, it’s about<br />

you,” he finishes. “So say something<br />

if you have something to say. Let yourself<br />

go!” Three minutes later, guitarist<br />

Shimonaka’s T-shirt is off and he’s diving<br />

into the crowd as Akiyama shouts and<br />

lays into his strings. As a role model,<br />

you should always lead by example.<br />

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GIVES YOU<br />

WIIINGS.<br />

ALSO WITH THE TASTE OF COCONUT & BERRY.<br />

NEW


Danny’s<br />

Decade<br />

In 2009, 23-year-old Scottish cyclist DANNY MACASKILL released Inspired Bicycles<br />

– a five-and-a-half-minute film on YouTube that contained “probably the best<br />

collection of street trials riding [the mountain-bike discipline of manoeuvring across<br />

obstacles without a rider’s feet touching the floor] ever seen”. <strong>The</strong> film, which has had<br />

more than 39 million views to date, transformed MacAskill into a global superstar.<br />

Here, he looks back at his greatest moments of the decade that followed…<br />

Interviewed by STU KENNY<br />

ADIDAS OUTDOOR/DAVE MACKISON ADIDAS,FRED MURRAY/RED BULL CONTENT POOL<br />

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Imaginate (2013)<br />

I’d made a few films outdoors, but for Imaginate<br />

I wanted to try something different: to recreate my<br />

childhood bedroom floor and ride these giant toys.<br />

We had a £4million Formula One car and a real tank.<br />

<strong>The</strong> loop-the-loop was Hot Wheels-esque and I’d<br />

never attempted one – they’re disorientating, and if<br />

you watch anyone try on the internet, it always ends<br />

badly. I’d been off my bike for a year after my back<br />

operation, so my riding wasn’t where it needed to be.<br />

Each morning, I’d go into the warehouse, do eight<br />

flip step-downs onto a giant Dandy comic and build<br />

up to the loop. Eventually I got it dialled.


“We went all-out<br />

when we filmed<br />

Inspired Bicycles”


Danny MacAskill<br />

Inspired Bicycles (2009)<br />

This [opposite page] is me launching<br />

off the roof of Macdonald Cycles in<br />

Edinburgh, where I worked from 2006<br />

to 2009. Every day, I’d stand across<br />

the road with my lunch and look at the<br />

gap between the bike shop and the<br />

copy shop. When [director] Dave<br />

Sowerby and I started filming Inspired<br />

Bicycles, I set my sights on bigger and<br />

bigger goals. This gap was one of<br />

those. Before I tried it, I gapped the<br />

curb below – that’s the way I eye up<br />

gaps sometimes. <strong>The</strong> first time I tried,<br />

I overcooked it and landed on my back<br />

on the roof. You can’t overshoot it too<br />

much or you’ll fall onto the rails below.<br />

It was so satisfying when we did it;<br />

one of the standout moments of the<br />

film. Good bang for your buck!<br />

Dave is such a good filmmaker, so<br />

with Inspired Bicycles I felt I had this<br />

big opportunity. We went all-out with<br />

it: the riding was new, and the way he<br />

filmed and edited it to that music [<strong>The</strong><br />

Funeral by Band of Horses]… This tree<br />

[above] in <strong>The</strong> Meadows in Edinburgh<br />

is quite famous among BMXers, and<br />

I dreamt of doing a flare off it for<br />

Inspired Bicycles. In this picture, I’m<br />

actually doing a tap, which is quite<br />

an easy trick. I used to do this in the<br />

dark on my way home.<br />

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Danny MacAskill<br />

Way Back Home (2010)<br />

I signed with <strong>Red</strong> Bull at the end of 2009, and the idea<br />

for this film came up during one of our first meetings.<br />

I’m from rural Scotland – the Isle of Skye – so locating<br />

man-made concrete in my homeland appealed to me.<br />

In this shot [above], I’m at the foundations of an old<br />

railroad track on the Isle of Raasay.<br />

I remember being a bit disappointed by Way Back<br />

Home at the time. I had ridiculously high aspirations<br />

because of the bar I’d set for myself with Inspired<br />

Bicycles; I even had a plan to jump 140ft [43m] off the<br />

Skye Bridge and into the sea. Dave and I worked so<br />

hard to film some of the crazier ideas, driving 18,000<br />

miles [29,000km] in six months to get to locations<br />

when the sun was right. Looking back, I’m really pleased<br />

with the film. This shot [below] sums it up: we’ve got<br />

wheelbarrows, and there’s a microwaveable meal in<br />

the oven. That was our life back then.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Olympic Torch (2012)<br />

This was a slow year for me. I had a back operation on<br />

a disc I’d torn in 2009, so it was more of a planning<br />

year. One of the cool things that came out of it, though,<br />

was getting involved in the Olympic Torch relay. I was<br />

intending to do a big bike part with [film director] Danny<br />

Boyle in the opening ceremony, but sadly it fell through<br />

because of my health. However, getting to carry the torch<br />

outside Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum was cool. It<br />

was me, the actor James McAvoy and the curler Rhona<br />

Martin. I remember it being quite random, riding my bike<br />

in this white suit with a flaming torch. I practised outside<br />

my flat with a pump beforehand to see if I could do any<br />

tricks. I did a couple of manuals in the end.<br />

DAVE SOWERBY, PA, FRED MURRAY/RED BULL CONTENT POOL<br />

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Epecuén (2014)<br />

This film has a sad story. <strong>The</strong>re was a town on the<br />

edge of this salt lake in Argentina, and in the late ’70s<br />

it had a long drought. Villa Epecuén was reliant on<br />

the tourism the lake attracted, so a canal was built,<br />

connecting it to other lakes at higher elevations. But<br />

then, when the rains returned years later, the town<br />

was flooded. I wanted to make a film that was sensitive<br />

to the residents. <strong>The</strong> town was eerie, but so beautiful.<br />

All the walls are covered in a layer of salt, which makes<br />

the landscape quite uniform. You never knew how<br />

good the structures would be – you could stand on a<br />

huge block of concrete and it’d snap in half – so it was<br />

probably one of the most dangerous films I’ve made.<br />

“Epecuén was<br />

probably one<br />

of the most<br />

dangerous films<br />

I’ve made”


d ann y ma c ask ill<br />

SIGNA T U RE s t amp 7<br />

C R A N K B R O T H ERS . C O M


Danny MacAskill<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ridge (2014)<br />

My friend Stu Thomson, from Cut Media, and<br />

I decided we’d make a little mountain-bike film<br />

on the Cuillin [mountain range] on the Isle of<br />

Skye. I hadn’t spent that much time there,<br />

because it’s so severe you need a proper<br />

guide. <strong>The</strong> first day was a 23-hour shift. Drone<br />

technology wasn’t what it is today – we had<br />

these massive, heavy batteries. Apart from<br />

burning serious calories, it was one of the<br />

easiest projects I’ve filmed. Compared with<br />

technical trials riding, this was so within my<br />

comfort zone and just a lot of fun: rowing,<br />

chasing seals, a couple of more technical<br />

tricks like the front flip over the fence. <strong>The</strong><br />

success of <strong>The</strong> Ridge was as much of a shock<br />

as Inspired Bicycles was: it got about 20<br />

million views in a month, and half of it is me<br />

bloody rowing a boat!<br />

“<strong>The</strong> feeling<br />

I had was<br />

that I was<br />

only going<br />

to clear the<br />

rocks by a<br />

tiny fraction”<br />

STU THOMSON & CHRIS PRESCOTT/CUT MEDIA, DAVE MACKISON/GOPRO<br />

Cascadia (2015)<br />

This [above] is me doing a front flip off some scaffolding we built in El Roque in Gran Canaria. I’d wanted to do a rooftop<br />

video for a while. We walked around Las Palmas and El Roque, knocking door to door, asking if we could look at people’s<br />

rooftops. It’s such a chilled country they were like, “Sure, come in!” Next thing we’d be on their roof. This was the final<br />

shot. I was actually overly confident about the set-up, because I’m not really scared of water compared with the risks<br />

you take on concrete. And it was only 60ft [18m] – I could belly-flop and I still wouldn’t die. But when I turned up, the<br />

run-up wasn’t very big and the rocks carried on under the water. <strong>The</strong> feeling I had was that I was only going to clear the<br />

rocks by a tiny fraction. It was quite a stress, but I sent it and it was maybe the most cushty banger I’ve done. As soon<br />

as I went off the lip, I felt total relief.<br />

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Danny MacAskill<br />

Wee Day Out (2016)<br />

Wee Day Out was a film I’d<br />

wanted to make for a long time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ridge opened up this whole<br />

new world of mountain biking for<br />

me, but this time, rather than<br />

relying on scenery, I really wanted<br />

to up the technical difficulty of<br />

the riding. <strong>The</strong> cool thing about<br />

riding a mountain bike is that<br />

people’s perceptions of what<br />

you can do on it, compared<br />

with a trials bike, are a lot lower.<br />

I wanted to take my trials-riding<br />

skills and put them on a mountain<br />

bike – like one of my heroes,<br />

Chris Akrigg, had done.<br />

When I worked in Bothy Bikes<br />

[in Aviemore, Scotland, in 2003<br />

– his first job], this steam train<br />

used to go past my house every<br />

day. So this [above] was a trick<br />

where I would gap from the<br />

railway platform onto the line.<br />

I thought the probability of it<br />

working was very, very low, but<br />

I actually landed it in an hour and<br />

a half – about 100 goes – which<br />

is pretty good for me.<br />

<strong>The</strong> grind on the log [right]<br />

I probably tried 150 times on the<br />

first day and didn’t come close.<br />

We ended up trying that for<br />

another three days. My friend<br />

started rubbing the log down<br />

with Vaseline, because it was<br />

getting so grippy. Skateboarders<br />

have their wax, so we started<br />

lubing up this log. My pedals,<br />

shoes, grips and gloves were<br />

covered in Vaseline. We went<br />

up there on the fourth day,<br />

and then, on the last day, in<br />

the last bit of light, I landed the<br />

trick. <strong>The</strong>n I ended up doing it<br />

four times in a row.<br />

Jumping on a moving hay<br />

bale and rolling down a field<br />

was yet another ‘real good’ idea<br />

I had – again, it was a four-day<br />

one. We got the local farmer to<br />

combine three hay bales into<br />

one big one so it would be heavy<br />

enough to keep rolling with me<br />

on top. It took about 400 goes.<br />

Two of my friends would have<br />

to push the 450kg hay bale to<br />

get it rolling before I jumped<br />

on, then three friends – to whom<br />

I owe a lot – would have to try<br />

to catch it halfway down the<br />

hill. Every single time. It was<br />

madness, basically.<br />

“I probably tried the grind on<br />

the log 150 times on the first<br />

day and didn’t come close”<br />

FRED MURRAY/RED BULL CONTENT POOL<br />

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Danny MacAskill<br />

Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness (2018)<br />

Hans Rey is one of my heroes in<br />

riding, almost a mentor – he’s<br />

been there and done it all. So<br />

when he asked me to join him<br />

in summiting Mount Kenya and<br />

Kilimanjaro in one trip, I jumped<br />

at the chance. I’d had a lot of<br />

bike time that summer, having<br />

just filmed Wee Day Out, but<br />

I wouldn’t say I was particularly<br />

fit. That said, I was about to<br />

climb Kilimanjaro with a 51-yearold<br />

who has a passion for whisky<br />

and beer, so I thought I’d be fine<br />

fitness-wise. It ended up being<br />

a hell of a trip. We made a quick<br />

ascent on Mount Kenya, and I’d<br />

come straight from sea level and<br />

never done anything at altitude<br />

before. I got altitude sickness<br />

and had to be helicoptered off.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next day, we travelled<br />

through to Tanzania to the foot<br />

of Kilimanjaro and, the day<br />

after, started making our way<br />

up. My body fared a lot better<br />

up there. That final climb with<br />

the bike on my back is one of<br />

the hardest things I’ve ever done<br />

– nobody normally carries that<br />

weight at that altitude. Type-two<br />

fun – I think that’s what people<br />

call it. But the beauty of lugging<br />

your bikes up there is getting<br />

to descend 5,000m back down<br />

to base camp.<br />

“This is me doing<br />

a 180 between<br />

some rails on ‘<strong>The</strong><br />

Bridge to Nowhere’”<br />

Seaside Trials (<strong>2019</strong>)<br />

This is a film I made for one of my new partners, Adidas. We had<br />

quite a short time-frame, so I went to a place near Dunbar in<br />

Scotland that I’d scouted for Way Back Home. It’s known as ‘<strong>The</strong><br />

Bridge to Nowhere’ and it crosses a river, taking you to a beach<br />

[and at high tide the bridge is cut off on both sides]. I waded out in<br />

my bare feet and took my bike to get some cool shots. We filmed<br />

between Dunbar Harbour and Glen Coe so that we could have<br />

a contrast between mountain bike and trials. This [right] is me<br />

doing a 180 between some rails. Very easy riding – although it was<br />

very windy – but it made for a cool and unusual shot.<br />

My process hasn’t changed that much in the past 10 years.<br />

Scouting is an important part of making the films – not wasting your<br />

time on things that won’t make it in. But I’m still as ambitious as<br />

ever, trying to come up with tricks that are really out there and that<br />

you’ve never seen anyone else do. Going through the process of<br />

trying to make them work in the way that you hoped is a lot of fun.<br />

It’s been an amazing 10 years and I’ve got enough ideas written<br />

down in my books to last another 50 years.<br />

MARTIN BISSIG, ADIDAS OUTDOOR, DAVE MACKISON<br />

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guide<br />

Get it. Do it. See it.<br />

BODY MOVIN’<br />

MovNat promotes peak<br />

fitness through natural<br />

movement – we meet<br />

the regime’s creator<br />

PAGE 80<br />

BALLS OF STEEL<br />

How the FIFA videogame<br />

franchise became<br />

as powerful as the<br />

sport it simulates<br />

PAGE 81<br />

ABOUT TIME<br />

Our pick of the most<br />

desirable watches and<br />

wearable gear you can<br />

get your hands on<br />

PAGE 85<br />

EXPLORE HIMALAYA TRAVEL & ADVENTURE<br />

LEGEND OF THE FALL<br />

Record-breaking skydiver<br />

Tom Noonan tells us why<br />

leaping from 7,000m past<br />

the Himalayan mountains<br />

is the true summit of his<br />

freefall experience<br />

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G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Drop kicks: the exhilarating leap from the helicopter marks the pinnacle of the Everest Skydive<br />

EVEREST SKYDIVE<br />

AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN<br />

HIGH ENOUGH<br />

Freefalling is not for the faint of heart. But doing it in<br />

sight of the world’s highest mountain is another adventure<br />

altogether, says record-breaking skydiver Tom Noonan<br />

<strong>The</strong> instant I jump out of<br />

the chopper at 23,000ft<br />

[7,000m], I’m hurtling<br />

towards the ground at 210kph.<br />

A freefall has a certain frequency<br />

to it – a hum that’s reminiscent of<br />

a hairdryer – but I have a helmet<br />

on, so it’s not loud enough to cause<br />

physical damage. <strong>The</strong> dive lasts<br />

45 seconds, but perhaps the most<br />

extraordinary aspect of this<br />

particular jump is that I’m actually<br />

in freefall beside the planet’s<br />

highest mountains. <strong>The</strong> point of<br />

reference is unlike anything else<br />

in the world; as I fall through the<br />

Instructor Tom Noonan has skydived in more than 40 countries<br />

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Nepal<br />

TRAVEL TIPS<br />

NEPALESE<br />

BY NATURE<br />

Nepal is a trekking and hiking paradise, but<br />

the Roof of the World has much more to offer,<br />

including ‘mad honey’ and a tooth fairy<br />

<strong>The</strong> chopper ferries the jumpers up to a summit-equalling height of 7,000m<br />

Nepal<br />

Kathmandu<br />

Mt Everest<br />

Lukla<br />

<strong>The</strong> average daytime temperature during <strong>November</strong>’s<br />

Everest Skydive is around 15°C. Rainfall is low then,<br />

too, making it the best month to visit Nepal.<br />

EXPLORE HIMALAYA TRAVEL & ADVENTURE<br />

Trekkers’ paradise: the village of Namche Bazaar sits at an altitude of 3,440m<br />

sky, the topography of the<br />

Himalaya seems to swallow me.<br />

Once the parachute opens, my<br />

speed slows to about 25kph and<br />

I’m level with Mount Everest for<br />

the next six minutes, not more<br />

than a couple of kilometres away.<br />

A quiet descent near one of the<br />

most awesome forces of nature<br />

on earth is humbling and lifechanging.<br />

It’s an incredible<br />

feeling to be able to experience<br />

something that so few people ever<br />

have the opportunity to try. Yet<br />

it always feels good to land on<br />

the ground safely at Syangboche<br />

Airstrip, 3,780m above sea level,<br />

where the temperature is balmy.<br />

As a tandem-skydive instructor,<br />

I’ve completed roughly 8,000<br />

“As I fall through the<br />

sky, the Himalayan<br />

topography seems<br />

to swallow me”<br />

dives in more than 40 countries in<br />

seven continents. I’ve dived into a<br />

sinkhole in Belize, onto Antarctic<br />

and Arctic ice sheets, and over the<br />

pyramids of Giza – remote locations<br />

are my speciality. But, as the<br />

operational manager, organising<br />

the annual trip to Nepal for Everest<br />

Skydive is a labour of love. For<br />

11 months, I work hard on the<br />

logistics from my office in Florida.<br />

SEE<br />

Several exotic animals inhabit the Himalaya, says Tom<br />

Noonan, but some are more visible than others...<br />

YETI<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s a belief the yeti is still out there, but no one has seen<br />

him recently. <strong>The</strong>re are yeti bones in one of the temples.”<br />

SNOW LEOPARD<br />

“Snow leopards are rare. I’m thankful I’ve not seen one, as<br />

I don’t want to bump into one in the middle of the night.”<br />

YAK<br />

“Massive yet beautiful and docile, yaks do the heavy lifting,<br />

carrying all the stuff that people can’t.”<br />

VISIT<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s plenty to do in Kathmandu<br />

HONOUR THE TOOTHACHE TREE<br />

In a part of town that’s home to many dentists is a chunk of<br />

Bangemudha tree covered in coins. <strong>The</strong>se are offerings from<br />

orthodontically poor locals to Vaishya Dev, god of toothache.<br />

TRY HALLUCINOGENIC HONEY<br />

Procured in the Kathmandu Valley, this rhododendronenhanced<br />

liquid gold is known locally as ‘mad honey’ on<br />

account of its hallucinogenic qualities. It’s also used to relieve<br />

stress and is said to have Viagra-like properties.<br />

EAT YAK CHEESE<br />

Try this surprisingly delicate cheese, which has a mild, milky<br />

flavour and strong herbal notes, at local farmers’ markets.<br />

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G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Nepal<br />

THE DIVE<br />

FREE, FREEFALLIN’<br />

<strong>The</strong> music that forms the soundtrack to<br />

the skydive, and the pointers everyone<br />

needs to understand to safely negotiate<br />

the descent<br />

SIGNALS<br />

Since you can’t hear speech during freefall, your<br />

instructor will communicate through the use of hand<br />

signals. <strong>The</strong> first is the most important of all.<br />

Permission to land: Syangboche Airstrip is also the drop zone for Everest Skydive<br />

PULL<br />

Immediately deploy<br />

your parachute<br />

ARCH<br />

Push your pelvis towards<br />

the earth<br />

CHECK ARMS<br />

Bring your shoulders<br />

together in a W position<br />

CIRCLE OF AWARENESS<br />

Observe your heading:<br />

read your altimeter<br />

HEAR<br />

Tom Noonan on the music he and his co-divers listen to<br />

as they prepare to jump from a helicopter at 7,000m<br />

1. JAMIROQUAI<br />

“One time, we were listening to Jamiroquai and half our<br />

group started line-dancing. Any time you put something<br />

on that people can jam to, that’s cool.”<br />

2. TRADITIONAL CHANTING<br />

“<strong>The</strong> mountains are a very spiritual place, full of<br />

awesome energy, so we listen to a lot of local Nepali<br />

music and Buddhist mantras.”<br />

3. SILENCE<br />

“<strong>The</strong> Western world is full of noise. <strong>The</strong>re’s almost<br />

no noise in the Himalaya. To be around such quiet and<br />

calm is unlike anything in the world for me. <strong>The</strong> wind is<br />

the loudest thing you hear. It’s incredible.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> reward is in going back to<br />

Nepal every year to see friends and<br />

live part of my life in the Himalaya.<br />

I’ve been doing it since 2008.<br />

Every <strong>November</strong> or May,<br />

depending on the weather, my<br />

team and I take between five and<br />

10 travellers on an extraordinary<br />

adventure from Kathmandu to the<br />

Himalaya. We fly to Kathmandu,<br />

explore the city for a couple of<br />

days and then take a short plane<br />

ride to Lukla, the gateway to<br />

Everest. We then spend three days<br />

trekking through valleys and<br />

mountains, climbing higher each<br />

day. We do these treks so we can<br />

acclimatise to the altitude. If we<br />

just flew in and tried to make<br />

a dive, we might get hypoxia –<br />

a lack of oxygen that makes you<br />

feel punch-drunk – so we need<br />

to reduce that possibility.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first-time divers have<br />

already committed to a week of<br />

adventure and exhaustion on the<br />

ground, so the skydives are the<br />

cherry on top of the experience.<br />

Personally, I’ve made more jumps<br />

than I could ever have hoped for.<br />

In 2009, myself and two<br />

colleagues set the world record<br />

for the highest parachute landing<br />

when we landed sport parachutes<br />

at 17,192ft (5,240m).<br />

You never forget the first time you<br />

see Mount Everest. In my case, it<br />

happened as I turned the corner<br />

of a teahouse above Namche<br />

Bazaar: as I looked unobstructed<br />

across a 10km-long valley, Everest<br />

stared back at me.<br />

<strong>The</strong> locals on the Nepali side,<br />

the farmers and Sherpas, believe<br />

the mountains are goddesses<br />

who protect them. <strong>The</strong> area is<br />

very spiritual. I refer to the energy<br />

there as <strong>The</strong> Force, as in Star<br />

Wars, and there is something that<br />

resonates at a higher frequency.<br />

Before each expedition, we have<br />

a religious ceremony called a<br />

puja, where a lama [priest]<br />

blesses our equipment.<br />

Before I became a full-time<br />

skydiver in 2006, at the age of 32,<br />

I worked in pensions at a bank in<br />

Boston. But my hero was always<br />

Indiana Jones for the way he gets<br />

into trouble in foreign places,<br />

having fun, living life to the full<br />

and then returning home to a<br />

real-world job for a few weeks.<br />

I still have an office I go back to,<br />

and a classroom that I teach in.<br />

But it’s the people of Nepal I’m<br />

most grateful for. <strong>The</strong>ir purity of<br />

thought and mind makes me want<br />

to be a better version of myself.<br />

everest-skydive.com<br />

EXPLORE HIMALAYA TRAVEL & ADVENTURE PIERS MARTIN<br />

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Ski<br />

Austria<br />

One beautiful Alpine town combines the best of both city and slopes. Here’s how to explore it all<br />

MIRJA GEH<br />

PERFECT PISTES<br />

<strong>The</strong> slopes of Kitzsteinhorn<br />

Kaprun are extremely<br />

popular with freeskiers<br />

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MAGIC MOUNTAINS<br />

Saalbach and its three<br />

neighbouring villages<br />

combine to make<br />

a skier’s paradise<br />

Saalbach<br />

<strong>The</strong> crowd pleaser<br />

A snowsports mecca that pulls out all the stops<br />

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm<br />

Leogang Fieberbrunn is – as its<br />

impressive full name suggests<br />

– a whole lot of ski resort; one<br />

that’s frequented by the world’s<br />

best skiers and snowboarders.<br />

To break down that name,<br />

Hinterglemm is in the same<br />

valley as Saalbach, and Leogang<br />

and Fieberbrunn are next door.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir combined 270km of pisted<br />

ski runs make the Skicircus one<br />

of the biggest resorts in Europe.<br />

As you’d expect, with such<br />

a large piste map comes a<br />

remarkable range of riding.<br />

Beginner or intermediate skiers<br />

have access to a variety of route<br />

options from most of the 70 lifts.<br />

If you’re an expert, there are<br />

long, challenging black runs –<br />

not least the 12er KOGEL, which<br />

spans 3.6km on gradients of up<br />

to 72 per cent and has been used<br />

as an FIS World Cup route.<br />

Knee-deep off-piste is in no<br />

short supply, either. As well as<br />

the Lycra-clad racers, the world’s<br />

best freeriders come to the<br />

Skicircus to compete in the<br />

Freeride World Tour. <strong>The</strong>y’re<br />

next scheduled to drop from the<br />

Wildseeloder in Fieberbrunn in<br />

March 2020.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Skicircus is worldrenowned<br />

for freeriding, worldclass<br />

for racing, and it has the<br />

tour stops to prove it.<br />

MIRJA GEH (2), DER BRECHER, DANIEL ROOS<br />

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Ski Austria<br />

Resort fact box<br />

Distance to airport:<br />

Salzburg Airport – 90km<br />

Elevation: 1,003m to 2,100m<br />

Total piste distance:<br />

270km<br />

Longest run:<br />

7.5km – Jausernabfahrt slope<br />

(Vorderglemm)<br />

Difficulty: 140km blue (52%),<br />

112km red (41%), 18km (7%)<br />

black runs<br />

Number of lifts: 70<br />

saalbach.com<br />

Ticket alliance<br />

Skicircus Saalbach<br />

Hinterglemm<br />

Leogang Fieberbrunn,<br />

Schmittenhöhe in<br />

Zell am See, and<br />

Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun<br />

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Zell am See-Kaprun<br />

Glacier, mountains and lake<br />

A picturesque winter wonderland that packs a powdery punch<br />

<strong>The</strong> small urban city of Zell am<br />

See has much to offer, including<br />

great shopping and a beautiful<br />

lake with a lovely promenade.<br />

<strong>The</strong> lake, which often freezes<br />

in winter, is a picture-perfect<br />

foreground for views of the<br />

mountains behind. But also Zell<br />

– and specifically the nearby<br />

glacier of Kitzsteinhorn – boasts<br />

some of the Alps’ best freeriding.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pisted skiing in Zell itself<br />

has many tree runs. It’s mostly<br />

an intermediate paradise, but<br />

there are 19km of black runs,<br />

too. A short bus ride to Kaprun<br />

gives you access to the<br />

Kitzsteinhorn glacier, complete<br />

with another 61km and a snowsure<br />

guarantee (the ski season<br />

lasts seven months here).<br />

On a powder day, it’s all<br />

about that glacier. <strong>The</strong> resort’s<br />

‘Freeride XXL’ signposting<br />

system will point you to the<br />

powder lines, whether it’s fluffy<br />

runs, big cliffs or natural pipes<br />

you’re after. Also, two new<br />

cable cars – the K-ONNECTION<br />

Kaprun Kitzsteinhorn and<br />

zellamseeXpress Schmittenhöhe<br />

– have improved links in the area,<br />

paving the way for one of the<br />

biggest ski resorts in the Alps.<br />

Resort fact box<br />

Distance to airport:<br />

Salzburg Airport – 80km<br />

Elevation: 768m to 3,029m<br />

Total piste distance: 138km<br />

Longest run: 7km –<br />

down Maiskogel mountain<br />

from the top<br />

Difficulty: 56km blue (41%),<br />

54km red (39%), 28km black<br />

runs (20%)<br />

Number of lifts: 51<br />

zellamsee-kaprun.com<br />

Ticket alliance<br />

Skicircus Saalbach<br />

Hinterglemm<br />

Leogang Fieberbrunn,<br />

Schmittenhöhe in<br />

Zell am See, and<br />

Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun<br />

FAISTAUER PHOTOGRAPHY, KITZSTEINHORN<br />

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Ski Austria<br />

GLORIOUS VIEWS<br />

From picture-perfect<br />

vistas to first-class<br />

skiing, Zell am See-<br />

Kaprun has it all<br />

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Carinthia<br />

Sunshine and<br />

powder lines<br />

Bordering Italy and Slovenia, this<br />

resort in southernmost Austria<br />

clocks up around 100 hours more<br />

sun in winter than most resorts<br />

further north. But that doesn’t mean<br />

a lack of snow. <strong>The</strong>re’s almost<br />

350km of pisted ski runs between<br />

these four biggest resorts<br />

Bad Kleinkirchheim<br />

This family-friendly<br />

resort has 103km of<br />

slopes, 75 per cent of<br />

which are intermediate.<br />

That said, hometown<br />

Olympic gold medallist<br />

Franz Klammer also has<br />

a World Cup black slope<br />

on the mountain. It’s a<br />

beast of a piste. And you<br />

can explore it with the<br />

man himself, if you don’t<br />

mind an early start. On<br />

selected dates, Klammer<br />

guides skiers around the<br />

mountain from sunrise<br />

until 9.30am.<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,100m to 2,055m<br />

Total piste distance:<br />

103km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

18km blue (17%),<br />

77km red (75%),<br />

8km black runs (8%),<br />

plus 5km ski routes<br />

Number of lifts: 24<br />

badkleinkirchheim.com<br />

Großglockner Heiligenblut<br />

Not the biggest ski resort in<br />

the world, but it does boast<br />

Austria’s biggest mountain.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pointed peak of the<br />

3,798m-high Großglockner<br />

dominates the skyline, just<br />

one of the reasons this resort<br />

is so photogenic. Another is<br />

the 1,500 hectare Freeride<br />

Arena in the area. Come for<br />

the stunning photographs,<br />

stay for the excellent skiing.<br />

Elevation: 1,300m to 2,900m<br />

Total piste distance: 55km<br />

Difficulty: 20km blue (36%),<br />

34km red (62%), 1km black runs<br />

(2%), plus 10.4km ski routes<br />

Number of lifts: 12<br />

grossglockner.at;<br />

heiligenbrut.at<br />

KW JOHANNES PUCH, DANIEL ZUPANC<br />

78 THE RED BULLETIN


Ski Austria<br />

Nassfeld<br />

This is a rarity: a ski resort<br />

with its own microclimate.<br />

Channels from the Adriatic<br />

dump powder on the<br />

mountain, giving Nassfeld a<br />

reputation as the “snow hole<br />

of Carinthia”. Since it’s such<br />

a big area and relatively<br />

quiet, you don’t even have to<br />

rise early to guarantee fresh<br />

tracks. At 110km (plus the<br />

off-piste), there’s no lack of<br />

mountain. Ski from Austria<br />

to Italy and back in a day!<br />

Elevation:<br />

600m to 2,000m<br />

Total piste distance:<br />

110km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

30km blue (27%),<br />

69km red (63%),<br />

11km black runs (10%)<br />

Number of lifts: 30<br />

nassfeld.at<br />

Katschberg<br />

Snow-secure at 2,220m, this<br />

resort between Salzburg<br />

and Carinthia offers riding for<br />

every level. <strong>The</strong>re’s 10km for<br />

beginners, 40km of reds, and<br />

also an impressive 20km of<br />

challenging black pistes. It’s<br />

well worth spending a couple of<br />

days off the skis, too – the area<br />

boasts stunning snowshoe<br />

routes and torchlit hiking.<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,640m to 2,220m<br />

Total piste distance: 70km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

10km blue (14%),<br />

40km red (57%),<br />

20 black runs (29%)<br />

Number of lifts: 16<br />

katschberg.at<br />

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Do it<br />

Fitness<br />

Bark to basics: Le Corre<br />

preaches universal<br />

fitness without all the<br />

technical frills<br />

GET FIT<br />

NATURAL<br />

ABILITY<br />

Three signature moves<br />

to help you master the<br />

MovNat concept<br />

MOVNAT FITNESS<br />

GRASSROOTS<br />

MOVEMENT<br />

Your body wasn’t built to sit around all day. Erwan Le Corre<br />

will help you rediscover its full potential – naturally<br />

According to Erwan Le Corre,<br />

the way we humans move<br />

in our everyday lives is<br />

unnatural and even downright<br />

inhumane. “We sit in the office<br />

for hours at a time,” says the<br />

French-born sportsman and<br />

physical trainer, “then we might<br />

go to the gym once in a while<br />

after work. And that’s all we do.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> human musculoskeletal<br />

system is built for much more<br />

frequent and varied exertion,<br />

however, and if it doesn’t get this,<br />

it becomes sick. So Le Corre has<br />

come up with a fitness regime<br />

comprising all the elements we<br />

couldn’t get enough of as kids:<br />

balancing, jumping, climbing,<br />

crawling, running, throwing,<br />

swimming, diving etc. Performed<br />

either indoors or outdoors, these<br />

play-like exercises help to improve<br />

coordination, balance, strength<br />

and precision skills.<br />

<strong>The</strong> basis of Le Corre’s MovNat<br />

(Natural Movement) concept is<br />

La Méthode Naturelle, a training<br />

technique developed by French<br />

naval officer Georges Hébert<br />

in the early 19th century and<br />

which also gave rise to parkour.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> aim of MovNat isn’t to<br />

make you quicker or fitter,” says<br />

Le Corre, 48. “We want you to<br />

rediscover ancient patterns of<br />

movement.” <strong>The</strong> rest, including<br />

your increased self-confidence,<br />

will take care of itself.<br />

movnat.com<br />

“Increased<br />

natural<br />

movement in<br />

your daily<br />

routine will make<br />

you stronger,<br />

healthier and<br />

happier”<br />

Erwan Le Corre<br />

ELBOW PULL-UP<br />

Instead of hanging from the bar<br />

by your hands, haul yourself up<br />

so your forearms rest on top of<br />

it, hands touching. For one rep,<br />

lift yourself with your elbows<br />

until your chest reaches the<br />

bar. This method limits your<br />

range of motion and increases<br />

the efficiency of the exercise.<br />

POP-UP<br />

Start like an underarm pull-up,<br />

but instead of stopping when<br />

your chin reaches the bar, pull<br />

yourself up until your upper<br />

body is completely above it and<br />

you’re supported by your arms.<br />

HAND SWING-UP<br />

Holding onto the bar with both<br />

hands, lift yourself and hook<br />

one leg over the top. Kick out<br />

your other leg as high and<br />

straight as possible, then swing<br />

it downwards. Push with your<br />

arms at the same time and the<br />

momentum will lift the whole of<br />

your upper body above the bar.<br />

To see the exercises, go to:<br />

youtube.com/user/MovNat<br />

Le Corre’s book, <strong>The</strong> Practice<br />

of Natural Movement: Reclaim<br />

Power, Health and Freedom,<br />

is out now<br />

Nature boy: Le Corre has been compared to a modern-day Tarzan<br />

JESSIKA LE CORRE FLORIAN STURM<br />

80 THE RED BULLETIN


G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Gaming<br />

THE FIFA FACTOR<br />

BIGGER THAN<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

Built to be the ultimate football game,<br />

FIFA now shapes the sport itself<br />

Launched on a shoestring<br />

budget in 1993 with a<br />

licence purchased for a song<br />

from football’s governing body,<br />

FIFA has become the world’s<br />

best-selling sports game, with<br />

more than 280 million copies<br />

sold. <strong>The</strong> goal has always been<br />

to translate football – in all its<br />

elegance and complexity – into<br />

video-game form, but FIFA has<br />

transcended that ambition by<br />

influencing the beautiful game<br />

itself. It’s now where clubs scout<br />

new signings, brands hustle for<br />

enviable licensing deals, and<br />

pro footballers discover – to their<br />

delight or dismay – how they<br />

rank on the leaderboard. FIFA<br />

expert Simon Parkin explains…<br />

ITS RANKINGS REALLY MATTER<br />

Before each year’s FIFA launch, the<br />

game’s creator EA releases a list<br />

of the top 100 players, as ranked<br />

by 9,000 data reviewers, who distil<br />

the performance of 18,000-odd<br />

pro footballers into 34 personal<br />

attributes. Such is the clout of the<br />

list that scouts have been known to<br />

use these stats to identify emerging<br />

talent. In this year’s iteration of the<br />

game, FIFA 20, Lionel Messi, Cristiano<br />

Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Eden Hazard<br />

take the top spots with ratings of 94,<br />

93, 92 and 91 respectively. But for<br />

others the results can be painful:<br />

Rio Ferdinand joked he’d “tear down”<br />

EA’s offices after he was only rated<br />

65 for passing in FIFA 17.<br />

the striker’s run-up in FIFA. “It was just<br />

like playing against him on PlayStation,”<br />

Amelia said. “It was very strange.”<br />

YOU NEED TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT<br />

EA aggressively secures licences for<br />

clubs, players, stadia, and commentators’<br />

voice-overs. What the games firm pays<br />

is a secret (it’s rumoured to be in nine<br />

figures), but sometimes it’s not enough.<br />

This year, EA lost the rights to Juventus,<br />

so resorted to calling them ‘Piemonte<br />

Calcio’ in the game. However, the player<br />

likenesses remain: appearing in FIFA is<br />

about more than money for a footballer;<br />

it’s a status symbol. For FIFA: Road to<br />

World Cup ’98, David Beckham’s<br />

appearance on the cover “was a piece in<br />

the puzzle that led him to be the most<br />

marketable footballer on the planet”,<br />

Andy Bell, founder of sports talent<br />

agency Soap Box London, said in 2015.<br />

EXPERT<br />

PROFILE<br />

SIMON<br />

PARKIN<br />

FIFA PUNDIT<br />

<strong>The</strong> games critic<br />

for <strong>The</strong> Observer<br />

newspaper has<br />

covered video<br />

games and their<br />

culture for 15<br />

years. His book<br />

A Game of Birds<br />

and Wolves, out<br />

in <strong>November</strong>,<br />

tells the story of<br />

a group of women<br />

who developed<br />

a game during<br />

WWII to help the<br />

Allies outwit<br />

German U-boats.<br />

IT’S A CHEERLEADER FOR FOOTBALL<br />

Such is FIFA’s cachet, it doesn’t have to<br />

actively seek big-name endorsement.<br />

NBA star LeBron James Instagrammed<br />

a photo of his sons playing it, with the<br />

caption, “Game is fresh to death!” And<br />

Justin Bieber tweeted at rapper Drake,<br />

“I’m getting nice at FIFA. Be prepared.”<br />

Indeed, the game creates interest in<br />

the real sport. In 2014, an ESPN poll<br />

found that 34 per cent of Americans<br />

became soccer fans after playing FIFA.<br />

“Nowadays,” says FIFA’s creative<br />

director Matt Prior, “people come<br />

to football through our game.”<br />

ITS WORK IS NEVER DONE<br />

“Until FIFA is indistinguishable from<br />

football in real life, we’ll always have<br />

more to do,” says Prior. It’s a quest<br />

that generates heated <strong>Red</strong>dit debates<br />

with every launch. “Some like it simbased,<br />

others want huge scorelines,”<br />

he adds. In FIFA 20, there’s a focus on<br />

‘football intelligence’ with enhanced<br />

natural AI behaviour and ball physics,<br />

plus a street football mode, Volta. Will<br />

people like it? Time will tell. At games<br />

conference E3 in 2013, whoops of<br />

delight greeted the announcement of a<br />

‘never before possible’ feature: players<br />

could now turn their neck to head the<br />

ball at a greater-than-90° angle.<br />

FIFA 20 is out now on PS4, Xbox One,<br />

Nintendo Switch and PC; ea.com<br />

Unplayable but playable:<br />

Borussia Dortmund and<br />

England superstar Jadon<br />

Sancho in FIFA 20 form<br />

ELECTRONIC ARTS SIMON PARKIN<br />

IT HELPS PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS<br />

UP THEIR GAME<br />

Footballing pros have been known<br />

to use FIFA to prepare for real-life<br />

matches. Everton forward Alex Iwobi<br />

said that, when he was starting out,<br />

if a player he’d never played against<br />

was on the other team, he’d “look at<br />

his name and try to remember how<br />

good he was on FIFA”. After saving a<br />

penalty from AC Milan’s Ronaldinho in<br />

2008, Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia<br />

claimed he’d familiarised himself with<br />

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G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

October/<strong>November</strong><br />

9<br />

to 10 <strong>November</strong><br />

EVE WRESTLING: SHE-1 SERIES<br />

Regular readers of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong> will know EVE from our <strong>November</strong><br />

2018 feature on the all-women, punk-rock, pro-wrestling organisation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> self-proclaimed ‘Riot Grrrls of Wrestling’ deliver all the action and<br />

theatrics you’d expect from the best in big-league brawling, but with<br />

a feminist message of inclusion – that women of any age can get crazy<br />

in the ring and enjoy themselves. And, you know, guys can spectate.<br />

This two-day, four-event fight series will see combatants from around<br />

the world battle to reach the Sunday final. And if you’re a girl who just<br />

wants to have fun (and dreams of the GLOW life), organisers Emily and<br />

Dann Read run training sessions at the EVE Academy in Bethnal Green.<br />

Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green, London; evewrestling.com<br />

Thrilling EVE:<br />

riot grrrls just<br />

wanna have fun<br />

15<br />

to 29 October<br />

Roundhouse Rising<br />

Festival<br />

Camden’s Roundhouse has a long history of giving<br />

fresh talent a platform; at its opening concert in<br />

October 1966, two promising bands were on the bill:<br />

Soft Machine and Pink Floyd. For the past nine years,<br />

with partners such as Gilles Peterson’s talent discovery<br />

agency and BBC Music Introducing, the venue has<br />

dedicated an annual festival to the cause. This year,<br />

artists such as grime MC Big Zuu and art-pop act<br />

Æ MAK will follow in the footsteps of former Rising<br />

alumni like Little Simz by playing the intimate Sackler<br />

Space, while hip-hop avant-gardist GAIKA headlines<br />

the main stage with a 10-piece jazz ensemble.<br />

Camden Roundhouse, London; roundhouse.org.uk<br />

Rising stars:<br />

Æ MAK<br />

14 28 31<br />

to 27 October<br />

Rebel Vision<br />

Havana<br />

Moon Tour<br />

Picture the immersive experience<br />

of Secret Cinema, but applied to<br />

recreating iconic concerts. Rebel<br />

Vision (aka former music moguls<br />

Andy Cuthbert and Tom Clarke)<br />

deliver this using theatrics, SFX and<br />

cinematics – here, they present<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rolling Stones’ 2016 Havana<br />

Moon gig in Cuba. <strong>The</strong>re’s even a<br />

merchandise stand selling actual<br />

tour memorabilia from the day.<br />

Various cities around the <strong>UK</strong>;<br />

rebel-vision.com<br />

Oct to 23 Nov<br />

Reel Rock<br />

Film Tour<br />

Enjoy a movie with a good<br />

cliffhanger? That’s what you get<br />

at this nationwide film festival:<br />

the best of the year’s climbing<br />

and adventure features, including<br />

four world premieres. One of<br />

these tells the story of two pairs<br />

of freeclimbing titans – Alex<br />

Honnold and Tommy Caldwell,<br />

and Jim Reynolds and Brad<br />

Gobright – going head-to-head to<br />

claim the speed record for scaling<br />

El Capitan’s famous Nose route.<br />

Various <strong>UK</strong> cities; reelrock.co.uk<br />

Oct to 10 Nov<br />

Sonica Glasgow<br />

Is it art? Music? Audio-visual<br />

mumbo jumbo? Or a higher<br />

sensory experience that<br />

transcends mere categorisation<br />

to challenge our concepts of<br />

reality? You may be none the wiser<br />

after witnessing these incredible<br />

sound-and-image performances<br />

from as far afield as Slovenia<br />

and Argentina. It all kicks off<br />

with Aether, an immersive threedimensional<br />

light matrix sonically<br />

conducted by electronic musician<br />

and scientist Max Cooper.<br />

Across Glasgow; sonic-a.co.uk<br />

DALE BRODIE, ZOE HOLMAN<br />

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See it<br />

October / <strong>November</strong><br />

BARTEK WOLINSKI/RED BULL CONTENT POOL, SONSTAR/RED BULL CONTENT POOL, MIHAI STETCU/RED BULL CONTENT POOL<br />

IT’S ALL<br />

FOR THE<br />

TAKING<br />

<strong>The</strong> world’s top freeriders,<br />

breakdancers and enduro<br />

racers all have their eye<br />

on top prizes this month.<br />

Watch the action from<br />

these unmissable events<br />

and more on <strong>Red</strong> Bull TV…<br />

WATCH<br />

RED BULL TV<br />

ANYWHERE<br />

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entertainment destination<br />

featuring programming that<br />

is beyond the ordinary and is<br />

available anytime, anywhere.<br />

Go online at redbull.tv,<br />

download the app, or<br />

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To find out more,<br />

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This will be Virgin’s<br />

second year hosting<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Bull Rampage<br />

October LIVE<br />

RED BULL<br />

RAMPAGE<br />

Twenty-one members of the freeride mountain-biking elite<br />

will gather in Virgin, Utah, for the 14th edition of the sport’s<br />

biggest and most intense contest. Riders including last<br />

year’s winner, Canada’s Brett Rheeder, will work with their<br />

two-person build crews to shape and perfect their ultimate<br />

lines down the mountain. <strong>The</strong>ir goal: to ride them to victory.<br />

9<strong>November</strong> LIVE<br />

RED BULL BC ONE<br />

WORLD FINAL<br />

For the first time ever, Mumbai plays host to the<br />

ultimate breakdance challenge. See B-Boys and<br />

B-Girls from across the planet go head-to-head in the<br />

Indian city, competing for the <strong>Red</strong> Bull BC One crown.<br />

2to 3 <strong>November</strong> LIVE<br />

GETZENRODEO<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>2019</strong> World Enduro Super Series comes to a<br />

climax with the incredibly popular GetzenRodeo.<br />

Last year, 12,000 spectators travelled to Drebach in<br />

Germany and saw homegrown rider Mani Lettenbichler<br />

take first place. Don’t miss this year’s finale.<br />

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Equipment<br />

Your guide to gear born with purpose, engineered<br />

to achieve, and built with style<br />

SPACE<br />

<strong>The</strong> right stuff<br />

Hamilton X-01<br />

ELEMENTAL<br />

WATCHES<br />

<strong>The</strong> best timepieces<br />

for every terrain<br />

<strong>The</strong> watch you see here is a<br />

vision of the future, but its<br />

creation is steeped in history.<br />

In 1968, American filmmaker<br />

Stanley Kubrick released his<br />

science-fiction epic 2001: A<br />

Space Odyssey. It caused a stir,<br />

and not for all the right reasons.<br />

At the film’s New York premiere,<br />

lead actor Keir Dullea witnessed<br />

around 250 people walking<br />

out, including Hollywood star<br />

Rock Hudson, who apparently<br />

exclaimed, “What is this<br />

bullshit?” But within months<br />

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Equipment<br />

Coated in a molecule-thin film<br />

of condensed vapour (PVD –<br />

physical vapour deposition),<br />

the Khaki BeLOWZERO proves<br />

a perfect choice of watch for<br />

a Martian explorer.<br />

But Scott’s 2015 film <strong>The</strong> Martian<br />

hews closer, particularly in its<br />

adherence to hard scientific<br />

accuracy. For Matt Damon’s<br />

stranded astronaut, Mark Watney,<br />

a watch capable of surviving the<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Planet’s harsh environment<br />

was needed. Hamilton’s Khaki<br />

BeLOWZERO, with its black PVDcoated<br />

stainless steel case, is<br />

corrosion-resistant and capable<br />

of withstanding depths of 1,000m<br />

– although the latter feature is<br />

perhaps less important on Mars.<br />

there were other reports – of<br />

people on psychotropic drugs<br />

coming just to watch the ending.<br />

At a San Francisco theatre,<br />

someone ran through the screen<br />

screaming, “It’s God!” More than<br />

50 years later, and almost two<br />

decades past the film’s dateline,<br />

2001 remains an impressively<br />

prescient prediction of the future.<br />

This is due in part to Kubrick’s<br />

meticulous attention to detail.<br />

A perfectionist, the director<br />

personally commissioned every<br />

aspect of the film’s design, from<br />

the first on-screen instance of<br />

office cubicles, to the cutlery for<br />

the deep-space meals, and the<br />

wristwatches the astronauts wore.<br />

For the latter, Kubrick sought<br />

out watchmaker Hamilton and its<br />

in-house designer, John Bergey.<br />

<strong>The</strong> result was the X-01. However,<br />

the timepiece is barely visible in<br />

the finished film, and prohibitive<br />

costs meant a commercial model<br />

didn’t see the light of day until<br />

2006, when Hamilton released<br />

a commemorative edition –<br />

<strong>The</strong> seconds hand<br />

has a morse-code<br />

message spelling<br />

out ‘Eureka’<br />

limited to 2001 pieces, of course<br />

– built from titanium and sapphire<br />

crystal glass, with a magnetic<br />

wand hidden in the clasp that<br />

calibrates the three smaller dials.<br />

<strong>The</strong> watch, like the film,<br />

would inspire others to dream<br />

of the future. It led Bergey to<br />

create the Pulsar Time Computer,<br />

the world’s first all-electronic<br />

digital watch, in 1972. And for<br />

two other science-fiction<br />

filmmakers it would again lead<br />

to collaborations with Hamilton.<br />

British director Ridley Scott is as<br />

profound a futurist as Kubrick,<br />

although the dystopian vision of<br />

1982’s Blade Runner and the<br />

industrial aesthetic of 1979 horror<br />

classic Alien are the antithesis of<br />

2001’s clean, pure minimalism.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Khaki Field Murph Auto<br />

was designed specifically for<br />

the film Interstellar. <strong>The</strong><br />

movie’s prop watch was<br />

modified so the filmmakers<br />

could control the movement of<br />

the seconds hand in-camera.<br />

Christopher Nolan’s love of<br />

Kubrick’s work is well-documented.<br />

Last year, the British writer/<br />

director struck new 70mm prints<br />

of 2001 from its original negative<br />

so the film could be watched in<br />

the same ‘unrestored’ form as<br />

on its debut. But there’s no<br />

better demonstration of Nolan’s<br />

reverence than Interstellar. His<br />

2014 space epic pays homage to<br />

2001 in so many ways – from the<br />

themes of outer space and inner<br />

self, to robot designs referencing<br />

the monolith, to the tripped-out<br />

multidimensional ending.<br />

But the parallels went one step<br />

further when Nolan commissioned<br />

Hamilton to create a unique watch<br />

for the movie; one that Matthew<br />

McConaughey’s character,<br />

Cooper, leaves on Earth with his<br />

daughter, Murph. Like the X-01,<br />

the watch wasn’t commercially<br />

available at the time of the film’s<br />

debut, but this year Hamilton<br />

released the Hamilton Khaki<br />

Field Murph Auto, the first 2,555<br />

pieces of which came in a jewel<br />

box designed by Interstellar’s<br />

production designer, Nathan<br />

Crowley, to resemble the<br />

‘tesseract’ from the film’s<br />

ending. Also, the seconds hand<br />

features a morse-code message<br />

spelling out the word ‘Eureka’.<br />

It’s a detail Kubrick would<br />

doubtless have approved of.<br />

hamiltonwatch.com<br />

DAVID EDWARDS, TIM KENT<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Super-LumiNova<br />

photoluminescent pigment<br />

on the dial is 10 times<br />

brighter than previous<br />

phosphorescent paints and,<br />

no, it isn't radioactive.<br />

SEA<br />

Finding lumo<br />

Octon Black Watch<br />

Swedish brand Octon donates<br />

10 per cent of all proceeds to<br />

Sea Legacy, an environmental<br />

charity that works to protect<br />

endangered ocean life including<br />

the shortfin mako shark. All<br />

Octon watches are designed<br />

in Stockholm, and this glowing<br />

Aurora Green and black model<br />

– which comes with a choice of<br />

stainless steel bracelet or olivegreen<br />

Zulu fabric strap – has<br />

hands and indexes coated with<br />

black Swiss Super-LumiNova,<br />

which glows 60 per cent longer<br />

than standard lume.<br />

octonwatches.com<br />

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Equipment<br />

LAND<br />

Dust buster<br />

Shinola Runwell Sport<br />

Chrono Black Blizzard<br />

<strong>The</strong> Detroit-based<br />

Shinola company<br />

takes its name from<br />

the famous and nowdefunct<br />

American<br />

shoe-polish brand.<br />

Built from strong, lightweight<br />

titanium, this durable chronograph<br />

is a homage to the tough people<br />

who survived the harsh Dust Bowl<br />

era of 1930s America, its name a<br />

reference to the ravaging storms<br />

of this dark era. <strong>The</strong> timepiece also<br />

comes with a leatherbound book<br />

filled with newspaper clippings<br />

and photos detailing brutal events<br />

of the day. shinola.co.uk<br />

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Equipment<br />

LAND<br />

Trailblazer<br />

TAG Heuer Monaco<br />

Fourth Limited Edition<br />

(1999-2009)<br />

Made famous by Steve McQueen<br />

in the 1971 car-racing movie<br />

Le Mans, the Monaco celebrates<br />

its 50th birthday this year. <strong>The</strong><br />

watchmaker has really pulled<br />

out all the stops for this golden<br />

anniversary, creating five<br />

special versions of the iconic<br />

square-shaped timepiece, each<br />

one inspired by a different<br />

decade, starting from 1969.<br />

Behold then, the newly<br />

released fourth instalment of this<br />

chaptered tribute: a handsome<br />

black iteration with arresting<br />

red and orange accents inspired<br />

by the early 2000s.<br />

<strong>The</strong> stainless steel watch is<br />

presented on a perforated<br />

black calfskin strap that has been<br />

designed to resemble a vintage<br />

steering wheel and is punctuated<br />

with crisp white stitching – a<br />

little detail that watch geeks will<br />

surely appreciate, since they<br />

complement the batons on the<br />

watch face. <strong>The</strong> caseback is<br />

engraved with the Monaco Heuer<br />

logo as well as the inscriptions<br />

‘1999-2009 Special Edition’ and<br />

‘One of 169’.<br />

Inside the case, the sense<br />

of history is kept alive thanks<br />

to TAG Heuer’s famous Calibre 11,<br />

a modern version of the<br />

automatic-winding chronograph<br />

movement that made its debut<br />

in the original 1969 Monaco.<br />

tagheuer.com<br />

McQueen's Monaco gets a<br />

whopping 15 minutes of screen<br />

time in Le Mans. His Heuerlogoed<br />

racesuit was a copy of<br />

one originally worn by his stunt<br />

driver, real-life racer Jo Siffert.<br />

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SKY<br />

Battle ready<br />

Hamilton Khaki Pilot<br />

Pioneer Mechanical<br />

In a further homage to the<br />

’70s (when its predecessor<br />

the Hamilton W10 was<br />

produced), the black dial is<br />

textured to recall camera or<br />

binocular cases of the time.<br />

You may be surprised to learn<br />

that Hamilton, the famous<br />

American watchmaker, supplied<br />

timepieces to the British Armed<br />

Forces in the 1970s. <strong>The</strong> most<br />

popular was the Hamilton W10<br />

from 1973, which is today<br />

reborn in the hand-wound Khaki<br />

Pilot Pioneer Mechanical with<br />

80-hour power reserve. <strong>The</strong><br />

military redux watch – which<br />

comes with a brown leather or<br />

grey NATO strap – stays faithful<br />

to its forerunner with a curved<br />

tonneau case, faded black dial<br />

with beige accents, and cool<br />

mismatched hands: swordshaped<br />

for hours, pencil-shaped<br />

for minutes. hamiltonwatch.com<br />

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Equipment<br />

MATERIAL GAIN<br />

New kit for peak performance<br />

WEAR<br />

Working class<br />

Filson CCF Work Vest<br />

A lot of rugged workwear is designed to look good; Filson’s gear is built for honest-to-God manual labour – it just looks good<br />

because it’s the real deal. <strong>The</strong> Seattle-based company’s CCF Workwear range is built for construction workers, loggers and<br />

farmers – folks who aren’t afraid to get their hands and clothes dirty. This vest is made from heavy, tightly woven duck canvas,<br />

triple-stitched and reinforced with rivets at the stress points. filson.com<br />

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Equipment<br />

HOIST<br />

Harnessing<br />

power<br />

Arcade Guide Slim belt<br />

Never underestimate the importance of a good belt: when<br />

engaging in high-impact sports such as skateboarding,<br />

snowboarding and climbing, it can mean the difference<br />

between a great session and a bad spill. Arcade makes<br />

belts reimagined for action sports – they’re water-resistant,<br />

heavy-duty, and designed specifically for snow pants, hiking<br />

and hybrid climbing trousers. Keep your kecks and your<br />

head held high. arcadebelts.eu<br />

GROOM<br />

Immaculate<br />

concepts<br />

Compact toiletries<br />

Stay fresh on the fly.<br />

Shower in a Can<br />

(shower-in-a-can.<br />

co.uk) packs 20 body<br />

washes into a flightfriendly<br />

100ml bottle,<br />

absorbing dirt and<br />

grease in a foam that<br />

requires no towel.<br />

Solid Cologne<br />

(solidcologne.co.uk)<br />

is a wax aftershave<br />

that comes in eight<br />

fragrances and was<br />

conceived by the<br />

Ancient Egyptians<br />

(minus the tin).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Matador Pocket<br />

Blanket (matadorup.<br />

com) can be carried<br />

on your person<br />

and folds out to seat<br />

up to four people.<br />

HIKE<br />

Wild style<br />

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker GTX<br />

A high-end technical off-road<br />

shoe with style that’s made<br />

for the streets. Featuring an<br />

insanely grippy sole for all<br />

terrains and weather conditions,<br />

an energy-returning insole,<br />

a snug sock-like interior and<br />

abrasion-resistant exterior<br />

reinforcements, this lightweight<br />

boot can take on the toughest<br />

of trails and the slickest of cities.<br />

adidas.co.uk/terrex<br />

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WEAR<br />

Strong look<br />

Saint Unbreakable Stretch Jeans<br />

As a motorcycle clothing brand, Saint<br />

has its priorities right: protection is<br />

uppermost, but, damn, it had better look<br />

good, too. <strong>The</strong> company’s ‘Unbreakable<br />

Stretch Jeans’ are stitched from the<br />

world’s strongest fibre, Dyneema,<br />

a high-molecular-weight material that’s<br />

500 per cent tougher than regular denim<br />

and 15 times more abrasion resistant than<br />

carbon steel; the military has even used<br />

it to armour helicopters and stop bullets.<br />

Spinning this scientific sorcery into its<br />

denim fabric, Saint has created the world’s<br />

first single-layer bike-wear protection<br />

that’s also stretchy and light, and looks<br />

pretty good on a pair of legs. saint.cc<br />

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Equipment<br />

SPORT<br />

Jersey scores<br />

Nike League of Legends kit<br />

Esports is growing in recognition<br />

as a legitimate sport by the day,<br />

and there’s perhaps no greater<br />

measure of this than the world's<br />

biggest sports brand creating<br />

the kits for one of its major<br />

leagues. <strong>The</strong> shirts you see here<br />

are Nike x LPL team uniforms<br />

– bespoke jerseys created for<br />

the 16 clubs in China's League<br />

of Legends Pro League. Each<br />

has a chevron motif on the chest<br />

referencing the most common<br />

map in the game: Summoner’s Rift.<br />

But within that chevron and<br />

throughout each shirt are details<br />

specific to each team and their ingame<br />

skins, from dragon scales<br />

on the black-and-gold Royal Never<br />

Give Up kit to the Cyber Formula<br />

thruster patterns on the sleeves of<br />

Edward Gaming’s dark red jersey.<br />

And, just like on a pro football kit,<br />

there’s also a small gold star<br />

above the team badge on Invictus<br />

Gaming’s white shirt, signifying<br />

their victory in 2018’s League of<br />

Legends World Championship.<br />

All the kits will feature in the 2020<br />

LoL season. nike.com<br />

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PROTECT<br />

A bit off<br />

the top<br />

Closca Helmet Loop<br />

If you want to stay protected,<br />

wearing a bike helmet is<br />

just a smart idea, and this<br />

collapsible concept makes<br />

the decision smarter.<br />

Spanish studio Closca’s<br />

Helmet Loop is made from<br />

three concentric components<br />

that fold into each other<br />

in a second, reducing its<br />

size by 45 per cent for easy<br />

stowing. It’s aerodynamic,<br />

light and durable when<br />

expanded, and the gap between<br />

the parts delivers air flow<br />

when riding and dissipates<br />

shock via micro-movements<br />

on impact. But perhaps the<br />

most amazing fact about<br />

this ingenious helmet is<br />

that its design is based on<br />

the architecture of the<br />

Guggenheim Museum in<br />

New York. closca.com<br />

CARRY<br />

Best of<br />

both bags<br />

Dakine Wndr Cinch Pack 21L<br />

Ever imagined what a hybrid of a<br />

backpack and tote bag would look<br />

like? No need, you’re looking at it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wndr Cinch Pack features all<br />

the practical functionality of the<br />

former – including side pockets<br />

and a laptop compartment – with<br />

the top-loading accessibility of<br />

the latter. Next stop: breeding<br />

one that also has the features of<br />

a suitcase. dakine.com<br />

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THE RED<br />

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