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

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



THE<br />

WINTER<br />

ISSUE<br />





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Freeskiing’s king of<br />

cool, Paddy Graham


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In 1999, 11-year-old Sheffield lad Patrick ‘Paddy’<br />

Graham went on a school ski trip. Twenty years<br />

later, here he is on our cover. His journey from<br />

the dry slopes to the wild backcountry (page 34)<br />

is one of breaking boundaries and realising the<br />

potential we all possess. In 2013, Gunner Stahl<br />

(page 56) picked up a friend’s 35mm camera; today,<br />

he’s one of rap’s most celebrated photographers.<br />

For Zambian Sampa Tembo (page 28), being a<br />

celebrated musician in her adopted home of<br />

Australia wasn’t enough – she needed people<br />

to understand where she came from. Adewale<br />

Akinnuoye-Agbaje (page 30) escaped racism at<br />

the hands of supremacist skinheads to become<br />

a director and make a powerful film about his<br />

life. Vastly different stories, all linked by an<br />

urge to reach beyond the limits forced upon<br />

us. Perhaps one day we’ll even see Greenland<br />

(page 66) – a frozen island nation with a one-week<br />

football season – playing in the World Cup.<br />



BEN READ<br />

<strong>The</strong> British photographer<br />

describes his work as<br />

storytelling through details,<br />

portraits and landscapes. He<br />

delivered exactly that when<br />

he returned from Greenland<br />

after covering one of the<br />

world’s most remote football<br />

tournaments. “<strong>The</strong> one thing<br />

that I’ll always remember is<br />

half-time death metal played<br />

through the PA system,”<br />

Read reveals. Page 66<br />


<strong>The</strong> London-based former<br />

editor of Stuff magazine has<br />

been playing video games<br />

since before most of the<br />

competitors at the F1 Esports<br />

Pro Series were even born.<br />

But, upon meeting them for<br />

our story this issue, it was<br />

clear that these gamers had<br />

already put in more hours<br />

of play than him. “<strong>The</strong>y take<br />

it incredibly seriously,”<br />

reports Wiggins. Page 46<br />

Gian Paul Lozza shoots Paddy Graham in Italy, as captured<br />

by our cover-story writer, Hugh Francis Anderson. Page 34<br />





POWDER<br />










Winter <strong>2019</strong><br />

66<br />

“Team coach? What team coach?” Football in Greenland is strictly a grassroots affair<br />

BEN READ<br />

10 High water mark: a drone’s-eye<br />

view of kayaking<br />

12 Riding high: BMX hits new peaks<br />

in the mountains of France<br />

13 Dam risky: slacklining gets dark<br />

in Tasmania<br />

14 Deep impact: the aftermath of<br />

a wipeout in French Polynesia<br />

16 Sound of speed: US singer/<br />

guitarist Brittany Howard’s<br />

road-trip playlist<br />

18 Fully loaded: freewheeling with<br />

the van-life movement<br />

20 Star mix: meet the astronaut<br />

who DJed live from the ISS<br />

23 Mech believe: the exo-skeleton<br />

that turns you superhuman<br />

24 Snuffed movies: posters for films<br />

that were never made<br />

28 Sampa the Great<br />

Home truths from Zambia’s<br />

queen of conscious rap<br />

30 Adewale<br />

Akinnuoye-Agbaje<br />

<strong>The</strong> British actor/director on<br />

rewriting his ‘racist’ past<br />

32 Jordan Belfort<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wolf of Wall Street on<br />

power, prison and penance<br />

34 Paddy Graham<br />

<strong>The</strong> tale of a kid from Sheffield<br />

who became freeskiing royalty<br />

46 F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

How virtual racing is changing<br />

the real-life world of motorsports<br />

56 Gunner Stahl<br />

<strong>The</strong> man who snaps trap<br />

66 Greenlandic football<br />

Inside the Arctic league where<br />

a ‘winter break’ lasts an eternity<br />

81 First-grade kit: the best wireless<br />

headphones, cold-climate boots,<br />

biking tech and more<br />

88 Slope style: all the snow gear<br />

that’s fit to be seen in at ski<br />

resorts this season<br />

100 Ice breaker: <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong><br />

joins surfer Kyle Hofseth in<br />

his search for the perfect wave<br />

amid the glaciers of Alaska<br />

105 Get my drift: what Mario Kart<br />

can teach you about yourself<br />

106 One part inspiration, nine parts<br />

perspiration: ultrarunning ace<br />

Christian Schiester has a secret<br />

training weapon – the sauna<br />

109 Events that are not to be missed<br />

110 Winter highlights on <strong>Red</strong> Bull TV<br />

134 Skate of grace: kickflipping<br />

in the USA<br />




In full flow<br />

“Drones have changed the world of photography<br />

and film by allowing people to document and<br />

create images from places they could not<br />

physically get to.” So says Karim Iliya, the<br />

Hawaii-based filmmaker and photographer<br />

behind this incredible aerial shot, taken<br />

in slow exposure by drone as kayakers Knox<br />

Hammack and Adrian Mattern held their<br />

place in an eddy. “You now have a threedimensional<br />

space where the only limitations<br />

are your imagination and your ability to<br />

operate the drone,” Iliya adds.<br />

Instagram: @karimiliya<br />




Riding<br />

high<br />

BMX star Matthias Dandois steps<br />

into his skis after completing<br />

a world first in his sport, riding<br />

flatland at an altitude of 3,226m<br />

atop the snow and ice of Aiguille<br />

Rouge, France. Photographer<br />

Andy Parant captured not only this<br />

moment but the entire adventure,<br />

creating an amazing edit of Dandois’<br />

ride above the clouds. “With a<br />

temperature of -23°C, 62 per cent<br />

of the oxygen you get at sea level,<br />

and a slippery, frozen platform, it<br />

was definitely the most challenging<br />

shoot of my life,” says Dandois.<br />

“But we pulled it off and I’m stoked<br />

about the results!”<br />

Instagram: @andy_parant



Giant<br />

steps<br />

It’s easy to miss Preston Bruce<br />

Alden in this night-time shot: the<br />

slackliner is just a small red dot<br />

against the vast, dark backdrop<br />

of Tasmania’s Gordon Dam. This<br />

image of the American walking his<br />

line 450m above the ground<br />

earned local adventure filmmaker<br />

and photographer Simon Bischoff<br />

a place in the semi-final of <strong>Red</strong><br />

Bull Illume’s monthly Best of<br />

Instagram competition.<br />

Instagram: @simonbischoff<br />


TEAHUPO‘O,<br />


Shock<br />

wave<br />

We’re used to seeing what happens<br />

when surfing goes right, but what<br />

about when it goes wrong? Here,<br />

photographer Ben Thouard captures<br />

a terrifying moment in March this<br />

year when Hawaiian surfer Ryan G<br />

had to fight against the tide<br />

underwater following a serious<br />

wipeout. “Things don’t always<br />

go as planned,” said Thouard in<br />

the accompanying caption on<br />

Instagram. “@bigizlandryan<br />

escaping the washing machine!”<br />

Instagram: @benthouard



“As a<br />

driver,<br />

I’m 60%<br />

offensive”<br />

A drive across the US inspired<br />

the Alabama Shakes singer’s<br />

solo debut album. Here, she<br />

shares four road-trip classics<br />

Brittany Howard has been the<br />

lead singer/guitarist of rootsrockers<br />

Alabama Shakes since<br />

2009. Formed at high school in<br />

Athens, Alabama, the band went<br />

on to record two <strong>UK</strong> Top 10<br />

albums and win four Grammys.<br />

Last year, following severe<br />

writer’s block, Howard decided<br />

to move to California and launch<br />

a solo career. <strong>The</strong> songs on<br />

Jaime – her debut album, on<br />

which she displays a soft spot for<br />

psychedelic funk and hip-hop<br />

loops – were conceived during<br />

a road trip from the Pacific<br />

Northwest to Los Angeles via<br />

Nashville. Here are four songs<br />

that inspire the 31-year-old when<br />

she’s behind the wheel…<br />

Brittany Howard’s album Jaime<br />

is out now; brittanyhoward.com<br />

Mal Waldron<br />

All Alone (1966)<br />

“I really enjoy listening to this<br />

track by [jazz pianist] Mal<br />

Waldron when I’m in the car,<br />

because it’s so dreamy. My<br />

mind can just kind of float off<br />

and wonder and think, and<br />

that’s always nice. When<br />

driving, I like to listen to music<br />

that doesn’t have any words –<br />

it’s nice to focus on just the<br />

music and the arrangement.”<br />

Nina Simone<br />

Lilac Wine (1966)<br />

“This song is so sad, but really<br />

beautiful, too. <strong>The</strong>re’s this<br />

little [tom-tom drum] played<br />

throughout the track that I’m<br />

absolutely in love with. It’s<br />

only a tiny detail, but I’m like,<br />

‘Wow, I feel like I’m in a jungle<br />

at dusk somewhere and<br />

I’m depressed.’ I just love it.<br />

I wouldn’t put it on in the Los<br />

Angeles traffic, though.”<br />

Betty Davis<br />

<strong>The</strong>y Say I’m Different (1974)<br />

“I would say that as a driver I’m<br />

60 per cent offensive, 40 per<br />

cent defensive. In LA, you’ve<br />

got to be, right? Sometimes<br />

you’ve got to be an animal out<br />

there. And you need something<br />

kind of upbeat, so that you feel<br />

better about sitting in traffic.<br />

In those situations, I would<br />

listen to this [funk] classic.<br />

It’s a good one.”<br />

IDLES<br />

Danny Nedelko (2018)<br />

“My moods change and sometimes,<br />

when I’m feeling like a badass,<br />

I’ll listen to some metal music.<br />

I really like AC/DC and that English<br />

band IDLES. I love Danny Nedelko,<br />

because it’s perfect for our<br />

interstates. OK, so [the law] says<br />

you have to drive at 70 [mph], but<br />

really you can go 80. It’s like an<br />

unspoken [agreement], and if we<br />

do go 80, they can’t stop us all.”<br />



this girl who told me she was<br />

buying a van, turning it into a<br />

house and spending the entire<br />

summer rock-climbing, and it<br />

blew my mind. So I got my own<br />

used van for around $10,000<br />

[just over £8,000] that I could<br />

both lie down and stand up in,<br />

and I converted it in about five<br />

months. Most of the conversion<br />

I did myself with my ex-boyfriend<br />

by copying YouTube videos.”<br />

Here, Lindsay shares five<br />

tips on how to convert your<br />

own adventure vehicle and live<br />

the van life, too.<br />

onechicktravels.com<br />

Ventilate and seal your<br />

van properly<br />

“Rust and mould are the two<br />

most damaging and difficult<br />

things to catch and fix in a van.<br />

Be really careful about how<br />

you seal your vehicle when<br />

you ventilate it.”<br />

VAN LIFE<br />

<strong>The</strong> road to<br />

freedom<br />

Surf, jam, live in a van – rock climber and<br />

blogger Kaya Lindsay offers tips on how to<br />

lead a vagabond adventure lifestyle…<br />

Would you ever consider<br />

selling your house, giving away<br />

your belongings to charity and<br />

starting a new life on the open<br />

road? This is the philosophy<br />

of ‘van life’, a movement in which<br />

people liberate themselves from<br />

daily constraints by converting a<br />

vehicle into a moving home and<br />

driving into the sunset in search<br />

of adventure, with the aim of<br />

living and working off-grid.<br />

Rock climber and blogger<br />

Kaya Lindsay has lived the<br />

majority of the past three years<br />

in her 2006 Mercedes-Benz<br />

Dodge Sprinter van after giving<br />

up her flat in California and<br />

going freelance. Visitors to her<br />

YouTube channel will find not<br />

only van-conversion tips – her<br />

time-lapse video of a full build<br />

has had more than 1.6 million<br />

views – but profiles of fellow<br />

female van-lifers, too.<br />

Of her own conversion to the<br />

lifestyle, Lindsay recalls, “I met<br />

Read Marie Kondo’s<br />

book <strong>The</strong> Life-Changing<br />

Magic of Tidying Up<br />

“Get very specific on what<br />

you want to bring with you.<br />

I got rid of everything except<br />

for three drawers of clothes<br />

and some toiletries.”<br />

Be flexible<br />

“You have to be able to absorb<br />

any catastrophe. Being resilient<br />

and able to cope with things<br />

going wrong unexpectedly is<br />

an essential quality when living<br />

in a van.”<br />

Be respectful of the<br />

space around you<br />

“I see people dumping coffee<br />

grounds in parking lots, or<br />

spitting their toothpaste onto<br />

the ground. You need to be<br />

mindful of where you are and<br />

what’s appropriate.”<br />

Find something that<br />

you love to do and make<br />

that your journey<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s a perception that<br />

van life is always romantic.<br />

To be happy, however, you need<br />

a reason to be on the road;<br />

something powerful enough<br />

to keep you there.”<br />

LOU BOYD<br />




Super star DJ<br />

This summer, 400km above the earth, the International<br />

Space Station treated partygoers to a historic set<br />

“Got any Orbital?” Luca Parmitano rocks the boat in Ibiza from<br />

the International Bass – sorry, Space – Station<br />

Usually, when a DJ set is<br />

described as being ‘out of this<br />

world’, it’s in reference to the<br />

selection of tunes or the mixing<br />

skills of the person behind the<br />

decks. <strong>The</strong> phrase was given<br />

new meaning this August,<br />

however, when Italian<br />

astronaut Luca Parmitano<br />

became the first person ever<br />

to DJ live from space.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 43-year-old worked<br />

with well-known German DJ<br />

Le Shuuk to create the historic<br />

set, using specialised software<br />

loaded onto a tablet in the<br />

International Space Station.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, on the big day, Parmitano<br />

was projected live onto a huge<br />

screen watched by 3,000<br />

clubbers on board a party ship<br />

moored in the Balearic Islands.<br />

“I’d like to welcome you on<br />

board the Columbus module,<br />

the European lab on board the<br />

International Space Station,”<br />

he said, introducing the set.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> most amazing cooperation<br />

of space agencies in the world.”<br />

This groundbreaking event<br />

was a collaboration between<br />

the European Space Agency<br />

and German-based nightlife<br />

brand BigCityBeats, whose<br />

floating electronic music<br />

festival in Ibiza – World Club<br />

Dome Cruise Edition – received<br />

Parmitano’s broadcast.<br />

“I had tears in my eyes and<br />

goosebumps when I saw Luca<br />

raise the World Club Dome flag<br />

on the Space Station,” said<br />

BigCityBeats CEO Bernd Breiter<br />

after the performance. “When<br />

the music started to play during<br />

the broadcast from space,<br />

I can’t even begin to describe<br />

my feelings in that moment.<br />

“This has been my dream<br />

for many years: to create the<br />

first club in space and, on a<br />

much broader scale, to connect<br />

science and music. I hope it will<br />

inspire generations to come.”<br />

bigcitybeats.tv<br />



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Skeleton crew: with<br />

a pilot at the helm,<br />

Prosthesis can hit<br />

speeds of 30kph<br />


This 3.5 tonne, 4m-tall, fourlegged<br />

monster might look like<br />

a robotic villain straight out<br />

of a Michael Bay movie, but in<br />

reality it’s not a robot at all.<br />

Prosthesis, created by luxury<br />

electronics brand Furrion, is an<br />

entirely human-powered exobionic<br />

skeleton that amplifies<br />

the strength and speed of the<br />

person inside it. “It is an ‘antirobot’,”<br />

says its creator, Furrion<br />

CTO Jonathan Tippett. “It is a<br />

suit – it’s an extension of the<br />

pilot’s body and relies 100 per<br />

cent on their movements for<br />

every move it makes.”<br />

This innovative machine,<br />

or ‘mech’, was inspired by<br />

Tippett’s passion for action<br />

sports. “Growing up, I derived<br />

great satisfaction from mountain<br />

biking, snowboarding, martial<br />

arts and riding sport bikes,”<br />

he says. “Much like these sports,<br />

piloting a mech is a celebration<br />

of physical mastery and human<br />

skill. In this case, it takes the<br />

form of controlling an 8500lb<br />


Power dresser<br />

<strong>The</strong> world’s first exo-skeleton racing machine puts humans in the driving seat<br />

[3,600kg], 200hp, giant fourlegged<br />

exo-skeleton.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> company is currently<br />

working on the next generation<br />

of the mech, and hopes to launch<br />

its own X1-Mech Racing League<br />

for a “whole new breed of<br />

athlete” to compete in trials and<br />

races inside the machines. “Any<br />

moderately fit person can pilot<br />

a mech,” says Tippett. “How<br />

much power and strength it<br />

takes depends on how fast and<br />

hard you want to go. If you can<br />

ride blue runs or pop an ollie, with<br />

practice you could strap into one<br />

of these beasts, tame the power<br />

and make it do your bidding.”<br />

furrion.com<br />



As not seen<br />

on screen<br />

Illustrator Fernando Reza has an unusual passion:<br />

he designs posters for films that don’t exist<br />

Tim Burton’s Superman Lives,<br />

Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope,<br />

Quentin Tarantino’s prequel to<br />

Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs<br />

– what do these three films have<br />

in common? <strong>The</strong>y don’t exist.<br />

Cast but never made, they’re<br />

among the forgotten movies that<br />

didn’t make it to the big screen.<br />

Illustrator Fernando Reza has<br />

now created a series of posters<br />

that imagine what some of these<br />

lost features would have looked<br />

like if they’d been released. “I<br />

recall hearing rumours about all<br />

these unfinished movies and<br />

finding it super-intriguing,” he<br />

says. “It was the early days of the<br />

internet, so there was very little<br />

information out there – a quick<br />

line or maybe just the title – but<br />

it sparked my imagination. I<br />

thought it would be cool to delve<br />

into the production history of the<br />

films and put an image to them.”<br />

Reza’s posters are available<br />

online as numbered art prints,<br />

each with a historically authentic<br />

replica cinema ticket, and the<br />

release of a book is planned.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> good thing is that there<br />

is such an interest in unmade<br />

films,” Reza says. “<strong>The</strong>re are<br />

documentaries about Superman<br />

Lives and Jodorowsky’s Dune,<br />

and a book about Kubrick’s<br />

Napoleon. <strong>The</strong>re’s so much<br />

curiosity about the ‘what ifs’ of<br />

cinema history. I’m putting an<br />

image to what could have been.”<br />

frodesignco.com<br />

Clockwise from top left: Tarantino’s<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vega Brothers (shelved in<br />

2007); Kaleidoscope (1967); Orson<br />

Welles’ Heart Of Darkness (1939);<br />

Superman Lives (1998)<br />

LOU BOYD<br />



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Sampa <strong>The</strong> Great<br />

Homecoming<br />

queen<br />

Born in Zambia and based in Australia, the<br />

rising star of conscious rap explains how<br />

returning home can shape your future<br />


In March last year, Sampa Tembo,<br />

better known as Sampa the Great,<br />

won the Australian Music Prize for<br />

her mixtape Birds And <strong>The</strong> BEE9.<br />

Winning the accolade – which,<br />

much like the <strong>UK</strong>’s Mercury Prize,<br />

is awarded for creative excellence<br />

rather than album sales – is a<br />

prestigious achievement for any<br />

musician Down Under. <strong>The</strong> thing is,<br />

Tembo isn’t Australian; she moved<br />

there from her home country of<br />

Zambia in 2014 to study audio<br />

production. However, when the<br />

rapper’s first release, 2015’s <strong>The</strong><br />

Great Mixtape, began gaining<br />

positive attention, many Australian<br />

magazines conveniently named her<br />

one of their own. <strong>The</strong> topic of home<br />

runs throughout the 19 tracks on<br />

her official debut album, <strong>The</strong> Return,<br />

released on <strong>UK</strong> label Ninja Tune.<br />

Here, the 26-year-old explains why<br />

she shot the video for her single<br />

Final Form in Zambia, and how she<br />

overcame her insecurities…<br />

the red bulletin: What inspired<br />

you shoot the Final Form video<br />

in Zambia and feature your friends<br />

and parents in it?<br />

sampa the great: I’m based in<br />

Australia and started my professional<br />

career there, but at the same time<br />

I’d never performed at home, never<br />

had a song on radio [in Zambia].<br />

All of a sudden, I’m being played on<br />

the radio in Australia, doing live<br />

shows there, and people are calling<br />

me Australian. And Zambians<br />

are like, “How come she never<br />

performed here in front of us?”<br />

How did it feel going back?<br />

It was like coming full circle, that the<br />

place I grew up in could eventually<br />

experience me as an artist. I have<br />

no qualms about people saying I’m<br />

Australia-based, but it’s only half<br />

the truth. My friends at home are<br />

like, “We know where you’re from,”<br />

and I say, “I’m not controlling this!”<br />

So it felt important for me to tell<br />

people the story of who I am, rather<br />

than having other people create this<br />

narrative for me.<br />

What does returning home<br />

mean to you? Does it make you<br />

feel more grounded?<br />

<strong>The</strong> way we were raised, there was<br />

no space to be big-headed. As soon<br />

as it happened, my parents were<br />

like, “Cut that down.” Going home<br />

reassures your growth. It’s like, this<br />

is where you came from and this is<br />

what you’re doing. That’s important,<br />

because sometimes we forget to look<br />

back and see how much we’ve grown.<br />

How have you grown in the<br />

past few years?<br />

<strong>The</strong> assurance within myself has<br />

grown a lot. I’m doing what I know<br />

I was born to do. In the beginning<br />

there was so much doubt, because<br />

no one in my family had attempted<br />

a career in music. Now that I’m<br />

doing it – and enjoying it – there’s<br />

a bigger sense of assurance. Within<br />

the process, confidence and self-love<br />

have grown as well. And also the<br />

willingness to learn and work on my<br />

weaknesses, instead of just being<br />

like, “Yeah, nah!”<br />

How did you overcome any doubts<br />

you had?<br />

Definitely though conversations with<br />

people. <strong>The</strong> one thing that creates<br />

insecurity is the feeling that you’re<br />

going through something alone.<br />

Whoever I meet, I always want<br />

to converse with them about life,<br />

because it helps you to appreciate<br />

that we all share many fears and<br />

insecurities. When you see these<br />

are common things that people<br />

struggle with, you know that it’s<br />

OK to feel that way and to seek<br />

knowledge to get better.<br />

You once said a good student<br />

not only tries to master the things<br />

they’re good at, but also the things<br />

they’re really bad at. What have<br />

you attempted to master while<br />

working on <strong>The</strong> Return?<br />

So many things. For time’s sake, I’d<br />

say perspective. With <strong>The</strong> Return, it<br />

was like, “Oh, I can’t get to go home,<br />

because of this and that.” I was<br />

consumed by it, until I met people<br />

in situations where they couldn’t go<br />

back home so they had to create<br />

a new one for themselves. I had to<br />

step back and see that the small<br />

discomfort and displacement I was<br />

feeling was nothing compared with<br />

theirs. My perspective of how I’m<br />

blessed was definitely challenged.<br />

Did you take any action as a result<br />

of that realisation?<br />

I asked myself the question: “What<br />

do you do with this privilege?” For<br />

me it’s like, if I have an opportunity<br />

to go home, I’m going to share what<br />

I know. If I have the opportunity,<br />

I’d like to teach Zambians who’ve<br />

never been there about our home<br />

and culture. It’s that perspective of<br />

knowing that you have something<br />

someone else doesn’t, that they<br />

would [gain] value from. It feels like<br />

a duty to the diaspora, being able to<br />

teach these things.<br />

Sampa <strong>The</strong> Great’s debut album,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Return, is out now on Ninja Tune;<br />

sampathegreat.com<br />


“It felt<br />

important to<br />

tell people<br />

the story of<br />

who I am”<br />


“<strong>The</strong>re’s<br />

always hope<br />

if you never<br />

give up”

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje<br />


Second<br />

skin<br />

Life was hell for the British actor/director<br />

as a self-hating teen in a racist gang. But he<br />

found the strength to rewrite his story<br />

Words JESS HOLLAND<br />

How does a black kid growing up in<br />

1980s Essex become a member of a<br />

white supremacist skinhead gang?<br />

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje provides<br />

an answer in his big-screen directorial<br />

debut, Farming. <strong>The</strong> film tells the<br />

story of the actor/director’s own<br />

upbringing as a kid fostered – or<br />

“farmed out”, hence the title – by<br />

Nigerian parents to a white family in<br />

a rough port town where brutal racist<br />

violence was rife. Ignored and unloved<br />

at home and targeted on the streets,<br />

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was forced by his<br />

foster father to fight back against<br />

his attackers, and this earned him<br />

a measure of recognition from his<br />

oppressors for being unafraid to<br />

fight. This tiny taste of validation<br />

was enough reward for him to join<br />

the gang, who alternated quasitoleration<br />

with abuse.<br />

With some luck, hard work,<br />

and the intervention of educators,<br />

Akinnuoye-Agbaje escaped the<br />

hopeless path he was on and earned<br />

a law degree. He then underwent<br />

further transformations, moving to<br />

LA to become an actor and appearing<br />

on TV shows such as Oz, Lost and<br />

Game of Thrones while figuring out<br />

how to tell his own story. Few people<br />

get the chance to write and direct a<br />

feature film of their own life, but then,<br />

as Farming shows, few people are<br />

like Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Here, he tells<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong> how he overcame<br />

the self-loathing instilled in him and<br />

learnt to believe in his own future.<br />

the red bulletin: Farming<br />

shows how powerful a sense<br />

of belonging can be, even when<br />

it’s found in a dangerous and<br />

degrading environment…<br />

adewale akinnuoye-agbaje: In<br />

this story, young black children<br />

are placed in an environment that’s<br />

alien to them, where they are the<br />

only black children there. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

exposure to African culture really<br />

came through the media, whether<br />

it was Tarzan, Alf Garnett or Jim<br />

Davidson – these people regularly<br />

spewing racial slurs. When you’re<br />

constantly being exposed to that<br />

kind of language and then you’re<br />

physically abused on the street<br />

as well, and you don’t have any<br />

positive cultural references or role<br />

models, you begin to identify with<br />

the derogatory images.<br />

When my own father sent me<br />

out to stand up against the bullies,<br />

when I took that advice and started<br />

to fight back, I suddenly started<br />

to get noticed for something other<br />

than my colour. And that became<br />

a lifeline, because all of a sudden<br />

people were actually calling me<br />

by my name. It gave me a sense of<br />

validation. Don’t get me wrong,<br />

I was by no means accepted in the<br />

gang: you were always considered<br />

a tool, an asset that was useful in a<br />

fight against other gangs, and you<br />

were quickly made aware of who<br />

you are and what you were. But,<br />

still, it allowed you to be able to<br />

at least walk a little more freely<br />

on the street. That’s how you end<br />

up in that situation.<br />

How did you alter this path?<br />

<strong>The</strong> pivotal point was the passing<br />

of my first exam. It wasn’t a great<br />

grade – a C or C-minus – but it was<br />

the fact that when I applied myself<br />

I could achieve something; I’d always<br />

been told that I couldn’t do that. It<br />

was an epiphany for me. But it took<br />

time, coming out of that environment<br />

and being in a more multicultural<br />

environment; having my first<br />

girlfriend of colour was huge as well.<br />

It was a torturous and arduous<br />

process, because there was so much<br />

self-hatred, self-doubt and low selfesteem.<br />

Once, I was trying to solve<br />

this legal problem and I just couldn’t<br />

do it. I would smash up the furniture<br />

because it was so frustrating and I<br />

felt helpless and incapable. A friend<br />

gave me this pill that he used to take<br />

to stay up late, so I took it and we<br />

stayed up all night and solved the<br />

problem. At the end, I asked what it<br />

was, and he said it was just a vitamin<br />

tablet and [the remedy] was all in my<br />

mind. Little lessons like that started<br />

to help me see my own ability.<br />

Do you have advice for anyone<br />

who feels trapped?<br />

<strong>The</strong> only thing I can say is that<br />

there’s always hope if you never give<br />

up. You have to believe in yourself<br />

and trust that if you survive that far<br />

you can always keep going.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are other transitions you’ve<br />

made since: from lawyer to actor<br />

to writer and director…<br />

And from self-hatred to self-love.<br />

It’s all about empowering yourself<br />

through your own accomplishments,<br />

not seeking out validation, but<br />

validating yourself.<br />

Your story shows an extraordinary<br />

ability to adapt and survive…<br />

My upbringing in Tilbury [Essex]<br />

has given me a fearlessness about<br />

life and [the sense] that nothing’s<br />

impossible. You just get on with it.<br />

I’d never written a screenplay before,<br />

but it became award-winning. I’d<br />

never directed before; it became<br />

award-winning. <strong>The</strong> key is just to be<br />

fearless and go and do it, because<br />

you never know unless you try.<br />

Farming is on limited release at<br />

cinemas across the <strong>UK</strong>;<br />

hanwayfilms.com/farming-1<br />


Jordan Belfort<br />

Soul<br />

trader<br />

How the Wolf of Wall Street<br />

realised that an old dog can<br />

learn new tricks<br />

Words TOM GUISE<br />

What changed you?<br />

<strong>The</strong> first epiphany was when I got<br />

sober, in ’97. I’m not saying I’ve never<br />

done a drug or had a drink since – I’m<br />

no saint – but I don’t abuse anything<br />

any more. <strong>The</strong> next was when I got<br />

indicted. <strong>The</strong> biggest epiphany<br />

wasn’t jail – it was writing my book.<br />

I had to examine all the things I’d<br />

done. It allowed me to become the<br />

man my parents had first sent into<br />

the world. I was always a good kid –<br />

I just took a left turn at Albuquerque.<br />

In September 1998, Jordan Belfort<br />

was arrested by the FBI for moneylaundering<br />

and securities fraud. You<br />

know the story. Maybe you’ve read it<br />

in his 2007 autobiography, <strong>The</strong> Wolf<br />

of Wall Street, adapted into a feature<br />

film by director Martin Scorsese and<br />

starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort.<br />

It’s a vigorous account of the pitfalls of<br />

excessive greed and vice; a cautionary<br />

tale or a glorification, depending on<br />

who you ask. “‘Glamorises’ is a better<br />

word,” says Belfort himself. “Because<br />

let’s not mince words: it’s glamorous.<br />

But that doesn’t make it right.”<br />

In the early ’90s, Belfort’s New York<br />

brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont,<br />

fleeced investors of hundreds of<br />

millions of dollars in a penny stocks<br />

‘pump and dump’ scheme. He spent<br />

22 months in prison and had to pay<br />

restitution. “My only regret is that<br />

I lost people money,” he says today.<br />

“Everything else, that’s my life.”<br />

At 57, Belfort is now peddling a<br />

different stock – motivation – and<br />

making comparable dough (“$20,000<br />

for a one-hour speech”). “When<br />

I was young, I didn’t use that power<br />

responsibly. As an older – hopefully<br />

wiser – man, it’s important that my<br />

message, grounded in ethics and<br />

integrity, brings value to people.<br />

Used benignly, it’s a wonderful thing.”<br />

the red bulletin: You founded<br />

Stratton Oakmont at 27. What was<br />

the world like to you at that time?<br />

jordan belfort: Smaller, a preinternet<br />

age – you only knew what<br />

you saw on the news. I wasn’t born<br />

rich; I thought I should act the way<br />

characters in movies did. ‘Rich’ was<br />

Dallas, Dynasty, Gordon Gekko…<br />

It’s different to what kids value now<br />

– everything’s Instagram.<br />

At Stratton Oakmont’s peak, how<br />

much money were you making?<br />

A day? About a quarter million<br />

dollars, $30,000 an hour, $5,000<br />

a minute. It wasn’t just me, it was<br />

everybody. I had all these kids that<br />

had no business earning more than<br />

minimum wage, all making a million<br />

dollars a year. It was a free-for-all.<br />

Moral judgement aside, you clearly<br />

possess a talent. What is it?<br />

Not being scared to be wrong. I act<br />

on my ideas, sometimes to my own<br />

detriment. When you’re looking for<br />

niches, you see the world in a<br />

different way. It’s like a muscle you<br />

develop. Most people have the ability<br />

to come up with amazing ideas, but<br />

they don’t let them blossom, because<br />

they know they’ll never act on them.<br />

DiCaprio likened your speeches at<br />

Stratton Oakmont to Braveheart…<br />

I was blessed with the ability to be<br />

a motivator. But if you just say to<br />

people, “You’re capable of greatness,<br />

go out there,” it’s probably bullshit.<br />

Most people don’t have a natural<br />

ability to do extreme things; I found<br />

a system that made them master<br />

communicators. I’d say, “I don’t care<br />

what you did in the past, or if you’re<br />

a loser… I’ll show you how to be<br />

infinitely more effective as humans.”<br />

Could you have done things<br />

differently?<br />

Many times. When I first took<br />

a bag of money, I rationalised that<br />

everyone was doing it. <strong>The</strong> biggest<br />

mistake was smuggling money into<br />

Switzerland. I thought, “It’s not<br />

going to end well.” That’s when the<br />

drugs started to cloud my judgement.<br />

I lost control somewhere around ’93.<br />

You wrote it in prison, right?<br />

It was more teaching myself. I ripped<br />

up the pages and rewrote the whole<br />

thing when I got out. My cellmate was<br />

Tommy Chong, from [stoner comedy<br />

duo] Cheech and Chong. I’d never<br />

have done this if it wasn’t for him. He<br />

gave me one piece of advice: if you’re<br />

going to write about your life, choose<br />

the craziest and the saddest parts – no<br />

one wants to read about the mundane.<br />

Now they’ve made an immersive<br />

show of your story…<br />

Like when I lost control of Stratton,<br />

the story has grown beyond me. I’m<br />

glad people can look at my life and<br />

find enjoyment and empowerment.<br />

I’m not involved in the show – I sold<br />

the rights and I wish them well – but<br />

I’m doing a deal on Broadway that<br />

would be a different take, a musical.<br />

We imagine you’re effective at<br />

negotiating royalties…<br />

I’m pretty good. But most important<br />

is having a great product – if it sucks,<br />

you’re not going to make any money.<br />

As a different kind of speaker<br />

today, give us a pep talk…<br />

I’ll give you three tidbits. One, delay<br />

your gratification – good things take<br />

time. Two, you can’t be half-pregnant<br />

when it comes to integrity; either<br />

you’re ethical or not, because your<br />

line starts to move. And three, learn<br />

to communicate and influence; it’s<br />

a skill that will change your life.<br />

Will you be going to heaven or hell?<br />

I’m going to heaven. I’m very proud<br />

of the way I live today. I think I’ve<br />

paid off my debt, but things probably<br />

don’t work that way.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wolf of Wall Street immersive<br />

show is on now; immersivewolf.com<br />



“I was making<br />

$30,000 an<br />

hour, $5,000<br />

a minute”<br />


King of the wild frontier<br />

How a city kid from Britain’s industrial north helped<br />

shape the future of backcountry skiing<br />


Photography GIAN PAUL LOZZA<br />


Stelvio glacier, Italy, <strong>2019</strong>:<br />

Paddy Graham in his element<br />

– the mountain air

Paddy Graham<br />

“I learnt to ski on<br />

dry slopes, which<br />

is a lot different<br />

to growing up on<br />

snow like most of<br />

my competition”<br />

On Japan’s<br />

north island of<br />

Hokkaido lies<br />

Mount Kariba.<br />

In winter, its 1,520m peak becomes<br />

blanketed in dense snow. This is<br />

Shimamaki snowcat country, so-called<br />

because only these big-tracked<br />

snowmobiles can take skiers to the peak<br />

for some of the world’s deepest powder<br />

skiing. If you had journeyed to the top<br />

in January, you would have witnessed a<br />

mesmerising sight: skiers exploding from<br />

the thick drifts, launching through giant<br />

balls of pow nested in the trees, and<br />

blowing cold smoke in their wake as they<br />

carved, buttered and jumped through this<br />

untouched backcountry, all sporting the<br />

same unmistakable blue-and-orange skis.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se guys are ski-film collective<br />

Legs of Steel, and you can marvel at<br />

this majestic moment in their latest<br />

production, 121, named after the<br />

revolutionary ski they’re all using. One<br />

of the film’s stars, Italian Markus Eder,<br />

wore the ski to become this year’s<br />

Freeride World Tour champion. It seems<br />

like destiny – his <strong>Red</strong> Bull profile page<br />

reads: “Like every little kid from the<br />

smallest town in the mountains, he<br />

learnt to ski right after learning to walk.”<br />

For another of the film’s protagonists,<br />

it wasn’t quite so preordained…<br />

“I learnt to ski on dry slopes, which is<br />

a lot different from growing up on snow<br />

like most of my competition,” says Paddy<br />

Graham in his gentle, fading Sheffield<br />

accent. “Coming from a nation that<br />

doesn’t have skiing in the back garden<br />

was a struggle at first,” the born-and-bred<br />

Yorkshireman readily admits. But Graham<br />

has demonstrably proven otherwise. Over<br />

the past decade, he has ascended to the<br />

pinnacle of his sport, becoming Britain’s<br />

number-one freeskier and co-founding<br />

Legs of Steel. Today, Graham shreds<br />

mountains with the best of them.<br />

It’s October and the snow season is still<br />

months away, but Graham has been<br />

shooting <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong>’s cover story at<br />

Prinoth X Camp, a year-round ski resort<br />

3,450m up the Stelvio glacier in northern<br />

Italy. He fires up his old Land Rover<br />

Defender and, as the afternoon light and<br />

deep mountain shadows filter through<br />

the windscreen, we descend the highest<br />

road in the Eastern Alps, the Stelvio Pass.<br />

Moustachioed, with tufts of dark hair<br />

emerging from beneath his sun-faded<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Bull cap, Graham’s face wears a<br />

cheeky, ever-present smirk.<br />

“My girlfriend gave me that cat,”<br />

he says, pointing to a small figurine on<br />

the dashboard. “And that’s Chad,” he<br />

chuckles, this time pointing to a miniature<br />


Snow patrol: Paddy<br />

Graham, an adrenalinchasing<br />

multiple<br />

champion, is Britain's<br />

top freeskier

Game-changer: Paddy’s<br />

Revolt 121 skis have been<br />

developed by the skiers<br />

with the R&D team at Völkl

Paddy Graham<br />

plastic lifeguard doing a pull-up on his<br />

rear-view mirror. “<strong>The</strong>y’re my mascots.”<br />

Paddy Graham’s life, as we’ll discover,<br />

has been filled with mascots.<br />

It wasn’t until the age of 11, and a<br />

school trip to the USA, that the notion<br />

of skiing first presented itself to him. “I<br />

wanted to go because I’d seen pictures of<br />

my dad skiing when he was younger, but<br />

obviously I had to go and learn,” Graham<br />

recalls. “I was always active as a kid, but<br />

was never into playing football. Every<br />

summer, my parents would send me and<br />

my brother to sports camps to keep us off<br />

the streets, but I never had that one thing<br />

that I really liked, so my parents took me<br />

to the dry ski slope to see if I actually<br />

liked it.” That was the famed Sheffield Ski<br />

Village, one of Europe’s largest artificial<br />

ski slopes, which included a freestyle park<br />

equipped with a half pipe, quarter pipe,<br />

kicker, hip jump and grind rails before<br />

it burned down in 2012. “I saw people<br />

doing airs and tricks and I was like,<br />

‘This is sick, I want to do this.’” By the<br />

end of the three-day beginner course,<br />

he was hooked.<br />

Graham dedicated himself to<br />

practising on the dry slopes; slight<br />

and sure-footed, he took to park<br />

skiing quickly. By 13, he’d attracted his<br />

first sponsor, US manufacturer Line Skis,<br />

and joined a local team of fellow British<br />

skiers – a feat made more impressive by<br />

the fact that at this point Graham had<br />

only ever skied snow on that US school<br />

trip and a summer holiday at France’s<br />

Tignes glacier. “I was tiny and just skiing<br />

around. I didn’t have any race training.<br />

<strong>The</strong> others, who’d all done racing, were<br />

like, ‘Oh God, we need to teach you how<br />

to ski.’ We called ourselves the Kneesall<br />

Massive, after the [Nottinghamshire]<br />

town that one of the guys, Andy Bennett,<br />

now a coach on the British team, came<br />

from,” Graham laughs. “My coaching<br />

came from skiing with these guys.”<br />

“I was tiny and<br />

just skiing around.<br />

I didn’t have any<br />

race training”<br />

Airs and graces: Graham<br />

caught the skiing bug early<br />


Up in the air:<br />

“Freeskiing is all about<br />

enjoying the mountain,”<br />

says Graham<br />


Paddy Graham<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re are no rules<br />

and no one can tell<br />

you what to do or<br />

how to do it”<br />

With these comrades, who Graham<br />

affectionately names Bungle, Noddy and<br />

Slave Monkey, a community was born.<br />

Another trip to Tignes ensued and, once<br />

he hit 16 and his GCSEs were done and<br />

dusted, a season in the French ski resort<br />

of Serre Chevalier beckoned. “My<br />

learning curve accelerated, since snow’s<br />

easier and more forgiving than plastic<br />

matting. I learnt how to jump on 20m<br />

kickers rather than 5m ones, doing cork<br />

720s, 900s and the half pipe,” he says.<br />

“As I got older, I started powder skiing<br />

rather than cheeky runs next to the slope,<br />

so I had to really concentrate on my style<br />

and technique.” Meanwhile, back home<br />

during summers, he was making ends<br />

meet collecting trolleys at Asda and<br />

landscape gardening in a local caravan<br />

park. “I strived to outgrow the <strong>UK</strong> scene.<br />

People took me more seriously when I<br />

came second in slopestyle at the Austrian<br />

Open – it was one of the biggest events at<br />

the time and the whole scene was there<br />

watching, so that made some noise.”<br />

At this time, Graham appeared on<br />

Christian Stevenson’s Channel 5<br />

show RAD and Discovery’s Snow<br />

Patrol; it was the perfect moment for him<br />

to start making films himself. “When I<br />

started spending more time on snow, my<br />

friends and I would always go filming. To<br />

get standout shots, you have to venture<br />

further than the terrain park,” he says.<br />

“We’d always ski powder, small lines, in<br />

the streets and urban spots. I realised the<br />

park had boundaries that the rest of the<br />

mountain did not – taking tricks into<br />

powder and hitting natural features<br />

created a new challenge.”<br />

He wasn’t the only one coming to<br />

this realisation; it was a moment of huge<br />

change in the skiing community. With<br />

the development of powder skis – wider<br />

and more capable of tackling deep<br />

backcountry snow – a new discipline was<br />

born. “Freeskiing is all about enjoying the<br />

mountain,” says Graham. “<strong>The</strong>re are no<br />

rules and no one can tell you what to do<br />

or how to do it.”<br />

Graham’s newfound freedom on the<br />

slopes demanded a lifestyle to match – he<br />


Paddy Graham<br />

REVOLT 121<br />

SKIS<br />

“When you see<br />

the ski being<br />

made, it’s like<br />

a big puzzle:<br />

all these layers<br />

of material go<br />

into a big press<br />

that bakes<br />

them together”<br />

Paddy Graham<br />



Durable, hard beech<br />

at boot area; lighter<br />

poplar surround<br />



For short,<br />

aggressive turns<br />



Underfoot camber<br />

adds edge-hold<br />

when carving<br />


Core is wrapped in<br />

a composite and<br />

fibreglass sheath<br />



For long arching<br />

turns at high speed<br />

needed to find bigger sponsorship to go<br />

full-time. “We always had a photographer<br />

with us on trips; brands liked this as we<br />

could create content for them,” he says.<br />

“When I was 18, I got picked up by Völkl<br />

and never looked back.”<br />

With the German ski manufacturer’s<br />

support, in 2009 Graham moved to the<br />

Austrian town of Innsbruck and, with<br />

fellow skiers Bene Mayr, Thomas<br />

Hlawitschka and Tobi Reindl, co-founded<br />

Legs of Steel. “We were filming for<br />

another European movie at the time, but<br />

wanted to do our own thing so we could<br />

go on the trips we wanted and have the<br />

music we wanted.” <strong>The</strong>ir first film, <strong>The</strong><br />

Pilot, was released in time for the 2010-<br />

2011 season. “<strong>The</strong>re was a lot of powder<br />

skiing and backcountry, then we<br />

organised our own crazy park jump to do<br />

something special, which has become our<br />

trademark,” says Graham. Numerous films<br />

followed, including 2015’s multi-awardwinning<br />

Passenger. But it was 2017’s Same<br />

Difference that left a particular impact on<br />

Graham. “I just wanted to make a jump<br />

where I was in the air for longer than four<br />

seconds,” he says, matter-of-factly, of his<br />

attempt to achieve the longest-ever air<br />

time off a freestyle jump.<br />

It’s May 12, 2017, and Graham is<br />

staring down the face of his creation.<br />

First conceived on a piece of paper the<br />

year before, the monolithic mountain of<br />

snow before him in Livigno, Italy, is twice<br />

the size he originally envisioned – the<br />

largest freestyle ski jump ever built.<br />

Working 24/7 over four weeks, a fleet<br />

of diggers and snowcats moved some<br />

100,000 cubic metres of snow into<br />

position; so much snow, in fact, that the<br />

locals called the police, fearing it would<br />

slide down and destroy the village.<br />

With conditions perfect and speed<br />

checks complete, Graham rockets towards<br />

the jump at a blistering 117kph, landing a<br />

tantalising 3.8 seconds later. He attempts<br />

it again, this time launching too fast.<br />

After 4.5 seconds of air, he falls almost<br />

30m to the ground. “I ruptured my ACL<br />

and meniscus, and broke my ankle on the<br />

other foot,” he recalls.<br />



Tip and tail contact<br />

points float<br />

through powder<br />

“We organised our own<br />

crazy park jump to do<br />

something special. It’s<br />

become our trademark”<br />



GREAT<br />

FROM<br />

THE<br />

INSIDE<br />

OUT<br />



Paddy Graham<br />

It puts Graham out for the rest of the<br />

season. “I’m going to get back up and I’m<br />

going to get back out there, no matter<br />

what,” he said at the time. “With skiing<br />

and everything in life, you want to do it<br />

the biggest and best you can.”<br />

Today, Graham is at the peak of physical<br />

fitness. His 1.85m frame is slight, save for<br />

robust tattooed thighs, primed for the<br />

upcoming season – the result of a summer<br />

spent cycling through the Tyrol mountains<br />

that surround his home. “You’re always<br />

your fittest at the beginning of the season,”<br />

he says as we cross the border into<br />

Switzerland. <strong>The</strong> scent of winter lingers in<br />

the air, the chime from a cow’s bell drifts<br />

on the crisp breeze and the setting sun<br />

paints the mountains mauve. Graham<br />

smiles. “Just look at these mountains.<br />

I’ve never seen them like this before.”<br />

Still on the rise:<br />

at 31, Graham<br />

believes he’s at<br />

his physical peak<br />

“I hope I’ll still be<br />

skiing when I’m 80,<br />

but I’ve got a lot more<br />

to do before then”<br />

A short while later, Graham’s Land Rover<br />

pulls up outside the house of Jean-Claude<br />

Pedrolini, product and team manager<br />

of Völkl and a man Graham fondly calls<br />

Schinkä (Swiss German for ham).<br />

Graham is here to collect a van to drive<br />

the team to 121’s premiere at the Leo<br />

Kino Cinematograph in Innsbruck. <strong>The</strong><br />

two immediately embrace and Schinkä<br />

welcomes him into his home, where<br />

Graham hugs his wife and children.<br />

Paddy is almost part of the family –<br />

for 13 years, since he was a teenager, he’s<br />

been with this team. <strong>The</strong>y’ve grown up<br />

together, and now they’ve created a child.<br />

This season, Graham and his teammates<br />

have produced a revolutionary new ski<br />

with Völkl: the Revolt 121.<br />

“Schinkä said, ‘What we want to do<br />

is make a new powder ski for the riders,<br />

and who’s going to design it? <strong>The</strong> riders<br />

themselves,’” recalls Graham. <strong>The</strong> idea<br />

was to build a single ski that would work<br />

across multiple disciplines; the result (see<br />

explanation on page 42) is the evolution<br />

of a mode of human transportation that’s<br />

existed for about 6,000 years. “It handles<br />

big mountain freeride, deep powder,<br />

backcountry freestyle jumps, ski touring<br />

and also slope skiing,” he explains. “It’s<br />

a game-changer.”<br />

With teammates Markus Eder,<br />

Fabio Studer, Colter Hinchliffe,<br />

Ahmet Dadali, Tanner Rainville,<br />

Sam Smoothy, Tom Ritsch and Völkl’s<br />

lead engineer Lucas Romain, Graham<br />

rode numerous iterations of the ski last<br />

season before the final version was<br />

perfected. “We tested it in so many<br />

different conditions, we knew it was going<br />

to be good,” he says. “<strong>The</strong>se skis make me<br />

feel happy when I look down at them.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> film is more than merely a<br />

celebration of a product. At its premiere,<br />

hordes of ecstatic beanie-wearing<br />

freeskiers watch on as Graham and his<br />

teammates traverse the globe finding the<br />

best lines, all with Revolt 121s affixed to<br />

their boots. <strong>The</strong> movie, like the ski, like<br />

Paddy Graham himself, is the culmination<br />

of not just one person’s passion, but the<br />

dedication and continual refinement of a<br />

brilliantly talented team. Graham would<br />

humbly agree. “At the premiere of Same<br />

Difference, my parents came over to watch<br />

and got all dressed up. <strong>The</strong>y could see<br />

where I’d come from – the little kid who<br />

they took to the ski slope, now hosting<br />

this big event. That was really nice.”<br />

While filming 121, Graham turned 31,<br />

something he ruminates on. “Everyone’s<br />

saying, ‘Oh, it’s downhill from here.’ I was<br />

like, ‘No way.’ I went out with a chip on<br />

my shoulder to show people that I’m still<br />

an athlete. <strong>The</strong> performance I was able<br />

to put down this year was one of the best<br />

feelings. I hope I’ll still be skiing when<br />

I’m 80, but I’ve got a lot more to do before<br />

then. Skiing has let me see the world<br />

while doing something I love,<br />

accompanied by my best friends.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s so much more exploration<br />

to be done.”<br />

121 is available to stream for free from<br />

November 18 at voelkl.com/watchtogether<br />




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Two-time F1 Esports world<br />

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DREAMS<br />

Welcome to the Formula One of<br />

esports: actual racing teams going<br />

head-to-head in state-of-the-art<br />

simulations. <strong>The</strong> prize money may<br />

be only a fraction of the $30<br />

million won at the Fortnite World<br />

Cup, but for these competitors<br />

the stakes are higher: the chance<br />

to shape the motorsport itself<br />

and realise their goal of becoming<br />

a real-life racing car driver<br />

Words TOM WIGGINS<br />

Photography JANE STOCKDALE<br />


F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

“<strong>The</strong> link between<br />

sim racing and<br />

real life is without<br />

question”<br />

he Baku City Circuit is renowned in<br />

the world of Formula One for a number<br />

of reasons. It takes an F1 car roughly<br />

one minute, 41 seconds to traverse<br />

its length – a 6km loop around the<br />

Azerbaijan capital’s most famous sights<br />

– at a top speed of 360kph, making the<br />

street circuit one of the world’s fastest<br />

and most chaotic. It was here, in 2017,<br />

that Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel infamously<br />

side-swiped Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton<br />

for brake-checking him. <strong>The</strong> following<br />

year, <strong>Red</strong> Bull Racing teammates Daniel<br />

Ricciardo and Max Verstappen collided,<br />

eliminating themselves from the race.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, this year, Haas F1 Team driver<br />

Floris Wijers locked his brakes on turn 15,<br />

losing his rear end and launching off a<br />

high kerb, flying into a wall.<br />

If this last story seems unfamiliar, it’s<br />

because the crash didn’t take place on the<br />

actual streets of Baku, but on a computer<br />

simulation, streamed live to the world.<br />

Wijers is very much a driver for Haas,<br />

however, competing against human<br />

counterparts from the other F1 teams,<br />

strapped into racing rigs and battling it<br />

out for a shared bounty of $500,000. This<br />

was a heat in the F1 Esports Pro Series –<br />

the motorsport digitally recreated in all<br />

its drama, heartbreak and triumph. And<br />

it all took place at the Fulham Broadway<br />

Retail Centre in southwest London.<br />

<strong>The</strong> shopping mall might not look or<br />

sound like a place where dreams come<br />

true, although it can boast branches<br />

of Nando’s and Boots, and it’s located<br />

above a Tube station. Sharing space with<br />

the cinema on the upper levels of the<br />

building is the Gfinity Arena, the <strong>UK</strong>’s<br />

first dedicated esports venue, where,<br />

this July, 18-year-old Lucas Blakeley is<br />

struggling to hold back tears as his dream<br />

of driving for an Formula One team<br />

comes true. Tonight is the series’ Pro<br />

Draft. By the end of the day, 30 finalists<br />

will be whittled down to 10, each<br />

representing a proper F1 team.<br />


Clockwise from above: the wheel and pedals used – the Fanatec CSL Elite F1<br />

Set – allow the driver to adjust their car set-up on the fly, and some did this<br />

on almost every corner of every lap; Haas F1 Team’s Floris Wijers; Gfinity<br />

Arena’s aesthetic is <strong>The</strong> X Factor meets Sky Sports News<br />


Anyone can apply for a place in the<br />

draft: all you need is a copy of F1 2018<br />

– the video game by Codemasters – and<br />

a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC to play<br />

it on. More than 100,000 entrants<br />

attempted to qualify online for this year’s<br />

competition by firing up the game at<br />

home and driving lap after lap on the<br />

designated tracks. Two months later, the<br />

fastest have assembled in a studio that<br />

comes across like an ambitious hybrid of<br />

<strong>The</strong> X Factor and Sky Sports News – all<br />

illuminated perspex, giant touchscreens<br />

and a trio of pundits, including current<br />

McLaren driver and esports advocate<br />

Lando Norris, perched behind a desk,<br />

ready to break the news to the lucky few.<br />

<strong>The</strong> domino effect<br />

This year’s Pro Draft wasn’t Blakeley’s<br />

first attempt to make it into the F1<br />

Esports Pro Series – he qualified<br />

in 2018, too, but was left disappointed.<br />

“Being in the draft last year was the<br />


F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

Anyone can<br />

apply: all you<br />

need is a copy<br />

of F1 2018 and<br />

a console or PC<br />

teammates online, only meeting up at<br />

headquarters a few days before each<br />

Pro Series event. All are supplied with<br />

kit from official F1 Esports hardware<br />

supplier Fanatec: a steering wheel with<br />

realistic feedback that allows the drivers<br />

to feel how the car’s behaving, and a set<br />

of pedals with a pressure-sensitive loadcell<br />

brake – these are so precise, the drivers<br />

race in their socks.<br />

Just as in actual Formula One itself,<br />

Mercedes has dominated the Esports Pro<br />

Series in recent years – its 20-year-old<br />

British driver Brendon Leigh won both<br />

the 2017 and 2018 championships – but<br />

this has nothing to do with any technical<br />

superiority. Teams are allowed to tweak<br />

elements such as suspension set-up, brake<br />

bias and aerodynamic settings, but<br />

performance-wise the cars are identical.<br />

All that sets them apart are the liveries.<br />

“People who love Formula One as a<br />

sport are crying out for something that’s<br />

a bit more even, and that’s exactly where<br />

F1 Esports fits in,” says Paul Jeal, F1<br />

franchise director for Codemasters. “We<br />

can make sure that all the equipment<br />

and machinery is exactly the same, so<br />

it’s literally a ‘Who is the best driver?’<br />

competition.” <strong>The</strong> use of advanced<br />

simulator controls doesn’t only deliver<br />

a higher degree of precision, it makes<br />

the sport instantly relatable, even to<br />

those unfamiliar with esports.<br />

And that’s what sets the F1 Esports<br />

Pro Series – and racing esports in general<br />

– apart from games such as Fortnite or<br />

FIFA. Those two may offer larger prize<br />

funds and draw the biggest crowds –<br />

both in arenas and online – but watch<br />

someone play FIFA competitively and<br />

you won’t see the same patterns or<br />

rhythms as the football you experience<br />

with the Premier League. Likewise,<br />

only the chemically enhanced would<br />

recognise Fortnite’s technicolour world<br />

as being anything like real life. But<br />

watching these guys play F1 2018 is<br />

remarkably close to the authentic<br />

motor-racing experience, albeit with<br />

only 25 per cent of the race distance<br />

and none of the danger.<br />

“You can’t compare MsDossary, the<br />

world's best FIFA player, with Lionel<br />

Messi,” says Matt Huxley, a former<br />

professional Counter-Strike player and<br />

Gfinity esports manager, and now a<br />

lecturer at Staffordshire University's<br />

Digital Institute London. “One is using<br />

a controller, the other’s actually kicking<br />

the ball. <strong>The</strong> advantage with racing<br />

catalyst for getting to this point,” he<br />

explains a few weeks later as he prepares<br />

for Pro Series 1, the first event in the F1<br />

Esports calendar. “I know it sounds weird<br />

to most people, but I was treating esports<br />

like a proper job – always practising and<br />

doing league races at the highest level.”<br />

Life has changed significantly for the<br />

young Scot since his selection by the<br />

SportPesa Racing Point team. Blakeley<br />

has left home for a start, so rather than<br />

spending five hours on the game every<br />

night after school, his days are devoted to<br />

practising with his two teammates. “You<br />

wake up and it’s straight on the sim,” he<br />

says. “Everything is about improving as<br />

much as we can. We bounce off each<br />

other like a domino effect of progress.”<br />

This year’s F1 Esports Pro Series is the<br />

first to feature all 10 Formula One teams<br />

– débutantes Ferrari Driver Academy were<br />

the last to join – but not all of them set up<br />

their drivers under one roof; others<br />

remain at home and practise with their<br />

Clockwise from far left: the<br />

Williams Esports team hang<br />

out; the drivers rev their<br />

engines in the shiny-floored<br />

Gfinity Arena; Williams Esports’<br />

Isaac Price in race mode<br />


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F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

titles is that they emulate the inputs that<br />

a professional driver is giving.”<br />

It’s for this reason that a high<br />

proportion of drivers on the esports grid<br />

have a background in racing karts. Like<br />

many others, Blakeley had to quit karting<br />

due to spiralling costs, but he credits his<br />

experience on the track for his success<br />

in esports. “It has absolutely helped me,”<br />

he says, citing general racecraft and a<br />

knowledge of how to drive in wet weather<br />

as two advantages he has over those<br />

without a real-life racing background.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> link between sim racing and real<br />

life is without question. Every F1 team<br />

has a simulator – how much further do<br />

you need to look than that?”<br />

Game-changers<br />

Isaac Price was 15 when he had his<br />

accident. A successful kart racer at<br />

national level, the Brit would spend his<br />

summer holidays travelling the country<br />

to race. <strong>The</strong>n, one day, during a practice<br />

lap, the steering column of his kart<br />

shattered, pinning the throttle open<br />

and sending him hurtling helplessly into<br />

the wall at high speed. “It took 10-15<br />

minutes to untangle me, because my<br />

ankle got wrapped on the spring of the<br />

brake,” he recalls. “I was airlifted to<br />

hospital and they took a few hours to<br />

put me back together.”<br />

During his recovery from a broken<br />

ankle, Price passed the time by taking<br />

part in online races on the PC game<br />

Live for Speed. That was 10 years ago,<br />

and after competing at a high level<br />

on leading motorsports simulation<br />

iRacing and winning the game’s GT<br />

World Championship in 2017, Price went<br />

full-time, existing on savings from a job<br />

in data entry and any winnings he could<br />

bank from his victories online.<br />

That same year saw the launch of<br />

the F1 Esports Pro Series – a real gamechanger<br />

for Price. “I wasn’t really playing<br />

the [Codemasters] games at the time,<br />

but if Formula One was getting behind<br />

esports, it was inevitable that it would<br />

become the pinnacle of sim racing,”<br />

explains the 25-year-old. “That made my<br />

decision for me.”<br />

After making it to the finals of<br />

McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer<br />

competition in 2017, then a failed Pro<br />

Draft appearance the following year,<br />

Price raced at other events for Williams<br />

Esports, putting himself in the driving<br />

seat for a place in the team’s F1 Esports<br />

line-up. “I’ve shown what I can do and<br />

This could be the<br />

first step to a<br />

career in actual<br />

motorsports<br />

I fit into the dynamic that they already<br />

had, so in that way it all made sense,”<br />

he says after being selected. “As a team<br />

I think we can be confident; we’ve got the<br />

potential to do really well.”<br />

Fast friends<br />

Not all esports drivers have a karting<br />

background to draw on, however: Floris<br />

Wijers from the Netherlands has no<br />

For Scottish 18-year-old Lucas Blakeley, the F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

transformed an after-school gaming hobby into a full-blown career<br />

experience in actual motorsports, but<br />

began playing racing games when he<br />

was just four years old.<br />

Wijers bought his first proper steering<br />

wheel in 2017 and, along with Blakeley,<br />

failed to be drafted by an F1 Esports<br />

team the following year, but the pair<br />

quickly became friends and spent the<br />

next 12 months racing together to<br />

prepare for this July’s Pro Draft.<br />

Balancing esports with college and an<br />

internship in media broadcast operations,<br />

20-year-old Wijers dedicates between<br />

four and eight hours a day to sim racing<br />

at home in Soest, near Utrecht. “Luckily<br />

I don’t need a lot of sleep, so I practise<br />

until midnight or 1am and just get up<br />

late,” he says. Having performed well in<br />

the qualifying events, beating first-pick<br />


F1 Esports Pro Series<br />

In Baku, Rasmussen takes the chequered<br />

flag for <strong>Red</strong> Bull Racing, with Naukkarinen<br />

just three seconds behind. A thrilling<br />

finish sees Tonizza’s Ferrari cross the line<br />

neck-and-neck with Williams Esports’<br />

Álvaro Carretón, only to have third place<br />

gifted to him after the Spanish driver is<br />

served a five-second penalty for speeding<br />

in the pit lane.<br />

A bird’s-eye view of the drivers in their cockpits. Note their shoeless feet.<br />

You wouldn’t catch Max Verstappen doing that…<br />

David ‘Tonzilla’ Tonizza in his heat,<br />

Wijers was drafted by Haas. When the<br />

season starts, though, he and Blakeley<br />

will be rivals, not teammates.<br />

Race night<br />

On the day of Pro Series 1, Blakeley isn’t<br />

where you’d expect him to be. Each event<br />

consists of three races and he hasn’t been<br />

picked by his team to compete in any of<br />

them. “I was told a couple of days ago,”<br />

he reveals as he watches his teammates<br />

practise from the cinema-style seats at<br />

the Gfinity Arena. “Obviously, as a driver,<br />

it hits you hard: if you’re not disappointed<br />

about not racing, you’re really not doing<br />

it right. But I understand the decision,<br />

and I know that I’ll be driving at some<br />

point. I will get my time.”<br />

At Williams Esports, Price is given the<br />

go-ahead for the first two races, but his<br />

teammate, 19-year-old Finnish driver Tino<br />

Naukkarinen, will take over for the livestreamed<br />

event that evening: 13 laps<br />

of the Baku Street Circuit. This allows<br />

Naukkarinen to focus on the one track.<br />

Price only manages 17th on the Bahrain<br />

circuit and 14th in China, attributing his<br />

dearth of points to a poor qualifying<br />

performance, a lack of confidence with<br />

his rig, and bad luck – but he doesn’t feel<br />

far off the pace. “<strong>The</strong>re are drivers who<br />

aren’t racing here, because they haven’t<br />

outpaced other drivers in their team, so<br />

in that sense it’s an achievement,” he<br />

explains. “Last season, I was racing in<br />

online leagues and competing with the<br />

“People who love<br />

F1 as a sport are<br />

crying out for<br />

something that’s<br />

a bit more even”<br />

guys who are winning races here, so there<br />

is no reason why I can’t [win] as well.”<br />

Unlike Price and Blakeley, Wijers starts<br />

in all three Pro Series 1 races. But after<br />

solid performances in both Bahrain and<br />

China, finishing ninth in the former and<br />

seventh in the latter, the Dutchman<br />

experiences disappointment in Baku.<br />

As Naukkarinen and <strong>Red</strong> Bull Racing’s<br />

Frederik Rasmussen attempt to stop the<br />

Italian Tonzilla from winning his third<br />

race of the day, Wijers struggles to get<br />

to grips with his medium tyres and<br />

fights it out at the back of the pack with<br />

Blakeley’s SportPesa Racing Point<br />

teammate Daniele Haddad.<br />

It’s on lap six that Wijers misjudges<br />

turn 15, his contact with the wall forcing<br />

an unscheduled early pit stop that costs<br />

him dearly – he eventually finishes 18th.<br />

It’s a disappointing end to Pro Series 1<br />

for the Dutch driver. “I was happy with<br />

those [earlier] results, but I could have<br />

finished sixth or maybe even fifth in<br />

China,” he says. “Hopefully this is the<br />

only bad race we have.”<br />

Eyes on the prize<br />

With nine races left, including the grand<br />

final on <strong>December</strong> 4, Blakeley, Price and<br />

Wijers all have plenty of chances to put<br />

aside their disappointment. (<strong>The</strong>re’s also<br />

the small matter of the inaugural Chinese<br />

edition of F1 Esports Pro Series next year.)<br />

For some of these drivers, this could<br />

be just the first step to a career in actual<br />

motorsports. Three members of the<br />

current line-up – Brendon Leigh, McLaren<br />

Shadow’s Enzo Bonito and Cem Bolukbasi<br />

of Toro Rosso – have been handed the<br />

keys to real-life racing cars off the back<br />

of their esports performances. Bonito<br />

even beat 2016/17 Formula E winner<br />

Lucas di Grassi and 2012 IndyCar victor<br />

Ryan Hunter-Reay at the Race of<br />

Champions in January.<br />

Current Toro Rosso Formula One<br />

driver Pierre Gasly, who was also racing<br />

that day, admits that he plays F1 games<br />

between races to get into the rhythm<br />

of the next track on the calendar. “One<br />

of my friends, Jann Mardenborough,<br />

who took part in the Gran Turismo [GT<br />

Academy] programme with Nissan,<br />

actually participated at Le Mans,” he says.<br />

“It’s clearly possible to go from gaming<br />

to real life, but it takes a lot of practice to<br />

get on top of driving proper cars.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y’re not the only ones who have<br />

had a taste of the real thing: former<br />

McLaren development driver Rudy van<br />

Buren won the job through World’s<br />

Fastest Gamer, while the winner of this<br />

year’s competition will get a seat racing<br />

Aston Martins for R-Motorsport at some<br />

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When trap shook off its<br />

illicit origins, becoming<br />

the dominant force<br />

in rap music, it needed<br />

an aesthetic to match.<br />

Meet the fresh young<br />

photographer who takes<br />

unfiltered images of the<br />

scene’s biggest stars<br />

Gunner Stahl<br />

Shooting<br />

from the hip


<strong>The</strong> Atlantan is one of Stahl’s<br />

“all-time favourite rappers”,<br />

a pioneer for the new wave<br />

of trap artists. Following six<br />

acclaimed mixtapes, his<br />

debut studio album So Much<br />

Fun topped the US Billboard<br />

200 chart this August<br />


Jonathan Simmons earned the name by<br />

which he’s best known – Gunner Stahl –<br />

from a character in the classic ice-hockey<br />

comedy movie <strong>The</strong> Mighty Ducks, released<br />

in 1992, the year he was born. Eighteen<br />

years later, he bought his first camera from<br />

a friend at a party. Despite having failed<br />

in his photography class, the Atlantan felt<br />

compelled to capture his lifestyle on<br />

camera at school, parties, concerts, and<br />

in his local park. This would shape both<br />

his life and the trap music scene rapidly<br />

emerging in his US hometown at the time.<br />

Trap – the strand of hip hop comprising<br />

lyrics and melodies quickly sketched-out<br />

over a canvas of rattling snares, hi-hats<br />

and sub-bass 808 drums, then uploaded<br />

immediately for streaming – has become<br />

a dominant force in music. And 27-yearold<br />

Stahl’s intimate portraits channel that<br />

raw energy. From hanging out with rapper<br />

Future and superproducer Metro Boomin<br />

at Paris Fashion Week to shooting cult<br />

icon Gucci Mane on tour, Stahl has carved<br />

his niche capturing unfiltered snapshots<br />

of trap’s biggest stars, his reputation<br />

growing as their own stories evolve.<br />

Stahl’s devotion to shooting on 35mm<br />

film brings another dimension to his<br />

sought-after aesthetic, making his work<br />

even more unpredictable and of-themoment<br />

in an ever-digitised world. But it’s<br />

a medium he stumbled upon by accident:<br />

while preparing to document Kanye West’s<br />

Yeezus tour in Atlanta in 2013, Stahl’s<br />

camera broke, and the replacement<br />

provided by a friend turned out not to be<br />

digital, necessitating a visit to the drugstore<br />

to buy film. Stahl has since dismissed the<br />

photos as “trash”, but he continued to<br />

shoot with the camera and soon fell in<br />

love with the rawness of the process.<br />

It wasn’t until around 2014 that Stahl<br />

stumbled into music portraiture. Many<br />

of his friends were musicians, and he’d<br />

even been made a member of local rap<br />

collective Two-9 for just hanging out<br />

with them in the studio. Stahl began<br />

documenting their recording sessions and<br />

collaborators: early shots on his Instagram<br />

feed include one of Two-9’s DJ Osh Kosh<br />

alongside fashion designer Virgil Abloh,<br />

“If I’m not passionate<br />

about the person,<br />

I’m not shooting it”<br />

as well as photos of a purple-haired Wiz<br />

Khalifa when he dropped in to record<br />

with the collective.<br />

Stahl’s familiarity with the studio<br />

setting, along with his relaxed, confident<br />

persona, helps create an incredibly candid<br />

view of rap culture. He isn’t intrusive of<br />

the creative processes of those around<br />

him, meaning that in return he’s afforded<br />

the respect and freedom to do his thing.<br />

Where celebrities are used to magazines<br />

and album covers depicting them styled,<br />

posed and retouched like dolls, Stahl’s<br />

pictures provide a necessary disruption.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y feel closer to reality, offering fans<br />

a glimpse of their favourite artists in<br />

their natural habitats. “I only work off<br />

relationships to get this look,” says Stahl.<br />

“If I’m not passionate about the person,<br />

I’m not shooting it.” But the credibility<br />

of his work has inevitably transcended<br />

his hometown heroes, granting him an<br />

audience with global megastars including<br />

Ed Sheeran, Drake, Kanye West, Kylie<br />

Jenner, Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, Lana<br />

Del Rey and even Adam Sandler.<br />

Stahl’s habitat today tends to be hotels:<br />

he lives the majority of his life moving<br />

from place to place in search of the best<br />

picture. This also gives him a deeper<br />

empathy for his subjects and their lives on<br />

the road. His portraits are shot between<br />

studios, backstage areas, and temporary<br />

accommodation, yet the images feel livedin.<br />

One of his most iconic photos, the<br />

cover of Playboi Carti’s self-titled 2017<br />

mixtape, sees the fellow Atlanta native<br />

slumped comfortably between two models<br />

at a Los Angeles Airbnb.<br />

Through his work, Stahl shares with<br />

his viewers the access-all-areas pass he<br />

has earned for himself, building his own<br />

fanbase in the process. In 2017 he created<br />

a capsule clothing collection for Puma,<br />

and a gallery show entitled For You, Mom<br />

– a tribute to his mother, who passed away<br />

from breast cancer. Last month, Stahl<br />

released Gunner Stahl: Portraits, a new<br />

book packed with his favourite unseen<br />

photos from the past three years, with<br />

contributions from Swae Lee of trap duo<br />

Rae Sremmurd, and celebrated ’90s rap<br />

photographer Chi Modu. <strong>The</strong> book has<br />

been showcased at galleries in three cities:<br />

New York, Los Angeles and, of course,<br />

Atlanta. But as his star has grown, Stahl,<br />

like his photography, remains grounded.<br />

“Be yourself,” he says. “People gravitate<br />

more towards you being yourself.”<br />

Gunner Stahl: Portraits (Abrams) is out<br />

now; Instagram: @gunnerstahl.us<br />



“I love the eyes. Eyes tell the<br />

whole picture,” says Stahl.<br />

With this image, however,<br />

the photographer proves<br />

his ability to create an<br />

intriguing moment by doing<br />

the exact opposite. <strong>The</strong> eyes<br />

of his subjects – rapper<br />

Playboi Carti and model<br />

Justine Mae Biticon – are<br />

out of shot, which arouses<br />

curiosity and stimulates<br />

the imagination.<br />

Gunner Stahl


Photographed at Rolling<br />

Loud festival in New York<br />

in 2016, the Philadelphia<br />

native is best known for his<br />

massive viral hit XO Tour<br />

Llif3. “I’m in the backstage<br />

area, waiting,” said Stahl of<br />

the moment. “Next thing I<br />

know, he’s walking through<br />

security, We’ve hung out, so<br />

I’m used to his personality.”

Gunner Stahl<br />

AMINÉ<br />

<strong>The</strong> Portland rapper<br />

expresses himself as much<br />

through the surreal humour<br />

of his visuals and brightly<br />

coloured aesthetic as he does<br />

the reflective lyrics and selfdeprecating<br />

punchlines in his<br />

music. It’s unsurprising that<br />

he’s developed a relationship<br />

with Stahl, a self-confessed<br />

fan of mumblecore comedies.<br />


LIL BABY<br />


<strong>The</strong> fastest growing artists<br />

to emerge from Atlanta in<br />

the past few years, the pair<br />

maintain a strong work<br />

ethic, individually releasing<br />

multiple mixtapes each year,<br />

as well as channelling their<br />

natural chemistry into last<br />

year’s mixtape Drip Harder.<br />



A recurring subject in<br />

Stahl’s work. Atlanta’s selfdeclared<br />

‘King Of Teens’<br />

was a polarising figure<br />

when he first emerged with<br />

his bubblegum melodies<br />

and whimsical lyrics, but<br />

he’s doubled down on<br />

pleasing his cult fanbase<br />

and become a fashion icon<br />

in the process.<br />

Gunner Stahl


<strong>The</strong> Los Angeles rapper,<br />

entrepreneur and activist was<br />

murdered outside his store,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Marathon Clothing, in March<br />

this year – a huge loss to his<br />

family, friends and the global<br />

hip-hop community. Stahl pays<br />

tribute with some unseen<br />

photographs from his archive.<br />


Gunner Stahl<br />


After shooting the iconic<br />

cover of his debut mixtape,<br />

Stahl has continued to<br />

document Playboi Carti’s<br />

rise to prominence. Here,<br />

the Magnolia rapper grabs<br />

a moment backstage with<br />

his mentor, A$AP Rocky.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Arctic Cup

A housing estate looms<br />

over fans on the<br />

cliff overlooking the<br />

Sisimiut pitch<br />

Greenland’s one-week football season<br />

Words TOM WARD<br />

Photography BEN READ<br />


Greenland has ambitions of stepping onto football’s<br />

world stage, but with only three snow-free months<br />

of play per year, the odds are stacked against it.<br />

For one week, however, the players capable of making<br />

that dream a reality gather in remote Sisimiut<br />

to compete in the country’s only annual tournament.<br />

Above: B-67 players gather in their customary pre-match huddle. Opposite: G-44 superfan Helga cheers on her beloved team from Qeqertarsuaq<br />


Greenlandic football<br />

Forty kilometres above the Arctic Circle,<br />

an important football match is taking<br />

place. On a three-quarter-sized pitch in<br />

the town of Sisimiut on the west coast of<br />

Greenland, two teams – B-67 and N-48<br />

– are competing for a place in the final<br />

of the country’s national tournament,<br />

Grønlandsbanken Final 6, held every year<br />

since 1971 in the narrow snow-free window<br />

between mid-June and late August.<br />

<strong>The</strong> synthetic-grass pitch is horseshoed<br />

by the 784m-high Nasaasaaq mountain<br />

range and the town’s traditional brightly<br />

coloured wooden houses that perch<br />

haphazardly on outcrops of Greenlandic<br />

bedrock. Fans watch from the Craggy<br />

cliff overlooking the pitch, blasting air<br />

horns. <strong>The</strong>re are families with fold-out<br />

chairs, drunken older fans chanting in<br />

Greenlandic and Danish, a television<br />

camera balanced precariously. Sled dogs,<br />

chained to rocky outcrops outside nearby<br />

houses, lend howls of support. To the<br />

west, the waters of the Davis Strait can be<br />

glimpsed. On a clear day, you’ll see the<br />

spume of bowhead whales hunting for fish.<br />

But today all attention is on the pitch.<br />

B-67 – a team from the capital, Nuuk – are<br />

seen as Greenland’s answer to Real Madrid,<br />

having won the week-long national<br />

championship 13 times. (Like many<br />

teams in Greenland, B-67 are known by<br />

an abbreviation of their full name, which<br />

references the year they were formed:<br />

Boldklubben af 1967.) With 10 victories,<br />

N-48 (Nagdlunguak 1948), from the<br />

western town of Ilulissat, are their nearest<br />

rivals. Today’s match, then, is fraught<br />

with historic bad blood. Should B-67 lose,<br />

it’ll be the first time they have failed to<br />

reach the final since 2009.<br />

However, competing more than 320km<br />

from home with a team of players mostly<br />

Qeqertarsuaq<br />

Qaqortoq<br />


Sisimiut<br />

Nuuk<br />

Ilulissat<br />

Greenland is the world’s largest island<br />

– at 2,166km 2 , it’s the size of the British<br />

Isles, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and<br />

Austria combined – with a population<br />

of around 56,000. Eighty per cent of the<br />

country is covered in the Greenland<br />

Ice Sheet, and its northernmost point is<br />

just 740km south of the North Pole.<br />


Greenlandic football<br />

brought up from the under-19 team, B-67<br />

are not expecting this match to be a<br />

pushover; a local Facebook poll puts their<br />

chances of winning at just 30 per cent. If<br />

they crash out now, barring the thirdand<br />

fourth-place play-off, their one-week<br />

football season is over for another 365<br />

days. When you inhabit the world’s least<br />

densely populated landmass – one that’s<br />

80 per cent covered in ice and gets<br />

snowfall seven-and-a-half months a year<br />

– footballing opportunities are slim.<br />

For B-67, there are no snow-capped<br />

mountains, no whales hunting in the<br />

just-glimpsed sea, no howling sled dogs.<br />

Nothing exists but the pitch, the ball<br />

and the next 90 minutes.<br />

Four days earlier, B-67 coach Jimmy<br />

Holm Jensen gives <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong> the<br />

official tour of the team’s makeshift HQ<br />

in Sisimiut: a requisitioned elderly people’s<br />

social club. “It smells like death,” he quips.<br />

It’s hard to argue that there isn’t a certain<br />

worn-in aroma of comfortable chairs, tea<br />

and biscuits. For the next week, however,<br />

this compact collection of rooms will be<br />

home to 20 young players, plus Jensen<br />

and assistant coach David Janussen.<br />

Sleeping bodies still litter mattresses<br />

in the makeshift dormitory as early risers<br />

take part in a game of Olsen, a Nordic<br />

card game also known as Crazy Eights.<br />

Rap music plays in the background. <strong>The</strong><br />

hallway is littered with trainers and<br />

football boots, the backyard strung with<br />

drying football shirts, and the kitchen<br />

transformed into an industrial-scale<br />

pasta-making operation. Elsewhere in<br />

this, Greenland’s second-largest city<br />

(population: 5,524), other teams are<br />

sequestered in sports halls that have the<br />

look, if not the aura, of disaster relief<br />

centres with mattresses and makeshift<br />

beds crammed against the walls.<br />

“We have fun, try to keep the energy<br />

high,” explains 25-year-old team captain<br />

Patrick Frederiksen as he moves between<br />

the card players and those just beginning<br />

to wake up, checking in with everyone.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> music is always on. People are<br />

having a lot of fun, singing and dancing.”<br />

Arsenal supporter Frederiksen became<br />

B-67 captain in 2018 and this tournament<br />

is his first opportunity to prove himself.<br />

“It’s really important – it’s like the World<br />

Cup,” he says. “It’s our chance to show<br />

Greenland that we have the best team<br />

and work hard to reach our goals.”<br />

Until recently, football was never the<br />

main focus in Greenland. Thanks to the<br />

all-encompassing winter season, the<br />

window for outdoor matches is limited –<br />

it’s difficult to play on a pitch covered in<br />

a metre of snow, after all. Indoor sports<br />

such as table tennis, badminton and<br />

handball are popular alternatives, the<br />

latter on a par with football in terms of<br />

appeal. But the success of one particular<br />

Nordic neighbour encouraged<br />

Greenlandic footballers to dream big.<br />

In 2014, Iceland reached the World<br />

Cup playoffs for the first time (before<br />

losing to Croatia). Two years later, the<br />

Icelandic team reached its first major<br />

tournament, UEFA Euro 2016, defeating<br />

England 2-1 in the knockout phase and<br />

When B-67’s<br />

registered number<br />

3 was injured,<br />

his replacement<br />

used tape to<br />

change the shirt<br />

number to 31<br />

so he could play<br />


“Football connects<br />

everybody<br />

in Greenland”<br />

Spectators watch the<br />

match from their<br />

high perch on the cliff<br />

in Sisimiut

Greenlandic football

<strong>The</strong> B-67 players get pumped<br />

up before a match by listening<br />

to Greenlandic rock music.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir makeshift headquarters<br />

is normally used as a social<br />

club for elderly people<br />


Greenlandic football<br />

B-67 players negotiate stubborn onlookers and children on bikes during their pre-match warm-up<br />

“We have fun,<br />

try to keep the<br />

energy high”<br />

facing France in the quarter-finals (then<br />

losing by a respectable score of 5-2). And<br />

in 2018 they became the smallest nation<br />

ever to qualify for a World Cup tournament<br />

(though they went out at the group stage).<br />

<strong>The</strong>irs isn’t a track record to worry the<br />

majority of European teams, but Iceland’s<br />

efforts showed Greenland’s players it was<br />

possible for small, ice-besieged island<br />

nations to compete on the world stage.<br />

Greenland’s international football<br />

dreams date back further – to at least<br />

1999, when then national team manager<br />

and former West Germany squad member<br />

Sepp Piontek says he applied for UEFA<br />

membership (the Danish Football<br />

Association disputes this ever being done<br />

officially). One barrier to Greenland’s<br />

international recognition is its status<br />

as an autonomous territory within the<br />

Kingdom of Denmark. Another is its lack<br />

of FIFA-compliant playing surfaces and<br />

stadiums. But times are changing: in 2010,<br />

FIFA president Sepp Blatter approved<br />

Greenland’s first artificial-grass pitch, in<br />

the town of Qaqortoq. Nuuk got one in<br />

2015, and B-67 now share this full-sized<br />

outdoor pitch with three local teams.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are no stands – again, fans watch<br />

matches from a rocky outcrop, and the<br />

changing rooms are little more than<br />

wooden shacks – but it’s a step-up from<br />

the dirt pitch they previously played on.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, in 2016, Nuuk’s national stadium<br />

was treated to some FIFA two-star<br />

artificial turf – the highest-rated synthetic<br />

surface for UEFA competitions.<br />

Frederiksen is certain Greenland could<br />

one day play in the World Cup. “It would<br />

take some years, but I think we could<br />

reach it,” he says. “Iceland inspired us.”<br />

But while Iceland can boast new covered<br />

pitches heated by geothermal currents<br />

that facilitate year-round training,<br />

Greenland has few warm geothermal<br />

vents and no budget for covered pitches.<br />

“Money is hard to find. FIFA has come to<br />

Greenland a few times, and we also have<br />

some companies that are helping.”<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re is a problem with funding,”<br />

agrees Jensen, who played for B-67<br />

as a kid before joining his family’s cardealership<br />

business, and who this year<br />

took over as the team’s new coach,<br />

following the exit of his extremely<br />

successful predecessor, Tekle Ghebrelul.<br />

“We use 95 per cent of our funds for<br />

travelling,” Jensen says. “It’s so expensive<br />

to travel in Greenland. Right now, we’re<br />

on a limited budget for food. We don’t get<br />

paid, it’s just pure interest at heart.”<br />

A lack of funds hampers Greenlandic<br />

football at almost every turn. En route to<br />

the tournament from east Greenland, one<br />


Former B-67 player<br />

Hans Brummerstedt<br />

before leaving<br />

the sports hall that<br />

has been his home<br />

for a week

“We use 95 per<br />

cent of our funds<br />

on travelling”

Greenlandic football<br />

Above, clockwise from top left:<br />

the diminutive Man of the<br />

Match trophy; an Ek’aluk-54<br />

training top with the logo<br />

of sponsor Faxe Kondi – a very<br />

popular soft drink in Greenland;<br />

the official corner flags failed<br />

to arrive, so replacements were<br />

made from yellow cloths and<br />

metal broom handles bought in<br />

a local hardware store; assistant<br />

coach Janussen talks tactics<br />

at B-67 HQ. Opposite: <strong>The</strong><br />

Sisimiut pitch, surrounded by<br />

the rocky terrain that is almost<br />

symbolic of Greenlandic towns<br />

of B-67’s star players was stuck at an<br />

airport without his ticket. With no money<br />

to buy a replacement – and no roads<br />

linking remote towns – the team had to<br />

send him back home. Even when finally<br />

assembled, B-67 became stranded at<br />

Kangerlussuaq airport, the remote stopoff<br />

between Nuuk and Sisimiut. After<br />

calling all his contacts, including members<br />

of the Greenlandic FA, Jensen eventually<br />

secured passage for the team on a boat.<br />

Six hours later, they arrived in Sisimiut<br />

– had it been in service, the plane would<br />

have had them there in 30 minutes. To<br />

avoid extortionately priced internal flights,<br />

another team, G-44 from Qeqertarsuaq –<br />

an island town to the west – had to book<br />

passage on a weekly ship circumnavigating<br />

Greenland, which got them to Sisimiut<br />

a gruelling 22 hours later.<br />

Until Greenland earns the significant<br />

investment needed to capture the attention<br />

of the global football community, the<br />

Grønlandsbanken Final 6 tournament is<br />

the most important – and only – event on<br />

the football calendar. “Outdoor football is<br />

difficult as we don’t have more matches,<br />

but there’s a lot of raw talent,” Jensen<br />

says. “We had the Pan-American handball<br />

tournament recently and it brought the<br />

whole country together. We’re not used to<br />

that; it’s always been this town against<br />

this town. Sports can really unite us.”<br />

Later, Lars Petersen, head secretary<br />

of the Greenlandic Football Association,<br />

offers his analysis via email. He believes<br />

that despite the sport’s economic troubles,<br />

Greenlandic football is on the up. “It’s<br />

important to have this tournament,” he<br />

says. “We’re working on [getting more<br />

funding] but, in the meantime, this<br />

tournament helps show football is<br />

important and that there’s an audience<br />

for it. We have ambitions to further<br />

develop our tournament, and a proper<br />

league with a first and second division.”<br />

At 42, Jensen, youthful with just a streak<br />

of grey in his hair, also has to contend<br />

with a depleted team. When previous<br />

coach Ghebrelul left, many of the older<br />

players departed for greener pastures in<br />

Denmark. “I don’t think it’s a problem<br />

that people want to go to Denmark,” says<br />

Jensen. “When we started the youth<br />

department, one of our goals was that in<br />

10-15 years we’d like a Greenlandic player<br />

to be playing for one of the best Danish<br />

clubs. If someone was successful there, it<br />

would shine a light back on football here.”<br />

Mikki Brønlund, B-67’s 25-year-old<br />

left-winger, has first-hand experience of<br />

Danish football. “A lot of us study there<br />

and compare ourselves to Danish players,”<br />

he says. “We are far better than them<br />

technically, but it’s the football IQ that is<br />

lacking, because we can only play inside<br />

for the majority of the year.”<br />

Faced with a depleted squad, Jensen<br />

and assistant coach Janussen were forced<br />

to dip into the under-19s. In many cases,<br />

Jensen had to write to the school<br />

principal to ask for special dispensation<br />

so the teenagers could play in the<br />

tournament. Yet he’s hopeful that some<br />

of these newcomers will make their mark.<br />

Before the match against N-48, Jensen,<br />


Greenlandic football<br />

“We could reach<br />

the World Cup.<br />

Iceland inspired us”<br />

Frederiksen and Janussen huddle around<br />

a picnic bench in the garden. Beneath an<br />

unexpectedly warm sun, they plan the<br />

starting 11. Jensen enthuses about an<br />

offensive midfielder, Kristian Evaldsen,<br />

who is just 18. “He’s one solid muscle,”<br />

says Jensen, grinning. “He kayaks in the<br />

old Greenlandic way, and he’s very small<br />

so he has this amazing centre of balance.<br />

He’s so fast, he looks like a cartoon<br />

character when he runs.”<br />

Another player also earns a special<br />

mention: a short, stocky figure with a<br />

shaved head permanently ringed with<br />

a Nike sweatband, 16-year-old Henning<br />

Bajare has earned the nickname ‘Fat<br />

Mbappé’ for his resemblance to the Paris<br />

Saint-Germain striker. “He’s like a<br />

bulldog,” Jensen laughs. “We put him on<br />

in our first match and he was charging<br />

around, then running over shouting for<br />

‘Water! Water!’. He was exhausted,<br />

because he isn’t used to playing matches<br />

of this length.”<br />

Despite the minuscule football season<br />

and their relatively young years, none of<br />

these players is a novice when it comes<br />

to competitions: B-67 are renowned as<br />

champions of futsal, the five-a-side<br />

variant of football that was popularised<br />

in South America and has become one<br />

of Greenland’s most popular games<br />

during winter. Played indoors, futsal is<br />

more frantic and kinetic than ‘outdoor’<br />

football; the fast, skilful passes of the<br />

Brazilians and Argentinians owe a lot<br />

to its influence.<br />

“Futsal helps because it teaches us to<br />

use faster passes, instead of dribbling,”<br />

says Frederiksen. “A lot of younger<br />

players aren’t so strong – they can’t<br />

control the ball in the air without getting<br />

pushed around by other players – so we<br />

try to keep it on the ground.”<br />

Planning completed, it’s time to head to<br />

the pitch. <strong>The</strong>re’s no bus, so B-67 walk,<br />

Frederiksen hoisting a boombox onto his<br />

shoulder as the team march past the<br />

town’s ancient church and houses that<br />

proudly display reindeer antlers outside –<br />

mementos of last year’s hunting season.<br />

<strong>The</strong> majority of B-67’s tournament<br />

matches kick off at 5pm. In summer, it<br />

doesn’t get dark in Greenland until after<br />

11pm, but the games end in a strange<br />

permanent semi-twilight. As we wait for<br />

the match to start, an older man wanders<br />

over and offers that “Greenlandic football<br />

is better than English football. It is like a<br />

community: everyone knows everyone”.<br />


He talks about his favourite <strong>UK</strong> teams,<br />

Liverpool and Manchester United, before<br />

offering the parting prediction that<br />

“[Greenlandic players] could come to<br />

Europe and win games”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> B-67 players warm up outside the<br />

caged pitch as another match takes place,<br />

then pile into the changing room – two<br />

goalposts pushed together with a tarp<br />

over the top – at the final whistle and<br />

await the start of their game. “I like<br />

football, but I only watch it during the<br />

tournament,” says a fan in his early<br />

twenties as the players line up. “Football<br />

is really popular in Greenland right now,<br />

and more support means maybe our teams<br />

Players from the triumphant<br />

N-48 rush onto the pitch to<br />

celebrate becoming the <strong>2019</strong><br />

Greenlandic football champions.<br />

Left: ‘Fat Mbappé’, aka 16-yearold<br />

Henning Bajare, in action<br />

will get better and we’ll get a chance at<br />

some international tournament.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> semi-final match is not one B-67<br />

will want to remember. Five minutes in,<br />

their keeper parries a free kick, but in the<br />

resulting scramble N-48 score the first<br />

goal. Later in the first half, the goalie is<br />

forced into action again, charging down<br />

a shot from an N-48 player who has<br />

stormed into the B-67 box.<br />

In the second half, B-67 make a<br />

triple substitution. A short while later,<br />

Frederiksen comes off with his arm<br />

bleeding, having opened up an old<br />

wound. He bandages it and runs back<br />

on. With less than 30 minutes to go, it’s<br />

clear B-67 aren’t dictating the game.<br />

A third N-48 goal in the 88th minute and<br />

a fourth in injury time seal B-67’s fate.<br />

For the first time in a decade, they have<br />

failed to qualify for the final.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next day, N-48 go on to beat G-44<br />

in the final by the only goal of the match.<br />

For their final game, B-67 play IT-79<br />

in the play-off, but, disheartened by<br />

yesterday’s defeat, suffer an ignoble 2-0<br />

defeat. Frustrated or victorious, for<br />

the Greenlandic players the season is<br />

over for another year.<br />

Back in Nuuk two days after the final,<br />

Jensen invites <strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> <strong>Bulletin</strong> to his<br />

home overlooking the fjord, where<br />

icebergs float against the broken-tooth<br />

backdrop of the 1,210m Sermitsiaq<br />

mountain. As he cooks up reindeer steaks<br />

on his barbecue, Jensen offers a balanced<br />

analysis of the team’s performance.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>se younger players are good, but it<br />

will take two to three years to get them<br />

to where we want to be, playing the final<br />

and hopefully dominating outdoor<br />

football again,” he says. “It takes time.”<br />

For now, the hunting season has just<br />

begun, and coach and players alike are<br />

looking forward to getting out into the<br />

wilderness. <strong>The</strong> futsal season will follow,<br />

then training for outdoor football will<br />

start up once again in the spring. While<br />

this young B-67 team have suffered shortterm<br />

disappointment, the standard of<br />

play in the Grønlandsbanken Final 6<br />

tournament suggests that Greenlandic<br />

football could hold its own on the<br />

international stage, and maybe even<br />

equal Iceland’s success one day.<br />

Patrik Frederiksen has seen his fair<br />

share of victories and defeats. While<br />

the younger players lament what must<br />

feel like a stolen opportunity, he offers<br />

a more optimistic approach. Losing that<br />

tournament may sting, but ultimately<br />

Greenlandic football has been the victor;<br />

with more eyes on the sport, it just might<br />

receive more funding, and maybe the<br />

fabled covered pitches that would allow<br />

them to play year-round and raise a team<br />

to rival anything Europe has to offer.<br />

“Football is in development in<br />

Greenland,” Frederiksen says. “It connects<br />

everybody. <strong>The</strong> audience appreciates it<br />

and encourages us to do better. We want<br />

to show that even though we’re a little<br />

nation with so few inhabitants, we can<br />

play football at a high level.”<br />

Thanks to Visit Greenland for its help;<br />

visitgreenland.com<br />




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Goggles of the<br />

snow giants<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Bull Spect Magnetron<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Red</strong> Bull logo is usually<br />

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Prometheus stealing fire from<br />

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the magnetic interchangeable<br />

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In 2011, a year after founding<br />

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James. Katz’s ideology is simple:<br />

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Lost in music<br />

Wireless on-ear headphones<br />

Sound quality uncompromised by<br />

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noise-cancelling (ANC) and<br />

ambient hearing for listening to<br />

your surroundings; Wireless<br />

Concert One by Vonmählen<br />

(vonmaehlen.com) take inspiration<br />

from the superior sound of the<br />

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Hamburg; Crusher ANC by<br />

Skullcandy (skullcandy.co.uk) let<br />

you customise sensory bass, and<br />

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company Sackit (sackit.eu) bring<br />

ANC and a 22-hour battery to an<br />

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build on a reputation in sound that<br />

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If the greatest invention was<br />

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WEAR<br />

Walking on<br />

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Danner Arctic 600<br />

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Charles Danner first made<br />

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Equipment<br />


Camera evolved<br />

iPhone 11 Pro<br />

In 1822, French inventor Nicéphore<br />

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Three premium features combine<br />

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I<br />

n 1910, an engineer in<br />

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Baldwin invented<br />

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century later, Skullcandy<br />

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It all starts with the<br />

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<strong>The</strong> immediate results create<br />

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Skullcandy’s Personal Sound<br />

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Snow wear<br />

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Snow wear<br />

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MARKER Convoy+<br />

helmet, marker.net;<br />

OAKLEY Fall Line<br />

XM Factory Pilot<br />

Whiteout snow<br />

goggles, oakley.com;<br />

VOLCOM Fern<br />

insulated Gore-Tex<br />

Pullover jacket,<br />

volcom.co.uk; DAKINE<br />

Jamie Anderson<br />

Women’s Team Heli<br />

Pro 20L backpack,<br />

dakine.com<br />

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Ridgeline beanie,<br />

hellyhansen.com;<br />

ZEAL OPTICS Portal<br />

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hoodie, friskiwear.<br />

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WOLFSKIN Exolight<br />

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scott-sports.com;<br />

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OAKLEY MOD1 helmet<br />

and Fall Line XL snow<br />

goggles, oakley.com;<br />


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wireless earbuds,<br />

skullcandy.co.uk;<br />

PROTEST Gutter Camo<br />

jacket, protest.eu;<br />

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volcom.co.uk; THE<br />

NORTH FACE Patrol<br />

Steep Series gloves,<br />

thenorthface.co.uk;<br />

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skis, scott-sports.com<br />

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MARKER Convoy+<br />

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sweetprotection.com;<br />

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scott-sports.com;<br />


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ospreyeurope.com;<br />

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lineskis.com;<br />

K2 Mindbender<br />

88 Ti Alliance skis,<br />

k2snow.com<br />


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SCOTT Track<br />

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scott-sports.com;<br />


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wearcolour.com;<br />


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hellyhansen.com;<br />

QUIKSILVER Travis<br />

Rice Natural<br />

Gore-Tex gloves,<br />

quiksilver.co.uk;<br />

VÖLKL Revolt 121<br />

skis, voelkl.com<br />

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PROTEST Girlfriend<br />

beanie, protest.eu;<br />

FRISKI <strong>The</strong> Flo<br />

2.0 technical riding<br />

hoodie, friskiwear.com;<br />


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jack-wolfskin.com;<br />

SCOTT Celeste III boots,<br />

scott-sports.com;<br />

BURTON Free Range<br />

gloves, burton.com;<br />

VÖLKL Secret Flat skis,<br />

voelkl.com<br />

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Get it. Do it. See it.<br />


You may view it as<br />

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but Mario Kart is<br />

deeper than that<br />

PAGE 105<br />


Ultrarunner Christian<br />

Schiester has a unique<br />

way of sweating it out<br />

during training<br />

PAGE 106<br />


Unmissable events,<br />

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Things experience<br />

PAGE 109<br />



Crumbling icebergs<br />

hold no fear for surfer<br />

Kyle Hofseth – they're<br />

all part of the thrill of<br />

catching waves in the<br />

frozen waters of Alaska<br />

PAGE 100<br />


G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Watching icebergs is essential for glacier surfing – it’s how you predict the size of the resulting waves<br />




Most people take shelter when they witness a massive<br />

glacier calving – but surfers in Alaska approach them.<br />

Kyle Hofseth explores the last frontier of the surf world<br />

Adeafening growl, an<br />

explosion of raw energy.<br />

I’ve got to catch this one<br />

wave. Nothing else matters. I’ve<br />

been fighting hypothermia all<br />

day, but none of the ice lingers in<br />

me now – I’ve never moved faster.<br />

Deep in the throat of this fjord is<br />

a massive, groaning glacier. Many<br />

metres of flaking ice rise vertically<br />

above the seawater, and a frozen,<br />

house-sized monolith has just<br />

broken free, creating the moment<br />

I’ve been waiting for.<br />

I frantically paddle on what<br />

feels like a kamikaze mission to<br />

Passionate surfer and travel writer Kyle Hofseth<br />


Alaska<br />



Kyle Hofseth reveals why Alaska is the<br />

ultimate hotspot for adventurous surfers,<br />

and why the place requires a slightly<br />

different packing list<br />

Alaska has almost<br />

55,000km of tidal<br />

shoreline. <strong>The</strong> best surf<br />

occurs during spring (April)<br />

and autumn (September)<br />

As the glacier calves, ice drops into the water and waves form below the frozen cliff<br />

ALASKA<br />

USA<br />

Canada<br />

Anchorage<br />

Homer<br />

Kenai Fjords<br />


On their trip on the M/V Milo in 2017, Hofseth and Dickerson explored the Kenai Fjords<br />

meet the result of this explosion:<br />

a perfectly shaped, ice-filled wave.<br />

Turning my board as it crests,<br />

I feel my fins catch on chunks<br />

of ice, and I pull hard through<br />

golfball-sized shrapnel as the<br />

wave picks me up for the ride of<br />

my life. Nothing about this wave<br />

is normal – and the adrenalin it<br />

creates is off the charts. I surf it<br />

for 100m as it peels down a gravel<br />

bar before surging onto shore.<br />

My mind is blown.<br />

This monster of a glacier in<br />

Alaska’s Kenai Fjords is so large<br />

it creates its own weather, and<br />

it straddles the Kenai mountain<br />

range. But in this isolated place<br />

the glacier’s silent majesty seems<br />

reserved for me alone. Except I’m<br />

I’m given a helmet<br />

and told, “Bring<br />

a board you don’t<br />

mind destroying”<br />

not here on my own. I pull down<br />

my wetsuit hood and hear Scott<br />

Dickerson shouting to me from<br />

the nearby skiff, saying he got<br />

a great shot of my ride.<br />

Dickerson runs Surf Alaska<br />

and captains the M/V Milo, an<br />

exploration vessel converted from<br />

an almost 18m fishing boat.<br />

Operating out of the coastal city<br />

of Homer, centrally located in the<br />



Scott Dickerson’s travel agency, Ocean Swell Ventures,<br />

has its base in Homer, a picturesque fishing town with<br />

around 5,700 residents. From the harbour, glaciers can<br />

be seen clinging to the Kenai Mountains across the bay.<br />

THE TRIP<br />

From its dock in the bay, the M/V Milo has access to the<br />

Gulf of Alaska, the Kenai Fjords and the Aleutian Islands,<br />

which stretch out towards Russia. <strong>The</strong> coastline is<br />

rugged; the shorelines are home to bears and moose.<br />

Orcas, humpback whales and otters are frequently<br />

spotted among the islands and channels.<br />



1. Bring a deep coffinstyle<br />

board bag. You will<br />

need it on the beach. Climb<br />

inside with a thermos of<br />

coffee and a warm water<br />

bottle to warm up<br />

between waves.<br />

2. A motorcycle<br />

helmet isn’t a bad idea.<br />

Bring something to protect<br />

your head – there’s a lot<br />

of ice in the water.<br />

3. Speaking of ice in the<br />

water, I dinged all of my<br />

boards. Consider bringing<br />

something older that’s<br />

seen some wear and tear.<br />

4. Get a wetsuit that’s<br />

at least 5mm. I’d highly<br />

recommend 7mm booties<br />

and 7mm mittens, too.<br />

<strong>The</strong> water was 1°C, and the<br />

icy wind chill coming off<br />

the glacier was brutal.<br />


G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Alaska<br />




<strong>The</strong> M/V Milo, a retired 1966<br />

commercial salmon-fishing boat with<br />

a diesel engine, was converted into<br />

an exploration vessel by a couple of<br />

surf-crazed Alaskans in 2009<br />

Length<br />

17.68m<br />

Main engine<br />

380hp<br />

Crew<br />

Five or six passengers,<br />

one skipper<br />


Staterooms<br />

Two<br />

Equipment<br />

4m RIB (inflatable boat),<br />

fishing gear<br />

Cruising speed<br />

Eight knots<br />

Catch of the day: on the M/V Milo, you source your own dinner – Alaskan halibut<br />



Dedicated wetsuit removal and drying room in the<br />

converted fish-hold. Sleep in surf-themed state rooms<br />

below the water line in the hull. Join the captain or crew<br />

for a midnight wheel watch in the top house, and watch<br />

a summer sunset become a sunrise in just 30 minutes.<br />

ON DECK<br />

Enjoy the outdoor hot shower. Place the handheld shower<br />

head in your wetsuit, lay on the deck and fill up. Soon you<br />

will have a personal hot tub – perfect for recovering from<br />

a surf session in icy waters. And bring a fishing rod with<br />

heavy line – it’s not uncommon to catch 50kg halibut.<br />

Trips are often a week long, so the M/V Milo’s chest<br />

freezers are stocked with local game and vegetables<br />

crook of the Gulf of Alaska,<br />

Dickerson has spent more time<br />

exploring, documenting, guiding<br />

and photographing the vastly<br />

uncharted surf potential of North<br />

America’s largest coastline than<br />

anyone else on earth. I’ve seen<br />

his photos of adventurers surfing<br />

all manner of waves against a<br />

backdrop of stunning mountains,<br />

crystalline blue ice and epic<br />

Alaskan ruggedness.<br />

His trips have an element of<br />

raw exploration that it’s simply<br />

impossible to find in crowded,<br />

established surf spots. And today’s<br />

more than most: it’s Dickerson’s<br />

first with the sole intention of<br />

paddle-surfing glacier waves; that<br />

is, waves created solely by the<br />

ice fall from this glacier. This is<br />

no joke, as became clear on the<br />

very first night I showed up in<br />

Alaska, when Dickerson handed<br />

me an old motorcycle helmet<br />

as protection against flying ice<br />

chunks. His instructions? “Bring<br />

a board you don’t mind destroying<br />

– this trip is going to have icebergs<br />

in the line-up.”<br />

If there are waves, we’re going<br />

to surf them, whether or not<br />

body-sized chunks of glacier are<br />

flying overhead in a barrel or have<br />

to be dodged with a carefully<br />

timed duck-dive. To add to the<br />

uncertainty of this expedition,<br />

there’s no mobile phone reception<br />

out in the wilds of Alaska, often<br />

no villages for hundreds of<br />

kilometres, and so not much in<br />

terms of a safety net.<br />

It becomes critical to predict<br />

when and where along the glacier<br />

face the ice will fall, and how much<br />

will be falling at once: a housesized<br />

mass of ice can create a 2m<br />

surfable wave. But we must keep<br />

an eye out for signs of larger<br />

sections readying themselves to<br />

fall… and be ready to make a<br />

swift exit. Our week on the M/V<br />

Milo consists of these unique surf<br />

sessions and plenty of fat and<br />

protein-heavy meals (butter,<br />

bacon, freshly caught fish) to<br />

replace what our bodies are<br />

tearing through in the 1°C water.<br />

Sleep is short; the Alaskan<br />

summer light beckons us to<br />

explore, paddle the fjord and all<br />

it has to offer. We surf through<br />

ice-filled grey waves on the back<br />

of the release of ancient energy<br />

from this frozen giant, and it fills<br />

us with a true sense of adventure,<br />

and of survival.<br />

To explore the wild coastline of<br />

Alaska aboard the M/V Milo, go to<br />

oceanswellventures.com<br />




G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Gaming<br />


Nintendo’s Shigeru<br />

Miyamoto, creator of<br />

legendary games series<br />

such as Mario and <strong>The</strong> Legend<br />

of Zelda, employs a philosophy<br />

when making games, known in<br />

his homeland of Japan as kyokan<br />

– an empathic experience<br />

between the developer and the<br />

player that translates as ‘feelone’.<br />

“As long as I can enjoy<br />

something, other people can<br />

enjoy it,” he says.<br />

When Miyamoto created<br />

Super Mario Kart for the Super<br />

Nintendo Entertainment System<br />

in 1992, the kyokan was strong.<br />

Putting the moustachioed mascot<br />

(and his friends and frenemies)<br />

into go-karts spawned the kartracing<br />

genre – franchise<br />

characters speeding across<br />

cartoon landscapes collecting<br />

and unleashing power-ups. Much<br />

copied, but never bettered (see<br />

Crash Team Racing or the<br />

horrendous Garfield Kart), the<br />

Mario Kart series has remained<br />

among the most popular games<br />

in the 27 years since its inception,<br />

with its latest iteration, Mario<br />

Kart Tour, released on mobile<br />

recently. But what is it about the<br />

game that resonates so strongly<br />

with players? We asked gaming<br />

psychologist Jamie Madigan…<br />


What does your Mario Kart character of<br />

choice say about you? In a 2016 article<br />

in Portland newspaper Willamette Week,<br />

therapist and psychology professor<br />

Dr Karen Chenier postulated that players<br />

chose characters based on relatable<br />

traits: Luigi is shy and neurotic,<br />

Yoshi the dinosaur a clown, Bowser<br />

a narcissist. Miyamoto has said he<br />

considers Mario a “blue-collar hero”.<br />

For Madigan, it’s simpler: “People<br />

likely pick the character that offers<br />

the mechanics they want, or the one<br />

whose design is most appealing.”<br />


Likewise, could the power-ups have<br />

deeper significance than mere in-game<br />

artefacts? Perhaps a banana skin<br />

symbolises bad luck, the homing red<br />

shell maliciousness, a speed-boosting<br />

mushroom vigour, and the invincibilitygranting<br />

star confidence. This is<br />

somewhat borne out by Mario Kart 8<br />

director Kosuke Yabuki’s philosophy<br />

on the controversial blue shell, which<br />

Pushing buttons: your<br />

Mario Kart character of<br />

choice could say a lot<br />

about your personality<br />



Playing Mario Kart might make you a better driver. And a better person, too…<br />

only takes out the player in first place.<br />

“Sometimes life isn’t fair and that’s<br />

frustrating,” he said on the game’s<br />

Switch release in 2017. “But when we<br />

tried the game without the blue shell,<br />

it felt like something was missing.”<br />


Good video games encourage a player<br />

to keep going with the feeling that they<br />

always stand a chance. With Mario Kart,<br />

that incentive system is called rubberbanding.<br />

Power-ups are graded to help<br />

players in different positions: those at<br />

the back get speed boosts, in the middle<br />

they get weapons, and the person at the<br />

front gets a measly banana skin to drop.<br />

“Games such as Mario Kart encourage<br />

feelings of competence and mastery,”<br />

EXPERT<br />


JAMIE<br />



<strong>The</strong> author of Getting<br />

Gamers: <strong>The</strong> Psychology<br />

of Video Games and<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir Impact on the<br />

People Who Play<br />

<strong>The</strong>m also has a podcast<br />

series and blog at<br />

psychologyofgames.com<br />

that examine the<br />

motives behind player<br />

behaviour and why<br />

games are made.<br />

says Madigan. “Rubber-banding ensures<br />

victory – or at least improvement – is<br />

always within grasp.”<br />


Perhaps literally, as in driving capability.<br />

In 2016, university researchers in<br />

Shanghai and Hong Kong subjected<br />

players to sessions of Mario Kart and<br />

Roller Coaster Tycoon (an amusementpark<br />

creation game) and found that the<br />

former group demonstrated “improved<br />

visuomotor skills” (the coordination<br />

between the eyes and hand movements).<br />

Madigan is cautiously optimistic:<br />

“Playing Mario Kart might help you on<br />

a driving simulation, but I’m not aware<br />

that it’s shown to improve ability in<br />

driving an actual car.”<br />


At least if you play Mario Kart regularly.<br />

A study by researchers at the University<br />

of Queensland found that participants<br />

forced to take maths tests until they<br />

failed, followed by two rounds of Mario<br />

Kart, demonstrated lower comparable<br />

stress levels and increased happiness<br />

after the latter, more so than if they’d<br />

won the race. “Any enjoyable activity can<br />

reduce stress and elevate mood, but<br />

video games have an edge because they<br />

give a sense of progression, mastery and<br />

control,” says Madigan. “<strong>The</strong>y satisfy<br />

basic psychological needs that other<br />

parts of life typically don’t.”<br />


G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

Fitness<br />

At the age of 20, Schiester was a heavy smoker and drinker, but on his doctor’s advice<br />

he turned his life around. Within two years, he had run the New York Marathon<br />



AHEAD<br />

Christian Schiester is one of the world’s top ultrarunners.<br />

His secret to beating the Sahara Desert? A trip to the sauna<br />

Heading to the sauna after<br />

working out is wonderful:<br />

muscles relax, the circulation<br />

gets going, thoughts melt away.<br />

But what if the sauna becomes<br />

the gym? That’s the reality for<br />

Christian Schiester. Whenever the<br />

Austrian ultrarunner was training<br />

for his desert runs, he would put<br />

a treadmill or exercise bike in the<br />

wooden shack, heat it to 60°C,<br />

then reel off the kilometres for the<br />

next three hours. “I’d drink up to<br />

15 litres of water and make sure I<br />

was never in the sauna alone – you<br />

never know what might happen,”<br />

the 52-year-old explains. But<br />

then, he was already supremely<br />

fit thanks to a disciplined training<br />

schedule. “I trained in the sauna to<br />

simulate in my mind the conditions<br />

in the desert,” he reveals.<br />

And it worked: as he ran over<br />

the dunes in the 2003 Marathon<br />

des Sables – a six-day race across<br />

the Sahara – the thermometer on<br />

his watch showed 60°C. “I felt<br />

absolutely awful,” he recalls. But<br />

suddenly he heard his inner voice<br />

saying to him, “Don’t be like that,<br />

Schiester. You can do it. It was this<br />

hot in the sauna, too, remember?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> dip in motivation was<br />

suddenly behind him and he<br />

crossed the finishing line in 12th<br />

place, having run more than<br />

250km through the desert.<br />

christian-schiester.com<br />

“I would drink<br />

up to 15 litres<br />

of water and<br />

make sure I was<br />

never in the<br />

sauna alone”<br />

Christian Schiester,<br />

<strong>Red</strong> Bull ultrarunner<br />

KNOW-HOW<br />


MATTER<br />

Faster, higher,<br />

further? Here’s how<br />

your mind can help<br />

urge your body on<br />

to high-level<br />

performance<br />


Organise and control your<br />

thoughts both before and<br />

during crunch time. Anyone<br />

who puts their inner voice to<br />

good use – by, for example,<br />

deploying positive key words<br />

– has a better chance of<br />

achieving peak performance.<br />


Forget the bigger picture for<br />

a moment. Focus instead<br />

on important individual<br />

elements that you’ve already<br />

mastered. This will boost<br />

your confidence.<br />


Picture – in the most vivid<br />

way possible – completing<br />

each individual part of the<br />

challenge ahead. <strong>The</strong> more<br />

authentically you can<br />

visualise it, the better<br />

prepared you’ll be if<br />

the going gets tough.<br />

Schiester’s motto: “Punish your body before it punishes you!”<br />





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G U I D E<br />

Do it<br />

13<br />

November<br />


Didn’t get enough horror at Hallowe’en? <strong>The</strong> best is yet to come. What<br />

better subject for Secret Cinema – the immersive theatre company<br />

that has transformed blockbusters including Alien, Back to the Future,<br />

Ghostbusters and <strong>The</strong> Empire Strikes Back into real-world experiences<br />

– than the hit Netflix supernatural sci-fi drama that pays homage to the<br />

movies of the ’80s? Details are top secret, as is the exact location, but<br />

expect a trip to the US Midwestern town of Hawkins; encounters with<br />

characters such as Hopper, Joyce, Dustin, Mike, Lucas and Eleven; and<br />

a trip to the alternate dimension of the Upside Down. November tickets<br />

are already sold out, so you’ll need to move faster than the Demogorgon<br />

to get your fix. Until February; secret location, London; secretcinema.org<br />

Flayers gonna flay:<br />

join Eleven, Max<br />

and co in Hawkins<br />

Nov/Dec/Jan<br />

11<br />

January<br />

Hatsune Miku<br />

Expo 2020<br />

Hatsune Miku, who kicks off her European tour with<br />

this London gig, is a music sensation in her native<br />

Japan. Which is impressive when you consider she’s<br />

not real. This virtual teen pop star (her name means<br />

‘future sound’) is actually a voice bank of Japanese<br />

phonemes (phonetic word parts) spoken by actress<br />

Saki Fujita and channelled though a Vocaloid voice<br />

synthesiser. Anyone with the software can play her<br />

utterances through a music keyboard – Lady Gaga<br />

chose Miku as the opening act on her 2014 artRAVE:<br />

the ARTPOP Ball tour, and Pharrell remixed Last<br />

Night, Good Night, her song with Japanese electro<br />

band Livetune. Miku will be appearing on stage as<br />

a 3D anime projection, accompanied by a live band.<br />

O2 Academy Brixton, London; mikuexpo.com<br />

Virtual insanity:<br />

Hatsune Miku live<br />

ALAMY<br />

12 8<br />

November<br />

Touching the<br />

Void<br />

In 1985, Brits Joe Simpson and<br />

Simon Yates survived a near-fatal<br />

climb of the 6,344m-high Siula<br />

Grande in the Peruvian Andes.<br />

Simpson detailed the ordeal in<br />

his 1988 book Touching the Void,<br />

which became a documentary in<br />

2003. And now it’s a play, directed<br />

by War Horse’s Tom Morris and<br />

using an ingenious moving stage<br />

to simulate the mountain faces.<br />

Simpson recounts his experiences<br />

in our next issue. Until 29 Feb;<br />

Duke of York’s <strong>The</strong>atre, London;<br />

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November<br />

Spartan Stadion<br />

the only event was the Stadion, a<br />

sprint so epic that the arena was<br />

named after it (this later became<br />

then, that the Spartan – the<br />

present-day race inspired by the<br />

strongest of the Ancient Greeks –<br />

At the very first Olympics in 776AD,<br />

the Latin ‘stadium’). It’s only fitting,<br />

should honour this competition at a<br />

series of modern ‘stadions’. This<br />

5km race at Twickenham features<br />

20 obstacles including winding<br />

corridors and a clamber up the<br />

stadium’s stairs. Twickenham<br />

Stadium, London; spartanrace.uk<br />

<strong>December</strong><br />

UVA: Other<br />

Spaces<br />

<strong>The</strong> art collective United Visual<br />

Artists merges traditional media<br />

such as painting and sculpture with<br />

audio-visual technology to challenge<br />

perceptions. In other words, get<br />

ready for some mad shit. This<br />

installation in an iconic Brutalist<br />

building delivers such dizzying<br />

delights as mechanical lights<br />

dancing to the music of Mira Calix,<br />

and the animal recordings of<br />

‘bioacoustician’ Bernie Krause as<br />

spectrograms. 180 <strong>The</strong> Strand,<br />

London; 180thestrand.com<br />


G U I D E<br />

See it<br />

November/<strong>December</strong><br />

Off the rails: Finnish<br />

freeskier Antti Ollila<br />

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November FILM<br />


Shot on location across the world, this film transports the<br />

viewer from the peaks of the Bernese Alps to the deep snow<br />

of Hakuba, Japan, to the winding Powder Highway of British<br />

Columbia, Canada. Filmmakers and top freeskiers including<br />

Will Berman, Cody Cirillo, Caroline Claire, Mac Forehand,<br />

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Rob Warner joins the world’s best riders in search<br />

of virgin terrain where they can test their limits.<br />

Be warned: mountain biking is about to get wild.<br />

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This year’s World Enduro Super Series came to a<br />

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Switzerland<br />

Where adventure<br />

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Slope and glory:<br />

the picturesque ski<br />

resort of Adelboden-Lenk<br />

has more than 200km of<br />

pistes and hosts the<br />

annual FIS Ski World Cup<br />


01 Arosa<br />

Lenzerheide<br />

<strong>The</strong> ski area of Arosa Lenzerheide comprises two<br />

resorts linked by the Urdenbahn – a cable car that was<br />

installed in 2014, creating a whole new world of winter<br />

opportunities. Skiers can now get from the Hörnli in<br />

Arosa to the Urdenfürggli in Lenzerheide via a fiveminute<br />

ride over the Urdental valley. Together, the<br />

resorts offer 225km of stunning ski runs. <strong>The</strong> views<br />

from the Weisshorn peak in Arosa are remarkable,<br />

while the 360° panoramas from the top of the<br />

Parpaner Rothorn in Lenzerheide look out over more<br />

than 1,000 Alpine summits. Arosa Lenzerheide boasts<br />

an enviable number of sunny days, too, and Swiss<br />

tennis ace Roger Federer even has a chalet in the<br />

hamlet of Valbella on the outskirts of Lenzerheide.<br />

Switzerland is a country<br />

covered in mountains.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Swiss Alps make up<br />

a remarkable 65 per cent<br />

(26,835 sq km) of the<br />

nation. Not the worst<br />

ratio for adventure, we<br />

think you’ll agree.<br />

Skiing and snowboarding<br />

Where steep means steep<br />

Thanks to Arosa Lenzerheide’s<br />

225km of pistes, there’s a little<br />

bit of everything here. For<br />

beginners, there are wide pistes<br />

and rolling hills aplenty; for<br />

those who prefer to spend their<br />

holiday up in the air, or jibbing<br />

boxes and rails, there are four<br />

terrain parks spread across the<br />

resort; and experts can enjoy an<br />

impressive 28km of pisted black<br />

terrain. <strong>The</strong> crown jewel of all<br />

this is the Silvano Beltrametti<br />

World Cup slope. Starting at the<br />

Mottahütte and ending in the<br />

village of Parpan, it measures<br />

2.45km, dropping 727m in the<br />

process. With an average<br />

gradient of 31 per cent – and<br />

slanting by as much as 65 per<br />

cent at points – the thigh-burner<br />

is one of the steepest courses on<br />

the downhill World Cup circuit,<br />

and one of the toughest pisted<br />

runs on the planet. For the less<br />

vertically inclined, special nighttime<br />

skiing options give the<br />

resort a starry-eyed edge. On<br />

nights when there’s a full moon,<br />

skiers can get a sundowner and<br />

dinner at well above 2,500m<br />

before skiing down beneath the<br />

Alpine moonlight – watching out<br />

for snow werewolves, of course...<br />



Ski Switzerland<br />

Light show: an aerial<br />

view of the Lenzerheide<br />

valley from the Rothorn<br />


Winter hiking<br />

Sun, serenity and<br />

crackling snow<br />

Crunch. Silence. Crunch.<br />

Silence. Crunch. Silence. This<br />

is the sound of hiking in Arosa<br />

Lenzerheide: pure serenity,<br />

where the only noise is your feet<br />

crossing the prepared tracks in<br />

the snow. If you want silence in<br />

your hike, there are more than<br />

140km of marked and prepared<br />

trails for winter hiking here.<br />

Some run almost alongside the<br />

resort’s pistes, while others go<br />

right through the snow-covered<br />

woods and countryside, away<br />

from the hustle and bustle of the<br />

ski slopes. <strong>The</strong> Heidi & Gigi Trail<br />

is a particularly popular 9km<br />

option, connecting Arosa and<br />

Lenzerheide and affording<br />

endless panoramas.<br />

On the trail: visit Innerosa’s old houses and the Arosa Bergkirchli chapel, circa 1493<br />

Curl power: it’s not all about the skiing in Arosa Lenzerheide<br />

Mountain<br />

adventures<br />

<strong>The</strong> day doesn’t<br />

end when the<br />

lifts shut<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a mix of emotions at the end<br />

of a day’s skiing. On the one hand,<br />

there’s disappointment that the ski<br />

day is over; on the other, if all has<br />

gone to plan, you’ve had a damn<br />

good day on the mountain and now<br />

you get to take off your ski boots. In<br />

Arosa Lenzerheide, the adventures<br />

don’t end when you step back into<br />

your regular shoes. Grab dinner,<br />

then head to the Scharmoin halfway<br />

station and restaurant and you’ll be<br />

able to spend the evening eating<br />

Swiss cheese fondue, drinking<br />

mulled wine and sledging speedy<br />

downhill runs. If getting out of the<br />

snow but still gazing at the views is<br />

more your style, you have plenty of<br />

options, too. You can even jump in a<br />

snow groomer and head around the<br />

mountains, looking back on Arosa<br />

and Lenzerheide lit up in the dark.<br />

Fear not, the melted cheese will<br />

still be there when you return.<br />



Ski Switzerland<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Zürich (154km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,229m–2,865m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

225km<br />

Longest run:<br />

4.5km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

49% blue (110km);<br />

39% red (87km);<br />

12% black (28km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

43<br />

More info:<br />

arosalenzerheide.<br />

swiss/en<br />

Perfect pistes: Arosa Lenzerheide has something for everyone, from beginners to black-run addicts<br />


Ski Switzerland<br />

02 Bern<br />

region<br />

<strong>The</strong> colossal peaks of Eiger, Mönch and<br />

Jungfrau dominate the Interlaken-Jungfrau<br />

region, which has been at the centre of skiing<br />

and mountaineering for more than 200 years.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 4,158m-high Jungfrau was first climbed in<br />

1811, which kick-started tourism in the Swiss<br />

Alps. Almost 150 years on, Heinrich Harrer<br />

released <strong>The</strong> White Spider, his legendary book<br />

describing the first successful ascent, in 1938,<br />

of the North Face of the Eiger – nicknamed<br />

‘Mordwand’ or ‘death wall’. Sir Arnold Lunn<br />

organised the first ski slalom race in the village<br />

of Mürren in 1922, while the first men’s World<br />

Cup downhill took place in Wengen in 1967. <strong>The</strong><br />

region now draws 30,000 spectators every<br />

year for the FIS World Cup’s Lauberhorn races,<br />

one of the best-attended events on snow.<br />

Winter sports<br />

in Interlaken<br />

Viewpoints<br />

from the top<br />

of the world<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are some ski resorts you<br />

visit where the add-ons – the<br />

extra stuff you can do when not<br />

on skis – are a bit half-baked.<br />

This is not the case in Interlaken.<br />

<strong>The</strong> region boasts an abundance<br />

of temptations to draw you off<br />

the slopes for the day, or at least<br />

a few hours. Top of Europe ICE<br />

MAGIC is a little winter paradise<br />

sandwiched between mountains<br />

and lakes, which consists of six<br />

icefields connected by winding<br />

paths. <strong>The</strong>re’s skating ahoy, and<br />

you can try curling and ice hockey<br />

on the fields. For an adrenalin<br />

hit, the paragliding and skydiving<br />

options are extensive, too. But<br />

perhaps the pick in Interlaken is<br />

the winter kayaking on Lake<br />

Brienz. Think air as crisp as it<br />

can get, and reflections of snowcovered<br />

mountains on the water.<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Zürich (133km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

800m–3,454m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

266km<br />

Longest run:<br />

14.9km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

38% blue (101km);<br />

48% red (128km);<br />

14% black (37km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

54<br />

More info:<br />

jungfrau.ch/en;<br />

interlaken.ch/en<br />

Skiing in the Jungfrau region<br />

In the shadow of legendary mountains<br />

Don’t let the history scare you.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jungfrau region may have<br />

seen some of the most gnarly<br />

mountaineering since humans<br />

began climbing, but the ski slopes<br />

offer something for everyone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> resorts of Grindelwald and<br />

Wengen are linked and great for<br />

beginners and intermediates,<br />

but Wengen also has the 4.5km<br />

Lauberhorn – the pick of the<br />

expert pistes and the longest<br />

downhill World Cup race on the<br />

circuit. <strong>The</strong>re’s tough skiing in<br />

Mürren, too, including the 14.9km<br />

Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen run.<br />

It hosts the annual ‘Inferno’ event,<br />

the world’s biggest amateur ski<br />

race, with downhill racing, giant<br />

slalom and cross country.<br />

Float on: take a break from the slopes and paddle across Lake Brienz<br />

Forty-eight of the Alps’<br />

82 four-thousander<br />

peaks (higher than<br />

4,000m) are in<br />

Switzerland, as well<br />

as many of the most<br />

famous summits in<br />

the world, from the<br />

Matterhorn and the<br />

Dufourspitze to the<br />

legendary Eiger.<br />


Ticket to ride: the<br />

train from Wengen to<br />

Lauterbrunnen cuts<br />

through picturepostcard<br />


Icing on the cake:<br />

a thick covering of snow<br />

is guaranteed in the<br />

Bernese Oberland region

Ski Switzerland<br />

Adelboden-Lenk-<br />

Kandersteg<br />

More drama than<br />

you can dream of<br />

More than 200km of pistes make<br />

the resorts of Adelboden-Lenk<br />

and Kandersteg a joy. But it’s<br />

the niche activities that stand out.<br />

In Kandersteg, the 14km crosscountry<br />

Höh panorama trail is<br />

a beauty, and some of the crosscountry<br />

routes are floodlit at<br />

night. <strong>The</strong> brave can even try the<br />

exciting 3.5km downhill sled run.<br />

Meanwhile, the Gran Masta Park<br />

in Adelboden is a winter base<br />

camp with more than 30 kickers,<br />

rails and obstacles, making it one<br />

of the Alps’ best parks. Lenk hosts<br />

the Europa Cup Ski and Snowboard<br />

Cross, while in January thousands<br />

of people attend the FIS Ski World<br />

Cup at Adelboden’s Chunisbärgli.<br />

And if you take a winter hike to<br />

the UNESCO-listed Oeschinen<br />

Lake, you might just fall in love<br />

with the entire region.<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Zürich (190km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,072m–2,200m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

210km<br />

Longest run:<br />

7.5km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

46% blue (93km);<br />

47% red (98km);<br />

7% black (15km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

55<br />

More info:<br />

be-welcome.ch;<br />

adelboden-lenk.<br />

ch/en; kandersteg.<br />

ch/en<br />

Big air: Gran Masta Park is a highlight in Adelboden-Lenk<br />

Glacial in Gstaad<br />

Snow-sure skiing<br />

through the winter<br />


Peak Walk by Tissot in Gstaad: the world’s only suspension bridge that connects two peaks<br />

<strong>The</strong> only glacier ski area in the<br />

Bernese Oberland region, the<br />

Glacier 3000 has 30km of varied<br />

slopes (14.5km blue; 5.5km red;<br />

10km black) as well as stunning<br />

freeride options with descents<br />

of around 2,000 vertical metres.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are Freeride Days every<br />

spring to show skiers the ropes<br />

and the options available.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s more to Gstaad than just<br />

the glacier, though. Nearly 40km<br />

of black runs are accessible on<br />

a ski pass, and the largest resort,<br />

Rinderberg/​Saanerslochgrat/​<br />

Horneggli (try saying that after a<br />

few glühweins), is a 90km dream<br />

for beginners and intermediates.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Eggli/La Videmanette resort,<br />

meanwhile, is home to a 7.5km<br />

stretch that drops 1,160m<br />

through the valley.<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Bern (80km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,000m–3,000m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

200km<br />

Longest run:<br />

7.5km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

60% blue (120km);<br />

28% red (56km);<br />

12% black (24km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

47<br />

More info:<br />

gstaad.ch/en<br />


Ski Switzerland<br />

03 Engelberg<br />

A 30-minute drive from the city of Lucerne<br />

is the freeriding heaven of Engelberg-Titlis,<br />

based around the mighty 3,238m-high Titlis<br />

mountain. Sticking strictly to the pistes,<br />

Engelberg is a resort more accommodating to<br />

intermediate and advanced skiers than it is<br />

beginners, even though there are plenty of<br />

routes for all, and the little circle of blue runs at<br />

the top of the Jochpass chairlift is a veritable<br />

playground for skiers of all levels. What really<br />

brings powder fiends – and international<br />

freeride teams – to Engelberg, though, are the<br />

vast opportunities beyond the boundaries...<br />

Switzerland’s<br />

powder<br />

playground<br />

World-famous<br />

freeriding without<br />

the crowds<br />

Walk this way: hire a mountain guide to get the most out of Engelberg<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Zürich (100km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,000m–3,020m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

66km<br />

Longest run:<br />

12km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

29% blue (19km);<br />

57% red (37.5km);<br />

14% black (9.5km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

19<br />

More info:<br />

engelberg.ch<br />

You can reach Engelberg’s<br />

recommended powder runs,<br />

known as the ‘Big 5’, without<br />

ever removing your skis. <strong>The</strong><br />

most famous of these, the Laub<br />

– a huge mountain face visible<br />

from Engelberg village – is<br />

steep, fierce and an absolute<br />

blast to ski. Also one of the Big<br />

5, the Galtiberg run consists of<br />

a huge descent from 3,020m to<br />

1,020m, via cliff-edge traverses.<br />

Needless to say, hiring a<br />

mountain guide in Engelberg is<br />

near-enough a must if you’re<br />

a powder hound, but you’ll be<br />

rewarded for the expense as<br />

you lay new tracks all day. Once<br />

you feel the legs begin to tire,<br />

it’s worth one last trip up the<br />

mountain to traverse the Titlis<br />

Cliff Walk, which is the highest<br />

suspension bridge in Europe at<br />

3,020m and has panoramas<br />

of mountaintops on every side.<br />

Come for the powder lines,<br />

stay for the views.<br />



Field of dreams:<br />

Engelberg is a<br />

powdery playground<br />

for local freeskier<br />

Olof Larsson

Ski Switzerland<br />

Land of the giant:<br />

skiing in the shadow<br />

of the Matterhorn<br />

in Valais<br />


04 Valais<br />

This is a stunning region of more than 40 ski areas and 2,500km of slopes;<br />

of 45 mighty summits above 4,000m, including the famous, pyramid-shaped<br />

Matterhorn; of glorious panoramic views; of 50 grape varieties (best enjoyed<br />

chilled in a glass on one of the region’s many sun terraces) and one UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site. When the first thing you say about a Swiss ski region<br />

isn’t the fact that it’s probably the most snow-sure in a country pretty reliable<br />

for its snow, you know it’s got a whole lot more going for it. Valais is one of<br />

the most spectacular ski regions in all of Europe. visitvalais.ch/ski<br />


Ski Switzerland<br />

Région Dents du Midi<br />

<strong>The</strong> gateway to Les Portes du Soleil,<br />

where Switzerland meets France<br />

<strong>The</strong> Région Dents du Midi<br />

comprises six charming<br />

villages – Champéry, Morgins,<br />

Troistorrents, Les Crosets,<br />

Champoussin and Val-d‘Illiez<br />

– nestled at the foot of<br />

the iconic Dents du Midi<br />

mountains, and makes up<br />

the Swiss side of Les Portes<br />

du Soleil, one of the largest<br />

ski networks in the world. It<br />

encompasses 12 resorts<br />

between Mont Blanc in France<br />

and Lake Geneva in Switzerland<br />

and covers more than 600km<br />

of pistes, offering a huge variety<br />

of skiing. This vast skiing<br />

paradise has some demanding<br />

slopes, not least the 2km-long<br />

Didier Défago run, named after<br />

the 2010 Olympic Downhill gold<br />

medallist and world champion,<br />

who hails from the area. <strong>The</strong><br />

runs can get marvellously tricky<br />

in Les Crosets as well.<br />

Some pistes are so steep<br />

they’re graded black. Others<br />

are so steep they’re just plain<br />

scary. One goes beyond all<br />

that to ‘legendary’ status.<br />

<strong>The</strong> infamous mogul field at<br />

Chavanette fits that moniker<br />

comfortably – but that’s the<br />

only comfortable thing about<br />

it. <strong>The</strong> run, known as the<br />

‘Swiss Wall’ because it starts<br />

on the Swiss-French border,<br />

is reachable from Avoriaz in<br />

France, Champéry or Les<br />

Crosets, and then plummets<br />

back into the latter. <strong>The</strong> slope<br />

not only has continuous<br />

moguls but starts on a narrow<br />

passage with a 40-degree<br />

gradient. It opens up a little<br />

after the first 50m, but this<br />

is one strictly for expert skiers<br />

or snowboarders. It lasts<br />

a whole kilometre, dropping<br />

331m on the way, and has<br />

been judged so challenging<br />

in the Swiss/French grading<br />

system that it surpassed<br />

a black grading and received<br />

the notorious orange rank.<br />

Did you even know there<br />

was an orange rank? Yup,<br />

it’s that hard.<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Geneva (90km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

767m–2,276m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

600km<br />

Longest run:<br />

10km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

12% green<br />

(38 slopes);<br />

44% blue (131);<br />

34% red (105);<br />

10% black (32)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

195<br />

More info:<br />

regiondentsdumidi.<br />

ch/en<br />



Big fun: Les Portes<br />

du Soleil is one of<br />

the world’s largest<br />

ski networks<br />


Ski Switzerland<br />

High point: view<br />

from the top of<br />

the gondola of<br />

the Mont-Fort<br />


Nendaz 4 Vallées<br />

<strong>The</strong> ski resort<br />

in the heart of<br />

the enormous<br />

4 Vallées<br />

AROLLE<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Sion (15km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,350m–3,330m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance:<br />

410km<br />

Longest run:<br />

10km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

33% blue (24<br />

slopes); 52% red<br />

(39); 14% black<br />

(10); plus seven<br />

yellow slopes<br />

(freetracks)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

80<br />

More info:<br />

nendaz.ch<br />

Nendaz is the lesser-known<br />

neighbour of the snow sports<br />

powerhouse Verbier – the cliffdropping,<br />

powder-puffing venue<br />

of the Freeride World Cup.<br />

Nendaz is linked with Verbier,<br />

Veysonnaz and Thyon, making<br />

4 Vallées the biggest ski resort<br />

that’s solely in Switzerland, with<br />

more than 400km of pistes. You<br />

can easily hop between resorts<br />

whenever you like. <strong>The</strong> terrain<br />

in Nendaz is similar to its<br />

neighbour – sublime. It caters<br />

to all abilities, sure, but where<br />

Nendaz really excels is in the offpiste,<br />

freeriding fun. It has seven<br />

free tracks: secured, unprepared<br />

routes. And the fact that Verbier<br />

is so close by means that when<br />

the fresh stuff does fall, you’ll<br />

be a lot more likely to ride fresh<br />

tracks all day in Nendaz, because<br />

the crowds are in Verbier. All the<br />

snow, all the terrain, but without<br />

the queues.<br />

<strong>The</strong> seven freeriding areas<br />

in Nendaz are the big pull for<br />

expert riders. <strong>The</strong> runs on Mont-<br />

Fort, in particular, attract a lot<br />

of attention from accomplished<br />

skiers and snowboarders. On the<br />

front face you’ll find steep riding,<br />

while on the backside you’ll find<br />

a far-flung valley run made for<br />

adventurous backcountry<br />

dreamers. Gentianes is a 3.5km<br />

freeride run which is incredibly<br />

physically demanding, and if you<br />

make it out to the challenging<br />

freetrack L’Eteygeon, further<br />

from the lifts than many of the<br />

other options, you’ll be staring<br />

into a great white wilderness.<br />

Beware, though, this is expert<br />

skiing. Book yourself a mountain<br />

guide and they’ll no doubt show<br />

you the best of the mountain.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are 300 days of sunshine<br />

a year here, so you should be<br />

able to top up your goggle tan<br />

as you float along the powder.<br />


One of the world’s<br />

most beautiful<br />

ski destinations,<br />

Zermatt offers<br />

endless runs for<br />

all grades of skier<br />


Ski Switzerland<br />

Time to chill: aprés-ski drinks at Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort in Zermatt<br />

Zermatt<br />

Powder lines beneath one of the<br />

planet’s most remarkable mountains<br />


<strong>The</strong> resort in the shadow of the<br />

mighty Matterhorn mountain,<br />

one of the most distinctive rock<br />

formations in the world, Zermatt<br />

is often rightly lauded as among<br />

the planet’s most beautiful ski<br />

destinations. And it’s safe to<br />

say the piste map matches the<br />

scenery. Connecting to Breuil-<br />

Cervinia, a resort on the Italian<br />

side of the Matterhorn (or<br />

‘Cervino’, as it’s called across<br />

the border), the combined<br />

360km of pistes – 200km in<br />

Zermatt and 160km in Italy –<br />

offer endless runs of all grades,<br />

and nearly always look on to<br />

either the north, east or south<br />

face of the Matterhorn. As a<br />

result, Zermatt is incredibly<br />

photogenic. <strong>The</strong> views from the<br />

top of the Monte Rosa glacier are<br />

particularly special, with frozen<br />

mountain lakes visible beneath<br />

the peaks. Just make sure you<br />

don’t miss the last lift home if<br />

you do go to Italy, as it’s a three-<br />

and-a-half-hour drive round the<br />

mountain to get back once the<br />

lifts stop for the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> option of heading into<br />

Italy for an espresso and a bowl<br />

of pasta for lunch isn’t the worst<br />

add-on for a ski resort, but<br />

what’s great about Zermatt is<br />

that the hefty 200km of pistes<br />

situated in the resort itself are<br />

enough to keep you comfortably<br />

entertained for a week-long stay.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are three main areas in<br />

Zermatt: Rothorn, Gornergrat<br />

and Matterhorn glacier paradise.<br />

<strong>The</strong> glacier delivers what it says<br />

on the tin: it’s a paradise. And<br />

the cable car trip to get you<br />

there will sit nicely on your<br />

Instagram. It reaches the highest<br />

cable car station in Europe at<br />

3,883m. If you want something<br />

a bit more off the beaten track,<br />

then Zermatt also has a full<br />

36km of freeride slopes, denoted<br />

with yellow markings, just<br />

waiting for your tracks.<br />

Nearest airport:<br />

Sion (80km)<br />

Elevation:<br />

1,620m–3,899m<br />

Total piste<br />

distance: 360km<br />

Longest run:<br />

25km<br />

Difficulty:<br />

20% blue (76km);<br />

62% red (220km);<br />

18% black/yellow<br />

(64km)<br />

Number of lifts:<br />

54<br />

More info:<br />

zermatt.ch<br />


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