While everyone is waiting for the summer, Xavier decided to help his younger brother Victor to discover the Alaskan environment during his annual trip to Haines for Standard Films with TimeLine crew. Here is a sneak preview of what happened 2 weeks ago when they went there for an intense week of shredding.
The TimeLine project:
Twice a month TimeLine will get you behind the scenes access to exclusive footage of my season.
You’ll discover what it takes to film a big mountain video part, to compete on the Freeride World Tour and what is happening during trips to Canada, Japan, Norway or Alaska. It will show you team efforts of passionate friends to seek the best lines and best snow and use the best mountains as our playground, Guido Perrini as filmer, Tero Repo as photographer and myself along with my friends
Xavier de le Rue:
First and foremost Xavier de Le Rue is a mountain lover and this is at the core of all he does. In his heart he is a freerider – and spends his time in the powder whenever conditions allow. His love and skills for both powder and big mountain riding have achieved wide recognition, and Xavier recently received two major awards from the snowboarding scene: « stand out of the year » at TransWorld SNOWboarding Rider Poll during SIA at Denver and Snowboarder Magazine Big Mountain of The Year.
But being incredibly successful in competition – winning multiple snowboard cross world championship titles and X games gold medals – cannot be ignored. Three years in succession Xavier has won the snowboard freeride world champion, and was twice awarded ‘best line’ of the freeride world tour (snowboard and ski). This snowboarding racer and freestyler background combined with his love for the mountain give him the feeling and technical abilities he needs to ride the natural terrain to the full – whether on pillow, minigulf, cliff drop or tight couloirs.
With snowboarding true recognition comes through filming freeride action. Xavier was eager to also invest time and energy in this side of the sport, and has received deserved success and respect for his movie and film parts. Xavier has been involved in a highly anticipated freeride film ‘Deeper’ where the riders access their ‘playground’ using only human power. During the 2009 season Xavier focused on big and steep faces in the Chamonix area, and was on expedition to the Antarctic filming for a documentary “Lives of the Artists” (by Relentless) – it left a deep impression « it was the trip of a lifetime, everyday we rode peaks and landscapes I would never have even expected to see.