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Travis Rice – a force to reckon with

Travis Rice continues his snowboarding career with awe-inspiring skill…

The Art of Flight – bonus footage

The official trailer can be seen in an article written in August 2011.

Born in the mountains of Wyoming in 1982, it is hardly surprising that he took to the slopes as a duck takes to water. He started competing at the age of 18 and has won several US Opens, an X-Games gold, and an Icer Air gold where he landed the first double rodeo 1080 in competition.

His father was in the ski patrol in Jackson Hole and has passed on snow and mountain sense to his son. This respect for the mountains, combined with big-mountain tenacity and a vast array of aerial tricks has honed Rice into the best all-around snowboarder in the world. He is equally capable of showing up to win a slope style event in Aspen as he is in pioneering a first descent in the remote Darwin Range on the tip of South America. It is for this reason that National Geographics has named him one of their Adventurers on the Year 2012.

So influential has Travis Rice become’ that in 2011 he made an entire generation of young skiers consider buying a snowboard! It’s his enthusiasm for the sport and his ability to constantly push his limits – and put all this on film, that has been so influential. When asked to describe his love for the sport, Travis puts it into words. “Snowboarding is so dynamic. There are so many different avenues. From free riding to powder in the backcountry to the X Games. Trying to bring freestyle elements into free riding, that’s what I’ve been working toward. Freestyle progressive free riding is what were were aiming for in the film. To me, that’s the purest form of snowboarding.”

Here’s another video from Masters of Movement, this time using a real master – Travis Rice. Travis was given the chance to ride one of the most famous features in the Canadian Rockies… a natural arch known as “The Hole in the Wall,” 90 nautical miles north of Nelson, BC. Travis and his crew needed two helicopters with extra fuel to reach the remote region and make two runs:

Masters of Movement

And why all the filming? “If we can motivate kids to get off the couch, to put down the video game controller, to log off computers, Facebook, and Twitter for a little while. Whether it’s snowboarding, whether it’s skiing, whether it’s just going into the forest for a hike. You learn a lot about yourself when you are in the elements. As a whole, collectively, we are living at a higher frequency than our parents did. There needs to be balance. We succeed when our film motivates someone.”

Now that’s a good message. Thumbs up to Travis Rice…

And I’ll leave you with Travis giving the final word on how to survive some of the most treacherous descents on earth in this mix of SSX and real-life footage:

SSX: Surviving Travis Rice’s World




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