How To Fuck Up A Video Part! With Sani Alibabic
Sani Alibabic is my ultimate buddy in snowboarding. The nicest person to go snowboarding and hang out with.
But! Sani kinda screwed up this year, and even if I know the guy well, it was impossible for me to understand how this could be possible to do such a thing. I needed some explanations, he gave me some. The few efficient steps to completely fuck up your video part. I must say I got amazed by the imagination of Mr. Alibabic.
"First to begin with, I started into this season already handicaped with a just recovered ACL surgery on my knee, which I had in May. The rehab worked out super well and I was back on my board in no time, which was really weird cause it didn’t fit the rest of it!
So, here we go. The first ingredient is to go shred with your homies the day after christmas eve, try to be funny and impress your friends by doing a mini backflip. The most important part is now to make sure to catch your toe edge while landing and hit your shoulder as hard as you can on to the icy surface, just to be certain that all the three ligaments holding down your collarbone are torn. It’s called AC separation, in my case Type III. This injury generally requires surgery! Took me 3 weeks so I could go snowboard again (of course only with painkillers) and it left a significant bump right at the end of my collarbone.
The next thing to do is to go on a catboarding trip with only a photog and hit every resort with the least snow possible! It really helps as well if one of the cats breaks down so you have to ride with a bunch of tourists who, of course, wanna do as many runs as possible and if the guide is a complete snowboard hating idiot! All this gets everybody in a bad mood and hate on each other too, awesome!
Being at a resort with about 30cm fresh powder isn’t helpful though when it is avalanche danger level 4 and you’re right back on track. In best case, you pick the spots to build jumps at with the highest possibility of slides. In our case, a few only triggered by throwing a snowball, perfect! To finish up the day, you land your trick, stop and get fully buried so you can’t breath for a few seconds and have people dig you out.
Since the avalanche only scared the shit out of me, I was looking for another way to hurt myself. My generous crew members helped me out on this one by coming a few hours too late so we could hit a jump (I build the day before by myself ) on a 20°C warm day the first time at around noon! Landing 3 times in the same slush-snow bombhole guarantees you an injury. In my case, I tore my MCL, not all the way, but I got myself another 3 weeks off snowboarding.
Finally, to end up the season, I went on a trip to Russia and arrived the same day some terrorists blew up a subway station in Moscow downtown, where some people got killed. I missed it by only a few hours. My trip continued to pretty much the end of the world, Kamchatka. The temperatures there were always around -15°C and very strong winds. There is no way any other heli operation anywhere in the world would have flown in this kind of conditions, but we did it anyways! With a crew consisting of 2 filmers, 4 photographers, 6 riders, 2 guides and a physiotherapist who has only been 5 times on a snowboard before, every run took us only about 2 hours, so a bunch of time to make you almost freeze to death, do at tops 3 runs a day and if you got lucky, you’d trigger an avalanche too.
With all this, your mission should be accomplished!"
Congratulations, Sani, I'm sure you'll have to spend 6 weeks in summer camps to finish your part... Wouldn't you prefer to be on the seaside though?!