I just returned home from Norway. What a journey that was! I was asked to go over to Norway with Nike 6.0 to shoot their “Just Do It,” Ad campaign, and to ride during the Nike Vapen Session. I was thrilled to get the invite because a couple weeks ago I started going to College, and I was getting antsy to snowboard!
My trip started when I left Park City with Sage Kotsenburg, and it took us forever to get to Norway. My route was: SLC-EWR-AMS-OSL-ASL. During our 11 hour layover in Oslo, we met up with Mason Aguirre, Matt Ladley and Spencer O’brien. It was great to get back together with the Nike 6.0 crew. We made it to Aselund, Norway by midnight (2 1/2 days after leaving SLC). The next morning we woke up and took a six hour boat ride on the fiord to get to Stranda, Norway, where the session would begin.
Stranda is a small town with a population of about 800 people. Needless to say, there was not much going on there, but we were busy riding and sleeping so that didn’t really matter. The European Nike 6.0 team was there for the shoot as well. We had a big crew consisting of Gjermund Braaten, Silje Norendal, Jamie Nicholls, Ethan Morgan, Halldor Helgason and the US crew.
We had three sessions from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. because we needed to get some night shots done, and it doesn’t get dark in Norway until 12:30 pm, and the sun rises at 4:30 a.m. We all agreed that we were going to have constant jet lag, but as long as we got the shots, it would be well worth it. It turned out to be worth it, and everyone was happy to have gotten the work done. Also, it didn’t hurt to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I think you will agree after seeing the pictures.
After the shoot, I started my journey home…. 26 hours later, I was touching down in Salt Lake City. Now I’m sitting in a coffee shop, catching up on homework and getting ready for my next class. In two weeks, I get to go ride in Mammoth, CA. Until then, I’ll be working out at the US Team Training Center and studying!
Hope you enjoy the photos. Thanks to everyone at the shoot, and a special thanks to Nike, Dave Driscoll and Jon Weaver!