Joseph Biais, Ollie.
Joël and Bertrand had come a few months earlier to check the spots (and enjoy a free holidays at the same time). The photo album included about 20 highly photogenic spots, but nearly impossible to skate most of the time. Sessions were thus quite unusual since the stage directions given by the photographers were numerous: arriving on the spot, we decide who does what trick, and flashes are set up.
To skate you have to: run uphill, jump on a board which is pinned in place by a stone, do your trick, jump off the board and fall into a precipice. Then flashes are taken off, and we get to the next spot, etc.
The danger when skating in the mountains is not the same as in the city. Falling into a frozen lake, drowning in a river or simply falling off a hundred metres are ways of dying you usually don’t conceive on your skateboard, so our whole crew of scatter-brained athletes had to be particularly cautious during this trip. The challenge for the frontside wallride was to get as close to the void as possible, giving cold sweats to Bertrand and Joël. The scariest moments for me were the sessions in riverbeds next to dams. I was expecting a huge wave to come over us at any time.