Wallisch Project Goes to Sweden
Arriving in Stockholm
While filming for the Wallisch Project, a film project due out online next summer, freeskier Tom Wallisch, along with filmers Kyle Decker and Andreas Olofsson, photographer Erik Seo, and skiers Tim McChesney and Niklas Eriksson, planned a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this winter. This was a down rail they filmed, at night with strobes, in the city of Stockholm.
"I've filmed in Stockholm once before and had seen the endless possibilities for urban skiing that the city had to offer," says Wallisch. "It was a no-brainer for us to plan our first big trip of the year to Sweden."
Don't Mind Us
People don't seem to mind skiers and snowboarders hitting handrails in the cities in Sweden. This group of people just wanted to see what the group was doing. Says Wallisch, "Scandanavia is one of the absolute best places to film urban skiing in the world. All the beautiful older cities tend to hold snow for most of the winter, the people seem to simply not care about what we're doing, and everyone understands English. What more could you really ask for?"
Some urban jib features take a little while to set up. This one took a long time, from moving snow for a landing to setting up every single piece of lighting needed to light this monstrosity up.
As they set up for this fence to rail disaster feature the people at this skating rink were pretty perplexed as to what was going down. The peanut gallery looks on as Tim McChesney goes over the fence to the down rail.
Tim McChesney, with a smashed face. The footage of McChesney and Niklas Eriksson will be going to the new Level 1 flick for this coming year. "It was awesome to still be able to shoot together," says Wallisch.
"There are a couple of really popular urban spots in Stockholm. Perfect metal, perfectly shaped rails and absolutely zero bust factor. It was awesome. Most of our trip was spent sliding rails like this," says Wallisch.
The crew cruising around old Stockholm on the last day of the trip. "Although it pretty much rained the entire time we were there, we still got a lot done," says Wallisch. "There was so much snow on the ground when we arrived, but slowly it all melted away. The rain made the snow wet and packable, great for building lips onto rails, but definitely a huge hassle for the guys with thousands of dollars of film and photo equipment."
After rain on six of eight days of the trip, they were about to give up when they came upon this zone and this rail. What's next for the Wallisch Project? "Now with the rails out of the way, we'll be looking to slam into some big walls and catch some major urban air on the next trip," says Wallisch.