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SCARPA First Friday Film Fest: November

Nov. 7th 2014

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the SCARPA First Friday Film Fest. Here we collect all the inspiring web flicks featuring our athletes pushing themselves in their respective sports. Check back on the first Friday of every month for more of the best skiing, climbing, and mountaineering action from Team SCARPA.

Expand these flicks to full screen and enjoy. It’s Friday, you deserve a break.

In typical Red Bull fashion, the Red Bull White Cliffs comp takes the world’s best mixed climbers and sticks them on the face of a 400 foot chalk wall rising out of the sea. Watch Gord McArthur take on this impressive competition while wearing the new Rebel Ice.

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Beans & Rice Freeride EP 3: Ski-Bum’s Delight

Nov. 11th 2013

The long awaited third and final installment of the Beans and Rice Freeride webisode series is here! Rejoin Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough in the Tetons for more backcountry action. While the last two episodes showed us the humorous side of being a tele ski bum, this more philosophical episode questions the ambitions of modern society and revels in the simplicity of skiing powder every day. A good forecast and bowl of beans and rice is a Ski Bum’s Delight!

Episode 3/3 (2013) – Ski Bum’s Delight from BeansandRiceFreeride on Vimeo.

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Beans and Rice Freeride EP 2: 10 Reasons to Telemark

Oct. 22nd 2013

Ever wonder why people telemark? Have you ever considered telemarking? If you’re already a freeheeler, why did you start in the first place?

In Beans and Rice Freeride’s EP 2, professional telemarkers Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough give you 10 (actually eight) reasons to telemark. From face shots to face plants these guys dive, albeit not too seriously, into the minds of freeheelers everywhere. Be warned, this is not your conventional ski edit featuring dreamy pillow lines set to pleasing music. Prepare yourself for quirky humor, goofballs, and a little Notorious BIG. Enjoy!

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Beans and Rice Freeride Episode 1: The Simple LIfe

Oct. 15th 2013

After years of exploring different lifestyles, Freeheelers and big mountain skiers, Jack Sakson and Paul Kimbrough have decided the simple life suits them best. Firewood, a warm, bed, and plenty of beans and rice are all these two need to chase their freeskiing adventures through untracked powder. In the first episode of their trilogy, Sakson and Kimbrough head to Grand Targhee, Wyoming where snow fields and fall lines are never in short supply.

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Beans & Rice Freeride Trailer Drops

Sep. 26th 2013

September 18, 2013 – The first snow of the season fell on the Tetons last night. It glimmers atop Taylor Mountain like the icing on a freshly baked cake. Winter is coming–the season of ski swaps, wood chopping, and ski movie premiers.

Jake Sakson and I will be adding to the ski season hype this fall by releasing a webisode trilogy documenting our season exploring the Tetons. Last year we decided to team up, buy a camera, create a website, and document our take on backcountry freeriding. Full disclosure–neither of us have much experience behind the lens. We were both introduced to backcountry ski filming through skiing with Powderwhore and Sweetgrass Productions, but we were always in front of the camera. It seemed simple enough; find some good snow, good lighting, ski through it and catch it on camera. Hit repeat and BAM! You have a ski movie.

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Sakson State of Mind: The aspiring pro sounds off

Jan. 2nd 2013

Jake Sakson is simply taking it as it comes. The 22-year-old professional Telemarker and SCARPA athlete is currently calling Grand Targhee Resort his home turf, and skiing as much as possible. And he’s doing just fine. The former child actor found mountains more appealing than the stage and screen, and is fully playing the part. Competing in Alpine freeskiing events on pins, he’s proven he can hold his own—making it to the podium in a deep field of talent. He’s also a rising force for the Powderwhore film company, whose irreverent, yet grassroots appeal to ski films is a welcome perspective. We got a hold of the young gun and got some insight into the Sakson state of mind.

Where did you grow up? And who first put skis on your feet? I grew up in Carbondale, Colorado. My mom first strapped skis on my feet at a small mountain called Sunlight that to this day has some of the oldest chairlifts still operating. After straight-lining my first run, my mom bought me a helmet. I guess I liked to ski fast back then too.

You grew up snowboarding and alpine skiing, what caused you make the big switch to Telemark? In the winter 2006-07, I went to high school at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, which has an amazing Telemark program. I was drawn in by my fearless leader, Kayo Ogilby. I fell in love with the turn on my first day on the hill. It reinvigorated my love for skiing.

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