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GP Episode 5

The last episode of Greener Pastures depicts the showdown at Kozakov Challenge. Team rider Ramón made it into the consolation round placing seventh. Five out of the top ten were riders involved with Greener Pastures - Congrats guys!

 

Skate[Slate] called up Ramón and Patrick Switzerland to talk about the production background. Check out the interview on Skate[Slate]

Riders congregating at the bottom of the hill hungry for another run

 

"Heaven sent" - Patrick Switzer and Ramón Königshausen drafting down the straight at 95km/h

 

James Kelly amped for another run despite the wet conditions

 

James Kelly's qualifying run

 

Patrick Switzer and Alex Tongue sliding during practise

 

James rocking a mustache and non-matching "eye-brahs"

 

Greener Moustaches

 

Ramón very, very focused at the start line

 

The top 16!

 

The anxious feeling you get before the rubber band snaps across the starting line…

 

Quarterfinals – Jackson and G-Mack hanging back

 

Semifinals I - Switzer just passed the GOG team mates Kowalski and Hertler toe-side predrifting in between them!

 

Semifinals II - George and Jakob Raab - who's got more exit speed?

 

Consolation finals - The Gang of Germany plus G-Mack

 

Consolation final - G-Mack following the Gang of Germany

 

…about to fight for a really close finish!

 

Switzer sailing towards victory

 

…Jackson closing in from behind but unable to pass Switzer before the finish line

 

King Switzer receiving congratulations

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Official release

With the Greener Pastures filming section in Switzerland coming to a close, we were all ready to get to Kozakov and join the party. Oh yes, and practice the course with the best racers in the world, especially now that we had become comfortable with the European style road construction in a group dynamic.

The 3Heads have filmed Kozakov Challenge since 2009, and with their experience and ability to speak the language makes it an extremely exciting event to cover. We couldn't be happier being part of making the event well known again through high quality media, and this time highlighting the Greener Pastures riders.

A bonus for the project, five Greener Pastures riders placed in the top ten! Congrats!

1st - Patrick Switzer
4th - James Kelly
6th - George Mackenzie
7th - Ramón Königshausen
9th - Kyle Martin

The Greener Pastures tour was exhausting, yet an invaluable adventure to remember because of the people, the skating and the life experiences in a foreign land. It is an absolute pleasure to expose the phenomenal free-riding in Switzerland. Yet, let it be known that European style road construction is some of the most dangerous to ride. If you decide to visit, talk to the locals and more specifically Samy at Roll Laden Skate Tours to help plan your trip, and be informed of the laws and the best places to skate. Be cautious, and ride with locals!

Roll Laden Contact: nopain@nobrain.ch @ http://roll-laden.tv/

Please visit www.skategreenerpastures.com for background information on the Greener Pastures series. There is still more in the works!

Click here for the Greener Pastures series playlist. Gather some friends and watch the series start to finish!
If you would like to host a screening without internet streaming, contact patrickswitzer@gmail.com.


A big thanks to the Greener Pastures riders, and those at Kozakov Challenge for being part of the last episode!

Matt Arderne - Fibretec Skateboards - South Africa
John Barnet - Kebbek Skateboards - Canada
Samy Cantieni - Roll-Laden Skate Tours - Switzerland
James Kelly - Arbor Collective - USA
Ramón Königshausen - Airflow Skateboards - Switzerland
Yvon Labarthe - Abec 11 Wheels - Switzerland
George Mackenzie - Sector 9 - Canada
Kyle Martin - Landyachtz Longboards - Canada
Patrick Switzer - Orangatang Wheels - Canada



Producer: Patrick Switzer
Director: Vit Hasek, 3Heads Production

http://www.skategreenerpastures.com
http://www.facebook.com/skategreenerpastures

 

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SUMMING UP THE TRIP

One of the many packing timlapses back in Switzerland

 

The Moovie Car as seen from a rider's perspective

 

Oh the blessed skate gondola!

 

Ramón and Yvon rescuing the "crash cam"

 

A water fall down from a rock…I see what you did there!

 

Dan and Martin of the 3Heads crew operating the octocopter

 

Going for a refeshing swim at the top of the gondola run

 

Yvon trying to tuck like a real man…

 

Samy actually just turned 5…

 

Jep…it was sorta sketchy…