Longboarding Through the Alps – Roadtrip to Paradise

Roadtrip to Paradise

Riders Pictured: Alex “Geims” Luciano Augusto Fasano Andrea d’Angelo

We are always looking for a great spot. We are lucky because we live pretty close to the Alps. Our journey to this spot started with a positive weather forecast. Although they said we’d experience a light shower in the afternoon, it was going to be mostly sunny and hot for the entire day.

It takes about two hours to drive from Italy to France. Within two hours, we have found our spot. It is truly incredible and filled with lakes and trees. Thankfully, the asphalt is quite good and Alex, Andrea and Augusto are really sick riders. With them I can always organize my shooting in peace with little stress. At the top of Col d’Izoard it starts to rain, so we decide to wait things out. The descent becomes more difficult because there are different conditions. Thankfully Geims knows the spot and things run smoothly.

After 8–10 hours of riding we decide to return home. Unfortunately, near the Italian border the heavy rains have caused a big landslide and we are obliged to take a 120-mile detour – but we’ll save the details of that experience for another time. Finally at 3:00 a.m. we arrive home. I’m incredibly tired, but realize it’s been an incredible day.A few hours later and we are ready again to organize a new day of shooting.

Special thanks to Michael Brooke of Concrete Wave Magazine.

After the Euro Tour team rider Max Ballesteros joined fellow skaters Pepe Laporte, Patrick Switzer and the Utah Slut City crew for some fun freeride sessions in Switzerland. Sleeping under the stars and surviving baguettes, the boys encountered some new amazing roads and some old classics, and took full advantage of the perfect weather on the Swiss Alps.

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