Xavier De Le Rue’s Alaskan Air Drop!

Incase you haven’t caught a viewing of Xavier De Le Rue‘s latest film Degrees North yet – here’s the Frenchman and his crew putting a whole new method of line scouting into practice! They’ve been accessing previously untouched terrain by paramotoring in to the top, then using a tilting bucket seat as a release mechanism, for a kind of running start/drop in – mental…

As you’ll see, it’s not really an exact science. Depending on the angle of approach, the face of the line can rapidly start to drop away in no time at all, one moment you’re spot on for the drop point, and the next it’s a much longer way to fall than you’d hoped for. Ralph Backstrom also goes to show that judging your landing isn’t exactly a cakewalk.

When we caught Xavier back at the premier in November, he was quite clearly optimistic about the potential this kind of approach technique has – although apparently he’s not too hopeful about practical application for your everyday snowboarder, we’d imagine the insurance companies would have kittens the moment they saw this footage…


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