When we first saw the trailer for Rip Curl’s new movie Alive & Kickin’ back in August we had high hopes: it was aggressive, crisp and the riding in it looked pretty damn special. Rip Curl have just dropped the first part from the movie for German ripper Elias Elhardt and they sure as hell haven’t disappointed. Elias has incredible flow in the backcountry and really reminds us of Nicolas Müller or Gigi Rüf when he rides: he has a silky smooth style (how’s stylish is that mitts-off front 10 at 2:32?), does inventive tricks (loving the concrete barrier press at 1:35) and goes bloody massive.
The casual double laid out backflip at the end of this part is just something to behold, made all the more impressive by the rutted line that he navigates to get to the jump’s in-run. With such incredible riding and such a catchy tune, this is right up there as one of the best full parts we’ve seen so far this season. We look forward to seeing what the rest of Alive & Kickin’ will bring to the table.