Saturday, August 15, 2009

Nissan Outdoor Games. Interlaken 2009

On May a selected group of athletes were in Interlaken (Switzerland) for the 5th edition of a completely unique event combining sporting competition and a video and photo festival. A multi-sports event, the Nissan Outdoor Games feature the world’s best athletes in 5 outdoor sports disciplines: mountain-biking, kayaking, rock climbing, paragliding and BASE jumping.
The athletes arrived in Interlaken (in the heart of the Swiss alps, between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau) with a challenging task:
to produce a 5-minute short film in 7 days (the filming time started on Saturday May 23rd after the teams’ briefing and ends on Friday May 29th at 8.00 pm)including 5 outdoor sports in the Interlaken region. Once the filming and editing were completed, the film entries were judged by a jury integrated by professional sportsmen and audiovisual specialists:
  • Glen Plake (USA) – President of the Jury, professional skier & actor
  • Serge-Alain Simasotchi (SUI) – TV Producer and Director, former track & field high-level athlete
  • Eric Themel (AUT) – Professional snowboarder
  • Dino Raffault (FRA) - Journalist & Extreme sports event organizer
  • Simon Hirter (SUI) – Professional kayaker
  • Cyril Neri (SUI) - Professional snowboarder, Freeride projection manager of the Diablerets Mountain Film Festival
  • Tero Repo (FIN) – Professional photographer specialized in outdoor sports
  • Christophe Margot (SUI) – Professional photographer specialized in outdoor sports.

Afterwards the finished entries were presented to the public on a big screen. The projection of the Nissan Outdoor Games official film selection took place Saturday evening 30th of May in front of six thousand spectators in the center of Interlaken (Höhematte).
The Finnish team, Golgoht, won the GoldenPeak, the award that given to the best film of this 2009 edition. For their first time participating, the Swiss team, Natural Born Flyers, was given the Jury’s Special Award as well as the Best Sports Sequence for climbing scene with Cyril Albasini. The Finn, Petri Kovalainen from the Golgoht team, won the Best Photographer award as well as the Game of Light Award by Julbo. The total prize money was USD 70,000.
The event is part of the Nissan Sports Adventure 09. The 2009 Freeride World Tour across Europe and the US, the Nissan Outdoor Games winter event in Chamonix (France), the Nissan Outdoor Games summer event in Interlaken (Switzerland) and the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup alongside the Nissan Sports Adventure athlete projects complete Nissan's 09 calendar of activity.