“What mountains and the ocean have in common is their unpredictability. The scenery is truly beautiful, but also extremely dangerous and the conditions change everyday. Everyday is a brand new adventure.” -Pro Windsurfer Levi Siver
Check out this alpine windsurfing video featuring RedBull athlete Levi Siver shoot on Rishiri Island in Hokkaido, off the northern tip of Japan. It may look like a walk in the park but it took 20 grueling days of shooting 7 hours a day to get the footage for the clip. The days started with a two hour hike up a mountain with temperature lows of -13°C and sometimes Levi and the crew would wait at the summit for up to 3 hours to make sure they caught the perfect winds.
“The idea for this project stemmed from the vision that we could transfer the elements of windsurfing onto a mountain and create the same exhilarating experience the surfer gets on the water. What would happen if I were to combine snowboarding and windsurfing?”
If you’re wondering about the setup, here’s Levi’s description of his equipment:
“The board has the rail and fin you need for surfing and there are no bindings. It has straps and it’s ridden with surf boots so on the drop in you get the same feeling as when you’re windsurfing. But you’re looking down on a mountain, not the ocean.”