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How to be the Next Freeski Pro

We talk with pro skier “Basti” Huber to find out what it takes.
posted: 03/21/2013
Basti Huber Goes Big

Fischer is looking for its next freeski team rookie, and to help out those upcoming all-stars, we got some insider tips from Fischer Ski’s team member Sebastian “Basti” Huber—who happens to be one of the video judges for the Fischer Rookie Scout video contest.

The video contest: Skiers from North America and Europe can submit a 90- to 120-second video of how rad they are whether it’s in the park, pipe, city or skiing big lines. The public will vote on their favorite 20 videos, and a group of Fischer athletes will choose the top 5 to join its team. Click here to upload your vid.

Want to know how to be awesome? Read this.

What exactly are you looking for in the videos?

The idea of the rookie contest is to root out freeskiing talent unknown so far. Furthermore, we want to offer young shredders the opportunity to easily apply for sponsorship—and putting on a video contest of this type on Facebook is a quick and easy way to get in touch with the right people. There are a lot of extremely talented freeskiers out there, but, by far, not everyone has a team manager's contact, knows how to get in touch with the right people or can easily compete in any bigger contest. The Fischer Rookie App makes this part a bit easier, but in the end it's still about the skiing for sure. The applicants' edits should show the girls' and guys' skiing skills, plain and simple. We have no limitation regarding "disciplines" or style, we're rather excited to check out whatever they will show up with. The greater the variety and the more impressive the tricks, the better.

What are the must-haves in a future team member’s bag of tricks?
At least three different triples. Not! Freestylers should prove the full range from style tricks to big spins, flavored with striking rail tricks. Freeriders should show that they are overall great skiers, being capable of riding big lines and dropping cliffs without losing control.

Have you seen it yet in the videos?
I don't want to reveal any names, as the Rookie Video Contest will still be open for applications until April 15, but yes, we already saw some amazing edits, both from the U.S. and Europe.

Check out photos of Basti going big.

What were you throwing down when you first joined a team?
Back in 2003, the scene was still way smaller and kind of more "familiar," so my first sponsorship came via a friend who knew a friend who was a team manager and introduced me. I had just started moving from mainly park to backcountry and freeride. So jumping off cliffs pulling 3s or 5s, and most of the time crashing really hard when trying to land switch in pow was nearly as cool as hucking double backflips and almost suffocating under the snow when underrotating them. Oh yes, and filming with your crew was taking off at that time, as digital film cameras got affordable. (Yes kids, I'm talking about an era without Contours, iPhones, Instagram or Facebook.)

Is it more about the videography or the lines and tricks?
The Fischer Rookie Video Contest is clearly about the skiing part of the edits. Of course, a nicely filmed and edited video is great to watch, but we're 100 percent looking for skiing talents.

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