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K2’s team of rippers includes heavy-hitters like Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, and Sean Pettit. It only made sense to bring along K2’s staff photographer, who has five years of experience with their athletes. O’Brien is travelling from his home in Salt Lake City to La Parva, and he heads to Chile each summer for its sunsets and snow. Regarding the competition, O’Brien says, “ You never really know what to expect until you get on the mountain. While I will be winging it to a certain extent, I do have a few backup plans if we run into a spell of bad weather.”
Breckenridge-based filmer Jon Roderick is most likely to be seen shooting one-plankers for Oakley. But when Discrete owner and Eye of the Condor team member Julian Carr invited him to join them for the competition, he agreed to snap out of his summer reverie and strap on his snowboard. Roderick’s last trip to Chile was tainted by a run-in with a bad cabbie and a near-thievery all of his camera equipment. Despite his experience, Roderick intends to celebrate everything Chilean during his shooting and with his final film. “I want people to walk away knowing about the local people and the culture, seeing more than some pro athletes ripping around.”
Most of the Optimus Prime team members— JT Holmes, Mike Swanson, and Andy Farrington—did a lot of the wingsuit and stunt work for Transformers 3, hence their team name, Their time in Chile will be spent obtaining POV shots and on-the-ground shots of speed flying with high performance parachutes. The team spent time in Alaska earlier this season, on 10,000 foot terrain outside of Juneau. Jon considers that practice for Eye of the Condor— “hopefully, we’ll be playing around with a lot of stuff we learned in Alaska— but on a smaller scale.”