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A New Film Takes a Deep Dive into Why People Still Ski Off Huge Cliffs with Parachutes

The new film "Super Frenchie" explores the ethics of skiing off huge cliffs with parachutes and chasing personal freedoms.

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Ski BASE jumping isn’t for everyone. The sport that rose with Shane McConkey’s high-flying antics in a number of films with Matchstick Productions in the early 2000s fell off most skier’s radars when McConkey tragically died during a ski BASE jump that went wrong in Italy. The sport fell further when professional skier and BASE jumper Eric Roner died in a skydiving incident, and again when Clif Bar cut all athletes that had ties to BASE jumping, as well.

That doesn’t mean the sport of ski BASE jumping has gone away. There are still a number of skiers who look at a ski line that ends in a massive cliff and think, “that looks like a perfect jump.” Then, with cameras rolling, they ski down and jump off, pull the parachute, and land below, hooting and hollering and celebrating being alive.

Matthias Giraurd lines up a ski BASE jump.
Matthias Giraurd lines up a ski BASE jump. Photo: Courtesy of Super Frenchie Movie

One of those athletes is Frenchman Matthias Giraurd. Called “Super Frenchie” by some, Giraurd lives in the United States but travels the world for skiing, BASE jumping, and ski BASE jumping. Things haven’t always been easy for Giraurd, as conflict in his family played a big role in his choice to become a professional skier. Starting a family of his own has impacted his thinking about skiing off of huge cliffs.

A new film documents Giraurd’s life and these conflicts. Called “Super Frenchie,” the movie explores the foundation and evolution of Giraurd’s mindset towards skiing and BASE jumping after decades of losing family and friends. The film also shows a behind-the-curtain look at how getting married and having a child has affected Giraurd’s mindset.

Watch the Trailer – Super Frenchie

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Throughout the movie, Giraurd gets somewhat philosophical about what drives him in the relentless pursuit of his passion. And when things don’t go quite to plan during a ski BASE jump in France weeks before the birth of his son, Giraurd is forced to question whether he should continue to push his limits or take a step back to consider whether his profession is worth it.

In this exclusive clip, Giraurd shares his mindset going for his first ski BASE jump after the accident in France. The cliff is on Mt. Hood, Ore., where Giraurd completed his first ski BASE jump ever.

Exclusive Clip from “Super Frenchie”—Stepping Back Into the Ring

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“Super Frenchie” is a great watch for anyone who enjoyed all the crazy stuff McConkey, Roner, J.T. Holmes, and others did in those Matchstick Movies at the beginning of the 2000s. There is a similar sense of awe every time Giraurd skis to the edge of the cliff and, contrary to every instinct one might have, accelerates his skis into the void rather than stop at the edge.

Those not familiar with ski BASE jumping will certainly get a kick out of “Super Frenchie” as well. It’s sure to spark plenty of debate at the dinner table about the ethics of risking one’s life in the pursuit of what one loves.

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