For Levi Siver, there’s more in common between mountains and ocean than you could imagine.
By Go Takagishi
Snowy mountain windsurfing. There was only one man willing to take on this unprecedented challenge. His name – Levi Siver. Siver is a professional windsurfer known for catching the biggest waves all over the world, bending the wind to his will.
As you probably know, windsurfing is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a sport in which the surfer rides a board equipped with a sail and uses the force (lift) of the wind to move over the water. Why would anyone do this on a snow-covered mountain? Of course, this was to be the first attempt in the world.
“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. I’m always trying to find ways to challenge myself, but this project really sparked my curiosity. What would happen if I were to combine snowboarding and windsurfing? After all, I’ve enjoyed both of these sports for a really long time”, explains Siver.
It had been five years since Levi came up with the idea, but the day finally came for the vision to become a reality. Shooting took a total of 20 days. Taking into account the planning and filming prep time, total production took eight months. But in the end, was it actually possible to windsurf on a snowy mountain? We found that it was possible. Actually… we MADE it possible.
“I wanted to be the first person to try alpine windsurfing on a finned board. Using a snowboard would actually be optimum for performance, but I really wanted to recreate that unique sensation of windsurfing and to do that I need to make a board somewhere in between a snowboard and windsurfing board”, tells Levi. As you can see, this project and challenge was successful because of Levi’s own research efforts and the board he developed.
“The board has the rail and fin you need for surfing and there are no bindings. It has straps and its 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. I got this exhilarating feeling that I can’t even really describe”
Take a look at what happened behind the scenes
“The strongest wind I caught was about 15kph [9.3mph],” Levi was all smiles…