Candide Thovex: legend. The French skier’s latest cinematic marvel was released today, and it’s the most epic action sports video of all time. Of. All. Time.
Thovex, now 35 years old, made a name for himself after releasing a seriously viral video in 2015. Just our own article sharing the video has been viewed over 2.3 million times. In his latest, Thovex forgoes the comfort of snow and takes up what is called “freeriding.” This freeriding takes him on a journey across the globe to sans-snow areas in Europe, Asia, and America.
While Thovex took care of the jaw-dropping action, the film crew had their hands full with producing a video that would be worthy of the skills witnessed. They endured profusely sweaty days in the jungle and equipment-damaging conditions at the dunes. In the end, it’s my opinion that they really nailed a high-quality look to the video and all of their wildly stressful shooting conditions were left behind the lens, allowing the viewer to enjoy four and a half minutes of seamless amazement.
It wasn’t until halfway through the video when I realized there wasn’t even a backing soundtrack. It’s a testament to how engrossing the visuals and sheer athleticism of the video is. And once I realized this, I understood that music could only lessen the rawness of sound coming from each unique terrain. What an incredibly keen decision in postproduction that was.