April 19th, 2013
From the Armada Art, Photo, and Video Archives. Past, Present,
NAME: Henrik Harlaut
D.O.B: August, 14 1991
SUMMER HOME: Boussagues, France
WINTER HOME: Mammoth Mtn., California and Are, Sweden
SPONSORS: ARMADA, Monster, Oakley, Inspired, Skullcandy
YEARS WITH ARMADA: 1
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED PRODUCING THE MOVIE THIS YEAR?
It was definitely harder with snow conditions in America. Usually we film a lot of urbans in November and December, but me and Phil ended up filming a little bit of urban of Christmas and New Years in Are and Quebec, but other than that, we weren’t able to start filming until after X-Games in February. It was a very late start, but at the end, it turned out better than ever. We skied more than we ever have been and it was awesome.
WHAT’S YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THIS YEAR?
I think on this one backcoutry hip. I did this dub cork 7 with blunt. Like a blunt roll that I’ve wanted to do for so many years. It’s one of those tricks that I wanted to do forever and I made it. Now that I’ve done it, I’m super super stoked and will be even more stoked when the shot is released in the movie.
WHAT’S YOUR PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR?
Me, Phil, and B-Paul are going to do a Demo tour throughout America and drop a lot of episodes during that. Maybe later in the spring time, we can go to Level 1 shoots or something like that, but we’ll take it as it comes.
HOW DID THE DEMO TOUR COME ABOUT? WHAT’S YOUR GOAL FOR THAT PROJECT?
We just want to go around to every local hill and inspire every kid. If you ever had your favorite skier come to your hill, it would be sick to see edits of them hitting the same features and be able to ride with them. That’s our goal for the project, to shred with kids and produce edits hitting their parks. We want to make it relatable and sick. It’s going to be super fun, mellow, and away from the contest scene.
THIS YEAR WAS A BIG CHANGE FOR YOU COMING TO ARMADA. HOW DID EVERYTHING GO?
I’m super, super stoked. First year; very, very good. From the first day I got on the skis and the outerwear, everything felt very comfortable and fit my style. I tried a lot of different skis – more than I ever have in a year – and it was very, very sick.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF PARK SKIING?
Look for having fun a lot. That’s what we did this year on features. We didn’t want to always go for the gnarliest stuff. Sometimes when you see it, it doesn’t make you want to ski or hit that feature, so we tried to make every spot look sick, look fun, and make every kid want to be there with us. More relatable, so it’s more fun for the skier in general. That’s for urban at least. I hope to see contests like that Travis Rice, “Supernatural” event, with more backcountry slopestyle events.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT TAKE ON CONTEST SKIING?
I wish there was more criteria for being different. I don’t think it’s too much fun to watch when every trick is looking the exact same. I don’t know what to do about it, but I just want judges to take things like different lines and different approaches on features into account. I think they don’t really know what to score it just because it is different. They don’t know if it’s harder or easier, so I think they just score it normally even though they’ve never seen it before. I hope for it to change, but I think everything goes in waves. I hope for style to come back. If you take a different line or do different tricks, that should be more awarded.
WHAT’S THE MOST POSITIVE THING HAPPENING IN SKIING RIGHT NOW?
All the skiers and that do it well– tricks and everything from certain people are becoming super, super sick. There are a lot of sick things that are going on in skiing right now. The film part is getting better and better, everything form webisodes to edits, it’s sick. Skiing is starting to turn really ill if you have the right approach.
• 1st – LA Session Les Arc BigAir
• 1st – Skier of the Year World Freeskier.com
• 2nd – AFP Season Ranking Big
• 2nd – WSI Big Air
• 4th – WSI Slopestyle
• 5th – X-Games Slopestyle
• 5th – AFP Overall World Ranking
• 6th – Dew Tour – Killington Slopestyle
• 7th – X-Games Big Air
• 9th – European X-Games Slopestyle
• 10th – AFP Season Ranking Slopestyle
• 1st – Freestyle.ch Big Air
• 3rd – Relentless Freze Festival Big Air
• 4th – Frostgun Invitational Slopestyle
• 5th – Austrian Open Slopestyle
• 5th – European X-Games Slopestyle
• 5th – Jon Olsson Super Session Film Comp (Team Sweden)
• 9th – European Open Rail Jam
• 9th – New Zealand Open Slopestyle
• 9th – New Zealand Open Half Pipe
• 16th – Dew Tour – Breckenridge Slopestyle
• 1st – Freestyle.ch – Berlin Big Air
• 1st – Nine Knights Big Air
• 1st – Nine Knoghts Rail Jam
• 1st – Aspen Open Slopestyle
• 1st – European Open Slopestyle
• 2nd – AFP World Ranking Slopestyle
• 2nd – Jon Olsson Super Session Film Competition (Team Euro)
• 3rd – New Zealand Open Slopestyle
• 4th – Wintergames New Zealand Slopestyle
• 5th – Dew Tour-Mount Snow Slopestyle
• 5th – Jon Olsson Invitational Big Air
• 5th – Sweet Rumble Big Air
• 6th – Dew Tour – Overall Ranking Slopestyle
• 9th – Freestyle.ch – Zurich Big Air
• 15th – Dew Tour-Northstar Slopestyle
• 1st – Swedish Junior Championships Big Air
•1st – Nine Knights Big Air / rail
• 1st – Saas-fee Ride Big Air
• 1st – Ostersund Rail Jam
• 1st – The London Ride Big Air
• 1st – MonsterPark Big Air
• 2nd – Nordic Slopestyle Championships Slopestyle
• 3rd – Dew Tour-Breckenridge Slopestyle
• 3rd – NS Picknic Big Air
• 5th – Jon Olsson Super Session Film Segment
• 5th – New Zealand Open Slopestyle
• 5th – London Freeze Big Air
• 6th – European Open Slopestyle
• 7th – Stockholm Winter Jam Big Air
• 10th – North American Open Slopestyle
• 1st – Saas-fee Ride Big Air
• 1st – Ostersund rail jam Rail Jam
• 1st – Kungstradgarden Rail Jam
• 1st – Monterpark Rail Jam
• 1st – Brussels Winter Show Hip
• 2nd – The London Ride ¼ Pipe
• 4th – New Zealand Open Slopestyle
• 6th – Freestyle.ch Big Air
• 8th – Stockholm Winter Jam Big Air
‘The Education of Style’ – Inspired Media Concepts
‘B&E Show: The Blackout Project’ – Inspired Media Concepts
‘Eye Trip’ – Level 1 Productions
‘Refresh’ – Level 1 Productions
‘Turbo’ –Level 1 Productions
‘Slamania’ — 4bi9 Media
‘Road to Nowhere’ — Stept
‘Chronillogical’ – Stept Productions
‘First Price’ — Field Productions
April 17th, 2013
Henrik Harlaut Photo: Chris O’Connell Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA / May 2012