13/08/2010 | by Tom Copsey
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Lives Of The Artists: Follow Me Down is the latest cinematic adventure and highly anticipated edition of the groundbreaking film series by Relentless Energy Drink.
Relentless have a sequel to the original LOTA set to drop soon, in which they’ve upped the shred interest significantly to document one of the craziest trips ever in this feature-length film. Remember the Antarctica feature in Onboard 113? A hefty chunk of LOTA: Follow Me Down is focussed on this insane adventure that Xavier De Le Rue and Jeremy Jones undertook to ride virgin lines close to the south pole.
On the three week expedition they spurned the clichéd ‘heli-drop and ride’ big mountain approach to search instead for more visceral rewards, as Jeremy and Xavier scale and ride near-vertical faces, with the permanent risk of avalanches or drowning in the iceberg- and seal-littered seas below – and while almost three days away from the nearest hospital.
“When you’re dropped by a helicopter on a peak, you’re exposed to danger for a couple of minutes; when you’re hiking you’re exposed for hours,” explains Jones. “After hiking you’re already on a 4 hour buzz, then you add on top of that the endorphins from dropping in and adrenaline from riding – it’s a cocktail of chemicals: the best drug in the world.”
After months of planning and anticipation, Jones and de La Rue begin their adventure in November 2009, setting off from Ushuaia, Argentina’s most southerly point, to undertake a six day crossing via Drakes Passage – renowned as the roughest seas on the planet. Yet, this alien, hostile environment, full of unknown dangers and far from civilisation, belies a personal mission for the pair: a blank canvas for them to write history with the most pioneering expedition ever seen in snowboarding.
“There were a few moments where I questioned whether we should turn back – sometimes you should listen to fate,” remembers De Le Rue. “We’re in a very hostile environment and I want to feel welcome. I don’t want to feel like I’m coming here with my big feet and disrespecting the place. We’ve seen both sides of Antarctica – the beautiful and the nasty.”
The film’s score is composed by the other subject of its attention – UNKLE’s James Lavelle. The crew followed Lavelle and UNKLE as they toured Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London to capture an exclusive insight into previously uncharted areas to set the record straight once and for all.
All this is accompanied by in-depth, insightful interviews that documents the creative minds behind these high profile personalities.
The full film will be out on Mpora.com in September, but in the meantime get hyped on the teaser.