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Eero Ettala, Eiki Helgason and Erik Botner demolish some handrails in -25 degree weather.
“Russia man, that place, I don’t even know where to start. It was really cool going to Russia, very random, you feel like going way back in time when you are there. Everything looks old and exploded, but it’s so perfect for jibbing and the coolest scenery ever! We gathered a great crew of riders to go on this jib mission, including Eiki Hellgason, Erik Botner and myself.
We ended up going to this old mine town called Kirovsk, but we didn’t really have too much info about the town and even less about the spots we ended up finding. There was so much snow in the city, which really made our trip happen.
Basically after seeing all the snow banks, we were kind of over doing basic rail jibbing and concentrated on doing some other cool urban stuff from roof gaps to bomb drops and so on. We had a really motivated crew and the vibe on the trip was good, we filmed only four days, but got a lot of footage.
Scariest thing on this trip was snowboarding on that shut down industrial area that looked like it was bombed years ago. Just walking around that area was sketchy; I would always think the roofs and building were going to collapse.” – Eero Ettala
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Over the winter of 2008/09, snowboard superstar Eero Ettala – arguably one of the world’s top freestyle snowboarders – broke with tradition and canceled plans for his usual video part, and instead opted to film his very own TV series. Follow Eero as he travels the globe and meets up with Eiki Helgason, Kevin Pearce, Torstein Horgmo, Danny Kass, and others. “Tracking Eero” is the snowboarding documentary series that follows Eero’s season with the Russia episode premiering on FUEL TV Sunday, 12/27/2009, at 8:30pm ET/PT.
Learn more about Tracking Eero at trackingeero.com.