The day is finally here, when we can release the project details for Team Jakič Project X, single biggest promotion event in Slovene sitskiing history. Even just writing this, I’m feeling pumped as $h!t.
As some of you may know, Slovenia hosts FIS World Cup Ski Jumping Final every year at Planica, one of the largest ski jumping hills in the World with 250m of length. But it is not just the ski jump that is impressive. To achieve the amazing distances of more then 240 meters, it also features an exceptionally steep and long ski hill with a 78% incline at its very top, which translates to an actual 70 degree angle. In other words, every downhill skier’s dream.
I have started thinking about skiing down Planica ski hill about 2 years ago, but it was more of a dream then reality. But somehow Universe found a way to make it work. This summer, after completing Mini Summer Adventure extreme paddling project, I was contacted by Tomi Trbovc, PR of (able-bodied) Ski Association of Slovenia. Not only was I offered to actually ski down Planica ski hill in a straight line, but I was offered to carry the flag for candidacy of Planica for 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with me, in front of about 50.000 people, on opening day of FIS World Cup Ski Jumping Final. How radical is that?!
In the last 2 months, I have planned the actual descent well. I have talked to ski coaches and ski jumpers and went through numerous hours of video material. I realized Team Jakič Project X will be – by far – the fastest I have ever gone in a sitski. I will not make predictions as far as the speed goes, because so much depends of the weather conditions, but I will measure it with a GPS-based iPhone App called King of The Slope, developed by Swedish company Vattenfall in cooperation with Swedish Alpine Ski Team. It is supposed to be quite accurate, with a deviation of +/- 2 miles per hour. I’ll be looking at a big number on my iPhone screen when I’m done – for sure! We will also have a camera crew taking care that everything is recorded properly and a couple of GoPro cameras mounted on my helmet, my ski and my sitski.
I’m also very excited that Team Jakič Project X will be the first chapter in making our own Team Jakič movie, Slovenia’s 1st adaptive ski movie ever. We’ll let the title a mystery for now, but many of the things are final already. Mitja Legat from Legit Films will take over the filming and editing, we will have the guys from Helivideo.si helping out to create the true professional looking helicopter footage, the soundtrack is confirmed and finalized (fingers crossed we don’t get sued by any big stars), the screenplay is in final stages and we will be looking at an early 2013 premiere in Ljubljana. After that, we will release the movie on Team Jakič website for free as the goal is for as many people to see it as absolutely possible in order to promote Team Jakič brand as well as adaptive sport in general.
So, what I really want to know is … See you this Saturday in Planica?! I sure hope so, but if you can’t make it – you’ll be able to see it on Slovene national TV and hopefully on international live streams as well. If you are on scene of the crime however and a Twitter user, take a picture and post it online with a Twitter hash tag #tjprojectx please, just to see how many of you liked what we did.