How often do you say to yourself, “I’m just going to do it, I’m going to take the risk and jump in with both feet” but let your better judgement sway your decision? Well Kieran Nikula, Jarred Martin, Kaleb Weston and Parker Blackstock, along with friends, took the dive and gave up everything to travel around B.C. in a camper van to film the Doorstep Project.
The guys were given a golden opportunity by Joel Currie’s mother, Kathy Currie, who offered them the use of her motorhome for the winter season.
When asked to explain the last four months, Nikula described it as, “just a bunch of dudes living in a motorhome, driving around hitting urban street skiing,” while Weston added, “making use of an urban environment that isn’t normally skied on.”
Having spent a large amount of time in a small, showerless, mirrorless motorhome Nikula, Martin, Weston and Blackstock boast that their winter ambitions have brought them closer as friends and advanced their skills and confidence levels as skiers.
“We’re a team so anything negative that happens, no matter who it’s affecting, it fully effects all of us,” explains Martin. “We’re living in very tight quarters, everybody knows about everything, there’s no privacy — which I’m not saying is a horrible thing, we’re all still best friends, living in a motorhome.”
So what about their equipment?
“Our skis are messed up all the time, they’re so destroyed, but we get them free from our sponsors,” says Nikula.
Yet even with the thrashing their equipment takes, and the promise of new gear from sponsors, the guys are solid with what they’ve got.
“We don’t want a new set of skis! The last thing you want is a set of edges to go slide down these rails and land on stairs with. As funny as it sounds, that’s the opposite of what we want,” explains Martin.
“After riding (a pair of skis) for an extended period of time you get comfortable with them, the flex changes and the sharpness of the edge, you get used to that,” continues Blackstock.
When asked how much filming they’ve done so far there was a collective agreement that the hours weren’t measurable, but rather they have to go by the gigabytes of data they have of footage. To date that number is over 700 gigs. The story line hasn’t been nailed down yet, but they’re planning on cutting it chronologically, really trying to capture everything they’ve been through.
“We haven’t had dry boots all season, but at the same time, that’s not what this is about. It’s not about the struggle, being cold, being wet or being broke — which we certainly are,” jokes Nikula. “We’ve done what we set out to do with our best friends!”
Future plans are to continue filming in Whistler until the end of May with rough edits planned for June and the final cut made sometime in the fall. The boys will be heading to the International Freeski Film Festivals in Innsbruck, Montreal and Whistler. They also plan on starting a new project next winter.
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