Nick Goepper pays tribute to the pioneers of ski acrobatics

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

American skier recreates iconic near 100-year-old jump from Luční bouda hotel.

American freestyle skier Nick Goepper seized the opportunity to recreate one of the sport’s most recognisable images as he paid tribute to the pioneers of adventure skiing and their incredible hunger for pushing the limits.

Along with the help of photographer Jiří Šimeček, Goepper was able to recreate the iconic image by leaping from the top of a five-storey mountain hotel in Krkonoše, Czech Republic. Here is all you need to know: 

– Goepper was emulating the original picture of Otto Berauer who in 1929 jumped off the top of the same hotel on his wooden skis. The image appeared in papers around the world and became an unforgettable moment in freestyle history.

– The idea to pay tribute to Berauer came when Šimeček saw the original photo hanging on the wall of the Luční Bouda hotel in Krkonoše – which was a local hotspot for the pre-freestyle community close to 100 years ago.

– The original image is made even more incredible given that Berauer was leaping from more than 18 metres – an act that even by today’s standards would be considered ambitious.

– “When I noticed the picture I thought ‘wow, to re-create something like this would be really cool,” said Šimeček.

– “The best feeling came when I showed the pictures to Nick and he started bouncing off the walls. Right then I saw how the whole thing became more important to him.”

– Goepper had landed in the Czech Republic just days earlier to attend a prestigious freestyle competition, but jumped at the chance to recreate a piece of skiing history.

– The American’s jump was captured by Šimeček on both a digital camera and a vintage analogue Voigtlander Bessa from 1932. Shot on monochrome, the pictures were developed using the same technique employed in the ‘30’s.

– The images and accompanying video will form part of a more in-depth project into the story of pioneer jumpers such as Berauer and Goepper’s fascination with the history of skiing. 

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