Ski or Die 3D - The Last Walz
Is this the end? Niklas Karlström or TNK (The Niklas Karlstöm) a legend in freeskiing at least in my part of the world and among the few with an own pro model at 4 frnt for the last 7 years (or something). He is dropping the last part in his classic DIY - "Ski Or Die" Trilogy today starring himself and friend snowboarder Björn Lindgren.
Niklas has made 3 movies that he filmed, produced, edited and skied in himself. It's quite an accomplishment I must say and I've witnessed it myself. Last year I was in Japan with him and while others in the crew filmed for big shots like MSP he put his camera on a tripod, hit record and hiked jumps and lines and skied it in front of his own camera. Stomping harder tricks then the others most of the time.
He is only 25 years old and has accomplished more then most skiers/pros out there including parts in MSP and Teddybear Crisis amongst other big movie productions. He is a character that rarely speaks (unless he is really drunk) but that's nature when you come from the town of Kiruna in the far North of Sweden close to classic ski-resort Riksgränsen. Nowadays he's working in the mine in his hometown to help him sort his winters out.
I am amazed by persons like Niklas who have been up there on the top and then decide to settle down and make their own thing in order to hang out and shred with their friends more. He is still one of the best all-round skiers that I know of and I really hope this isn't the last thing that we will see of him on skis in media. Niklas, Spatziba salutes you and what you stand for!!!
Make sure to check out Ski or Die 1 and 2 below.