Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
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South Yorkshire

First day in England. Woke up on a farm from 1654 with Corey Stanton from Armada, Mike Hornbeck, Kim Boberg, our english local friends and media wizards, and we are about to embark on an epic journey throughout the country’s indoor skiing venues, all culminating in London IF3 on the weekend. This is going to be crazy.

Yesterday afternoon:

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Skate session at south bank, London, right after flying in from Geneva.

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Mike, Corey, Kim

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Proper english breakfast.

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Our local crew + dutch friend Mees.

Went outside this morning for some photographic exploration:

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Time to go skiing indoors!

Jacob

 

Annecy

It’s film premiere time again, and this past weekend I have been back in the quaint town of Annecy, France, to watch ski movies, sign posters, and hang out with good friends after a long summer! Always a good time of the year to relink with people, talk about last season, and making new plans for the coming year. Over the years IF3 has been putting on the festival, but this year it was “High Five Festival”, although it was merely a name change as everything else was the same successful formula as past years – epic ski films, beautiful weather, and good parties! I wish I had seen some more movies but the weather made us spend a lot more time outside. I did catch a few films however, like the Armada Skis video “Oil and Water”, where I have a couple of shots, as well as Henrik’s, B-dog’s, the new PBP and 4Bi9. I also had the pleasure of presenting my Unfiltered Skiing season edit, make sure to stay tuned as I will announce a drop date for the web soon! Can’t wait to show last year’s highlights video, it was an insane season!

At Geneva airport now waiting to catch a morning flight to the UK for another week of the same ingredients, IF3 London coming up!

 

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View over Mont Blanc on the way into Geneva. Can’t wait for the winter, when I will be spending a lot of time in this region. I will fill you all in on it soon!

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With Corey Stanton from Armada, enjoying an afternoon walk in the sun.

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Geezers

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Sofia came down and made my weekend that much better.

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If you’re in Annecy, make sure to rent paddleboards and check out the lake. Best in-between movies activity in town!

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New Oakley signing poster turned out sick thanks to Daniel’s photo skills!

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Mike Hornbeck and I trying our hardest to decipher these french kids’ names. Thanks to the Annecy crowd for coming out in huge numbers!

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Kim, Corey, Hornbeck and I presenting Oil And Water.

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Myself presenting the Unfiltered screening.

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The video looked great on the big screen despite the last minute re-edit after the HD crashed last week. Such a load off my shoulders to watch it play smoothly! Thanks for watching!

See you all in London!

Jacob

Bali + Lombok

Hey everyone, and thanks for checking back on the blog! There’s a few reasons nothing has been happening on here lately, the number one being that right after boarding my flight out of Sydney, the unthinkable happened – my macbook decided to freeze up, and after restarting it I got this terrible screen:

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This was even more terrifying since I was hard at work on my season edit, with a deadline for the High Five festival in Annecy. I was literally just about to finish up the last touches and hit export when it happened. The footage was all backed up on hard drives, but the Premiere project file was not…

Anyways, I made it to Bali and decided to not worry about it for a few days. Besides, I was headed to the neighbouring island of Lombok where they definitely not have an apple support worthy of its name. As soon as I got back to Bali, I had a tech look at the problem, and yes, my SSD was gone, and with it my project. Oh well. So the past week has been all about working 24/7 to get a new edit together, except for when I’ve been surfing. It’s all back to normal now, and the video has been submitted, so I can finally relax again. Just got back from Bali this morning, and I was greeted by a rainy and cold Stockholm. Off to France tomorrow, excited to show the video and to see all the other films!

Anyways, enough of that, here’s a bunch of photos from my phone and some from my camera. Not having Sofia in Bali definitely makes my blogging life harder!

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I love surf lineup photos from the air. Above is a secret Bali reef pass, and the bottom shot is of Desert Point, Lombok.

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“Impossibles”, southern Bali. Looks good from land, but is impossibly fast and will race past you after a while. Can be a fun ride though.

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Spent a few days down at Bingin tucking into perfect little lefthanders like this one.

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Fresh fish just off the beach!

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This is Surf Lodge Limasan, built by a good friend of mine from Sweden. Had the pleasure of staying here during my time in Bali, it’s an amazing place close to most spots. Check it out on www.surflodgelimasan.com

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Loving the open living room. I need a place down there, one day…

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King Diamond, one of two house cats.

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Motorbike drive by shot.

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Big and scary Mawi on Lombok.

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Lombok sunrise.

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Kuta, Lombok. My friend Okar and I surfed the outer reef lefthander to the right in this photo alone for 2 hours…pretty special to find empty waves in 2014!

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Water angle of the left.

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A very confusing bus graphic.

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Checking out local bands at Deus, the newest trendiest (slightly hipster) bar, restaurant and shop in Bali :) . Good place to hang out with friends on a sunday night.

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Empty waves from my last day on the island. Got a few hours on these before heading to the airport. I wish I had a photographer on the beach as it was pumping, with the biggest sets pushing near triple overhead. It’s typical that on a day I find un-crowded surf in Bali, it’s huge and no one is out… can’t complain though!

Alright, time to unpack my bags and re-pack them, off to France tomorrow for High Five! I promise to be a little better on the blogging side of things!

Jacob

OZ, mate!

Hey everyone and sorry for slacking on the blog department! Been posted up in the little town of Jindabyne, Australia for the last week together with the Armada Skis team. We have been shooting a bunch of next years gear so I can’t show too much unfortunately. The weather has been awesome and the park at Perisher mountain is really something else. Easily the best southern hemisphere setup I’ve skied.

Anyways, going to keep it short and just post a bunch of photos from the last couple of days!

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iPhone photo from the flight into Sydney. Australia looks amazing from above!

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Chris O’Connell getting the wombat photo.

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Welcome to OZ, mate!

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Kangaroo skulls just outside our hotel.

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Kangs.

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The best way to get around.

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Sleeping quarters.

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Henrik taking a 5er.

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Torin

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Our beautiful hip that Perisher mountain built for us. Such a fun feature.

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Pretty big for the first thing I hit after a long summer!

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   Corey and Chris, covering all the angles.

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Parrots everywhere. I can’t get enough of this place.

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Emu spotting.

Yesterday we took a day off and drove to the coast. After being on snow everyday it was nice to finally see the ocean. The countryside here is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I could definitely see myself spending some more time here.

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Waves were good but we didn’t have any board with us. I mindsurfed this righthander for a while.

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Short Point, Merimbula.

Tomorrow we’re off to Sydney for some city hanging, and saturday morning i’m getting on a flight to Bali. The swell looks really good, can’t wait!

Jacob

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And so it begins again! I am off on my first ski trip of the season. Going to spend the next 12 days in Australia, at the now famous ski resort Perisher, where everyone seems to have been hanging out this summer. I am going there together with pretty much the whole Armada team, to shoot next years skis and clothes. It’s going to be so fun to be on snow again, and a slushy spring park sounds like the perfect warm-up for the season.

Stay tuned for some skiing on the blog, I know it’s been a while!

See you down under!

Jacob

X-Games Real Ski Backcountry

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The time has COME!

X-Games Real Ski Backcountry videos are out on the internet, and now it’s your job to make sure I don’t end up last in the oh-so-dreaded fan voting contest! Luckily enough there’s a real judge’s panel contest as well, but the americans like their fan voting (social media marketing 101). Anyways, if my video is your favorite, just go tweet or instagram anything (comments work too), with the hashtags #Wester and #RealSki anywhere in the post.

Check out the videos!

http://xgames.espn.go.com/real/11387447/jacob-wester-11387475/

Jacob

Fårö

This week Sofia and I went on a short-notice trip to the island of Gotland, a 4 hour ferry ride from Stockholm. My father owns a little cottage on the northernmost part of the island, on the smaller island Fårö. It’s truly a special place, very disconnected and with a unique type of nature. We spent 4 days taking photos, hanging out on the beach, and I even got to catch a couple of waves! Check it!

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These rock formations are called “rauks”, and were created by wind and water, slowly washing out the softer limestone covering the island, leaving harder rock behind.

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Fun little summer swell!

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Moonless august nights are the best. Tried out my star photography skills, it’s such a dream working with the 5D mkIII and the 16-35 2.8 lens. Pushing iso to 3200+ without much noise is unreal!

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mini barrels! imagine if humans were ant sized. we could have so much fun (and everything would be a lot scarier too).

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Back lit forest and Sofia, very good photo combo.

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Finding an empty beach for some dinner and a fire.

Well, today, vacation is officially over for this guy. Time to sit down and get some work done for the winter, as many projects are lining up. Then off to Australia in 10 days for some skiing! Can’t wait, stay tuned for more!

Jacob

More surf

Another windy day yesterday, and even though conditions weren’t as tidy as two days ago, it’s always a blast to get in the water with friends. We were a solid crew showing up, adding to the already 75+ surfers in the line-up. It’s crazy how popular surfing has become in Sweden, every year there are many new faces out there, but as soon as the temperature starts to drop in October, most of them seem to disappear. I’m not complaining.

Here’s a batch of photos Sofia snapped on the beach:

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Surf check, Patrik and Gabriel from XTravel surveying the conditions. Menu of the day was windchop and gray conditions. Still fun.

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Gabriel on a nice section

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Camilla on an inside wall.

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This is Stoffe, probably the most passionate surfer in Sweden. If there’s any hint of a south wind, you will find him here.

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Adam Widén, a fellow swedish pro skier, finding his line on his 9’6 longboard.

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Stoffe spraying buckets.

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Me trying to do the same on my old trusty Nord quad fish.

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Fun little floater on the inside.

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The walk out is always interesting, these rocks are insanely slippery!

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No place I’d rather spend a sunny afternoon.

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Adam, Patrik and Stoffe debating if they should get back in as the swell is slowly dying.

Time to get back to work in the editing room! Putting a little Unfiltered highlight reel together from the season, so I have a couple hundred GB’s of footage to dig through…

Jacob

Summer surf

Headed south last night to Torö stenstrand, a 45 minute drive from my apartment. Not the best forecast but since it’s been flat over here in Sweden the last three months, we were a keen crew, and any waves are welcome in 20°C water with a warm wind. Ended up getting glassy little peelers for a good 5 hours, in almost tropical conditions. It looks like it might happen again today so we’re hoping for the best!

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Surfing in Sweden will always be something special to me, even though the waves are gutless and it’s freezing cold most of the year, every time it happens I fall asleep with a big smile on my lips, waiting for the next time the wind blows hard enough to make more waves for us.

Only two more weeks in Stockholm, then I’m on snow again! Guess where!

Jacob

 

Dödshopp

Yesterday I went out to Saltsjöbaden south of Stockholm on a little judging mission for the annual “Dödshopp” contest. Basically, you jump off a 40 foot platform, do a trick of your choice, and land on your feet and hands at the same time. Nothing I’d like to participate in, but watching people bellyflop is always a good time :)

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The same trick, two different angles. The judge has to try out the venue!

Since I was so busy putting down scores I don’t have any more photos to show, but it was a great time, and I’m truly impressed by everyone who entered the competition. The winning trick was a perfectly executed 720, facing belly down, with a textbook landing… craziness!

In other news, not much is going on, been getting into editing mode, for a couple different projects. Right now I’m the most hyped to show the world my RealSki segment, dropping in september! The edit was finished last week and I’m really excited with how it turned out. Some good memories from last season in there.

I’m going to end this post with some food, I love being home in my kitchen, cooking healthy food after 6 weeks on the road. Since we have had a really mellow day today, and weren’t too hungry, this is what Sofia and I came up with for dinner:

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Oven-roasted spicy chickpeas and garlic cauliflower, green lentils, avocado and melon feta cheese salad. Watermelon/strawberry/ginger/honey smoothie. Try it!

Tomorrow it finally looks like the Baltic sea is cooking up a little storm for us wave-starved swedes. Can’t wait to get in the water again!

Jacob