Interview with : Aldin Hodzic
Who was involved?
Far more people than I expected were involved in this. Going into this I thought this was going to be just a small movie project with a couple of guys filming us. But when I showed up, I was mind blown by the number of people who were participating. There were a ton of camera guys, both film and photo.
The Red Cross was there with a bunch of people in case something should happen.
A huge local construction company, KA Aurstad, was there with a lot of guys that were closing the road and the tunnel and directing traffic.
NextCar, a car dealer company loaned us this sick, brand new BMW M3 that costs more than a million Norwegian kroner, and a badass driver who was comfortable with driving the car 100 km/h, less than a meter behind us.
And last, but not least, a bunch of volunteers, doing all kinds of stuff, fixing the LEDs, picking up stuff, driving us up the road etc.
Who’s idea was it?
The X2 Festivals production team wanted to do something cool, and were brainstorming. This project sounded so unlikely to undertake, so we had a go at it. We were able so close down the entire tunnel, so we just had to do it.
How much planning did you need to do?
I believe Atle Remmereit and Chris-Håvard Berge, who are the heads of the production team, were in charge of the whole project, with their media-company Oclin. I was under the impression that there was quite a bit planning prior to our involvement. The only plan me and Ali had was just to skate fast and hard.
Why LEDs suits?
The LED suits was Oclins idea. I don’t know why, but I’m guessing because it looks dope in a dark tunnel.
What make you want to break a world record?
We weren’t going for any record to begin with, but we realized eventually that no one had gotten to skate a closed off subsea tunnel before, to our knowledge at least. Especially this super steep tunnel that happens to be the deepest in the world. We knew then that this was going to be a record.
The downhill skateboarding scene is still relatively small, even world wide, when compared to other sports. We are positive that we would have known if someone had done this.
What actually happens after you break a world record, do you get a certificate?
Nothing special actually happens, it’s basically just 15 minutes of fame! No certificate, just street cred and all the girls, haha! I don’t actually know if one can get something like that. Recently, a guy from Sweden, Erik Lundberg (a legend in downhill skateboarding) took the world record for speed. Think he did 130 km/h, somewhere in Canada. If there is any kind of certificate, this guy has it.
What is the next adventure?
I just became a dad for the first time a few weeks ago, so that is going to be my next adventure! Aside from that, I’m just going to skate as much as life allows me to, preferably with my son in some years! If I or any of my friends come up with some crazy idea, we’re going to let you know, haha!
What do you think about skateboarding hitting the headlines this week as an olympic sport?
I haven’t actually done enough research on the matter to have any serious opinion. I just don’t feel like the Olympics represent the “skate spirit”, if that makes any sense? And also, people I respect and look up to say the IOC sucks, so yeah, BOO IOC!! On the other hand, I don’t actually think it’s going to have a huge impact on skateboarding in general, so I just say skate, and let skate.