To anyone with even a passing interest in winter sports, French skier Candide Thovex should need little introduction. Having helped pioneer modern freestyle skiing in its earliest days, he went on to win pretty much every contest worthy of the name including three X Games.
He then went on to own the world of freeriding, winning the Freeride World Tour title in his debut year.
"What does the crazy Frenchman have in store for us this time?"
Perhaps even more famously, he then starred in two of the biggest viral skiing videos on the web. One of These Days, shot in 2013 got more than three million views which is impressive enough in itself.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that when this, his latest video, landed in Mpora’s inbox this afternoon, we were pretty frickin’ excited. What did the crazy Frenchman have in store for us this time?
The answer, it turns out, is even more mental than the previous two vids - a skiing video filmed entirely without snow. Called “Quattro", the clip is a collaboration with / advert for Audi, but that doesn’t take anything away from how crazy it is.
"Is this Candide at his best, or an elaborate internet prank?"
We may be wrong of course, but we’ve watched this twice now and we reckon that aside from the rodeo into the boot of the car at the end, nothing else here is faked. What do you think? Is this Candide at his best, or an elaborate internet prank?
Have a watch, and if you need to remind yourself of what he's capable of to help your answer, check out One of These Days 1 and 2 below.