When “future day” finally arrived last autumn it sent a wave of excitement rippling round the world. October 21st 2015, the date that Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown chose to type into their time-travelling DeLorean in the second of the cult Back to the Future films, captured the public imagination in a way that far outweighed the success of the original trilogy.
Newspapers wrote reams on it, Nike released a real-life version of their power-laced boots and for 24 hours Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds around the world were dominated by #FutureDay.
“We spent an interesting few hours talking through doomsday scenarios with a man who helps people prepare for the Apocalypse.”
If I was surprised by just how into it people were, perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Talking and thinking about the future is inherently fascinating, as the mix of stories that make up Mpora’s forward-looking first issue of the year demonstrates.
We kicked things off with a bang, almost literally, by interviewing action sports’ most explosive showman, Travis Pastrana. As the ringmaster of the Nitro Circus Travis has been responsible for raising the bar of what’s possible on bikes, boards and err… children’s tricycles and he continues to have big, big plans for the future.
We also looked at how technology might shape the future of action sports, trying out a virtual reality skiing simulator that sent Associate Editor Jack Clayton hurtling down a slope at 100km/h… from the safety of an office in East London.