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Beach time!

I just  got back home after a few fantastic hours at the beach, fell asleep right away even though I have been sleeping 8 hours a night for the past few nights, so I guess my body is still abbot tired from the JOI week! Feels good to have a few chill days though, even if it did not last as long as I was hoping. Got called in for a Tv interview at Nyhetsmorgon on Sunday so have to fly up there for a day to get that done, but as its one of the biggest Tv shows in Sweden its totally worth it! Check it out at 10.15 if you are in Sweden!

Hitting up Top marques right now so I will back back with a ton of pics from the car show, always interesting to see what they have there! ;-)

/JON

The ultimate luxury!

Its kind of funny that I have come to live such a crazy life that a dishwasher, a washing machine and home cooked meal is what I call real luxury!  This year has been crazy with travels all over the world and a injury phase where I could barely move around. So coming home to Monaco and just living a normal life is what I have come to appreciate the most!  

Got to MC last night and me and Janni walked over the the grocery store the first thing we did and had a great meal in bed in front of some Game of Thrones episodes! Today we looked up a Cross Fit gym here in Monaco as the regular gyms are pretty average and with a 40€ price tag for a 1 hour session I felt like I wanted to find something new to make sure that my training did not suffer. The CF gym here was small but had everything needed. I altered the session so it would fit with my knee but it was nice to be in a training environment instead of doing rehab on the floor at home. So that felt great!

Have a few more e mail to tie up JOI but before that I am going to go load up the washing machine… ;-)

 

/JON

Time to move on!

With JOI now in the box its now time to move on and start planning the rest of the summer!  Off to Monaco in the morning and when I land there I figured that I would spend a few days to get the best possible plan together! Kind of strange to not be on a glacier all spring, so I don't really know what to do, but I am excited to try out a new sort of spring and to be honest it feels like time will fly by as Gumball is approaching fast!

See you in the sun, time for me to get some sleep, totally dead after the past few weeks so tonight will be an early one! ;-) Make sure to check out all the pics from the final party at the JOI blog! Some seriously good times!

/JON

10 years!

Wow, just wow!  I can’t believe how much this sport has progressed over the past 10 years!  Every year I keep thinking that there is no way that the riders can push it harder, but every year they surprise me and do things that I never thought was possible! Switch triple front, triple back, triple 16, unnatural triples, just insane stuff!

The 10th edition of JOI is over and some more fantastic riding is in the books! From an organizing stand point this is the year that I am the most happy about, we stayed on time though out the event, new tricks was landed on the Big Air side and the racing was tighter than ever with tow Olympic gold medalists on the start field, so I just want to thank everyone that came out and made this event possible! Thats what pushes me to keep trying to improve this event year after year!
 
As for what the future holds for JOI we will see what happen, but there is a lot plans being town around, so make sure to book your trick to Åre and come join us next year!  Make sure to check out all the videos and pics from Bakke HERE!
 
Time for me to pack up and drive to Stockholm, had planned to fly home tomorrow to finally get some rest, but the tickets to Monaco looked awful so I have to figure out what to do, have a Nyhetsmorgon appearance on Saturday so have to be back in Sthlm by them, but after that my schedule is wide open so i can't wait to just go home to Monaco and only focus on my rehab, have tried up here but with 14 hour work days its been tough so that is nr 1 on my focus list right now!
 
 
 
/JON

The final show down!

I can't believe how calm I am right now!  this week has been so different than the past few years. Usually I am about to die at this time thanks to stress from all angles. Right now I have an empty e mail inbox and I feel like I have every single detail under control! I even felt like a very un needed person during the qualifier yesterday when i was sitting there observing everything, but I guess that shows that you have done the preparations right!

the only tight thing I have right now is the last few ski races that we are picking up in Sälen and flying them in last minute as they had a ski races that they had to attend there. So we are prepping their skis on the start where we will drop them off so that they have enough time to train!  So I am checking winds etc to try to calculate the flight time and it will be a tight one, but thats what you have to do sometimes!Q

Qual went off last night with tons of triples being town so i can't wait for tonight!  Make sure to tune in if you are not in Åre!  JOI LIVE at www.joinvitational.com at 19.00 CET

/JON

It works!

In the past I have had a hard time to blog during JOI, but this year I find it kind of nice as I get some time away from everything in a calm place! 

Last night was the first real training at JOI and I to hear PK say that the kicker is the best its ever been was amazing to hear as this is for sure the nr one focus on this event. Lots of triples were thrown and I can't wait to see what comes next from the boys, incredible to see how they stepped it up from yesterdays training session. You do see a big difference in the riders on a kicker like this, the really good ones can use the pop and get super hang time while a few guys seem to have a harder time, but its built for the best to push this sport to the next level so things are just like they should be!

I love this week and I enjoy organizing everything but I am glad that its not a two week event as I think I would pass out if I kept going in this pace for a few more days. Its non stop ringing from 6am until 2am and even if I try to rest as much as I can, I am still involved with everything as I am terrible to let go, but this is my baby and I want to make sure everything is perfect so I guess I can sleep when I am dead! perfect skies here in Åre today so we should be looking forward to another epic night! Below are some personal blog pics from Johan Matti, but for more pics from Bakke and the video, check out the JOI blog!

/JON

The best way to use a super car!

As most of you know I have always had a passion for taking super cars to the ski slopes. Now that I am injured i can’t ski, so I thought it was about time to see what would happen if I would actually take the car up in the slopes as that would be the closest thing I would get to skiing right now ;-) I first tought about the RS6, but we already knew that the 4 wheel drive Audis works great on snow, so we brought the 600hp, 1000kg Rebellion with 315 wide winter tires to really see what would happen if you brought a true super car to the slopes! 

It all started out as fun little project and I talked to Crill to see if he could film it. Then I got an e mail from Betsafe that heard about the idea from Crill and wanted to help with the video and all of a sudden we have helis and drones booked!  I told them that I really don’t know if this car will run in the snow at all so I was a bit unsure of how smart it was to bring in the heavy artillery for this, but they convinced me that we should just go for and make it happen no matter what!

When I actually rolled the car out of the garage I realized how far out of my knowledge zone I was. I had called an F1 driver, I had talked to the snow cat drivers but no one had any experience when it came to a super car would handel a ski slope. So my plan that seemed so great when first thinking of it all of a sudden seemed like a really stupid one!

We called around quite a bit before I found a ski resort that thought that this sounded like a good idea, but Storlien was super excited and lined everything up for us. When we first got up there I asked them about cross country tracks as I wanted a back up incase it didn't work at all. But after a few small test I saw that the Rebellion seemed to really like the snow so we planned for an early shoot the next morning as we had to be clear of the slopes when they opened for skiing at 9 am.

To be honest I was kind nervous as I knew that the insurance would never cover me if I accidentally put this 500 000€ car in a hole on top of a mountain. I am far from a professional driver, and usually I hate going outside my comfort zone, but it just seems to fun not to try it!

I knew from our test in Tierp last year that the car was a little tricky to drift, but on snow it worked amazingly as long as you kept the drifts from becoming to wide, to my surprise the grip was just incredible and I was able to drive around the resort just like I was on a snowmobile. At one point I was even told on the radio that they had problems shooting from the hell as it had a hard time keeping on on the fast parts, not what I expected when we first rolled it out on the snow! Tire wise we ran regular studded winter tires with a few extra spikes. (same hight as regular road spikes) Over all my hat goes off to Leif Tufvesson for building a car that not only held up for 3000 miles of Gumball but also proved to work just as good on climbing mountains, now that shows how good he is at what he does!

This crazy idea turned out to be one of the most exciting mornings that I have ever had. Pushing full gas while sliding sideways on the top of an empty mountain while the sun is just dipping over the horizon is just hard to beat! I am already thinking about how we can take this too the next level!

Super thanks to Storlien for giving us the opportunity to do this, Crill, Oskar Bakke for the amazing pics and video and most of all Betsafe for pushing me to believe in my crazy ideas!  I can’t wait to try this again! And most of all, I now know that the car is 100% ready for this years Gumball 3000! Make sure to follow us during the rally at World of Betsafe!

/JON

We are up and running!

So stoked right now, just got back from the arena after the first day of training and even though the wind made it a bit difficult for the riders, we have now seen that the kicker works and most importantly that the test jumps went well. As an organizer I am so nervous when the first guy hit the jump as judging speed on this thing can be pretty tricky!  Alex Aurdahl stepped up to the plate and nailed the speed right of the back and a few jumps later jesper threw off some huge double backflips!

Its funny with the JOI kicker, the boys usually always suck the first day as its a kicker that takes some getting used to, but by the end of the week the all seem to dial it in and crush it. Had a chat with Pk and he just sat the training out as he has been here for 10 years and always seems to find his groove in the last few jumps before the comp!

Feeling good about everything and I feel more onto of every detail so I think I should shut down my computer and rest for a few hours. But first I want to remind you to check back in the morning as we have a little fun video coming out… ;-)  Lots of things going on this week, but that just the way I like it!

/JON

Videoblog one-JOI

Just a little videoblog from yesterdays arrivals! Kind of fun to work with video again! ;-)

A little tired after a late night last night, but the wind looks like it has died down so it should be go time on the kicker in a few hours so that gets me excited!  Cant wait for what the boys will come up with! Stay tuned for more JOI undated, I have to book some last minute flight tickets, the best part of organizing! haha

/JON

JOI- Lets get started!

So its that time again when Åre village is filling up with the best skiers in the world to battle it out on the JOI kicker and BAC dual slalom! Today was arrival day and we picked the boys up in a hell, and RS6 and a RS7, seemed like they enjoyed it! ;-)

Weather wise things did not work out so well so we had to cancel the first training, but since we have 5 days of training its no biggie. That the beauty when you plan for the worst possible scenario! In a bit we are heading over to Bygget for a little JOI pre party which should be super fun, have not seen the boys in a while so I expect nothing but an epic night. Feel really good about this years event, things are under control and as long as the weather gods dont hate us completely we are going to have an amazing week, actually we are going to have an amazing week no matter what so life is good! ;-)

Crill is working on the Betsafe video blog so we will post that as soon as its done, full speed on updates this week so stay tuned!

/JON