Rayne’s Patrick Switzer and Jaqusang on Top Gear Korea.
Greener Pastures: Offshore
Greener Pastures, Offshore
My name is Patrick Switzer, Producer of Greener Pastures. I am the 2011 IGSA World Cup Series Champion, 2010-2012 Canadian Champion, a spokesperson for the sport of longboarding and a passionate member of our beloved international community.
Greener Pastures is a high quality online web-series, which represents top international riders and core industry brand sponsors together, with no bias. This allows for uninhibited cooperation between riders. It’s this sense of community and cooperation that’s at the heart of contemporary longboarding.
Greener Pastures, Switzerland has become an international favourite since fall 2011. We have reached +900,000 views combined on the Greener Pastures and all sponsor channels through YouTube & Vimeo. The project has received widespread recognition from various media sources in print, online and radio. Our thanks to those who promoted Greener Pastures. These companies and lovely individuals are listed above.
Greener Pastures, Offshore brings together a new talented crew in another unique uncaptured location ideal for skateboarding. The goals of the project remain, to highlight new perspectives of this developing sport, open opportunities for riders, allow the industry to collaborate on one major film project, skate the best roads in the world with the most talented riders, and showcase individual rider styles and personalities.
Our production crew:
Our experienced crew of creative and passionate professionals are also skateboarders. They will be utilizing the Sony NEX-FS700 shooting at 240 frames per second and varied Canon DSLR’s (7D, 5D MKii, 5D MKiii). A DSLR mounted to our Dedicam Octocopter will provide exceptional aerial photography.
Alberto Fernandez aka PerroPro (Director, Videographer, Editor, Steady cam Operator)
Yvon Labarthe (Director of Photography, Editor, Aerial Videography, Special Effects)
Adrian Rodriguez aka Agro (Still Photographer)
Tamara Prader (Art Director, Production Assistant)
Claudio Uribe (Web Designer, Marketing Executive)
Martin Diaz (Logistics, Transportation, Safety)
Marcos Costa (Transportation, Safety)
Liam Hornby (Sound Editor)
Patrick Switzer (Producer, Assistant Director)
Our riders:The focus of GP Offshore is to work with young talented free riders that are over-skilled and under-exposed. These riders are stars at the grass roots level; roll models, and community leaders in their own geographic location. We can expect a lot from them, with vast opportunity for growth.
Axel Serrat (Barcelona, Spain)
Camilo Cespedes (Bogota, Colombia)
Ethan Cochard (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
John Doy Tongco aka Dandoy (Lapu Lapu, Philippines)
Kevin Bouaich (Courrendlin, Switzerland)
Kody Noble (Los Angeles, USA)
Levi Green (Citrus Heights, California, USA)
Maximilian Gradlmiller (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Our goal is to build characters through authentic relationships built between the riders and videographers. Specific shooting blocks will bring the group together and separate the group to work with the individuals’ unique personality and style. As well, will highlight the skills of working together, and differences of each rider in a group dynamic.
The longboarding industry is growing exponentially and still not close to its peak. There are countless new companies emerging, and technologies being developed. GP Offshore will portray the sport not just in the “Extreme Sport” category, but in a well thought narrative, artistic and cultural way.
Our location is among the most “motorized” cities in the world with an incredible 800 cars per 1000 inhabitants ratio. ‘Studies showing 50% of all trips that people take in cars are less than 5 miles.’ ~ Boosted Boards
Sports change lives every day, they provide a powerful vehicle to make a positive difference in the world. GP Offshore is a great opportunity to raise awareness about alternative transportation in a fun, creative way.
Your generous contributions to our campaign will first cover rider accommodations and food throughout the three-week project. Afterwards will cover production costs, marketing and distribution of the series and eventually a feature length film on DVD!
The costs associated with GP are few and simplified. All aspects of the budget are researched carefully to continue a sustainable future for the project, and this opportunity for the sponsors and our riders.
We love this type of project and what it offers to the genre of skateboarding which are seen in other extreme sports such as snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding.
These films capture talented people living their dream on the edge of their comfort zone. Athletes seek ultimate thrills through their sport for the fun, insipration and adventure, because that is what makes life worth living!
Many of these film projects show athletes riding in multiple locations in the best places for their sport in the world. For Greener Pastures, the group is hosted in one location for a three week duration. Baby steps will allow for further athlete support and travel options to grow!
By contributing to the Greener Pastures campaign you are helping push the industry standard for quality media production, quality of life for athletes, marketing abilities such as establishing world-wide screenings for the film to reach a wider audience and viewers outside of board sports.
Planning for the future 3rd Greener Pastures series, we wish to reach out to a larger field of riders in multiple international locations. With so many talented riders and unique places, constructions and features in the world, we wish to reach this opportunity out to capture what drives the skill progression and infectious community growth.
If the goal isn’t met:
We have chosen ‘flexible funding’ for this campaign because if we don’t reach our goal the project WILL go ahead, just on a smaller scale. Your contributions will go first towards covering expenses for our riders, as we believe this is an important next step for Greener Pastures moving forward.
Greener Pastures Project Sponsors
Our industry sponsors confirm 60% of our budget:
Also our supporters:
GP Co-Branded Products
Our sponsors have offered a number of limited edition Greener Pastures co-branded products as rewards for this campaign.
Custom Graphic GP + Rayne Longboards 2013 “Fortune” P~Swiss pro model complete with GP + Bear 852 (Green) Trucks, Orangatang Moronga Wheels, Vicious Griptape, Loaded Bearings & Hardware.
*First releases of the 2013 Rayne Fortune Patrick Switzer pro model board and limited run of GP Offshore graphic (designed by Tamara Prader)
*Limited run of GP + Bear (Soylent Green) Trucks
*Just released Orangatang Moronga Wheels
GP + Push Culture Apparel Hoodie
GP T-shirts (1,2,3) - Be sure to specify your name, style # and size in the comments section!
Sticker Pack from GP and our sponsors (sample)
If you’re not able to contribute financially,
Please spread the word about Greener Pastures through the Indiegogo share tools to your friends and family! Check out our website www.skategreenerpastures.com as it is updated throughout filming, and drop us a line via our email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, what you’d love to see in the film, music suggestions, thoughts or notes to the riders and production crew!
If you would like to contribute on a different level,
We would be happy to work with you if you have a different idea of how you can contribute such as holding a screening of an episode or full length film for the public or providing us with music to get your creativity out there to the world.
If you would like to contribute on a larger sponsorship scale to be part of Greener Pastures, or have an another reward idea please contact me directly at email@example.com.
Thank you for reading, and for your contributions supporting this dream to come alive again!
Greener Pastures Switzerland Sponsors:
Mmm… thane. @viciousgrip @orangatangwheels @ronintrucks @raynelongboards
Patrick Switzer Full Winner Interview Maryhill 2012 - Push Culture News
Brian Davenport sat down with Patrick Switzer on the podium after Patrick won his second Maryhill title to discuss the race, the new Rayne slalom deck he won it on, and the role mustaches have in victory. ~ Push Culture News
Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Anna King
Tamara Prader and her top-level boyfriend Patrick Switzer under a tree near the start line at Maryhill Loop Road near Goldendale, Washington. Photo by Anna King
Patrick Switzer, in the blue leather outfit on the right, is one of the top downhill skateboarders in the world. He won the race at the recent Maryhill Festival of Speed. Photo by Anna King
Nearly 300 men and 11 women showed up to skate Maryhill Loop Road near Goldendale, Washington recently. The skaters can reach speeds of about 50 miles per hour down the road’s 22 curves. Photo by Anna King
July 3, 2012 from N3
GOLDENDALE, Wash. – Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale.
Maryhill Loop Road is 22 turns and 2.2 miles. And on a skateboard it’s just a fleeting few minutes to the bottom of the Columbia River Gorge.
Nearly 300 young men and just 11 women showed up recently to take on this twisted ribbon of pavement.
At the Festival of Speed’s base camp, Patrick Switzer is getting ready for his first run of the day. He’s from Canada, and at 24 — is one of the top downhill skateboard racers in the world. He describes what it’s like off the start line.
“You push really quick off the start, and then longer strides as you pick up speed,” Switzer explains.
The sport grew out of skateboarders going fast down neighborhood streets and making their own gear. Now, its got corporate sponsors and specialized outfits. Patrick travels the world fueled by those sponsorships and prize money.
“Yeah sponsors for taking care of that,” he says.
He met his girlfriend Tamara Prader while skating in Zurich, Switzerland. Tamara, 29 — quit her architecture job to travel in a stickered RV with Patrick. She was racing too, before she broke her arm a few weeks ago.
Patrick’s anxious to get racing and hurries Tamara to get ready.
She makes it down one slow floating run, but with her broken arm she isn’t sure she wants to go down again. But Patrick urges her on.
But on the first curve of the steep hill Tamara somersaults off her board.
Patrick shutters to a stop. He sprints back to see if she’s OK. Tamara took the brunt of the fall on her head and shoulder to save her broken arm. Once she tells Patrick she’s OK, he jumps back on his board and sails down the hill.
I hate (watching him go down without me). I hate it,” Prader says. “I’m really ambitious and really stubborn and that doesn’t help for trying to recover from an injury. The disappointment hurts most.”
Tamara’s tough. She’s not upset that Patrick left her here, but that she can’t race with him down the hill. Skateboarding is a shared passion — it holds them fast.
“I’m the one that pushes myself and I want to go for it,” Prader says. “I don’t think it’s really the sport where you need someone to push you –- either you do it or you don’t.”
The next bus brings Patrick back up the hill — he carries a granola bar and bottled water for Tamara.
Shoulders scrunched, she trudges onto the bus that will take her on a slower ride to the bottom of Maryhill Loop.
As for Patrick Switzer — he won the top prize at the Maryhill Festival of Speed for $3,000.
On the Web:
See Patrick Switzer skate: http://www.skategreenerpastures.com/
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Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network
Triple 8 Longboard team expands to include #1 IGSA ranked Patrick Switzer and #3 ranked Tamara Prader!
He’s been rocking his new lid for awhile, but now it’s official: P-Swiss is riding for Triple Eight. Congrats buddy! Props to Tamara Prader as well for joining the team. Click through to read the full press release.
Port Washington, NY – June 27th, 2012 – As the longboard specific product offerings by Triple 8 continue to grow, so does its Longboard Team. Patrick Switzer and Tamara Prader are the newest additions to the Triple 8 Team of longboarders which already includes Amanda Powell, Jessica Corchia, & a slew of other up‐and‐coming talents in downhill longboarding.
Patrick comes off of a 2011 season in which he finished first overall in the IGSA standings which included wins at Kozakov, Insul, Padova, & Winsport among a number of other top 5 finishes. To begin the 2012 season, Patrick swept the first three non‐IGSA events in the Philippines & took home second in a carnage filled final run in Australia at Mt. Keira. Now fresh off wins at Britannia & Danger Bay, Patrick is gathering steam as he heads into the meat of the IGSA circuit events beginning with Maryhill on June 27th. So look for P‐Swiss in his Triple 8 Racer Downhill helmet at an event near you.
Tamara Prader is also off to a hot 2012 start with a 1st place finish at Catalina followed by a 4th place finish at Danger Bay. Unfortunately Tamara had a bit of a run in with a hay bale which resulted in a broken arm. The good news though is the cast should be off just in time for Maryhill so we hope to see her back in racing shape by the end of the month.
“We could not be happier to have such a great group of athletes, and even better people, join our team” said Triple Eight President, Bobby Oppenheim. “It’s amazing to see how much the sport has progressed since we began offering longboard specific products over five years ago.” Keep an eye out for our longboard products on our team members as they look to dominate the 2012 season.