CORONA, Calif., October 18, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Raised on an Island on Top of Winter Sports! Monster Energy is proud to welcome a revolutionary freeski athlete and director Clayton vila in episode 16 of the sport and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny. Airing today on Monster Energy’s social media channels, the new 53-minute episode features the 30-year-old American freeskier from Rhode Island who has carved out a unique career as an X Games medalist athlete and acclaimed director.
“I became obsessed with making movies the same way I caught the skiing bug,” said Clayton vila in the episode UNLEASHED about pursuing his two main passions professionally and pushing the limits: “I will continue to do my best whenever I have an opportunity!”
Fans can now listen to the origin story of the pioneering freestyle skier who defied preconceived standards in winter sports and went viral with online videos that generated millions of views. Released today, the new podcast featuring Vila is streaming across all major platforms including Spotify, iTunes and YouTube.
Vila is not an average winter sports athlete, prepared for alpine environments with perfect snow conditions. Quite the contrary, he grew up on Block Island off Rhode Island – but still became a revolutionary freeski athlete with an X Games medal on top of that. As a filmmaker, Vila creates documentaries and commercials featuring the world’s best athletes, including the award-winning freeski film “Lack of Better”.
All of these passions – cinema and professional freeskiing – are natural creative outlets for Vila. Speaking to two UNLEASHED podcast hosts, Australian action sports personality Luke “The Dingo” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny kass, the multi-trait talent speaks about the power of video footage in action sports, overcoming adversity and finding inspiration for visionary film projects.
Speaking of growing up on Block Island away from the mainland, Vila said in the episode, “It’s seven miles long, three miles wide. And it’s an hour by boat to get there. It’s a beautiful place but it’s super quiet. “
Vila’s hobbies and interests as a child weren’t so calm. From the age of 7, he immersed himself in board sports and started freestyle skiing. “I wanted to be a pro skier which is super hit and miss. But I told my parents I want to be pro at something! I was already skating and surfing as much as I could.” Whenever young Vila ventured off the island, he would take professional skate and surf videos to study intensely with his team. In the end, his passionate ski dad pushed Vila into skiing, so he went on a diet of freeskiing videos. “I saw those movies and it was so obvious, ‘I have to be that!'”
After cutting his teeth as a skier at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Vila took a leap of faith. At the age of 18, he made the daring bet to settle in the Colorado mountains by himself with the dream of succeeding on the freeski halfpipe circuit and winning a medal at the X Games. But Vila felt different from the other competitors, in part because of his island education. Fortunately, he has found a niche in the emerging discipline of urban freeskiing.
“When I moved there, a few of my buddies that I knew from the east started to take to the streets. They took it very seriously, and as soon as I hit a few handrails with them , I really started to feel it, ”said Vila, who realized the potential of skiing in the streets. “Everyone was using it just to complement their video games and were using it as a novelty. But I thought it might be the real deal!”
Ultimately, Vila was inspired by his passion for the action sports videos he watched as a child to chart his own path to becoming a professional skier: homemade action videos filmed in the streets, climbed on his laptop and posted on YouTube. Instead of medals and titles, urban skiing has focused on documenting advanced tricks never before done on video. And Vila delivered: In 2008, he landed gold on the Internet with his eponymous video, “Clayton Vila Shreds Block Island”. To the sound of the rapper Lil wayne, the video created a viral buzz with millions of views and propelled Vila to the forefront of urban skiing as a leading figure in the movement.
In 2016, Vila’s first dreams of winning a medal in the world’s largest action sports showcase came true unexpectedly: her participation in the creative video portion of the X Games Real Ski video competition won a medal of bronze. This step followed Vila’s successful debut as a filmmaker: in 2015, the documentary “For Lack of Better” won the Film of the Year award at the Powder Awards.
From there, the freeskier from an island pursues his career as a filmmaker. Today, Vila shoots commercials and films through his production company, Greenpoint Pictures. Recent projects include the short film “Finding Monsters” produced by Monster Energy, in which Vila explores the origin story of two other athletes who also had to overcome obstacles on their way to professional athlete stardom: the pioneer of female skateboarding Lizzie Armanto and freestyle motocross legend Taka Higashino.
Vila chose these two athletes because they personified the determination and courage to overcome adverse circumstances and become top professionals. The moral of the story: “What a risk it is when you’re young to go out and try your luck. And how hard it must be for our parents, and how hard it is for us,” said Vila said in the episode. .
But no more spoils! To hear Vila’s inspiring journey as a freeski pro and filmmaker, listen to the latest episode of UNLEASHED! Visit the landing page to access Episode 16 of UNLEASHED featuring The Dingo and Danny Podcast featuring Clayton vila.
The episodes of UNLEASHED are filmed on a special set inside Studio M at Monster Energy headquarters in Corona, California. The podcast is hosted by the dynamic duo of Australian action sports personality Luke “The Dingo” Trembath and professional snowboarder. Danny kass. Known for their deep roots in action sports culture, the two starred in the cult television show “Adventures of Danny and the Goofy” on Fuel TV for five action-packed seasons in the early 2010s. two animators have come the way as professional snowboarders and have the interview skills to find common ground with guests of all kinds of backgrounds – sports and pop culture. Always be on the lookout for new episodes that drop bi-weekly on Mondays.
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The UNLEASHED Podcast with The Goofy and Danny is here to celebrate the personalities behind the Monster Energy lifestyle. With each episode dedicated to a unique guest or topic, listeners learn to live to the limit and advance the state of the art in the world of high-energy sports as well as music, games and sports. pop culture of people at the top of their game. Game. More than a drink, Monster Energy is a way of life lived by athletes, sportspeople, groups, believers and fans – and the podcast is an extension of that unique DNA.
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