10 years deep- the biggest, best, and most long-standing video talent search in skiing is back and better than ever! Superunknown X brought in over 100 entries from around the world, as the hungriest and most talented up-and-comers in the game try to follow in the footsteps of previous winners and make a name for themselves in the ski video scene.
Every year since the inception of the Superunknown contest the talent pool has gotten deeper and the skills, style, and creativity of the entrants has increased exponentially. We claim it every year, but to say that this year's judging process was the most difficult yet would be an understatement. We polled the entire Level 1 staff and our athletes. We watched, re-watched, and watched submissions again and again. We scored entries, re-scored 'em, and then sought some more feedback from our crew. In fact it was so trying that we decided to mix up the awards process and give a shout out to 20 semi-finalists who very well could have Finalists… it was THAT close. That being said, props and congrats to Simen Aarseth Gjelsvik for being selected as one of the Superunknown X Semi-Finalists!
Superunknown was started in 2003 to help discover and expose the best unsponsored up and coming talent in the game, and give them a shot at making a name for themselves outside of the traditional competition scene.
The first contest of its kind, entrants were asked to submit a simple promo video showcasing their skills, talent, bag of tricks, style, and personality. No résumés, no still photos, no essay questions (answers on the official entry form are not judged and used for reference purposes only!)- just pure unfiltered video action. The most impressive skier each year took the title and was awarded a chance to film with Level 1 and given a foot in the door of the industry.
Now in its 10th year, Superunknown is one of the biggest and best open video contests in action sports with over 100 annual entries coming in from top ams and the best undiscovered talent around the world.
Past Superunknown winners include:
2004 Superunknown I Corey Vanular
2005 Superunknown II JD Zicat
2006 Superunknown III Michael Clarke
2007 Superunknown IV Tom Wallisch
2008 Superunknown V Jon Brogan
2009 Superunknown VI Niklas Eriksson
2010 Superunknown VII Logan Imlach
2011 Superunknown VIII Sig Tveit
2012 Superunknown IX Lucas Stal-Madison
2013 Superunknown X ???