Just hours before adidas’ highly anticipated Away Days film hit Europe, we caught up with one of our favourite riders from the adidas’ team (which in fact is basically made up of many of our favourite riders): Norwegian tech/style/finesse wonder-boy and Sour pro, Gustav Tønnesen for a little Away Days quiz…
Hey Gustav, how have you been? How has filming for Away Days been working out for you?
It’s been great. I’ve been traveling a lot!
Seems that’s been a the theme for Away Days: Traveling loads with a tight crew of homies.
Yeah, that’s the Away Days spirit. I’ve only been filming on tours.
How many tours did you go on altogether? How much time in the last three years did you spend abroad?
Well, I got on adidas about half way through the filming for Away Days. So I didn’t go on all tours. However, I’ve at least done ten in the last two years. So I’ve got to go on a good amount of trips…
Was there any particular thing that stuck out, that made Away Days trips different from any other skate trips you go on?
Well, I would say any skate trip is great, for different reasons; you get to go to amazing places just to skate…! If I’d have to chose one that stood out from the adidas trips it would be China. I mean, I also went there with Sour, for a whole month even. But that was Shanghai. Now we went to Shenzhen. We had a private driver this time around who would pick us up at our place every day. With Sour we took taxis every day which can really turn out complicated – if you’ve ever been to China, you will know what I mean. It’s always super hard to communicate with people, let alone explain where you want to go. So this time, we had a driver and a good guide as well. He would talk to the driver and make sure we’d get to all the sick places. So these two would wait for us in front of our hotel every morning – very convenient! Very organised…
…very German? (laughing)
Was there any item that was a must on all of your Away Days travels?
Good headphones on flights! So much time spent on airplanes! Otherwise nothing special; just skate sessions, all as usual.
So do you carry some posh noise reduction ones or just usual headphones?
Just regular ones. I don’t really have any special gear, no boom box or anything.
Right, so you haven’t tapped into the “noise reduction headphones wearing jet-setter” type of skate pro. Thought you did… maybe you need to step it up, Gustav… (laughing)
Did you know about Mark Johnson and Daewon Song getting on adidas much in advance?
Someone told me an hour before the LA premiere.