IN MEMORIAM: JP AUCLAIR
I met Jean-Philippe Auclair last summer while interning for Sherpas Cinema. For those that don't know, JP was a ski icon: part of the New Canadian Air Force, he revolutionized freestyle skiing in the late 1990's and helped introduce twin tip skis to the sport. His video segments in the annual Poor Boyz
and Sherpas Cinema
movies were something ski fans everywhere looked forward to. On Monday September 29th, JP, Andreas Fransson
, and Liz Daley passed away while riding in Chile.
JP came to the Sherpas' office to edit his night segment for Into the Mind
(he edited his own segment from All.I.Can. too) and spent the whole summer chipping away on what would become another beautiful example of his talent as an athlete and filmmaker. One of my favourite traditions from that summer was our afternoon ride: almost every day the crew would take a break from the computer and ride a 20 minute loop on our bikes. It ended up becoming a bit of a race and JP would consistently smash out fast times.
The last time I saw JP was at the Whistler premiere of Into the Mind. I introduced him to my friend Jonas and, JP, quoting a study he read which said that hugging someone for longer than 20 seconds creates an emotional bond between people, hugged him for 30 seconds and made yet another person feel as if they'd just made a new best friend. JP was a badass skier, a visionary filmmaker, and most importantly an immensely kind person. I feel lucky to have got to know him a little bit and I wish I could go on one more bike ride with him. Thanks for the inspiration JP. Respect the mountains and hug your loved ones.
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