The Launch of a Very Special Collaboration
ATHLETES, Engineers, Artists & Product management
The entire freestyle product family will go through 4 years of »Built Together« redesigns, with some models totally reworked from the ground up.
»BUILT TOGETHER« results from the impassioned teamwork of our best athletes, skilled engineers, renowned artists and product management team. The outcome of this creative fusion redefines the process of ski building, with the results being innovative, stylish and most of all authentic.
»BUILT TOGETHER« harnesses this diverse creative energy and concentrates all of that passion and expertise into the new skis. Skis that fit the needs of every true freestyle skier. Follow our story of »BUILT TOGETHER« throughout the next four years and expect some of the most amazing products to be launched.
The first results from the campaign, which is slated to run for the next four years, will be unveiled for the 2019/20 season: The newly and uniquely developed Revolt 121 will give a striking impression of what is to come throughout the entire freestyle collection.
THE NEW REVOLT 84+90
In the 2022/23 season, the success story continues in China and we are launching two new models at once: the Revolt 90 and the Revolt 84. This marks the next milestone for our team.
Prototype testing in Corvatsch
THE NEW REVOLT 121
An 8-person team of developers, including Lead Engineer Lucas Romain and Product and Team Manager Jean-Claude Pedrolini, worked with squad members Markus Eder, Paddy Graham, Fabio Studer, Colter Hinchliffe, Tanner Rainville, Sam Smoothy and Tom Ritsch, for nearly a year crafting the new Revolt 121.
THE REVOLT 104
In April 2018, Schinka approached the team to develop an all new, all mountain ski - the REVOLT 104. The testing and developing of the Revolt 121 was still on going and the athletes involved were the perfect all-rounders to work on this new product. The first REVOLT 104 prototype was tested that September in Bariloche, Argentina.
ON SNOW in ARGENTINA
The visual design is also being handled in the same spirit as the rest of the campaign, with various international artists invited to work with our hero skiers on dreaming up a fresh look for the skis.
The ski graphics for the 2019/20 season are designed by New Zealand artist Ken Griffen, himself a passionate skier. "For me it was a perfect project, and the collaboration with the athletes was really something special. You could see the knowledge and experience flowing together into a design that really took on an identity of its own.“
»This project was really perfect for me because I have a passionate background in skiing«
KEN GRIFFEN I ARTIST I New Zealand
»The painting is an illustration of what your brain looks like when you are happy and your mind is full of endorphins, a feeling very familiar to skiers. The base graphic is a person’s face looking up at a mountain with excitement for the line they are planning in their mind.«
THe new revolt 121
143_121_135 I 177(17.4), 184 (19.2), 191 (21.7) I 2330g@184cm
The ‘Built Together’ story continues across the globe, our featured artist this year is Ben Brough with his ‘Spirit Animal’ collection.
Ben lives in the costal city of Costa Mesa, California. Growing up on surf culture he is rooted to nature and action sports. Self-taught; from an early age Ben knew he wanted to be an artist but wasn’t quite sure what that meant.
As an artist, Ben is known to work in the mediums of painting, collage and sculpture. His poetic childlike scrawl evokes a raw mythical impact with humorous undertones.
»Everyone has the animal instinct in them«
BEN BROUGH I ARTIST I USA
» I like the animal graphics of the new skis, especially the fox. The fox as a spirit animal encourages action and quick, swift moves just like the playful 104.«
THe new revolt 104
132_104_122 I 172(17.9), 180 (20.2), 188 (22.5) I 2000g@180cm
For the 2022/23 season, Völkl managed to recruit the renowned Chinese artist King Rhomberg to create their product designs. “Each ski has been designed for a different discipline—from park skis to back country skis. As a result, there were numerous discussions about the design in the beginning. In the process, I came up with the idea of using different methods or materials and developing individual designs,” says the artist about the creation process. For the graphics of the new Freestyle collection, he used numerous different techniques and combined them in different ways: from watercolors and collages, to photographs and graphics, and even traditional Chinese art painting.
“Even when I was a kid, I always dreamed of having a sponsor and my own pro model. That’s why I find it extremely exciting to work with the Built Together team. And although I am not the athlete, I still feel very honored that my designs are being used!”
An unbridled passion for skiing and global mountain culture are shared obsessions that link not just our athletes, but also our engineers and commissioned artists as well. »BUILT TOGETHER« is intended to capture this devotion, welding it with our unmatched knowledge of product expertise. It`s mission is to pursue new paths and create something extraordinary in the process. The idea is to directly involve the athletes in ski development, with the goal of creating skis that fit their wants and desires perfectly.
Paddy Graham I Team Rider
»I've always enjoyed taking part in product development, but this time the athletes are more strongly involved than in any project before. We all spend a lot of time traveling and skiing all around the world in all kinds of conditions. If we take our experience and blend it with the brilliance of the engineers, there's this fantastic chance to make a truly remarkable ski «
MARKUS EDER I Team Rider
JEAN-CLAUDE PEDROLINI I Product Manager
»Skiing everyday you have a lot of ideas, and seeing some of them come to life really is an athletes dream«
COLTER HINCHCLIFF I Team Rider
TOM RITSCH I Team Rider
Lucas Romain I Ski Engineer
»It’s awesome that Völkl brought us all down here. It really helps a lot that we are not emailing each other across different countries. It is really important that we are here building it together.«