As a reflection of its commitment, involvement and company spirit, Julbo is releasing a limited-edition goggle designed by two of its most notorious team members: American extreme freeskiing legend Glen Plake and French X-Games ski-cross slayer Enak Gavaggio. Both men have dedicated their lives to skiing and spreading the stoke, and it shows in the way they ride. Full throttle.
Dubbed the “Glenaks,” the collaborative pro model has lighthearted graphics of widespread representations of the two cultures: a hamburger and Statue of Liberty on Plake’s side of the strap, and French fries and the Eiffel Tower on Gavaggio’s side. More to come about this special edition model as it will be releasing this coming Fall 2011!
Check out this video of the two charging lines together in Chile in the remote mountains of the Alto Bio during last year’s Seb Michaud Invitational. (The trees are super interesting-looking in this clip – “Araucaria” trees, they’re called.) The mutual respect Glen and Enak share for one another – as skiers and as friends – is evident.
Even though I don’t understand French, I could tell Gavaggio was expressing mad respect for Plake, as does Plake for the skier known as the “Dark Lord” of ski cross. Glen also talks about what it means to him to be on the Julbo team. “It’s a mountain company, in the mountains, from mountain culture. Since we’re a mountain company, we had to make a nice goggle … with some iconic references on the goggle to the French-American relationship we’ve had for a long time.”
The clip ends with Glen and Enak sharing a laugh when they try to spell the name of the new goggle, and enjoying a meal together (of what, you’ll never guess). Pass the ketchup. Bon appetite.
– Christine Rasmussen